No one was injured and no buildings were damaged Tuesday afternoon when a grass fire near Camas quickly grew to 20 acres, according to fire officials.
The Vancouver Fire Department responded at 2:30 p.m. to the fire at 20102 N.E. 16th St. While on their way, firefighters could see a large column of smoke in the area, according to a fire department news release.
Firefighters arrived to find a fire in a hay field, about 100 by 100 feet, moving into hay bales and uncut grass. The initial crews couldn’t get to the blaze with their fire engines because of the steep and rough terrain. Crews called for a smaller brush truck, but the closest one was about 10 minutes away, the department said.
Because firefighters couldn’t reach the fire, the wind drove the blaze into a small grove of trees. Then, the fire became more intense and spread rapidly, the news release states.
As the fire grew to 20 acres, brush trucks, several water tenders and a helicopter from the Department of Natural Resources were dispatched, according to the fire department.
After about two hours, fire crews from across Clark County, including from Larch Corrections Center, Clark County Fire District 3, Camas-Washougal Fire Department and East County Fire & Rescue, gained control of the blaze, the news release states.
The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.