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Abandoned log fire in Scappoose likely human-caused

Fire smolders for hours in remote area near Crown Zellerbach Road

SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - A Scappoose firefighter fights a blaze started in an abandoned log pile near Crown Zellerbach Road and Miller Road in Scappoose Friday, June 26.

Scappoose Fire District was called to a brush fire early Friday morning, June 26, started in a remote area by human activity.

According to the district, firefighters arrived to a forested area near Miller Road and Crown Zellerbach Road in Scappoose around 4:40 a.m. Friday, to find a pile of 25-30 logs, grass, brush and blackberries on fire. By 10 a.m. that morning, the area was still smoldering as firefighters worked to fully extinguish the fire.

“It is expected to continue smoldering and will remain in patrol status for the next couple days,” the district stated in a news release.

Cheryl Engstrom, public information officer for the district, stated in the release that the logs in Friday's fire were from a previous logging operation and were left in a “secluded area that is frequented by transients, teenagers, etc.”

Firefighters believe the fire was human-caused. No homes or structures were threatened, but property owners were still being tracked down late Friday morning.

In all, 15 firefighters from Scappoose responded to the scene with three fire engines, a water tender truck and two support vehicles, according to the district. A bulldozer was also utilized.