Firefighters battle four-alarm blaze near Gales Creek
Firefighters battled a four-alarm brush fire near Timmerman Road and Shearer Hill Road, near Gales Creek, on Monday afternoon. The blaze burned between 15 and 20 acres, forcing several homes to be evacuated.
According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue spokesman Matt Johnston, the fire was reported just before 4 p.m., Aug. 20 about five miles northwest of Forest Grove.
Firefighters with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue soon upgraded the blaze to a four-alarm fire, drawing firefighters from across western Washington County to help contain the blaze, including the Hillsboro Fire Department.
The fire was contained within a few hours, and Johnston said crews cut down some trees in the area to eliminate a hazard that could spread the fire.
Johnston said several homes were threatened by the fire, though the blaze was contained before it reached them. Eight homes were evacuated, or found vacant at the time of the fire, Johnston said.
In total, three structures were damaged by the fire, including a barn. One structure was destroyed, Johnston said.
Crews worked throughout the night and into Tuesday to put out hotspots from the fire.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of a Forest Grove Fire & Rescue spokesman. His name is Matt Johnston. This story has also been updated with more information as of Tuesday, Aug. 21.