Fire, Forestry, Weather

Oregon Dept. of Forestry mopping up four small Columbia Co. wildfires

Lightning strikes on Thursday, August 29. Image: ODF

VERNONIA - A storm cell moved through the region overnight, with multiple lightning strikes recorded in Columbia County north of Vernonia around 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Thursday, August 29.

At least four small fires ignited as a result, with crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry, fire agencies out of Clatskanie and Scappoose, and industry crews from the Evenson Logging Company working through the early morning hours — ODF crews began work at 3:30 a.m. — to halt the spread of the fires before they could become a larger threat.

As of 9:30 a.m., one crew from the joint ODF and Oregon Department of Corrections South Fork Forest Camp, a prison facility located in the Tillamook State Forest, were en route to assist.

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