SCOTTSBURG — Fire lines have held on both forest fires that erupted near here and near Brookings on Tuesday.
The 15-acre blaze near Scottsburg will continue to smoke for several days, said John Flannigan, a spokesman for the Coos Forest Protective Association.
Drivers on state Highway 38 should continue to exercise caution and avoid Luchsinger Road, which poses hazards like falling debris loosened by the fire.
Roughly 60 firefighters were on scene Wednesday with two engines, a tender, a bulldozer and a helicopter on standby, Flannigan said.
“Some of the areas in the draws are too unsafe to work in,” said Coos Forest Protective Association District Manager Mike Robison.
“They are just not worth getting someone hurt for. We will keep a close eye on those areas and use a helicopter to knock down any flare-ups.”
The fire began around 1 a.m. Tuesday on Roseburg Resources Co. land and burned older, mature timber. Then it spread to younger growth, Flannigan said.
Homes are in the area, but none were threatened as of Wednesday.
Coos Forest Protective Association was assisted by Douglas Forest Protective Association, Shutters Creek Correctional Institution, Douglas County Parole and Probation, and Roseburg Resources Co. personnel.
A second, six-acre fire near Brookings began around 2 p.m. Tuesday on South Coast Lumber Co. land.
That fire has been contained, and a crew is working to mop up with three engines and two tenders, Flannigan said.
Officials have not determined either fire’s cause, but they are sure both were caused by people, Flannigan said.