GARDINER — A fire was finally contained Monday morning  after it broke out at Sparrow Park around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Officials declared the fire, located about three miles north of Gardiner, contained at 7 a.m.

Crews from multiple local agencies reported to the scene just west of U.S. Highway 101 on Sunday, and were forced to work in steep terrain to eradicate the fire. The fire destroyed 42 acres of timber, according to the Coos Forest Protective Association.

The fire quickly spread to a logging operation Sunday afternoon.

“One piece of logging equipment and a fire truck, which belonged to the operator, were burned up,” said Mike Robison, district manager for Coos Forest Protective Association.

More than 40 people were at the scene to fight the fire with help from heavy equipment, fire rings and an air monitor in a fixed-wing aircraft.

“Even though we’ve had some rainfall, it’s still very dry out there,” said Dominique Ray with the CFPA. “People need to be extra cautious when they’re out in wooded areas.”

Reedsport, Gardiner and Winchester Bay Fire Department crews, inmate crews from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution, the U.S. Forest Service, Coos and Douglas Forest Protective Associations all responded to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Reporters George Artsitas and Emily Thornton contributed to this article.

Yourgo Artsitas is the Digital Editor at The World and a national award-winning sports columnist.

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I really like that they're using inmates to help fight these fires. They're probably glad to be out of their cells, too.

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