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.
Despite the freeze warnings in the area, wildland firefighters spent much of Thursday afternoon extinguishing three fires that were the result of escaped debris burns.
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.
Next May, Douglas County Fire District No. 2 plans to ask voters to create a boundary around the district’s coverage area that would force landowners not currently paying taxes for fire service to pay up.