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Fire crews work overnight to contain wildfire north of Tiller

According to the Douglas Forest Protective Association, the Marshall's Place Fire is estimated at 200 acres in size.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 9:27 AM

TILLER, Ore. — Fire crews worked through the night to contain a growing wildfire north of Tiller that was first reported on Tuesday. According to the Douglas Forest Protective Association, the Marshall's Place Fire is estimated at 200 acres in size.

DFPA said that firefighters took advantage of more favorable conditions overnight to build lines around the fire, which is located about four miles north of Tiller.

During the afternoon, strong winds gusts fanned the flames, producing a number of spot fires through logging slash and second-growth timber in the area. But crews on the scene reported that fire activity decreased after sunset amid rising humidity and reduced winds, allowing hand crews and bulldozers to complete containment lines around the entire perimeter.

As of Wednesday morning, 110 personnel from DFPA, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Coos Forest Protective Association, timber companies and private contractors were assigned to the fire.

DFPA said that crews and equipment would be focused on mopping up hot spots within the perimeter while holding and building on the containment lines. Smoke from the fire's interior may be visible for several more days.

The cause of the Marshall's Place Fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters first arrived on the scene of the fire shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, when the fire was estimated at 70 acres in size. No homes are threatened by the fire.

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