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Dune grass catches fire near Surf Pines

Blaze contained in about two hours
By Brenna Visser

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 5, 2018 9:47AM

@Photo courtesy of Jackie Lusby
A small fire broke out in the dunes near Surf Pines Thursday night.

@Photo courtesy of Jackie Lusby A small fire broke out in the dunes near Surf Pines Thursday night.

@Photo courtesy of Jeff Ter Har
The small fire in Surf Pines started after a lawnmower overheated and ignited the dune grass.

@Photo courtesy of Jeff Ter Har The small fire in Surf Pines started after a lawnmower overheated and ignited the dune grass.

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SURF PINES — A small blaze set fire in the dune grass just west of Surf Pines, a gated community in Warrenton, Thursday evening. The rapidly-growing fire was reported around 6:45 p.m., according to Gearhart Volunteer Fire Department, and grew to about 100-foot by 50-foot in area. The fire was started by an overheated lawnmower of a resident who was mowing the dune grass at the time, the department said. The flames were contained in a little under two hours and no structures were threatened.

“We may have just got out of fire season, but this fire is just an early reminder that the conditions out there still present hazards for wildfires,” the department’s Facebook post read. “Under the right conditions, this fire could have grown exponentially.”

The department reminds people to be cautions when operating power tools in dry fuels, burning yard debris, or enjoying a campfire on the beach.



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