Firefighters Battle Multiple Wildfires Near Brookings Over the Weekend

Four different wildfires were reported in less than eight fours, according to Brookings Fire & Rescue, requiring multiple fire departments to send support.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2018 1:59 PM
Updated: Nov. 12, 2018 2:07 PM

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Firefighters responded to four different wildfires within an eight-hour period on Sunday, according to Brookings Fire & Rescue (BF&R).

Beginning at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, firefighters responded to a small, out-of-control transient fire in Harbor that burnt a 15 foot by 20 foot area, according to BF&R. There were no injuries reported in that fire.

Soon after, at 6 a.m., multiple agencies responded to a fire in a "slash pile that rekindled" and quickly began to spread due to high winds along Carpenterville Road. The fire caused lane closures along OR-255 while crews fought the worst of the flames.

"All fire crews worked very quickly and efficiently to stop the fire front," BF&R said. They were joined in fighting the fire by Harbor Fire & Rescue, Cape Ferrelo Fire Fighter Association, Winchuk Fire, Coos FPA, Pistol River Fire, Gold Beach Fire, Ophir Fire Department, and South Coast lumber.

Fire officials have yet to assess the acreage burnt by that fire — but no injuries, evacuations, or structural losses were reported. BF&A says that the fire is now in the "mop-up stage."

Meanwhile, at 10 a.m., multiple agencies again responded to a small brush fire reported roughly one mile up the north bank of the Chetco. The fire was quickly extinguished, and was reportedly caused by a charcoal grill. No injuries were reported in that fire either.

By 12:50 p.m., firefighters were called to an escaped burn pile that ignited nearby brush. Once again, fire crews quickly contained and mopped-up the fire with no injuries reported.

Before the last fire had been so much as reported, Fire Chief Jim Watson had suspended all burn permits in the City of Brookings due to the critical fire conditions.

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