COMMUNITY, PUBLIC SAFETY

Field mowing suspected as trigger for Vitae Springs Fire, officials say

Fire officials said Sunday they are investigating whether a field mowing operation on Friday, Sept. 9, caused the fire that forced the evacuation of more than 100 people.

Crews worked Sunday to chase down hot spots on the Vitae Springs Fire as the evacuation order was lifted at noon and residents could return.

No injuries were reported and no structures were lost in a fire that spread over about 130 acres.

Fire officials said Sunday they are investigating whether a mowing operation with this equipment started the Vitae Springs Fire on Friday, Sept. 9. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Fire officials said the Vitae Springs Fire started in this grass field on Friday afternoon, moving into highly flammable Scotch broom before reaching forested hills. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
A Salem firefighter hoses down smoldering trees on the Vitae Springs Fire on Sunday, Sept. 11. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
The face on equipment on a communications tower shows damage from the Vitae Springs Fire on Sunday, Sept. 11. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Vegetation smolders on the Vitae Springs Fire on Sunday, Sept. 11. No structures were lost in the fire that started Friday, Sept. 9, officials said. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

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