Fallen power lines ignite fire east of Yoncalla

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YONCALLA, Ore. -- At 8:30 p.m. Monday, Douglas Forest Protective Association and North Douglas County Fire & EMS responded to a natural cover fire 7 miles east of Yoncalla, in the 1000 block of London Hill Road.

Crews located the fire and determined the cause was power line related.

Firefighters worked on the fire where they could do so safely, but had to wait for the power lines to be de-energized before crews could fully engage the fire.

Once the power lines were de-energized, firefighters made quick work of the London Hill Fire, stopping the fires spread at 1/4 acre of grass, brush and trees, officials said.

Fire officials reminds that downed power lines are dangerous and should never be touched.

They say to follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid touching downed power lines with your body or other object, such as sticks, brooms or poles.
  • Avoid touching anything that is in contact with downed power lines, including cars, fences or other objects.
  • Keep everyone, including pets, away from downed power lines.
  • Avoid driving over a downed power line.
  • Call 911 immediately to report a downed power line.
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