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Brush fire near Mount Pisgah held to less than 2 acres

A grass fire burned nearly 2 acres early Wednesday morning on land near the Willamette River off Seavey Loop Road. A caller reported seeing the fire burning across the river from Clearwater Park in Springfield around 4 a.m. (Pleasant Hill-Goshen Fire Districts photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A grass fire burned nearly 2 acres early Wednesday morning on land near the Willamette River off Seavey Loop Road.

A caller reported seeing the fire burning across the river from Clearwater Park in Springfield around 4 a.m.

The fire contributed to the smoke that fouled the air over Eugene/Springfield.

Crews from Pleasant Hill – Goshen Fire Districts had to hike across a foot bridge and use a portable pump to put water on the flames.

Firefighters accessed the land via property owned by The Nature Conservancy on the flanks of Mount Pisgah.

They found the fire burning between the river and a large pond.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Oregon Department of Forestry took over mop up of the blaze from the local fire districts.

"This is a great time to remind people that due to extreme fire conditions all outdoor burning is banned," Division Chief Andrew Smith said in a statement. "Please exercise caution with outdoor activities to limit the risk of fire."

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