Crews respond to trees, brush fire near NE 179th Street

No structures were threatened by this fire

RIDGEFIELD — Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) responded to a report of trees and brush on fire in the 2500 block of NE 179th Street at 1:33 p.m. today (Tue., Aug. 20). Initial arriving crews found a fire of approximately one acre in size burning in trees, brush and grass. No structures were threatened by this fire. 

Crews respond to trees, brush fire near NE 179th Street
Initial arriving crews found a fire of approximately one acre in size burning in trees, brush and grass. No structures were threatened by this fire. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & Rescue

Crews called for more resources due to the difficult terrain and remote location of the fire. CCFR was assisted by units from Clark County Fire District 6, Clark County Fire District 3, Vancouver Fire Department, Cowlitz County Fire District 1, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 

Crews respond to trees, brush fire near NE 179th Street
A Department of Natural Resources helicopter uses a bucket to drop repellant on a fire near NE 179th Street Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & Rescue

DNR provided a helicopter based at Camp Bonneville to assist by dropping water from above in an effort to contain and extinguish the fire. In addition, DNR provided two hand crews and two engines to mop up the fire. Since the fire was in natural vegetation and did not threaten any structures, DNR will finish the mop up and will investigate the fire to determine the cause.

Crews respond to trees, brush fire near NE 179th Street
Crews from several area fire agencies as well as a helicopter from the Department of Natural Resources joined forces to battle a fire near NE 179th Street Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & Rescue

Total resources used:

• 3 fire engines (2 CCFR and 1 VFD)

• 4 rrush units (2 CCFR, 1 CCFD6, and 1 Cowlitz FD1)

• 4 water tenders (large tankers to deliver water, 2 CCFR, 1 CCFD3 and 1 VFD)

• 5 chiefs (3 CCFR, 1 CCFD6, and 1 VFD)

• 1 helicopter, 2 engines, and 2 hand crews (12 firefighters in a hand crew) from DNR

Information provided by Clark County Fire & Rescue.

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