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The incident was initially reported as a brush fire. No trees or other buildings were reported to have burned.

COURTESY PHOTO: BANKS FIRE DISTRICT - A detached garage in the vicinity of Buxton was consumed by fire Thursday night, June 28, the Banks Fire District said.A detached garage was destroyed by a fire late Thursday night, June 28, in northwestern Washington County, the Banks Fire District reported.

The outbuilding that was destroyed is at 26465 N.W. Bacona Road in the rural Buxton area. Neighbors and passersby originally reported the fire as a brush fire, the fire district said in a statement, "as they could only see flames through the forested hillside."

Crews were dispatched at 11:19 p.m. Thursday. By the time they arrived, the fire had "fully involved" the outbuilding, according to the Banks Fire District's statement.

Firefighters were reportedly able to contain the fire to the garage, with no other structures or nearby trees catching fire. However, the outbuilding is considered a total loss.

No injuries were reported.

The outbuilding that was destroyed measured about 20 feet by 50 feet in size, the fire district said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation as of Friday morning, June 29.

The Thursday fire comes less than a week after a house fire in Buxton Sunday afternoon, June 24. That fire was in a more residential area, near the intersection of Northwest Hannan and Fisher roads, whereas Thursday night's fire was in a rural area to the north, near L.L. Stub Stewart State Park.

Asked if it is possible the two incidents are connected, Banks Fire District spokesman Mitch Ward indicated the fire district has no evidence that is the case.

"At this point," Ward told the News-Times, "there is nothing that points to that theory."

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the North Plains Police Department also responded to the scene of the Bacona Road fire.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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