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Trailer Sparks Fire shocks Scottsburg residents

Fire officials are calling it the Trailer Sparks fire because the fire was cased by a mechanical failure from trailer that was being towed down the highway.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 6:39 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2020 11:47 AM

SCOTTSBURG, Ore. -- A fire broke out on Highway 38 right outside of Scottsburg on Tuesday, burning nearly 16 acres of land.

Fire officials are calling it the Trailer Sparks Fire because the fire was cased by a mechanical failure from trailer that was being towed down the highway.

The fire started around 12:30 p.m. Officials said they have at least 50 firefighters and five aircrafts on scene to control the flames.

Highway 38 was closed for nearly four hours Tuesday afternoon. After it reopened, ODOT crews redirected traffic throughout the night and day Wednesday.

Scottsburg residents told KEZI 9 News that they’re still feeling overwhelmed by what happened.

“The way that it was moving, it could’ve very easily gone south,” said Jay Denbaugh.

Other Scottsburg residents said they’re still in shock too because large fires never happen in that area.

“On this highway, we’ve had a lot of accidents, small tiny fires,” said Dennis Rose. “But nothing to this magnitude for them to shut the whole highway down.”

Officials said no homes were threatened by the flames.

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