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Escaped debris burn sparks wildfire off Page Road near Winchester

A grass fire off Page Road near Winchester serves as a good reminder that fire season remains in effect, fire officials said, Oct. 5, 2017. (DFPA photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A grass fire Thursday afternoon off Page Road near Winchester serves as a good reminder that fire season remains in effect, fire officials said.

Crews from Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to the fire around 1:15 p.m. after a landowner called 911 and reported a debris burn had escaped containment.

Crews arrived on scene and attacked the slow moving fire that was burning in grass, blackberry bushes and pine trees before it was stopped at one and a half acres.

Firefighters remained on scene for about an hour, mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.

Despite cooler, fall like temperatures, fire season remains in effect throughout the Douglas District and a burn permit is required for any type of outdoor burning, officials said.

Currently, DFPA is only issuing permits for debris piles consisting of yard debris or for agricultural field burns.

Permits for burn barrels or for industrial logging slash are not being issued at this time.

Those found to be burning without a valid burn permit may be cited.

Fire officials also remind that burn permits do not waive landowner liability if a permitted burn escapes containment and turns into a wildfire and says that the responsible party may be held liable for fire suppression costs and associated damages.

For more information or to request a burn permit from DFPA, call (541) 672-6507.

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