The Douglas Forest Protective Association and other regional fire crews responded to a fire in the Bear Springs area, approximately 7 miles west of Glendale, which ignited early Thursday morning.

At 8 a.m., officials estimated the size of the fire was about 3 acres. By Friday, the fire had burned roughly 32 acres and was burning through both old growth and younger generations of trees.

Crews worked to cool the edge of the fire so fire trails could be constructed around the blaze. By 6 p.m., the trails had been completed around the entire perimeter of the fire and hose had been installed around about 80 percent of the area.

On its Facebook page, the DFPA said both air and ground resources were fighting the fire, dubbed the Bear Springs Fire.

“Additional resources have been ordered to assist with this fire,” the Facebook post reads. “At this time, no homes are threatened and no evacuations are in place.”

On Friday, about 60 firefighters will push through the area extinguishing burning material and cooling hot spots.

Residents and visitors driving in the Mt. Reuben Road area are asked to use caution over the next few days due to increased fire traffic.

Kyle Reed, a spokesman for the DFPA, said the Bear Springs Fire is a good reminder that while temperatures have tapered off and recent rains have temporarily dampened the area, fire season remains in effect.

The air quality in Roseburg was listed as moderately unhealthy by 10 a.m. Thursday and has steadily worsened, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Moderate air means the air quality is acceptable, but people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.

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Ian Campbell is the managing editor for The News-Review, a former senior editor at the Emerald Media Group and a camping fanatic. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

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