Update: The fire at Timmerman and Shearer Hill Roads has now been recalled, which means that no additional resources will be called to the fire. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue public information officer Matt Johnston stressed that the fire is not considered contained, but that fire spread has halted and is in no danger of spreading further. For now, a few smoke columns still rise from the burnt timber, with one small spot of flame that has nowhere to spread visible from our vantage point on a hillside across from the fire.
Gales Creek – A brush fire spread rapidly across a large, multi-acre field in Gales Creek this afternoon near the intersection of NW Shearer Hill Road and Timmerman Road.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue was dispatched at 3:20 p.m.
Crews arrived to find the flames rapidly spreading up a hill, driven by winds, a high temperature, and low humidity. At last check, it was around 15 acres, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue public information officer Matt Johnston.
The fire has been upgraded to a 4-alarm fire, with more than 30 fire vehicles on scene.
It started near the intersection of Timmerman and Shearer Hill, and appeared to originate near the edge of Shearer Hill Road, though an exact cause is not yet known.
At least one barn was in flames, and five homes were evacuated, though none were damaged as of 5 p.m.
All Washington county fire agencies have responded to the scene, including crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and prison crews from the South Fork Forest Camp, located deep in the Tillamook State Forest in Tillamook County.
Timmerman Road is closed to through traffic at Parson Road and at Highway 6, with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on scene directing traffic.
At this time, no further evacuations are planned – the fire has slowed as it enters a stand of timber.
This is a developing story; this article will be updated as further information becomes known.