Old Hwy 99 fire near Roseburg burns 4 acres, under investigation

A fire on Old Hwy 99 fire near Roseburg burned around 4 acres on July 12, 2018. (Douglas Forest Protective Association photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Around 2:50 p.m. Thursday, crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to a natural cover fire about 2 miles south of Roseburg, near the 2500 block of Old Highway 99 South.

When units arrived on scene and discovered the fire burning in light, flashy fuels and moving quickly up the hillside, additional resources were requested from the Roseburg Fire Department, Winston–Dillard Fire Department, and the Lookingglass Rural Fire Department.

As crews anchored into the heel of the fire and made their way up the hillside, two helicopters were used to slow the fire's spread.

A bulldozer was also dispatched to construct fire trail around the blaze.

By 4 p.m., firefighters on scene reported the fire trail was completed around the fire and crews were starting to mop up hot spots.

Fire crews remained on scene of until about 9 p.m., mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.

The Old Highway 99 Fire burned approximately four acres of grass, brush and hardwood litter and the cause is currently under investigation.

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