A fully engulfed vehicle south of Rice Hill on Wednesday on Interstate 5.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association responded to two vehicle fires within two days.

Thursday morning, a vehicle caught fire near Azalea on Interstate 5.

Kyle Reed with the DFPA said the fire spread to the grass and burned one tenth of an acre.

The Azalea Rural Fire Protection District, Glendale Fire Department and the Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire District responded to help put out the vehicle fire.

On Wednesday, one lane on Interstate 5 south of Rice Hill closed after a car and a motorhome caught fire and spread to nearby grass just before 2 p.m.

Firefighters with DFPA and North Douglas County Fire and EMS extinguished the grass fire and mopped up hot spots.

By 3 p.m., the Oregon Department of Transportation re-opened both lanes.

No injuries were reported for either vehicle fire.

Later on Wednesday, DFPA firefighters responded to another fire burning off of Highway 38, northwest of Elkton.

A DFPA engine arrived on scene to find a fast-moving grass fire that was moving up a hill towards brush and trees.

Multiple engines from both the DFPA and the Elkton Rural Fire Department created a perimeter around the fire while a helicopter dropped buckets of water onto the flames.

By 7 p.m., crews reported the spread of the fire had been stopped, but they remained on scene until midnight, securing the area.

A preliminary investigation indicated the fire might have been caused by a power line.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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New record a 2 sentence news story. Was anyone hurt? What caused the fire? Who was involved? This story doesn't answer the 5 W's and an H. Who, what, where, when, why and how?

MHenneke Staff

Our job would be much easier if we could answer all those questions in the first half hour after the fire broke out. But unfortunately the real world isn't like that. We believe in sharing what we know to be true as soon as we find out. As often as we can, we will keep updating the story until we answer most, if not all of your questions. We'll work on getting the info up quicker.


Newspapers have deadlines, usually in the evening before you get delivered the paper in the morning. Online versions of newspapers allow for "just in" stories where all the facts are not yet known. It is like a luxury to be getting news like this hours or minutes after the incident is known. Great picture, btw.


News print and tv news has deadlines. Online articles generally get written after scanning police reports. Police reports usually at least give the names and conditions of people involved. Very seldom do we get updates regarding articles. And the photo was very nice but it was from another agency not the paper.

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