Dry conditions last week sparked two fires on the Lewis and Clark area Thursday, according to Chief Ian O'Connor of the Lewis and Clark Fire District. He said the department was dispatched to a report of a grass fire on Fort Clatsop Road near the old sorting yard at 3:36 p.m. Thursday and another fire broke out a little later on Youngs River Road.
Units arrived on scene to find a fire burning in wood slash along Fort Clatsop Road near Loukas Lane. The fire was contained to about an acre. The landowner had been burning slash piles. Dry conditions and strong winds helped the fire spread. As it got out of control, it moved toward houses on Fort Clatsop Road.
Crews were able to stop the fire's spread and make use of an on-scene excavator to help build a fire line. A fire hydrant in front of the property provided the water supply and the fire was contained, officers said. Crews - including a total of 33 firefighters - were on scene for approximately three hours.
While crews were working the fire on Fort Clatsop Road, another fire was reported in the trees near Abbie Lane on Youngs River Road. A Warrenton fire engine and a water tender from the Olney-Walluski Fire Department were diverted there. Seven firefighters responded to the fire on Youngs River Road.
Among area departments helping at the Fort Clatsop Road fire were Olney-Walluski, Warrenton, Astoria, Knappa, Gearhart and the Oregon Department of Forestry. Seaside and John Day provided coverage at the Lewis and Clark Fire Station while the Astoria volunteer firefighters provided coverage for the city of Astoria.