Investigators: Lawnmower sparked $29 million Ore. wildfire

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Investigators think they know what caused the Stouts Creek Fire east of Canyonville.

Investigators determined that the fire was accidentally sparked by someone mowing grass.

"Fire officials say that the responsible party was allegedly in violation of a Regulated Use Closure because they were mowing after the shutdown time when the fire occurred. Because of the violation, the individual may be liable for fire suppression costs and damages resulting from the fire," said Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed.

To date, the Stouts Creek Fire has burned 37 square miles and is approximately 69 percent contained. Suppression costs have reached $29 million.
    
Crews with the Oregon Department of Forestry said they hope to have the wildfire in the southern Cascade foothills fully contained by Aug. 18.

The nearby Cable Crossing fire six miles east of Glide was 80 percent contained at last report.
    

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