Dry conditions propel brushfire near Eddyville

The fire spread to eight acres Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Stephanie Blair)

EDDYVILLE — A brush fire caught off of Crystal Creek Loop near Eddyville and brought five agencies to the area to contain the blaze, which ultimately affected approximately eight acres.

The Toledo Fire Department was dispatched around noon Tuesday after reports of a brush fire, and upon arrival found one to two acres affected.

“There were a couple of out-buildings that were threatened, and one of them got partially burned,” Toledo staff captain Greg Musil told the News-Times. “There’s a residence up there (on the hill), we put a crew up there to protect the residence. And we’ve then had moderate to high fire behavior, so we’ve been working on containing it for hours now.”

Four fire agencies were dispatched to assist the Toledo crew: Philomath Fire and Rescue, Newport Fire Department, Siletz Valley Fire District and Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue — making for a total of approximately 40 firefighters on scene. Seal Rock Fire District and Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue also dispatched units, but they were canceled en route.

The Oregon Department of Forestry worked with the firefighters on scene, as well as contributing an inmate work crew out of Mill Creek to assist.

ODF Forest Manager Matt Thomas explained that this fire was caused by a tree falling onto a powerline, but spread as much and quickly as it did due to the unseasonably warm and dry weather the area experienced in the days leading up to the spark. The fire consumed more floor brush and debris than it burned trees, he said.

At the time of publication, firefighters were still working on scene but the fire was contained. Musil estimated that crews would continue to work on mopping up the area into the evening.