June 14, 2019 4:10 a.m.
Firefighters with the Douglas Forest Protective Association dealt with two fires on Thursday.
Kyle Reed said DFPA crews along with members of the Days Creek Rural Fire Department, Milo Rural Fire Department and the Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire Department responded to a grass fire near the 9,000 block of the Tiller Trail Highway shortly after 12:30 p.m. The fire was burning in a hay field south of the road. Crews stopped the Hay Days Fire at a quarter of an acre of grass and remained on the scene for about thirty minutes to mop up hot spots. A preliminary investigation indicated that the cause of the fire was related to an electrical short on an irrigation system.
Reed said crews from DFPA and the Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire Department responded to a natural cover fire three miles east of Canyonville Thursday night. At about 8:30 p.m. firefighters located the fire off of Beals Creek Road. The fire burned about a half-acre of grass and brush before firefighters stopped the forward spread of the fire. Crews remained on the scene overnight, mopping up hot spots and securing control lines. The cause of the Beals Creek Fire is under investigation.
Fire season began Tuesday on lands protected by the DFPA. Kyle Reed talked about it on Inside Douglas County Thursday on News Radio 1240 KQEN. That interview is a KQEN podcast at www.541radio.com.