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Wildfire breaks out in Douglas County

One of the first fires of the season hits south of Riddle.

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 11:53 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2018 11:59 PM

RIDDLE, Ore. -- One of the first wildfires of the season broke out in Douglas County on Monday afternoon.

Officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association said a 911 caller reported smoke about four miles south of Riddle. DFPA's fire detection cameras confirmed the fires on Formosa Mine Road about 2:15 p.m.

Crews from DFPA, Riddle Rural Fire Department, and Tri-City Rural Fire Department responded. Officials say it was about half an acre in size on "steep, rocky hillside."

Using a bulldozer and hand tools, crews created a fire trail and stopped the spread at an acre and a half. They're expected to remain on scene through Tuesday to mop up hot spots.

The cause is under investigation.

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