A barn fire on Wednesday, Aug. 2 on Highway 170 just south of Canby quickly spread in the 105-degree heat and burned an estimated eight acres of flatland.
The Canby Fire District was assisted by the Aurora Fire District, the Molalla Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 and the Oregon Department of Forestry in stopping the fire from spreading even more.
"The fire spread to about eight acres and we had to stop it on Heinz Road," Canby Fire Chief Jim Davis said. "We had to wait for it to come to us and hopefully try to put it out. Otherwise it would have spread to the other side of the road and we would have had a very-large, flatland fire."
The barn where the fire originated burned to the ground by the time Canby Fire arrived on the scene. Officials still are investigating how the fire began.
"Our major concern was with this wind and the heat," Davis said. "Firefighters are only good for about 30 minutes at a time, then we had to turn them around and put them into the rehab."
The hay was difficult to put out, but the crews succeeded in extinguishing the fire.
Davis wants the community to remember that fire danger currently is very high and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
"Please be vigilant not to be doing any type of burning, any type of welding, or grinding, or anything like that because just a small spark, as what happened here today, will happen again," Davis said.
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