OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — A rapidly moving brush fire consumed about 40 acres of land and prompted the evacuation of more than a dozen homes in the Oregon City area Friday afternoon.
The Neibur Fire erupted around 2:30 p.m. off of Redland and Neibur roads, officials said. It immediately threatened 7 structures with another 10 structures threatened soon after.
Evacuation levels from a Friday afternoon brush fire in Oregon City were reduced about 3 hours after it erupted.
All Level 3 evacuations previously announced were dropped to Level 2 (Get ready to go):
- On Pam Drive: 16907, 16899, 16811, 16886, 16828, 16850, 16864, 16900
- On Redland Road: 15361, 15231, 15181, 15141.
Other Level 2 evacuation orders previously in place have been lowered to Level 1 for all addresses off Kraft Road and all cross streets plus Edenwild Lane.
“What we’re working against is the wind,” said Brandon Paxton with Clackamas Fire. “We’re seeing that fire being pushed sometimes to the top of the trees.”
Paxton said the fire is in a difficult area and the crews are “working hard to contain it.”
By 6 p.m., officials said the fire was controlled, no one was hurt and no structures were lost. Fire crews will stay on the scene throughout the night.
It may only be mid-April but the dry and breezy conditions coupled with unseasonably warm temperatures combined to elevate the fire danger through the weekend.
There is no rain in the forecast until sometime next week and the temperatures are expected to climb into the 80s over the weekend. The wind returned as the offshore flow kicks back up, and extra caution should be continued.
Clark County is the latest to issue a burn ban that takes effect on Friday and will last for a week. All burning permits issued before Friday have been rescinded.
In Oregon, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Polk and Linn counties have already issued burn bans.