Half-acre grass fire near Oppenlander Lane and Stringtown Road ‘under control’

Watts – A small fire in short, mowed grass burned about half an acre on the afternoon of Sunday, July 29 near the community of Watts on Oppenlander Lane, a small lane off of Stringtown Road, just south of the intersection of Highway 8 and Stringtown Road. 

As of 4:40 p.m., the fire was under control and being mopped up.

Called in around 3:44 p.m. on Sunday, the fire was first fought by nearby homeowners, who battled the flames with hoses to keep the fire from spreading to taller grass and nearby timber, according to a statement by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry were first on the scene, followed by a brush rig from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue out of the all-volunteer station in Gales Creek and crews from the main station in Forest Grove. Cornelius Fire Department also responded, with joint agency chief Michael Kinkade on scene at the fire.

According to David Nemeyer, public information officer for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the fire appears to have been sparked by a shorted out electric fence.