Crews battle Alder Creek Fire overnight, full containment expected


Fire is on ODF land

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Crews continued overnight to battle a wildfire that erupted in the Scappoose area mid-afternoon Saturday.

The wildfire, which officials project to have fully contained in the near future, brought a coordinated response from multiple jurisdictions and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Alder Creek Fire consumed about 50 acres as of 9 p.m. Saturday, about 6 hours after it started within ODF jurisdiction in a forested area near Bunker Hill, the Scappoose Fire District said. The fire is pushing east toward heavily timbered Bureau of Land Management property. No homes are threatened.

Crews from Scappoose, Vernonia and the Columbia River Fire & Rescue responded to the scene, along with ODF. One helicopter from the Washington DNR arrived to begin water drops and another from Redmond was on its way at 7 p.m.

As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Scappoose Fire District said the fire is 70% contained. Its cause is still under investigation.

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