UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. Saturday
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 13-year-old Roseburg teen suspected of causing the Rolling Hills Road Fire which burned 20 acres of grassland and destroyed two homes Friday afternoon.
A total of three teens are suspected of having a role in the starting of the fire, according to a release from the sheriff's office Saturday afternoon. The 13-year-old was arrested on suspicion of reckless burning after the teen reportedly pulled a clump of dry grass from the ground and lit it. At least one of the juveniles went to a nearby residence to alert a homeowner who called 911.
The teens and their guardians are cooperating with the investigation. The sheriff's office is asking for anyone with security camera footage of the teens in the area to share that information by uploading it to https://douglassheriffor.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/rollinghillsfire.
Two homes were destroyed and 20 acres of a grassy hill burned as the result of a wildfire in the area of Rolling Hills Road and Landers Avenue in Green Friday afternoon.
Four cars and multiple outbuildings were also destroyed in the blaze.
Crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District No. 2 were the initial responders, but help rolled in from Roseburg, Camas Valley, Tri-City, Tenmile and Winston to offer assistance. A helicopter was able to provide 500-gallon bucket drops in rapid succession, first on the fire burning on a hill that splits the neighborhoods of northeastern and southwestern Green.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 2 evacuation notice for residents who live in the immediate area, including those on Rolling Hills Road, Stella Street and Melody Lane. Homes to the east and northeast of the fire were placed on a Level 3 "Go!" evacuation order at 6:30 p.m., but all evacuation advisories were ultimately lifted at 7:30 p.m. once the fire was declared contained.
Several roads, including Carnes Road, Landers Avenue, Rolling Hills Road and Melody Lane were closed to through traffic until approximately 7:30 p.m. Pacific Power also disconnected power to homes in the area at approximately 6:15 p.m., but power was restored roughly 45 minutes later.
Landers Avenue remained close between Melody Lane and Holgate Street as fire crews performed mop-up efforts on the two homes that were burned. Residents in the area are encouraged to stay clear and watch for emergency crews.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
More to come.