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Motorhome, Camp Trailer Destroyed by Fire

Cause of the fire was determined to be a campfire from the previous evening.

Lebanon Oregon Grass Fire
A camp trailer and motorhome were destroyed by a fire Tuesday outside of Lebanon, Ore. File Photo

(LEBANON, Ore. ) - Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Lebanon firefighters responded to the report of a structure fire at 35930 Polly Farm Lane which sits at the base of Peterson Butte.

Upon arrival crews found a field fire that was approximately 1/3 acre in size and had spread to a motor home, camp trailer, and utility trailer.

The fire was moving uphill towards brush and timber. Incident Command called for a 2nd alarm which brought mutual aid from Albany Fire, Brownsville Fire, Tangent Fire, and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Crews were able to control the fire just before it reached the brush.

The camp trailer and motor home were total losses and the utility trailer received minor damage.

A total of 24 firefighters were on scene and there were no injuries.

Cause of the fire was determined to be a campfire from the previous evening.

The occupant told investigators that he had used three buckets of water to extinguish the fire and thought it was out.

It was determined that there were smoldering embers, that when the temperature rose, humidity dropped, and the breeze picked up, were able to ignite surrounding vegetation.

Source: Lebanon Fire Department

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