Monday, May 6 2013, 12:14 PM CDT
Fire investigators look for causes in several weekend fires
MEDFORD, Ore. -- State fire officials are investigating several grass fires that burned in southern and central Oregon this weekend.
The 180-acre Shively Creek Fire is burning in logging slash and old growth timber, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Forestry.
This fire, occurring in the Douglas Forest Protective Association's jurisdiction, was reported Sunday. Crews responded with two helicopters, eight fire engines, nine hand crews, two bulldozers and two water tenders.
Officials say Sunday evening's rain helped slow that fire.
Fire crews are still on scene and will build fire trails and strengthen fire lines.
The Burgess Road Fire in Central Oregon has burned 168 acres. Fire officials say the fire is burning in timber, brush and grass.
Fire crews responded with five fire engines, three hand crews, one bulldozer and one water tender.
Officials are investigating the cause.
In Western Oregon, crews battled the 22-acre Gooseneck Road Fire. This fire was first reported on Saturday.
It is burning in logging slash. Crews have brought in one helicopter, two hand crews, six fire engines, one bulldozer and one water tender to fight the fire.
The Goosneck Road Fire is also under investigation.
Crews contained the 19-acre Jasper Lowell Fire late Sunday afternoon. The fire burned grass, brush and timber.
Crews are mopping up on Monday.
The Douglas Forest protective Association fought a 15-acre fire at milepost 160 near Interstate 5 on Saturday. This fire burned logging slash near the interstate.
Officials say this fire was from an April 29 prescribed burn that spread from the burn unit.
About 14 acres have burned in the Raisor Road Fire in the South Cascade District.
Fire crews in the South Cascade District also battled the 10-acre Tokatee Fire that burned in the logging slash, timber and grass.