29 acre wildfire near Clatskanie fully contained

No structures threatened

A 29 acre wildfire near Clatskanie is fully contained, July 17 2017. (KOIN)

CLATSKANIE, Ore. (KOIN) — A wildfire on Highway 47 south of Clatskanie is fully contained on Monday morning.

The wildfire started July 16, 2017, just south of Clatskanie. (KOIN)
The wildfire started July 16, 2017, just south of Clatskanie. (KOIN)CLATSKANIE, Ore. (KOIN) — A wildfire on Highway 47 south of Clatskanie is fully contained on Monday morning.

Multiple crews including Columbia River Fire, Scappoose Fire, West Point Fire and Vernonia Fire worked together to contain the 29 acre fire, which was reported around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

A stretch of Highway 47 closed Sunday but reopened Monday morning.

No structures were threatened.

Around 70 personnel from state and local fire departments attacked the fire from the ground with aid from a helicopter.

One of the challenges was that the fire was burning in slash, which includes stumps, limbs and the tops of trees, which is very dry and perfect fuel for the blaze.

The fire was initially 10 acres in size, but grew later on Sunday. The blaze was on private land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Forest Grove District Columbia unit.

 

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.