Crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and North Douglas County Fire & EMS responded to a reported natural cover fire Friday afternoon that was visible from I-5 milepost 166 southbound.
Firefighters arrived on scene of the Longview Fire just after 5:00 p.m. burning on a steep hillside in heavy timber. Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation were also requested for traffic control.
Three helicopters were also brought in to slow the fires while ground resources, including 13 engines, two tenders and a bull dozer, worked their way into the fire. By the end of the night, the spread of the fire was stopped and crews were working to create fire lines around the perimeter of the blaze. The Longview Fire is currently estimated to be around three acres in size.
Firefighters will remain on scene of the Longview Fire overnight, working to fully extinguish the fire. Motorists traveling through the area are asked to drive with caution as firefighters and equipment may be working alongside of I-5 near milepost 166 southbound.
The cause of the Longview Fire is currently under investigation.