Firefighters responded shortly after noon Friday to a natural cover fire burning about 4 miles southeast of Sutherlin.

The Fraser Canyon Fire burned about an acre of understory and ground fuels in an older stand of timber. Crews from Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Fair Oaks Rural Fire Department responded to the blaze. A DFPA helicopter dropped buckets of water on the fire to slow its spread as ground crews worked below to construct a fire trail around the perimeter using chainsaws and hand tools.

DFPA brought six engines, a bulldozer, a helicopter and a fixed-wing observation aircraft to the fire, and Fair Oaks brought an engine and a tender.

Firefighters worked until 8 p.m., mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The DFPA is asking that anyone with information about the fire’s cause contact them. DFPA’s office number is 541-672-6507.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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