Correction: No burning accelerants were associated with the fire according to Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick.
What was expected to be a simple brush and trash burn turned out to be a little more than that Sunday afternoon as the brush burn took off running through the woods and down toward the Yachats River.
The homeowner, at around 8 miles east of Yachats, was burning brush and had a burning permit.
Although forest fires are slow to get going on the coast due to heavy moisture in just about everything, this one was well up the Yachats River Valley where conditions more often reflect a drier valley climate than a coastal environment.
Yachats Fire and Rescue was called. The first unit enroute reported seeing a tall plume of smoke six miles away. Upon arrival fire fighters fanned out with several lines and began dousing the various fingers of the blaze…some in the trees, some making their way through the undergrowth. It took firefighters quite a while to track down what they believe was the last little flicker.
Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick was understandably very concerned about the fire behavior. Chief Petrick said that brush and trees up the Yachats Valley are apparently getting drier earlier this season. She said it means those who do outdoor burning should be extra mindful of the need for all precautions when burning. She said be extra wary of winds that can carry sparks a long way.