Portland Fire responded to a wildland brush fire in the 7800 block of SE Oaks Park Way at 2:13 PM. Engine 20 (Sellwood) was first to arrive and take command. “I could see white smoke as we were arriving," said Capt. Sara Boone of Station 20. “The situation was complicated because the fire was difficult to access because of the Springwater Trail and the railroad tracks.” Because of the potential for fire spread, Boone called for a wildland response which brought additional resources including:
2 Brush Units
1 Water Tender
2 Chief Officers
Station 10 (Burlingame) approached the burning field area from the east and assisted in putting the fire out. The burned-out area was approximately 300’ x 30’ and was on the east side of the trail and tracks, directly across from Oaks Amusement Park. Two brush units, 18 (Multnomah Village) and 29 (Powellhurst) also assisted in cleaning up hot spots after the main body of the fire had been extinguished.
Portland Fire investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze.
Although the cause has not yet been determined, Portland Fire reminds you that during the summer months with the heat and low humidity, grass and brush are much easier to ignite. Always dispose of burning material in a proper container.