Fire closes park around Mount Pisgah

Fire closes park around Mount Pisgah
A firefighting helicopter drops water on a fire in Howard Buford Recreation Area, which includes Mount Pisgah.

EUGENE, Ore. - The county park that includes Mount Pisgah closed Friday while a helicopter dropped buckets of water on a wildland fire.

Lane County closed Howard Buford Recreation Area due to the fire. Lane County Parks staff evacuated visitors from the park.

The fire began around 12:30 p.m.

Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Goshen Fire Department attacked the fire with the help of a helicopter.

A helicopter could be seen dipping a bucket in the nearby river and dumping water on the flames.

The fire was fully contained as of 2:45 p.m. Firefighter kept the fire to just over an acre.

The south and east sides of the park, including the arboretum and summit trail, reopened to visitors.

The north side of the park remained closed as crews continued to monitor and investigate the cause of the blaze.

The park is south of Springfield, where a fire ripped through a plywood mill Thursday.

People who live near Buford Park said that fire cast embers into the area.

"Last night we had embers from the mill fire clear over here landing in our yard, and it was still smoking," said Larry Norris, who lives on Seavey Loop Road.

But fire officials doubted that the two were connected.