Corvallis Fire Human Caused

Corvallis FireCORVALLIS, Ore. — The Corvallis Fire Department says the 85-acre wildland fire that nearly destroyed hundreds of homes Friday night started by human causes.

Fire crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Corvallis Fire Department will be on site into next week to continue with mop up operations to make sure that all hot spots have been completely extinguished.

The fire department says it is not able to release the specific cause of the fire at this time, but investigators say the fire was started through human causes. The department is interested in any information from the public that could help with the investigation. If anyone has information that is first or second hand about people who may have been coming and going through Chip Ross Park or near the park entrance on NW 29th Street before or during the fire, contact the Corvallis Fire Department at (541) 766-6903. Other valuable information includes sounds or initial fire observations.

Fire officials are encouraging residents to be careful in parks and other vegetated areas through the next week because of the hot and dry conditions.

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