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Car crash sparks brush fire in west Eugene

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A car crashed and sparked a brush fire on Willow Creek Road south of 18th Avenue in West Eugene. The cause of the crash and information about the condition of the driver and any passengers is not yet available. Firefighters held the blaze to 1/4 acre. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Quick action by firefighters on Friday helped stop a growing brush fire caused by a car crash on Willow Creek road.

It happened just before 1 p.m., and Eugene-Springfield Fire says it appears that a small car lost control and went off the road into a grass field, setting a 1/4 acre of brush on fire.

Battalion Chief Brian Smith says they had to call for more units once they got close to the fire.

"When they saw the smoke column basically from Bertelsen and W 18th, they called for a whole lot more backup just in case," said Smith.

Smith says they quickly knocked down the fire, and added that it was fortunate this incident didn't happen two months ago when it was much drier and warmer, where this fire would have spread much quicker.

The Oregon Department of Forestry remained on scene to check nearby trees for burn spots, and Smith says the driver was out of the car and uninjured when they arrived.