Douglas County 911 Center received multiple reports of a grass fire burning along the side of northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 139 shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters with five engines from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and three from the Oakland Rural Fire Department responded to the area to find a fast-moving fire burning through grass and brush.

The agencies stopped the fire at about 2 1/2 acres. Firefighters mopped up hot spots and secured control lines until 9 p.m.

“The I-5 milepost 139 fire is a great example that shows how quickly the fire danger is increasing,” DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed said in a statement. “Not only are we starting to see fires occur more frequently, but they are also burning hotter and faster than they did earlier in the summer.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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