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  In Kelso, a fire damages homes and electricity infrastructure   “Field on Fire” in the area of Harris Street Road/ Corduroy Road  


Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Thursday April 15, 2021 - 12:55 AM

 
KELSO, Oregon - Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a reported "Field on Fire" in the area of Harris Street Road/ Corduroy Road just before 6 pm today. Initial 911 calls stated the fire was growing rapidly and was approximately 20x100 ft.

A C2FR Battalion Chief arrived within 5 minutes to find a mid-slope brush fire with 5 ft high flames threatening multiple structures and immediately asked for a 2nd alarm, which dispatched additional engines, tenders and brush units.

16- C2FR personnel responded with a 1-fire engine, 3- brush engines, 3- water tenders, 2-Chief Officers. A DNR fire manager was sent to the scene to assist with the incident.

C2FR personnel immediately set up for structure protection at occupied homes and extinguished power poles that had caught fire while other units began securing fireline around the perimeter

The fire was contained within twenty-five minutes and grew to a total of 1.5 acres. Bonneville Power has high voltage lines above the fire as well as local Cowlitz PUD overhead lines. No power outages occurred as a result of the fire today.

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue says with the current low humidity, sustained dry winds and tinder, mostly dormant and dead fuels in the area, it is imperative that all residents practice safe, legal burn practices year-round. Burn permits are available at C2FR Stations as well as www.swcleanair.org.