Fire sweeps Dorena area

Wednesday evening, South Lane County Fire and Rescue (SLCFR), in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, responded to a wild lands fire in Dorena. 

According to a statement released by SLCFR, the fire was contained to 12 acres and the cause is still under investigation. 

"SLCFR response included resources from North Douglas Fire EMS and Goshen-Pleasant Hill Fire... The Dorena area is not protected by a structural agency," the statement read. 

As part of an agreement with the South Lane School District, SLCFR provided structural protection to Dorena School, which is scheduled to have its first day of school--a half day for first-graders--today. 

Dorena Principal Linda Folkman said classes were still scheduled and praised the efforts of the emergency response teams.

"I can't speak enough about the fire departments, all of them," she said. "It was a really great coordinated effort and we were really lucky the wind changed a little and Weyerhaeuser got to throw water between us and the fire,. Everyone was awesome and I want to give a special shoutout to the community, to parents whose kids don't even go to school here. They came with hoses and prayers. One member of the community, with a hose, said, 'This is the most important building in town and we want to make sure nothing happens to it.'"

Three structures, several outbuildings and vehicles were burned in the fire. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday night, no injuries were reported. 

The fire was the second in the area in the last seven days as fires along the west coast continue to burn and force evacuations. On Friday, a vehicle sparked six separate fires along Interstate-5 approximately 10 miles south of Cottage Grove. 

*Photo courtesy SLCFR 


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