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Fireworks to blame for last weeks fire on Government Island

Investigators have determined that a juvenile playing with illegal fireworks sparked last week's fire on Government Island that burned approximately 25 acres.

It took firefighters from Gresham, Vancouver and Portland hours to control the three-alarm fire that snarled afternoon and evening traffic on Interstate 205 on Monday, Aug. 19.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but it caused alarm in East Multnomah County when winds blew smoke east, causing residents to flood Gresham Fire & Emergency Services with reports of heavy smoke in the area.

The fire was reported at 1:20 p.m. when callers to 911 noted a large field of grass on fire on Government Island in the Columbia River.

Approximately 80 firefighters evacuate campers, dug fire lines and battled the fire, which took nearly five hours to control.




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