Wind gusts fuel Washougal hedge fire

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

Published:

Updated: May 13, 2013, 8:35 PM

 

Wind gusts contributed to a large hedge fire in Washougal on Monday.

Firefighters with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department were dispatched at 3:04 p.m. to 4402 Rolling Meadows Drive, where the crew found dark smoke was coming from arborvitae hedges next to a house.

These popular plants, often packed together to create horizontal hedges, are dry on the inside and burn easily.

The arborvitae or the bark dust underneath it caught fire and wind gusts helped the fire expand. The embers blew to the hedges on the other side of the house, according to the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. Firefighters had to cut into the hedges and use a lot of foam to extinguish the blaze.