Heat and low humidity contribute to multiple roadside grass fires

This summer’s heat and dryness create conditions that could easily ignite fires in dry grass along highways. This became quite clear when on last Thursday morning a vehicle caught fire in Douglas County, Oregon, near Azalea on Interstate 5, reported The News-Review. The fire spread to the grass and burned one-tenth of an acre.

On Wednesday, one lane on Interstate 5 south of Rice Hill closed after a car and a motorhome caught fire and spread to nearby grass just before 2 p.m. Firefighters extinguished the grass fire and mopped up hot spots.

Later on Wednesday, firefighters responded to another fire burning off of Highway 38, northwest of Elkton.  A fire crew arrived on scene to find a fast-moving grass fire that was moving up a hill towards dry brush and trees. Multiple fire engines created a perimeter around the fire while a helicopter dropped buckets of water onto the flames.

By 7 p.m., crews reported the spread of the fire had been stopped, but they remained on scene until midnight to secure the area. A preliminary investigation indicated the fire might have been caused by a power line.

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