Reservoir Hill fire

A fire truck parks near a grass fire that ignited on Reservoir Hill in northeast Roseburg Saturday morning.

It happened again.

Early Saturday morning, local firefighters were once again called out to battle a blaze on Reservoir Hill in northeast Roseburg.

At approximately 1:26 a.m., crews were dispatched to the natural cover fire near the intersection of Northeast Bellview Court and Northeast Stephens Street after callers reported seeing a large fire near the water tower.

Firefighters arrived to the area and found a slow-moving grass fire on the west side of the hill near the South Umpqua River. The 2-acre fire was quickly extinguished by 15 firefighters from the Roseburg Fire Department, the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District No. 2, according to a press release. Crews remained on scene throughout the night until the area was safe.

Fire investigators also arrived on the scene, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fires on Reservoir Hill aren’t necessarily uncommon. Crews were called out Monday evening to extinguish a fire, which eventually burned 4 hillside acres. Six days before that fire, crews rushed toward a column of smoke that was emanating from the hill on the morning of July 31.

In a press release from the department, Roseburg Fire Chief Gary Garrisi said the fire conditions in the area are “extreme.” Any activity that could emit sparks — mowing dry grass, using a power saw, etc. — will start a fire that will quickly spread out of control, he said.

“In addition, remember that debris burning is currently prohibited,” Garrisi said in the press release. “Please do your part to help protect lives, homes, land, and personal property.”

Ian Campbell can be reached at or 541-957-4209. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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Ian Campbell is the managing editor for The News-Review, a former senior editor at the Emerald Media Group and a camping fanatic. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

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Hold classes on campfire safety for the homeless! Am I assuming too much???

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