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High winds fan east Clark County house fire to two alarms

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: January 15, 2024, 8:51am

A two-alarm house fire in east Clark County was fanned by high winter winds Saturday, making firefighting conditions a challenge for fire crews.

East County Fire and Rescue and the Camas-Washougal and Vancouver fire departments were called to a residential fire on Southeast Blair Road about 4 p.m. Saturday, according to ECFR. The fire was in the second floor and attic of the home. Everyone was able to get out of the house without serious injuries but one person fell during the escape.

Between wind gusts of nearly 40 mph and a lack of fire hydrants, firefighters had to call a second alarm and two additional water tenders to battle the blaze. Washougal Police Department and Clark County Public Works also provided traffic control.

“Contents stored in the attic and building construction, along with the cold and wind made firefighting operations extremely challenging,” ECFR said in a statement. The fire was under control by 5 p.m., but crews remained on scene, digging out hidden fire and hot spots, until 8:46 p.m.

This was the second residential fire in east Clark County during this winter storm. On Wednesday, East County Fire and Rescue along with the Camas-Washougal and Vancouver fire departments and Skamania County Fire District 4 responded to a fire on Boulder Creek Road. Battling the blaze was complicated by the remote location, lack of fire hydrants in the area and snowy conditions.