Fire near Creswell 70 percent contained

Fire near Creswell 70 percent contained

CRESWELL, Ore. -- Firefighters worked through the night to control a blaze burning on a privately owned land near Creswell.

Officials said the fire was around 70 percent mopped up as of Saturday morning.

The crew of 20 firefighters working through Saturday should have the fire taken care of by this evening, Tom Soward of the Oregon Dept. of Forestry said.

Fire officials at the scene estimated the flames burned two acres in the wooded area near Camas Swale Road at Clayton Road.

One or two buildings were near the blaze, however officials reported there was no damage to structures.

Oregon Department of Forestry Supervisor Lynk Smith said they believe a piece of logging machinery started the fire.

“A lot of resources are tied up for our agency down towards Douglas County from the lightning last night, so everybody's kind of on edge,” Smith said. “We're certainly at the peak of our fire danger awfully early in the season."

Smith said the fire is controlled, but not yet contained. Nearly 70 firefighters worked the steep terrain to try and control the fire. 

The fire was spotted by a Weyerhaeuser employee working on an adjacent plot of land. The worker saw smoke sometime before 3 p.m. Friday and immediately called the Oregon Department of Forestry to report the fire.

Officials said that no structures are in danger.