Two Seaside men were cited for reckless burning after a fire in a slash pile on Cougar Mountain went out of control on May 10.

Carson McEwan and Chris Beatty, both of Seaside, were cited by the Clastop County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is continuing, said Bill Boone, Hamlet Fire Chief.

The penalty for reckless burning is one year in jail and a $6,000 fine.

Hamlet fire crews were dispatched to the fire at 10:04 p.m. Friday. Shortly after the call, Boone called a wildland fire second alarm, and Seaside and Gearhart fire departments responded.

Boone then made a special request for the Clatsop County water tender strike team. In all, seven tenders and 35 firefighters arrived on the scene.

“We could see a column of flames two miles away,” Boone said. “The sky was all lit up.”

The fire was kept to one-half acre on property owned by Longview Fiber.

“The crews did a very good job holding the fire to a half-acre,” Boone added. “It is very dry out there.”

Firefighters used about 20,000 gallons of water to douse the fire.


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