Grass fire under control, Hwy 126 reopened to traffic

EUGENE ,Ore. -- Police shut down W 11th Ave. Friday afternoon while fire crews battled a grass fire burning in west Eugene.

After nearly four hours of fire-suppression, Fire Battalion Chief Scott Bishop said the fire was under control.The road was reopened later that night.

Officials said that no buildings were damaged by the 120-acre blaze.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Forestry took over on Saturday, cleaning up hot spots. Eugene and Springfield Fire Departments still have units in the area as the wind could blow embers into dry grass or bark dust.

Fire investigators pinpointed where the fire started, however they are still working to find a cause.

Crews initially got the call at around 2 p.m. Friday about the brush fire burning in a field where West 11th Ave. turns into Highway 126 (or the Florence-Eugene Highway).

The roadway was closed from North Terry Road to Greenhill Road just before 3 p.m. Friday. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation reopened the road to one lane at around 7:40 p.m.

Fire Chief Matt Ennis said fire resources were stretched thin as crews had been deployed to fight a house fire in north Eugene, while other assisting departments responded to a fire on Camas Swale Rd. near Creswell.

There are 25 units on-scene from the Lane Fire Authority, Oregon Department of Forestry, as well as the Junction City, Springfield and Eugene Fire Departments all working to contain the blaze.

Officials called in off-duty crews to assist in putting out the fire.