Area Briefs

Thurston Hills fire human-caused

THURSTON – Last weekend, fire officials received a report of a fire at Thurston Hills Natural Area, near the Camas Crest Trail on the western side of the property. The smoke plume was visible from most of Springfield. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire and Rescue responded and put out the .16-acre fire after a few hours.

It is suspected that the source of Sunday’s brush fire was a human-made campfire. Given the location of the fire and proximity to neighboring households, wildfire risk and threat to the surrounding area was . . .