The Latest: Utility says dead tree likely caused fire
Jul. 26, 2017
OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a brush fire near Oakridge that destroyed a trailer and shut down lanes of Highway 58 for several hours (all times local):
12:45 a.m. Wednesday
A utility company says a dead tree that fell on power lines appears to have caused a brush fire near Oakridge that destroyed a trailer and shut down lanes of Highway 58 for several hours before it was contained, KMTR TV reports (http://bit.ly/2vZwsqB.)
In a statement reported by KTMR, Lane Electric Cooperative says: "Indications are that a dead tree fell over from outside LEC's right-of-way into the power line bring it to the ground and starting the fire. In all, it appears that 4 or 5 spans of wire between the highway and the railroad tracks were involved."
4:22 p.m. Tuesday
A blown transformer sparked a brush fire near Oakridge that destroyed a trailer and shut down lanes of Highway 58 for several hours before it was contained.
The Register Guard reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/2uvfqCR) that no one was injured in the blaze that began shortly after 2 p.m.
The westbound lanes and shoulder of Highway 58 were shut down, causing traffic delays of up to two hours.
The newspaper reports that the fire destroyed a singlewide mobile home as strong winds fanned the flames.
An elderly woman was rescued by firefighters and was not hurt.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com