Banks Fire District, Fire, Tophill

Fire, power outage caused by downed power line near Tophill

The entrance to Stub Stewart State Park. The fire is north of the park. Photo: Chas Hundley

TOPHILL – Emergency crews are on scene at a small, smoldering brush fire on Hoffman Road east of Highway 47, according to the Banks Fire District.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a downed West Oregon Electric Co-op electricity line.

“Remember, never approach a downed power line even if it is laying deceptively still. Lines can still be charged and are very dangerous,” the Banks Fire District said in a post on their Facebook page.

Power was reported to be out by a handful of residents in the area.

West Oregon Electric Co-op crews are on scene, in addition to Banks Fire District 13.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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