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Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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NEWS RELEASE 10/06/12: Portland Fire responds to a wildland grass fire on I-5 NB at milepost 300

At 12:40 pm, Portland Fire responded to a report of a wildland grass fire at I-5 Northbound where it splits off at I-405. Engine 4 (Portland State University Station) was the first to arrive and reported that an area approximately 100' x 100' was burning, causing a significant amount of smoke.  I-405 northbound was shut down for a brief period of time due to the smoke and to allow the crews to operate safely.

The fire was caused by a construction crew doing work in the area with a cutting torch.  Although the construction company had the proper precautions, which included a water supply,  the dry fuels and wind spread the fire more quickly than they could contain it.  

Fire Response included:
4 Engines
1 Truck
2 Brush Units
2 Chief Officers

Portland Fire reminds you that we are under red flag conditions at this time.  There is a burn ban in effect throughout the City of Portland until further notice.  All outdoor burning is prohibited with the exception of charcoal or gas barbecues. 

Contact:

Portland Fire PIO

Lt. Joseph Troncoso

503-940-6003