Oregon crews busy with early-season fires

Oregon crews busy with early-season fires
The Shively Creek Fire near Canyonville, Ore. (Photo by Kyle Reed)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state Department of Forestry says Oregon crews battled seven fires over the weekend that burned larger areas than is typical for early May.

The largest was near Canyonville, a 180-acre blaze named for Shively Creek. It was reported in rough terrain, burning in logging slash and old-growth timber.

The department said some rain Sunday helped slow its spread.

Firefighters said some of the blazes spread from burning debris piles and asked landowners to take precautions such as having fire tools and a garden hose at the ready.

In Central Oregon, firefighters contained a fire that started Saturday when winds knocked over a power lines near La Pine.

The Umpqua National Forest reported a handful of small weekend fires, two caused by humans and four by lightning Sunday.