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State Firefighters Take Over Cable Crossing Fire


A fire burning west of Roseburg jumped its lines last (Wednesday) night, and has expanded to an estimated 600 acres. Here is an update on the Cable Crossing Fire.

The fire off highway 138 near Glide started Tuesday afternoon. Kyle Reed, with the Douglas Forest Protection Association, says it’s grown beyond their capacity:

Reed: “Our district covers 1.6 million acres. So with this fire growing in complexity and size we went ahead and brought in a team from the Oregon Department of Forestry. And basically they’re coming in to relieve our guys working on that fire.”

About 500 firefighters are at the scene. Reed says because Highway 138 is a major connector from I-5 to Crater Lake, they’re working closely with ODOT:

Reed: “At this time, the highway still is open with a pilot car. And it sounds like there’s been no more than a 20 or 30 minute delay.”

There are homes within a few miles of the area, but Reed says the fire is burning away from them. The cause of the Cable Crossing fire is under investigation.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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