Burn pile spreads to blaze in Scappoose
Scappoose firefighters successfully extinguished a nearly two-acre brush fire Sunday, May 6, on Northwest Morgan Road.
Firefighters with Scappoose Fire District responded to a burn pile that quickly spread to a large blaze around 5:17 p.m. Sunday.
According to call information from the fire district, the property owner had logged the site last fall and started a small burn pile while cutting firewood. The burn pile spread into a large fire.
In all, 12 crew members responded with two water tenders, a fire engine, a brush truck, and three additional support vehicles.
The brush fire was extinguished around 9 p.m. that day.
Fire district officials say the property owner did not have a backyard burn permit on file with the Oregon Department of Forestry, or the fire district.
"Everyone in our fire district needs to have a burn permit, no matter what they are burning," Cheryl Engstrom, the district's public information officer, noted.
The property owner could face fines or violations for starting a fire without a permit. Disciplinary actions, if any, have yet to be determined by ODF and the Scappoose fire chief.