A Roseburg woman was arrested after she admitted to starting a grass fire near the Interstate 5 northbound onramp at the exit 136 interchange in Sutherlin Monday morning.
The Sutherlin fire and police departments were called to the area of 133 Westwood Street, behind the Dutch Brothers Coffee drive-thru just east of the freeway, shortly after 8 a.m. There had been several 911 calls reporting a quickly growing grass fire in the area.
Sutherlin police arrived to find 62-year-old Pamela Jo Sather standing next to the fire. As an officer approached, Sather was reportedly seen throwing items into the fire, then later admitted she had started the fire, according to a report from the Sutherlin Police Department.
Sutherlin Fire Department arrived shortly after and extinguished the fire, which was not threatening any structures.
Sather was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of reckless burning, disorderly conduct and tampering with evidence. She had been released as of Tuesday morning.