Firefighters responded to a fire near Old Highway 99 South, about 2 miles south of Roseburg at about 2:50 p.m. on Thursday. The fire burned approximately 4 acres of brush, grass and other hardwood material.

When crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District No. 2 arrived, they witnessed the fire moving quickly up the hillside and burning dry grass, according to a press release.

Two helicopters and and a bulldozer were used to contain the fire. By about 4 p.m., firefighters on the scene reported that the fire was contained by a fire trail that encompassed the area. Crews then started to mop up hot spots and remained on the scene until approximately 9 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Additional resources were requested from the Roseburg Fire Department, Lookingglass Rural Fire Department and the Winston-Dillard Fire Department.

Fire danger in the area has been rated as “high,” with Thursday’s temperatures easily reaching triple-digits. According to a DFPA press release, the burning of backyard debris is prohibited. The welding, cutting, or grinding of metal, the use of power saws and all other power-driven machinery for non-industrial purposes on private property are allowed only before 10 a.m. and after 8 pm. Other restrictions include smoking, campfires, off-road driving, electrical fence controllers, fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns.

“Currently, we are seeing wildland fuel and fire conditions that are more common for the end of July,” DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said in a press release.

For more information on restrictions, visit www.dfpa.net or call DFPA’s 24-hour information line at 541-672-0379.

Eric Schucht is a general assignment reporter for The News-Review. He can be reached at 541-957-4217 or eschucht@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter

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scharmian

Thank you - thank you!! To the firefighters on the ground and in the air! The fire got as close as 500-600 feet from my house on the hillside. I watched from the back of my property as they fought the enormous flames. At times the helicopters were flying right over my house, probably checking for fire spots around my property and neighbors' houses. I was also closely watching to see if I was going to need to evacuate. They had it under control within an hour. Kudos! I am very grateful also.

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