2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire cause announced

Aug. 13, 2015

Fire investigators working on the Stouts Creek Fire have determined that the fire was human caused and appears to be related to an individual mowing grass.  Fire officials say that the responsible party was allegedly in violation of a Regulated Use Closure because they were mowing after the shutdown time when the fire occurred.  Because of the violation, the individual may be liable for fire suppression costs and damages resulting from the fire.

 Fire officials with Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) want to remind everyone to know and follow the current fire restrictions which are in effect on the Douglas District. 

To date, the Stouts Creek Fire has burned 23,841 acres and suppression costs have reached $22.4 million.

For more information about public or industrial restrictions currently in effect on the Douglas District, visit www.dfpa.net or call the 24-hour information line at 541-672-0379.


News contact:

Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 817-7186

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