Blaze at beach receives quick response

Emergency crews work to put out a beach fire.

Shortly before noon July 11, Harbor Fire, Brookings Fire and Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) received a report of a fire on Sporthaven Beach that was singeing vegetation on the cliffs.

CFPA personnel were first on the scene, followed shortly thereafter by Harbor Fire Chief Bob Larson. The fire, about 10 feet by 10 feet in area, was burning driftwood piled up near the base of the cliffs.

Larson attempted to extinguish the fire by kicking sand onto it, but he could do little more than prevent it from spreading.

A three-man CFPA crew arrived and, with Larson’s help, began dragging smoldering driftwood into the ocean to extinguish the remaining embers.

“Coos Forest Protective Association and Harbor Fire have a great relationship,” Larson said. “This is just another great example of interagency cooperation with them.”

According to CFPA documents, fire season began locally on June 11. During fire season, restrictions on open burning are effect.

Because restrictions are subject to change based on current conditions, it’s important to check current ordinances before lighting a fire.

Harbor Fire currently prohibits open burning, including beach fires, in its district.

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