About 11 residences were warned Friday afternoon they may have to evacuate on a moment’s notice due to a fast growing brush and tree fire just off Highway 18 at Kimberling Mountain Road. The fire, which was reported to be “human” caused, started near a home, according to fire fighters. The blaze quickly raced through the brush and ignited trees which have not seen any significant rainfall in over 100 days. It’s been a long dry summer on the coast.
Firefighters from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue an the Oregon Department of Forestry battled the blaze all afternoon long using standard fire truck hose lines and a helicopter with a water bucket. The helo pilot was getting his water from a nearby fish hatchery.
Fire fighters say the fire grew to about ten acres before crews started to get a containment line around it. Hand crews were said to be coming very close to having the fire surrounded late this afternoon.
Neighbors were never evacuated but were warned all afternoon to be ready to move out quickly on little or no warning. The specific source of the fire had not been released as of 6:25pm.