Wind fans fires in Wilsonville
The storm that rolled through the Portland metro area Sunday evening generated windy conditions in Wilsonville and led to multiple fires.
One fire burned over an acre of a field along Wilsonville Road past Riverview Lane and toward Graham Oaks Nature Park. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue put out the fire in about 20 minutes, according to TVF&R Public Information Officer Stefwan Meyers.
Myers said the cause of the fire is unknown but a 911 call reported that the fire was caused by a burning pile
that spread rapidly due to wind.
TVF&R also put out a brush fire that resulted from a tree limb that downed a power line near Wilsonville Road and Edminston Road. TVF&R put out the fire quickly, according to Myers, and waited on scene for two hours as Portland General Electric repaired the power line. Wilsonville Road was closed for about two hours during the repairs.
Both fires occured at about 5:30 p.m. and burned brush but neither caused injury or damaged property.
"Those kind of weather conditions can take a small incident and make it a little bit larger," Myers said. "It doesn't mean that when those happen we don't have regular needs. We're happy to have the resources we do in the Wilsonville area and other areas to respond to peak activity."
TVF&R also saw at least two other incidents of downed tree limbs in Wilsonville as well as copious debris.
"A small weather event came through town and it got really blustery really quick," Myers said.