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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
May 31, 2023

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Vehicle fire spreads to brush along Highway 14

By , Columbian Education Reporter, and
, Columbian Metro Editor

A vehicle fire on state Highway 14 on the west side of Camas sparked a brush fire that burned uphill and disrupted traffic before it was extinguished shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire, reported at 5:11 p.m. as a vehicle fire, was east of Southeast 192nd Avenue near Northwest Alpine Street in Camas. No structures were damaged by the flames.

Crews approaching reported seeing a large plume of smoke and saw flames spreading from a burning vehicle, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. The fire initially appeared to be limited but began burning uphill from the freeway.

While fighting the blaze, emergency crews closed some lanes of Highway 14.

“It was a stubborn fire. The vehicle burned completely. It’s one of those things we’ve been fearing,” said firefighter Gene Marlow with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. “We used a fair amount of water on it.”

All lanes of the freeway reopened at about 7:30 p.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.