Stubborn brush fire challenges firefighters near Salmon Creek

A stubborn brush fire sent smoke billowing towards I-5 near Klineline Pond

Pushed by shifting winds and fueled by tinder dry underbrush, a stubborn brush fire sent smoke billowing towards I-5 near Klineline Pond.

Witnesses first reported seeing smoke coming from the Klineline Wildlife Refuge on the east side of the freeway — not in the park itself. An off-duty District 6 Battalion Chief was the first to make the call.

Engine arrived within a matter of minutes, but persistent winds and dry underbrush whipped the fire up the hillside where it could have threatened homes. The cause is not yet known, and fortunately no structures were affected. The Fire Marshal has been called to the scene.

Information and photos provided by Clark County Fire District 6.

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