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Multiple fire crews on scene of blaze that started in slash pile near Pittsburg Road and Gensman Road outside St. Helens

COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE PHOTO - A brush fire in the Yankton area threatened at least 11 homes Tuesday afternoon as winds picked up. Several fire agencies responded to the incident.UPDATED: Several fire crews responded to the scene of a brush fire Tuesday afternoon, May 22 in the area of Pittsburg and Gensman roads that threatened 11 homes in Yankton, outside St. Helens.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue, accompanied by fire crews from Scappoose and surrounding areas, arrived to an "out of control" slash fire, CRFR reported via Facebook Tuesday.

As of 5:11 p.m., no injuries were reported and no evacuations had taken place, but dispatch reports indicated increasing winds posed a threat to nearby homes and some could be in "imminent danger."

"There are several units from the county and St. Helens out there," Fire Marshal Jeff Pricher noted Tuesday.

As of 6:15 p.m., CRFR volunteer coordinator Jennifer Motherway reported that the fire was covering about three acres.

The fire was caused when a non-permitted slash burn got out of control. Tuesday, May 22 was not a permitted burn day, Motherway added.

Just before 7 p.m. a firefighter was transported to a Portland area hospital for minor injuries.

Six fire engines, two water tenders, a logistics team and a crew from the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the scene, according to CRFR.

The road between Gensman and Yankton School was closed for several hours due to the fire Tuesday afternoon. As of 7 p.m. the road was reopened, but crews were still on scene working to contain the blaze completely, according to information from CRFR.

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