TILLER, Ore.,--The Days Coffee Fire started about 6 miles north of Tiller on Wednesday afternoon. Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it started after a thunderstorm passed through the area. Due to limited access roads, by the time crews arrived at the fire, it was already 10 to 15 acres.
Besides limited access, crews faced other challenges as the fire continued to spread.
"Initially during this fire, the winds were very strong causing a lot of problems with rapid fire growth," says Kyle Reed from Douglas Forest Protective Association.
On Thursday, after spreading over 70 acres, the winds finally died down.
"We actually got some moisture on this yesterday (Thursday), got a couple rain showers that passed through, but probably even more importantly is humidity came back up and the temperatures went down a bit," says Reed.
Weather wasn't the only challenge, there was an initial shortage of staffing due to basic fire school happening this week. Reed says by the end of the day Friday, training will be completely over and they shouldn't face a staffing problem again. Without full staffing, they turned to resources from multiple agencies, including some crews in the Rogue Valley.