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City and state officials are investigating a series of small fires started Thursday morning in Pioneer Park, according to a city spokesman.

Authorities are also looking into two small fires started about the same time just west of the Oregon State University campus, said Patrick Rollens.

“As witnessed by the number and magnitude of the fires that are occurring around the state and country, it is very evident that any fire in a vegetated area has the potential to become a very serious and dangerous event given the prolonged hot and dry conditions,” Rollens said. “This presents a significant risk to land, property, residents and firefighters.”

Firefighters responded early in the morning to a vegetation fire in Pioneer Park and discovered multiple small fires near the foot and bike paths running through the park.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fires before they had a chance to grow in size.

While firefighters were still at Pioneer Park, two small fires were reported near the railroad tracks west of 35th Street and Washington Way. Firefighters quickly reached the location and extinguished the blazes.

Authorities are treating the fires as suspicious. They are being investigated by the Corvallis Police and Fire Departments and the Oregon State Police.

Anyone with information related to the fires is asked to contact the police.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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