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Brush fire near high school burns two acres

by: , A fire last Saturday near WLHS burns two acres of grass, brush and shrubs on the bluff overlooking I-205 before being brought under control.

A brush fire erupted last Saturday afternoon near West Linn High School. Several people, including one who could see smoke and flames from across the river, called 9-1-1 and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded.

The fire, which began on the rugged bluff above I-205, was quickly traveling toward Camassia Nature Park and the high school football field.

The call brought 15 units to the scene, including two from Lake Oswego and one from Clackamas County Fire District 1.

Firefighters faced rugged terrain, heavy smoke, and dense poison oak while battling the fire, according to Karen Eubanks, TVF and R public information officer. The fire burned approximately two acres before it was brought under control in about 40 minutes.

Yard signs recently placed around West Linn remind local residents that wildfires such as this one are possible in the areas near urban environments.

While TVF and R firefighters are equipped and annually trained to fight wildfires, preventing them is up to residents, Eubanks said.

Among a number of ways homeowners can protect themselves and their property from becoming victims of wildfire are the following:

· plant low, fire-resistant plants near the home.

· remove lower branches of trees and cut back limbs near a roof.

· remove dry flammables from under decks and crawlspaces.

· remove vegetation from gutters and roof.

· keep landscape plants well pruned and watered.

· store firewood or other flammables away from the home.

· driveways should be 20 feet wide with a 15-foot clearance.

· replace wood-shake roofing with non-combustible material.

For more information, call Deputy Fire Marshal Ed Bonollo at 503-612-7004 or visit the Web site www.tvfr.com.