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New fires spotted in Douglas County following recent lightning storms

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Clear skies over the weekend allowed the Douglas Forest Protective Association to utilize fire detection cameras and aviation resources to search for new fires resulting from recent lighting storms, which located two new fires, officials said.

Shively Creek Fire: Crews located the Shively Creek Fire Saturday afternoon about 7 miles east of Canyonville. DFPA’s helicopter was used to slow the fire's spread while ground crews hiked into the fire. A commercial timber faller was also brought in to fall the lightning struck tree so crews could fully contain the fire. The fire burned 1/4 acre of brush and trees before crews extinguished the blaze. Firefighters returned Sunday to continue mopping up hot spots and improved control lines.

Copperhead Creek Fire: The Copperhead Creek Fire, located 9 miles south of Glide, was spotted by a DFPA fire detection flight Sunday afternoon. Two engines and a helicopter responded to the fire, which was stopped at 1/4 acre of brush and timber. Crews remained on scene for most of the day, mopping up hot spots and improving control lines.

Firefighters from DFPA and industrial landowners and cooperators will continue to monitor the lightning affected areas from last week, searching for new wildfires as warm and dry conditions return to the area.

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