Wind spreads grass fire to 15 acres along Hwy 138E

Wind spreads grass fire to 15 acres along Hwy 138E

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Wind whipped flames across nearly 15 acres of grass near Highway 138E Friday afternoon, the Douglas Forest Protection Association said.

Crews were called out to a "natural cover" fire at around 1:30 p.m. Friday reported to be burning about five miles east of Roseburg.

Firefighters arrived to find about  a two-acre fire heading up a hill near milepost 6 on Hwy 138E.

DFPA Specialist Kyle Reed said that strong winds caused the fire to quickly spread.

 “Grass fires have the ability to get big fast, as dead, dry grass is a flashy fuel” Reed said. “When wind is added into the equation, the rate of spread can increase dramatically.”

Fire crews from the Douglas County Fire District and Forest Protective Association eventually stopped the grass fire at about 15 acres.  

Officials said that two houses and two other buildings were threatened by the fire, but no damage occurred. Investigators are still looking into what started the fire.

If anyone has information related to the fire, they are asked to contact the Douglas Forest Protective Association or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

A total of five fire engines, three water tenders, a bull dozer, a fixed wing observation aircraft, and a helicopter fought Friday's blaze.