KELLOGG — A lane of Highway 138W has reopened this morning following a 60-acre fire that flared up Tuesday afternoon 6 miles south of Elkton, burning both sides of the highway before slowing late Tuesday night.
Logging and other industrial activities in the forest have been put on ice by local firefighting officials as hot and dry conditions continue.
Roseburg Forest Products and numerous other timber companies have closed access to their lands due to hot and potentially combustible conditions hitting the region recently.
A hot weekend turned into a busy one for firefighters who fought three small blazes, two of which were caused by people.
A year after the Stouts Creek Fire was stoked by a Douglas County resident, fire officials issued a release this morning warning people that those who negligently cause fires could be left with a sky-high bill.
A Riddle resident has been cited for failing to comply with fire restrictions after reportedly mishandling the disposal of barbecue briquettes and causing a grass fire on Shoestring Road.
Practicing for a wildfire, a single-engine airplane flew low over the Roseburg Municipal Airport and dropped hundreds of gallons of water. Most of it misted away before it hit the tarmac.