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Crews extinguish early morning fire atop Skinner Butte

Charred ground with city lights below.
Eugene Springfield Fire
A scorched area of Skinner Butte in Eugene in the early morning hours of July 2, 2024.

Eugene Springfield Fire responded to a brush fire at the top of Skinner Butte in Eugene early Tuesday morning.

Flames burn in low grass at night.
Eugene Springfield Fire
Flames crawl up Skinner Butte in Eugene in the early morning hours of July 2, 2024.

Firefighters were called to the butte at 12:15 a.m. and contained the fire, estimated at half an acre.

It took two hours to fully extinguish hot spots. There were no injuries reported.

Witnesses said fireworks may have been the cause.

In a news release Tuesday, Eugene Parks officials said the area had recently been treated for fuels reduction by Parks and Open Space in partnership with the Eugene Rotary Club and Twin Rivers Charter School. "On June 24, grasses in the area were trimmed, a preventative measure that likely reduced the intensity of the fire. This timely action underscores the importance of ongoing maintenance and hazard reduction in preserving the safety of our natural areas," the press release said.

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, the public is reminded fireworks are not allowed within Eugene city limits, including parks and natural areas.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.