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It could have turned into a major brushfire; firefighters put it out before it could spread -- near Ochoco Street

COURTESY OF KATU-TV-2 NEWS & MARTIN EDEN - Smoke was rising from the out-of-control campfire when firefighters arrived at S.E. Ochoco Street and 17th on the morning of March 5th. Clackamas Fire and Rescue crews responded to a fire reported near S.E. 17th and Ochoco Street in Sellwood on Sunday morning, March 5. The fire started at a homeless camp and got out of control, damaging some nearby overhead power lines. There were no injuries, and the fire was swiftly extinguished.

A Clackamas Fire District #1 spokesperson said that apparently there were no power interruptions sparked by the blaze, but arriving firefighters heard "popping and explosion sounds" from the high-tension powerlines above the smoky fire as they pulled up.

COURTESY OF MOLLY STARR - It was only after the firefighters left the scene that it became apparent that it had only been their quick response that prevented a significant brushfire along the Springwater Trail at the south end of Sellwood.


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