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Firefighters report busy weekend battling blazes

Firefighters battle structure, timber fires in Scappoose


SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - Fire crews extinguish flames on an abandoned house on EJ Smith Road in Scappoose Sunday morning, Aug. 7.Scappoose Fire District crews responded to two fires last weekend — one involving an abandoned house and another on timberland.

A brush fire on undeveloped timber property in Scappoose broke out Friday evening, Aug. 6.

According to the Scappoose Fire District, crews were called to a natural cover fire on Holaday Road, off JP West Road, at 10:22 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters reported several "slash," or natural debris piles, burning in a steep ravine.

Weyerhaeuser owns several thousand acres of forestland in Columbia County. SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - A firefighter approaches a fire line on a hillside on timber property near Scappoose. The brush fire broke out Friday, Aug. 5,  leaving crews on scene through the night.

Fire crews, including personnel from Scappoose, Columbia River Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Forestry and Weyerhaeuser, stayed on scene through the night to keep the flames from spreading.

The blaze did not threaten any homes.

The brush fire was one of several that county fire crews responded to over the weekend, including one at an abandoned home in Scappoose and another brush fire in Clatskanie.

Flames broke out in an abandoned house at 32434 EJ Smith Road just before 9:30 Sunday morning, according to the fire district.

The unoccupied house, which was surrounded by large trees in a heavily wooded area, was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, according to the fire district.

By noon Sunday, fire crews were still on scene, keeping burned areas at bay and preventing further spread of the blaze.

A news release via email from the station noted "a huge amount of debris surrounding the structure along with many makeshift buildings, autos, piles of tires, etc."

The district was assisted by law enforcement agencies, along with Portland Fire and Rescue, which provided coverage of the Scappoose station during the fire — one of several in the area last weekend.

This cause of both fires is under investigation.