Wildland firefighters stay on top of new blazes in Douglas County

Wildland firefighters stay on top of new blazes in Douglas County
A helicopter attacks the South Myrtle Fire on Tuesday, August 19.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Crews remain on high alert for wildfires in Douglas County, pouncing on new ignitions and - so far - halting the flames at small acreages.

A downed power line sparked a grass fire Tuesday evening four miles east of Myrtle Creek. 

Firefighters from Douglas Forest Protective Association and Myrtle Creek Fire Department arrived on scene at 6:30 p.m. and found that a dead tree fell across the power lines. 

Firefighters had to wait for the power lines to be de-energized before they could safely suppress the fire. 

Firefighters stopped the fire spread at 1/10th of an acre of grass and brush and remained on scene until 8:30 p.m. securing the fire.

On the Umpqua National Forest, crews from local, state and federal land management agencies have kept multiple small fires contained. That has allowed fire managers to release crews to assist on other fires in region.