Brush fire burning in Camassia
There was a three-alarm brush fire Wednesday afternoon in the Camassia Nature Area in West Linn, which is located behind the high school and adjacent to southbound Interstate 205.
Fire crews arrived on the scene at 12:42 p.m. and worked to put out the fire, which covered about 2.5 acres according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue spokesperson Cassandra Ulven. There were no injuries, and the origin and cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The fire was originally classified in the two-alarm category, with nine units responding. It was briefly upgraded to a three-alarm just before 2 p.m., but the additional crews were recalled shortly after.
TVF&R stated that firefighters were dealing with steep and rocky terrain, as well as poison oak, as they worked to extinguish the flames. According to Ulven, protecting a nearby apartment complex east of the burn site was a top priority, and the crew managed to contain the fire before it extended beyond the preserve. The high school was also unaffected by the fire.
The grass in this particular area is known to burn fast and spread quickly, according to Ulven, and is also covered with a heavy amount of poison oak, which can cause irritation when it burns into smoke.
As of 4:15 p.m., a fire investigator remained on the scene to inspect burn patterns and collect whatever evidence remained intact.
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