Fire burns 3/4 acre near I-5

CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- The Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) says a fire fire south of Canyonville on I-5 burned about 3/4 of an acre Friday afternoon.

Fire crews from the DFPA, Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire Department and the Azalea Fire Department all responded to the blaze near milepost 93.

The fire burned in grass, brush and trees in very steep, rocky terrain before firefighters were able to suppress it.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, officials said.

Authorities from the DFPA say that despite the recent cooler weather in Douglas County, things are still very dry.

Fire officials are reminding the public to use caution when working and recreating in wildland areas, and to make sure to be aware of additional fire restrictions put in place as things continue to dry out.

Currently, the only restriction in place is that a burn permit is required before doing any backyard debris burning. Burn permits can be obtained by calling the DFPA at 541-672-6507.