Fire threatens homes and power infrastructure in Kelso

  • Source: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
  • Published: 04/15/2021 12:00 AM

Fire crews in Kelso spent Wednesday afternoon fighting flames after a field caught fire in the area of Harris Street Road and Corduroy Road. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a field on fire just before 6 p.m. Initial 911 calls stated the fire was growing rapidly. A C2FR Battalion Chief arrived within five minutes to find a mid-slope brush fire with 5 foot high flames threatening multiple structures and immediately asked for a 2nd alarm, which dispatched additional engines, tenders and brush units. C2FR personnel then set-up for structure protection at occupied homes and extinguished power poles that had caught fire while other units began securing a fire line around the perimeter. The fire was contained within 25 minutes and grew to a total of 1.5 acres. Bonneville Power has high voltage lines above the fire as well as local Cowlitz PUD overhead lines. No power outages occurred as a result of the fire.


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