Wildfire near Canyonville burns 125 acres

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - A wildfire that burned 125 acres east of Canyonville is about 50 percent contained Friday.

Motorists should use caution on Tiller Trail Highway for the next couple days as fire traffic will be heavy while firefighters continue to mop up hot spots, the Dougas Forest Protective Association said.

The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

The flames were burning in steep, rocky terrain in mainly grass, blackberries and other underbrush, but also some trees, firefighters said.

Crews put fire lines around most of the Bland Mountain Fire overnight, said Kyle Reed with DFPA.

There are 90 firefighters working the blaze Friday. They will finish the fire line and then start the mop up process.

Firefighters will be looking to snuff any "smokes" or lingering fires. A holdover fire can smolder in the roots of a stump underground for days or weeks before igniting another wildfire after firefighters have cleared the area.

"Now that the fire has been knocked down, we have to make sure that all the smokes are 100% out," Reed said. "This summer is shaping up to be a long, hot, dry summer, and we don't want to be back on Bland Mountain in a couple weeks, or a month because we missed something."