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Clackamas, Lake Oswego boats with water pumps respond to Milwaukie blaze in homeless encampments

COURTESY PHOTO: PAM DENHAM - Firefighters used about 800 feet of hose to fully extinguish†the Elk Rock Island fire. No injuries were reported as Clackamas COURTESY PHOTO: PAM DENHAM - Clackamas Fire's 'long stretch' hose can be just as useful for wrapping around apartment buildings as it is for brush fires. firefighters put out brush fires that popped up Tuesday in transient encampments on Milwaukie's Elk Rock Island.

Clackamas Fire trucks and crews were called to the area about 11:40 a.m. Sept. 1. Firefighters parked at 19th Avenue, and since they could not drive down to the island, they used the unimproved road right-of-way at Bobwhite Street to get to the water.

COURTESY PHOTO: PAM DENHAM - Clackamas Fire trucks and crews were called to Elk Rock Island about 11:40 a.m. Sept. 1."COURTESY PHOTO: PAM DENHAM - Clackamas Fire's Boat 319 and Boat 212 from Lake Oswego Fire were used at the Elk Rock Island fire.It's hot and dry, and access was an issue, so we ended up calling in additional resources and boats outfitted with water pumps," said Clackamas Fire spokesman Brandon Paxton.

Firefighters used a ladder to cross the stream to get to the island. They used chain saws, water jugs and about 800 feet of hose to fully extinguish the blaze. They wrapped up their firefighting activities around 1:30 p.m.

Paxton said the "long stretch" hose is just as useful for wrapping around apartment buildings as it is for brush fires. He added that Clackamas Fire's Boat 319 and Boat 212 from Lake Oswego Fire were used at the Elk Rock Island fire.

COURTESY PHOTO: PAM DENHAM - Clackamas firefighters put out brush fires on Sept. 1 in transient encampments on Milwaukie's Elk Rock Island.


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