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.
Portland Fire PIO
Lt. Joseph Troncoso