Timber – Crews from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District 13, and the Oregon Department of Forestry have extinguished a fire involving an outbuilding at a Timber-area home as well as surrounding brush.
According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the fire was started by an outside fire from the night before that reignited today.
The outbuilding was destroyed in the fire.
Crews were called around 3:48 p.m. on Saturday, October 3 to the fire.
As of the time of publishing, Timber Road is completely closed to allow for fire vehicle staging; previously, one lane of traffic was blocked on Timber Road to allow emergency vehicles to park, as fire engines and water tenders could not cross bridges on the property to the area where the fire was due to the poor condition of the bridges.
“Please stay away from Timber Road,” read a statement from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue on their Facebook page.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue public information officers Matt Johnston and David Nemeyer both confirmed that only smaller brush rigs were able to be used in the initial attack on the fire, hampering their water supply in their efforts.
Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby home and forest. According to Johnston, one patient was being evaluated for smoke inhalation.
In addition to the aforementioned fire agencies, Metro West Ambulance also responded to the scene.
This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.