A fire that started in a travel trailer spread to the surrounding forest near Myrtle Creek and had to be extinguished by multiple fire agencies Sunday evening, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Crews responded to the 1200 block of Spring Brook Road, 2 miles northeast of Myrtle Creek, and found that the fire had spread from the trailer to two other vehicles and an outbuilding, and was slowly moving up the hillside, according to a press release.
Firefighters were able to quickly contain the grass fire in large part because of the fuel reduction work that had been completed on the property in years past, said Kyle Reed, a spokesman for the DFPA.
The fire burned a fraction of an acre, but the trailer, the two vehicles and the outbuilding were completely consumed by the fire. No one was injured.
Crews from the Myrtle Creek Rural Fire Department, the Tri City Rural Fire Department and the Riddle Rural Fire Department assisted.
Reed also credited the Firewise USA program in being a large contributor for keeping the fire relatively small.
He said the program focuses on removing ladder fuels — live or dead vegetation that can help fires climb up from the forest floor to the tree canopy.
“By reducing the ladder fuels, in addition to pruning the dominate trees that are left on the landscape, a fire is more likely to stay on the ground and burn less intensely, which is exactly what we observed on the Spring Brook Road Fire,” Reed said in a press release.
Firewise USA is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community, according to its website.
More information about the program can be found at www.nfpa.org.
Another blaze, The Hutchinson Wayside Fire, burned a quarter acre of wildland between Highway 138 West and Kellogg Camp Lane early Monday morning before crews contained it.
The fire, 8 miles south of Elkton, was sparked by a tree falling onto power lines. Crews from the DFPA and Kellog Rural Fire Department responded to the blaze around 3:45 a.m., but the power lines had to be de-energized before the fire could be fully contained.
Crews remained on the scene until 10:30 a.m., mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.
Beginning Wednesday, industrial operators working on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association will be required to follow stricter fire prevention regulations.
Industrial Fire Precaution Level III regulations go into effect Wednesday, July 29. According to the DFPA, these regulations require industrial operations that use power-driven machinery, such as logging and road building, to shut down most equipment between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Monday night, the Jordan Creek Fire burned a quarter acre of wildland 2 miles West of Canyonville, near the 1500 block of Canyonville-Riddle Road.
A total of 12 firefighters from the DFPA and the Canyonville-South Umpqua Rural Fire Department arrived around 11:15 p.m., and met a fire burning through natural cover. They controlled the spread within a half hour using four fire engines. After mopping up hot spots and securing control lines, they remained on scene until approximately 1:30 a.m.
The Jordan Creek Fire didn’t threaten any homes, according to the DFPA, and its cause is still under investigation.