Wind helps fire spread near Woodland

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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Careless burning sparked a fire Tuesday next to a Woodland-area home, Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said.

Around 1:15 p.m., firefighters were called to 38701 N.W. Goose Hill Ave. When crews arrived, Dawdy said, they found a wind-driven field fire moving away from a home toward woods. Firefighters, with three engines and a water tender, had it under control in about 15 minutes, he said. A state Department of Natural Resources crew stayed at the scene to mop up. He said the fire burned a bit more than an acre.

Dawdy said someone’s fire got out of control and spread to the field.

“Even though we’ve had some rain, people need to realize that we’re still in fire season, and they need to wait to burn until they get word from the county fire marshal that it’s safe to do so,” he said. “It’s going to be dry for the next week, and we’re still in a dangerous burn situation.”

The county’s burn ban is in place until Sept. 30.