An aggressive and coordinated initial attack by the Douglas Forest Protective Association and North Douglas County Fire and EMS stopped a fast-moving grass fire late Saturday afternoon three miles northwest of Yoncalla. DFPA's helicopter dropped buckets of water on the head of the fire to slow its forward spread. Engine crews from both agencies and a bull dozer from the landowner then worked around the outside of the fire, stopping it at approximately 12 acres. The cause is under investigation.
On Sunday, DFPA firefighters and the Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire Department put out a fire burning on an island in the middle of the South Umpqua River about a mile north of Canyonville. Firefighters crossed the river to attack the fire, which was burning in grass, brush and driftwood. The fire was stopped at about one-quarter acre.
|Above: Firefighters douse smoking driftwood on |
an island in the middle of the South Umpqua River.
The small acreage burned has been typical of the suppression of fires on ODF-protected land so far this summer.