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Illegal campfire causes half-acre burn at Cedar Island Park


No injuries or structural damage reported

An illegal campfire is suspected to have caused a half-acre burn at Cedar Island Park in West Linn Sunday night.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - West Linn Police are investigating the fire, which is suspected to have been caused by illegal camping.

At 8:53 p.m., a caller reported seeing flames in the grass and brush at the park. Crews arrived to find approximately 100-feet of river frontage burning slowly inland from the center of the island. Using portable pumps from the water rescue boat and on shore, water was pumped from the river to crews fighting the fire. With an aggressive attack by fire crews, the fire was quickly contained and extinguished.

Short gusts of winds produced minor flare-ups at the anchor of the fire but crews extinguished them quickly.

No structures are on the island and no injuries were reported.

A Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire investigator determined that the cause was an illegal campfire. The West Linn Police Department is assisting TVF&R in the investigation for information from witnesses and material evidence.

In the fire’s aftermath, TVF&R reminded residents that a burn ban is in effect that bans all outdoor burning within its jurisdiction with exception in very limited situations. TVF&R urges residents to use extreme caution with smoking materials, barbecues, and other open flames during this time. For more information, visit http://tvfr.com.