Brush fire in Ridgefield burns quarter acre, destroys shed

Area will be monitored overnight

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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A wind-driven brush fire about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday swept across a quarter-acre in Ridgefield, catching a shed on fire and ruining it.

The fire was at 21600 N.E. 10th Ave., said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue.

No one was hurt.

There were dogs in the 25-by-20-foot shed, Dawdy said.

“The firefighters were able to release the dogs and get them loose,” Dawdy said.

The fire burned through heavy brush, dead trees and debris. A dead Douglas fir fell near the shed, Dawdy said.

Firefighters used chain saws to cut a line around the shed to help control the blaze, Dawdy said.

A crew from the state Department of Natural Resources was called to watch the fire overnight because the area is considered a forestland.

Dawdy said 18 firefighters from Clark County Fire & Rescue and Fire District 6 fought the blaze with four engines, two water tenders and a brush rig.

Dawdy said residents should be aware of dry lands and windy conditions.

“Check those burn piles and make sure they are completely out because they will come back to life in this windy weather,” he said. “We believe this fire is accidental but we want people to be extra careful.”

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

The land is owned by Joseph and Jeanene James, according to Clark County property records. Dawdy said the fire might have crossed a property line.