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Firefighters douse blaze on N. Portland bluff

UPDATE • Wildfire was in the same spot as a bigger fire 10 years ago
by: Courtesy of PFR Portland firefighters extinguished a wild fire on a bluff near North Willamette Boulevard Sunday afternoon. The fire was started by a child playing with matches.

It took about 60 firefighters about a half hour to bring a fast-moving wildfire under control Sunday afternoon in a North Portland neighborhoods.

Portland Fire and Rescue crews were called at about 4:21 p.m. to North Willamette Boulevard near the University of Portland where smoke from the fire was blowing over nearby homes.

Firefighters discovered the fire at the bottom of a hill near North Willamette Lane. The fire was spreading up the bluff from the bottom of the hill toward homes. It was the same location as a serious brush fire in 2001 that threatened homes in the neighborhood.

Incident commanders called for a second alarm at about 4:30 p.m., bringing a total of 60 firefighters and additional resources to fight the blaze.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a child playing with matches.

The 100-yard-long fire started at the bottom of the bluff. Firefighters at the top of the bluff began pulling hose lines and protecting homes and buildings while firefighters at the bottom of the bluff began attacking the wildfire using special firefighting equipment and tactics.

The fire was brought under control at about 4:51 p.m., where it was stopped at the fence lines of several backyards. No buildings or structures were damaged in the blaze.