Fire Grows In Silver Falls State Park

posted by Brad Ford - 

Friday afternoon, a small fire was reported in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park.

The fire was about an acre in size when it was reported, but had grown to 10 acres by Friday night.

Crews from Drakes Crossing Fire District responded, but the small size of the fire and thick undergrowth made it difficult to pinpoint the source before darkness made further work impossible. 

Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry joined Drakes to cut a trail toward the fire while aviation resources dropped water and retardant through the day.

More resources are expected to arrive Saturday.

Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire crews are engaging with Heavy Airtankers, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter and ground support.

A YMCA summer camp at Camp Silver Creek, a facility inside the park about a mile from the fire, ended a day early as a precaution, with 142 youth and several dozen staff leaving between 4-5 p.m.

While other areas of the park are open on Saturday, July 14, there will be abundant firefighter equipment and aircraft in the area. Any visitors who plan to visit the park this weekend are advised to wait until more information is available about the status of this small fire.

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