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:
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.