Authorities look into 5 suspicious S. Oregon fires
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
TRAIL, Ore. (AP) -- Investigators say five southern Oregon brush fires are "suspicious."
Authorities say the fires outside Trail, about 25 miles north of Medford, were quickly contained before they could spread Tuesday morning. Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Brian Ballou tells the Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/nYKl2i ) that investigators are looking for people who were causing mischief in the woods.
The fires were started in large piles of branches and treetops left over from logging operations. Ballou says the blazes were a challenge to extinguish because firefighters had to tear apart the burning brush. He says it's fortunate the fires were set in the morning, when humidity was high and the wind low.