Photo by Rob Welles
July 10, 2019 — Several fires broke out in the Siuslaw region on Monday, with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) responding to calls from Greentrees Village, Booth Island and Taylor Road off of Highway 101. No injuries were reported, and all fires were extinguished.
“It was busy,” Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SFVR) and Western Lane Ambulance District’s (WLAD) Chief Michael Schick said. “It goes to show how much we rely on our volunteers. They’re the backbone of our response.
Schick continued, “We had more than enough people showing up. After this long holiday weekend and have them still ready to go on Monday was very nice.”
The Greentrees fire started early Monday afternoon, as SVFR responded to a structure fire in a manufactured home. Crews confined the fire to an attached garage. The garage and contents, as well as a pickup truck parked in front of the garage, were destroyed in the blaze, though the fire was stopped from entering the home. However, the home did suffer some smoke and water damage.
The owners, an older couple, were hosting their son, who had two children, and daughter, who had three. The Red Cross was asked to provide temporary lodging for the family. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the blaze is still undetermined.
“It could have been much worse, but we got called quick which is always helpful,” Schick said. “The sooner we get there, the more we can save.”
Booth Island, which is located in Siltcoos Lake, had a fire that appeared to have started on Sunday night. SVFR was notified of the blaze Monday morning, after an SVFR volunteer who was fishing on the lake reported a column of smoke coming from the island.
Responders went by boat to the lake, finding that a vacation home had burned down the night before with no 911 calls received.
Fire Marshal Tony Miller evaluated the scene to ensure all hot spots were extinguished to prevent rekindling.
“It’s still a mystery why that occurred. We’re not exactly sure what happened,” said Schick, who stated that they were able to contact the owners of the home.
Finally, on Monday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m., smoke was reported north of Florence along Taylor Road, off of Highway 101. The fire was located on a Central Lincoln Public Utility District (PUD) access road, and it appears that a homeless camp had ignited and caught fire near the PUD station.
“It was a little grass fire,” Schick said. “It was reported quickly, and we had a good turnout.”
SVFR crews arrived quickly to the scene, establishing fire break trenches and extinguishing the fire. The area was cleared out and the surrounding brush and soil was soaked to prevent rekindling. No injuries were reported, and the area was vacant when SVFR arrived.