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Brush Fire2
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Brush Fire Behind St. Helens El Tapatio 9.8.2021 (Photo) - 09/09/21


            Jennifer Motherway, Public Information Officer

Date: September 9, 2021 



Brush Fire Behind St. Helens El Tapatio


On Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 8:33pm crews were dispatched to Columbia Boulevard in St. Helens behind El Tapatio Restaurant. The call was reported as a brush fire that was threatening the local businesses along with several residences nearby. In high danger weather conditions, every fire start has the potential to become an extremely large fire. In this case, we experienced a fire in the middle of town next to businesses and residences. The potential for this to get large and out of control was high. Firefighters managed to control the fire within an hour at approximately 1 acre in size.  


The cause of the fire was determined by our Fire Marshal to be a human started campfire. Fortunately, no serious injuries occurred, medics evaluated one patient with smoke inhalation on scene who didn’t require hospital transport.  While there is minor damage to some personal property along with the forested area, we were lucky the fire didn’t spread further. The residents did a great job of evacuating and doing their due diligence at their respective property to help support the fire from further damage. 


Crews remained on scene throughout the night mopping up and monitoring any additional fire spread. We also were assisted by Columbia River PUD, Oregon Department of Forestry, St. Helens Police Department and Scappoose Fire District, their support and assistance in mitigating the fire was crucial. 


Columbia River Fire & Rescue would like to stress that Columbia County is still in a high fire danger due to hot, dry and windy conditions and last night was no exception. The safety of our residents is our first priority. Please remember, burning is still not allowed, nearly 85% of wildfires are human caused, it is critical that the citizens use extreme care and caution with campfires, BBQ’s cigarettes and any other equipment that can cause a fire. For more information on fire safety contact Columbia River Fire & Rescue. 

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