Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) responded to a grass fire caused by a model rocket at a park near 42nd and Killingsworth. A small group of kids and adults were firing off model rockets. When a small fire was started in the deep grass, 911 was called. A single engine company from Station 14 was dispatched. Heavy smoke in the area caused additional calls. Several minutes after the second engine’s arrival and due to gusting winds a wildland box was called sending additional resources. Heavy smoke and winds caused spot fires and dangerous driving conditions in the area.
The large amounts of smoke from the grass fire made driving around the area difficult. NE Killingsworth was closed for a short time due to fire fighters gaining access to fire hydrants.
PF&R would like to remind citizens to be aware of dry conditions during the late summer months. Grass fires can spread quickly.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
September 2, 2011