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Police searching for men they believe set Saturday brush fire

by: TVF&R - An aerial unit helps extinguish a blaze that consumed 60 acres of a field  near a marsh area off of Oregon Street on Saturday.Sherwood police are looking for three white males who they believe set off illegal fireworks that created a 60-acre brush fire, summoning 40 firefighters to a site off of Oregon Street Saturday evening.

At about 6:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of illegal fireworks with someone reporting that three shirtless males wearing shorts were seen running from the area of the fire.

TVF&R officials said the fire, which began in a marsh area immediately north of Oregon Street, was complicated by gusting winds that pushed the blaze deep into grass in an easterly direction towards Southwest Tonquin Road. Limited access, deep holes and muddy conditions all hampered firefighters’ access to the fire. Fire officials said while nearby homes were never threatened -- firefighters able to contain the blaze in the green space north of Oregon Street -- smoke billowed into residential neighborhoods as the fire moved past Hall, Lower Roy and Orland streets, and Brickyard Drive.

As it burned close to the bridge over Rock Creek, firefighters were able to use a master stream from an aerial unit to put out the blaze, which was controlled at 9:30 p.m.

An initial investigation conducted by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue determined the origin of the fire began 50-75 feet from the railroad tracks where a spent firework was located, according to Sherwood Police Capt. Ty Hanlon. On Sunday, Sherwood police discovered additional modified fireworks along the railroad tracks, a discovery that resulted in calling out the Portland Police Explosive Unit Division. The unit examined the fireworks and rendered them harmless, said Hanlon. They were collected as evidence.by: TVF&R - A fire that was begun by illegal fireworks burned this Sherwood field near Oregon Street Saturday evening. More than 40 firefigthers contained the blaze before it had a chance to reach nearby homes.

Police are seeking the help of the public with any information related to the fire or identification of the subjects seen leaving the area. Anyone with information should call 503-629-0111.

Firefighters from TVF&R, Lake Oswego, Newberg, and Washington County Fire District 2 worked to control the fire.




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