Three Fire Starts Keep Douglas Co. Crews Busy Saturday
Three fire calls kept crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments busy throughout the day Saturday.
A small fire two miles west of Glide near the 2000 block of Wild River Dr. was caused by flames that escaped a burn barrel. Debris burning, including the use of burn barrels and debris piles has been prohibited on all lands protected by DFPA since May 28. A citation for burning without a permit was issued and the person who was using the burn barrel will likely be billed for fire suppression costs.
Another fire was reported 8 miles northwest of Winston near the intersection of Flournoy Valley Rd. and Sunrise Lane. A helicopter was used to drop water on the fire as it was being pushed by winds through a field of dry grass. The fire, which was estimated to be 7 ½ acres, was caused by a tree in powerlines.
A third fire off Dole Rd. sent up a column of smoke that was visible from I-5. Gusty winds fanned the flames and pushed the fire up a hillside. The fire burned two acres of grass, blackberry briars, and poison oak. The cause of the Dole Road Fire is under investigation.
In addition to the DFPA, local fire crews from Lookingglass Rural Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District #2, Riddle Rural Fire Department and Glide Rural Fire Department responded to these fires.
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