2 brush fires in WA Co, expect burn ban soon

Fire officials expect a burn ban to be implemented soon

Forest Grove Firefighters fight a brush fire on Clapshaw Hill, June 9, 2015 (FOREST GROVE FIRE)
Forest Grove Firefighters fight a brush fire on Clapshaw Hill, June 9, 2015 (FOREST GROVE FIRE)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Crews responded to at least two brush fires Tuesday afternoon.

One was in Forest Grove on N.W. Hillside Rd. near Clapshaw Hill. The property owner was clearing an old orchard and had some piles of debris burning. The wind picked up and spread the fire to some blackberry bushes.

Dave Nemeyer with Forest Grove Fire and Rescue said the property owner had a good fire break around the area that was burning and only a few fir trees were lost. The fire was never threatening any homes.

Earlier in the day, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded to a brush fire at 11383 N.W. 195th in Washington County. A brush pile flared up and caught two trees on fire. Three brush units and one engine responded. No structures were threatened.

Nemeyer expects counties to implement burn bans soon.

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