Wildland fires keep crews busy around Portland

Several fires burned grassy areas in the Portland metro area

A firefighter sprays water, Sept. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News, file)
A firefighter sprays water, Sept. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Hot and dry weather posed extreme difficulty for firefighters across the metro as they battled several wildfires.

East County Fire
Gresham Fire and Clackamas County Fire Dist. 1 crews responded to the 6800 block of Southeast 262nd Avenue around 4 p.m. on reports of a grassfire that grew to about 150-feet by 40-feet. Crews reported the fire was mostly burning in dry grass and blackberry bushes. The location of the fire is right along Highway 26 as you leave Gresham and head out towards Mt. Hood.

Southeast Portland Fire
As crews managed to gain control of the fire in East Multnomah County, they were dispatched to a separate fire in Southeast Portland along the Springwater Corridor.

That fire was reported shortly after 4 p.m. in the 1900 block of Southeast Ochoco Street, which is just north of the Waverly County Club.

Crews reported the fire was burning in dry grass and did not pose any danger to any structures.

As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, crews have contained both fires. Damage assessments are underway, along with an investigation into what caused both fires.

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