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News Release
Brush Fire Caused by Crashed Vehicle (Photo) - 09/08/21

This afternoon, shortly before 2pm we were dispatched to a reported car fire on NW Gales Creek Road near David Hill Road. While responding dispatchers learned that the vehicle on fire was initially involved in a crash. Our crews still responded, but an ambulance was added.

A few minutes after being dispatched, crews arrived to find an SUV fully engulfed with flames and fire spreading up the hillside. Crews requested a first alarm brush fire response to bring in additional resources. Firefighters immediately went to work extinguishing the vehicle fire as well as stopping the spread of the fire in the brush. As additional crews arrived, it was made a priority to protect a house about 250ft uphill from the fire. Crews were able to quickly stop the forward progress of the flames, eliminating any major threat to the house. In total, the fire burned about a half an acre. Crews had difficulty access portions of the fire as large limbs were falling from as high as 50 feet in the air.

It took crews about an hour to put out most hot spots. At time of release, crews are still on scene dealing hot spots high up in the trees. We are being assisted on scene by Portland General Electric and their contractor Asplundh to remove hazardous trees that burned.

The vehicle that originally went off the roadway was occupied by 4 people, they were not injured. The fire is believed to be caused by heat from the muffle contacting vegetation. The fire quickly ignited as they were trying to remove the vehicle from the ditch.

It is important to always carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle, especially during the dry summer months.

At time of release, Gales Creek Road is still closed for tree removal.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue was assisted on scene by Oregon Department of Forestry, Gaston Fire District, Banks Fire District, Cornelius Fire Department, Metro West Ambulance, Washington County Sheriffs Office and Washington County Land Use & Transportation.


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