Fire burns 42 acres north of Reedsport

Fire burns 42 acres north of Reedsport
Smoke over Sutherlin. Photo by Alex Goulart

REEDSPORT, Ore. - Dozens of firefighters remain on the scene of the 42-acre Sparrow Park fire north of Reedsport.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The fire on private land was first reported Sunday. Firefighters brought the fire under control Monday morning, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The smoke from the Sparrow Park fire drifted west over Sutherlin and other parts of Douglas County, said Kyle Reed with the Douglas Forest Protective Association. He said DFPA responded to two small fires in Camas Valley and Garden Valley over the weekend.

The Coos Forest Protective Association responded to the Sparrow Park fire with two 10-person inmate hand crews, two association six-person crews, fire engines, water tenders and an observation airplane.

On Monday, 75 to 80 personnel including three 20-person hand crews got started with mop-up, which is expected to take several days, ODF said.

Fire season starts officially July 1 in much of Western Oregon, but 2013 has already been a busy year on the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Since January 1, 275 fires have burned 876 acres on state-protected lands. This figure does not include public lands managed by the federal government.

Of those, 45 were started by lightning and burned 18 acres.

Humans caused the other 230 fires on 858 acres.

The 10-year average for the same time period is 35 lightning fires on 43 acres and 161 human-caused fires on 457 acres.