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Driver cited for going off road, sparking wildfire; vehicle destroyed by flames

A vehicle driving off of an improved road Thursday morning went up in flames after sparking a wildfire, a reminder of one of the ways humans can spark wildfires as people flock to Oregon for the total solar eclipse.Officials cited the driver for violating Public Use Restrictions. (DFPA)

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - A vehicle driving off of an improved road Thursday morning went up in flames after sparking a wildfire, a reminder of one of the ways humans can spark wildfires as people flock to Oregon for the total solar eclipse.

Officials cited the driver for violating Public Use Restrictions.

The vehicle sparked the fire 11 miles northeast of Myrtle Creek on Brushy Butte.

Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association were called out at 4:45 a.m.

The fire burned about a 1/2 acre of grass and brush.

The fire also destroyed the vehicle.

Firefighters remained on scene for hours mopping up the fire.

Current fire restrictions bar cars, SUVs, OHVs, ATVs, dirt bikes and other motor vehicles from driving off of improved roads.

"In addition, each vehicle traveling in wildland areas is required to have a shovel AND a gallon of water or a two and a half pound or larger fire extinguisher," DFPA said in a statement. A complete list of restrictions is available online.

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