Lake Oswego Fire Department responds to home blaze
The Lake Oswego Fire Department responded to a blaze Friday morning at a home along the 3000 block of Lakeview Boulevard and extinguished it relatively quickly.
Fire Chief Don Johnson said the blaze appeared to have started in the kitchen, although the cause is under investigation. Johnson said there was damage to sheetrock and an interior wall and that they're working with the homeowner to restore the house.
He said it took relatively little water to put out the fire.
Weather ripe for fires
As for the potentially dangerous weather Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, including Lake Oswego, due to potentially heavy winds, heat and low humidity. Johnson said the department has a plan in place in conjunction with Clackamas County to get rigs and crews ready in case of a fire.
"Should anything break out anywhere from Mount Hood to Highway 5, we have a crew we could move pretty quickly to address any issues we have," he said.
He added that the Lake Oswego Public Library and Adult Community Center are set to become a cooling or smoke center if needed. Further, he suggested people not use lawn tools that could cause a spark, be careful with smoke and discarding remnants, and to keep activity minimal this weekend. Johnson added that the city is not banning open fires, but is discouraging them. The city of Lake Oswego's social media account also said not to park vehicles on dry grass and to remove debris and vegetation from your home that could be combustible.
The red flag warning started at 11 a.m. Friday and is set to run through 11 p.m. Saturday.
"Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread, which may threaten life and property," the National Weather Service stated.
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