Prior to midnight, fire crews executed a successful firing operation to secure the west end of the fire to Alder Creek Road. This effort was supported by Scappoose Fire District, Columbia River Fire & Rescue and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) crews.
Overnight, two 10-person South Fork crews, two dozers and five engines were engaged in direct line construction efforts.
Dayshift resources include a Type-2 helicopter, engines and four 10-person South Fork Hand crews.
Current dayshift efforts on the fire will be focused on securing the South end of the fire.
The fire will be constantly staffed until the fire behavior and security of the fire lines are considered to be held with confidence.
Unified command with ODF ended at 12am. ODF is now responsible for the fire. All future updates will come from ODF.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
We wish to offer our sincerest of thanks to the Dispatchers at Columbia County 911 who assisted us early on in the fire, ODF and their partnership in managing fire on the landscape, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, Vernonia Fire and the Columbia County Fire Defense Board Chief.
Most importantly, special mention is needed for our dedicated Volunteers of the Scappoose Fire District. Without their support and the support of their families, protection of our community would be significantly more difficult.