Flames spread from the tower to the grassy field at its base. Crews disconnected the power so they could work safely.
Two birds were found dead at the bottom of the tower.
The fire likely was started by birds pecking at wires, Salem Fire Capt. Joe Terleski told the Salem paper. AT&T customers in the immediate area of a cell tower west of Salem were expected to "experience reduced coverage" after the fire, the journal reported.
Road conditions in some of the hardest-hit areas of Oregon are much improved after ODOT crews took care of the major arteries.
A house fire in Southeast Portland caused extensive damage early Saturday morning, but no one was injured.
A 25-year-old man is wanted by Newberg police for allegedly hurting one roommate with a machete and threatening another in the early hours of Saturday.
Though some events, like the Christmas boats on the Willamette River, were canceled because of the cold, many people took advantage of other outdoor activities in the metro area on Friday night.