Emergency crews respond to at least four brushfires in one week throughout Columbia County

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Scapppoose Fire District crews and other emergency officials respond to a brush fire along Highway 30, north of Cornelius Pass Road on July 29. County agencies have responded to numerous brush fires during a stretch of dry, hot weather in the region.Columbia County fire agencies responded to series of brushfires over the past two weeks that prompted multiple calls for service.

Throughout St. Helens and Scappoose, fire crews have been dispatched to various fires as high heat and low humidity have persisted.

On Sunday, July 29, Scappoose Fire District crews responded to two brushfires along Highway 30, just north of Cornelius Pass Road. Crews from Portland Fire and Rescue, SFD and the Oregon Department of Forestry were dispatched to the scene around 2 p.m. when the separate fires were reported burning in the area. Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted.

While each fire burned less than a quarter acre, SFD reported that several passersby stopped to assist in

the firefight with jugs of water.

In St. Helens, Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to at least three other brushfires throughout the week. On Wednesday, July 25, firefighters were dispatched to Blaha and Crown Point in Warren where a spark from a circular saw being used on a metal pipe caught dry brush and a nearby tree on fire.

On Friday afternoon, fire personnel were called to the 61000 block of Conibear Road where an improperly discarded cigarette started a 10-by-15-foot brushfire near a tree stump. On Sunday afternoon, July 29, CRFR crews were also dispatched to a brushfire in the 400 block of North 3rd Street. After a brief hike, crews found a 50-by-50-foot smoldering brushfire.

While temperatures are expected to cool later this week, emergency officials remind residents to use caution when operating appliances outdoors that could emit sparks and cause a brushfire. The Oregon Department of Forestry issued a notice this week that fire danger is at a critical stage, with multiple burns active in the state and firefighting resources stretched thin.

ODF reminds Oregonians to be fire smart during this time of the year.

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