September 11, 2017 4:30 a.m.
Clear skies over the weekend allowed the Douglas Forest Protective Association to utilize fire detection cameras and aviation resources to search for new fires resulting from recent lightning storms, and two fires were found.
Crews located the Shively Creek Fire Saturday afternoon, about 7 miles east of Canyonville. DFPA’s helicopter was used to slow the fires spread while ground crews hiked into the fire. Kyle Reed of DFPA says a commercial timber faller was also brought in to fall the lightning struck trees so crews could fully contain the fire. The Shively Creek Fire burned one quarter of an acre of brush and trees before it was put out. Firefighters returned to the fire on Sunday to continue mopping up hot spots and improving control lines.
The Copperhead Creek Fire, 9 miles south of Glide was located by a DFPA fire detection flight on Sunday afternoon. Two engines and a helicopter responded to the Copperhead Creek Fire, which was stopped a one quarter of an acre of brush and timber. Kyle Reed says that crews remained on the scene of the Copperhead Creek Fire for most of the day, mopping up hot spots and improving control lines.
Kyle Reed says that firefighters from DFPA and industrial landowners and cooperators will continue to monitor the lightning affected areas from last week, searching for new wildfires as warm and dry conditions return to the area.