SUTHERLIN — When Amber and Randy Brandies noticed the two cars engulfed in flames while driving by a residence on South Calapooya Street early Saturday morning, they didn’t hesitate.
The Douglas County Fire District No. 2 board of directors have passed a pair of resolutions that will allow it to ask voters in the district if they want landowners not currently paying taxes for fire service to pay up.
A Roseburg man was cited for reckless driving after allegedly falling asleep and crashing into Pete’s Drive-In Sunday morning, forcing the business to close for at least three months.
Firefighters from Douglas County were deployed over the weekend to the massive fire that devastated the town of Paradise, California. The Camp Fire, which is burning about 80 miles north of Sacremento, has become the most deadly fire in California state history, claiming 48 lives.
A small fire started in the closet of a Northwest Keasey Street home last week after an overloaded electrical circuit sparked it, fire officials said.
The Douglas Forest Protective Association has suspended burn permits for backyard debris burning due to warm, windy conditions and low humidity levels forecasted throughout the area.
The six wildlfires that burned an estimated 97 acres along Interstate 5 near Curtin in northern Douglas County was related to a vehicle malfunction from a passing motorist, according to a statement released by the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Saturday.
Six wildfires that stretched from Curtin to Cottage Grove on Friday evening snarled traffic on northbound Interstate 5, caused some anxious moments for nearby homeowners and turned a stretch of I-5 into a massive firefighter command post.
Firefighters were able to increase containment on the South Umpqua Complex Fire, a group of fires southeast of Roseburg, to 16 percent as the blazes continue to grow, reaching a combined 14,916 acres.
Firefighters are expecting increased fire activity in the South Umpqua Complex after winds shifted to the southwest on Sunday, causing the blazes to grow to nearly 5,000 acres.
On Saturday, firefighters continued to fight fires in the South Umpqua Complex located 45 miles southeast of Roseburg. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Umpqua National Forest Service officials said the fires had grown to 2,229 acres and are 10 percent contained.
With more than 25 confirmed wildfires burning in the Umpqua National Forest, an incident management team has been brought in to help manage the blazes.
Fire danger for the Douglas Forest Protective Association has been increased to “EXTREME” as of 5 p.m. Saturday.
A fire in the early hours of Thursday morning that caused $50,000 of damage to Umpqua Health’s future medical building has been deemed suspicious, according to police. The two-story building was set to open later this year.