Highway 36 remains closed between Highway 126 at Mapleton and Poodle Creek
Road, milepost 39, due to a wildfire that began earlier this afternoon near
Deadwood at milepost 13.
Initial reports are that the fire began when an ODOT contractor using a
sweeper machine on a road sealing project backed into a section of dry
grass, accidentally starting the blaze.
A Type 2 helicopter has been dropping water at the head of the fire as crews
from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and
Swisshome/ Deadwood have been providing hand crews to work the flanks of the
blaze, which was reported to be approximatley 2 acres.
No structures have been threatened as the fire burns through a mature timber
"It was basically in the timberlands behind the Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery,"
said Chief Terry Ney with Lane Fire Authority, who added that it appears
that the the fire is now under control, with the Type 2 helicopter on
standby in a nearby field.
"The plume of smoke is much less now, but they will be working for a while,"
An inmate crew is in route to assist with suppression and mop up.
Meanwhile, flaggers are controlling traffic and the roadway is only open to
Travelers are directed to take alternate routes and expect a lengthy closure
that will likely continue overnight.
Siuslaw News will provide updates as needed, with a full story in Wednesday's edition.