One-acre brush fire near Dilley extinguished

Dilley – A one-acre brush fire near the intersection of Dilley and Stringtown Road came within inches of burning two outbuildings – one of which houses about 30 chickens and turkeys – before being extinguished by crews from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue on Thursday, July 19. 

According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue public information officer Matt Johnston, crews were dispatched to the fire at 3:45 p.m. 

Upon arrival, crews began an attack of the fire to keep it from spreading to the surrounding buildings, keeping it from igniting a structure which housed around 30 chickens and turkeys and away from another outbuilding. 

According to a statement by FGF&R, the fire was caused by an old burn pile that reignited. Previously, a Wednesday, July 18 Facebook post by the district had warned that roots in an old burn pile can burn for months underground, reigniting at a later date. 

“Check your old burn pile and give it a good soak,” the post advised. 

Responding agencies to the fire included Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the Cornelius Fire Department, Gaston Rural Fire, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.