At around 6 a.m. Friday, Brookings and Harbor Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported large fire on Lone Ranch Beach. The Brookings duty officer called for Coos Forest Protection Agency and Cape Ferrell units to be dispatched while in route.
The first arriving fire unit found a large fire burning in the driftwood and starting to burn into the brush, around 50 yards by 20 feet in size. A hose line was put in from the apparatus and the fire was quickly knocked down and extinguished. Nineteen firefighters responded to the scene. A park ranger was dispatched to assist with shutting down the access road while suppression was being achieved. Units were on scene for about four hours and park rangers will check the fire area throughout the day. The cause appears to be an abandoned campfire.
The Curry County fire agencies would like to remind the public not to build fires in the driftwood. If it's too windy by the water, it's too windy to have a fire. If you build a fire, you must have a means to extinguish the fire, a shovel and a bucket. Do not just bury the fire in the sand.