DAYS CREEK, Ore. -- Dozens of firefighters are working to contain a fire in a logging unit near Days Creek that started Monday night, and officials are asking for your help to determine the cause.
Fire officials from the Douglas Forest Protective Association say the blaze was reported at about 10:30 p.m.
The estimate of 100 acres burned has been revised to about 65-70 acres in very steep terrain. The area is an old logging site about three miles from Days Creek.
So far, it's been contained to the slash in the logging site and has not gotten into any of the green timber.
About 100 firefighters from the DFPA are on the site trying to get containment, but it's tough work for the firefighters. "The biggest concern is, its not bulldozer ground, so we're using a lot of people on the ground," said Tom Fields of the DFPA Tuesday morning. "We're trying to get some aircraft in here to cool off the edges, so that our crews can get right up against the fire and put some trail in to contain it."
Tuesday during the day, they were able to get a helicopter to start dumping water on the fire, and that helped slow the progress. Two Cal Fire air tankers have been brought in to help as well.
Fields says they're not sure yet where it started, or how. "Could be a number of things," said Fields, "we just don't have an idea right now. "It's a little odd that it happened on the 4th of July obviously, but it is kind of removed from civilization, so to speak. So, we're just trying to pinpoint the point of origin and also come up with a cause."
Fields says the helicopter was a big help, and was able to dip out of the South Umpqua River nearby.
If you have information about the cause, you are urged to call the DFPA or the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.