Three Alarm Brush Fire in Silverton a Close Call

Silverton Fire Dist. - 09/23/18 
 The Silverton Fire District responded on a grass and brush fire this evening at the 16000 block of Stormy Dr. East of Silverton. The fire threatened several structures and required fire equipment and personnel from six fire agencies in order to stop the blaze. The fire was running fast through high grass, brush and trees as the first unit arrived which prompted additional alarms. High winds and dry conditions allowed the fire to spread fast. If  firefighters not been able to put as much equipment and personnel on the fire, it likely would have spread to structures and dense timber nearby. The property owner was treated on scene by medics for smoke inhalation.
The fire was caused by the property owner trying to burn out a Yellow Jacket nest using lighter fluid. This is the second grass/brush fire in Stormy Dr. and Silver Falls Hwy area that has been started when property owners have tried to burn out Yellow Jackets. The property owner was cited by the Oregon Department of Forestry and will likely have to pay the cost to ODF for their response on the fire. Property owners are encouraged to call a licensed exterminator to remove Yellow Jacket nests rather than risk a fire from burning them out.
The Silverton Fire District is encouraging residents to continue being vigilant during the autumn months. The small amount of rain that has been received and the cooler weather can be deceiving. High winds and dry conditions make for dangerous fire conditions.
The Silverton Fire District was assisted by Mt. Angel Fire, Drakes Crossing Fire, Marion County Fire District #1, Woodburn Fire, Canby Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry.
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