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.