About a half-acre of brush, grass and dead wood were blackened Thursday afternoon when a fire started below the railroad tracks between the bike path and the South Umpqua River in Roseburg, just east of the Gaddis Park Little League Fields.

Firefighters from the Roseburg Fire Department responded to the blaze at about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Heavy and high flames were showing for a while before firefighters knocked down the fire keeping it away from the homeless camp that is just a short distance away.

The fire appeared to have started at the bottom of the hill near the heavy brush straight across the river from the Roseburg High School football field.

Officials said the cause of the fire is uncertain.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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No cause of the fire. Homeless camp nearby. Well, that's probably the source of the fire. Should have let it burn down the homeless camp.


Sure blame that on homeless for this too, I remember the night of the 4th it was mostly stuck up rich hillbillies with the illegal fireworks. Of course no arrests were made on them. That would be, how should I put it? Honest police work?🤔😤😳

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