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Fire Damages House Outside Cornelius (Photo) - 07/13/18

Early Friday morning, at 3:44am Cornelius Firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire in the 1400 block of SW 345th Avenue, this is located just outside the city limits of Cornelius. Minutes later crews arrived to find a single story house with fire engulfing the whole rear of the house. Firefighters started attacking the flames from the exterior, but were challenged with estimated 10-15mph winds that were pushing the flames throughout the house. Because this house is located outside the city, there isn't a fire hydrant system, therefore, water had to be trucked into the scene on Water Tenders. It took several minutes for a mobile water supply system to be established allowing for the ability to effectively fight the flames. It took firefighters just over an hour to full extinguish the flames, and another two hours putting out hot spots.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have started on or near the back patio deck close to a hot tub. The occupants were thankfully out of town during the fire and no injuries occured during the incident. A majority of the structure and its contents are considered a total loss with an estimated value of approximately $350,000, this includes a van that burned in the garage.

Cornelius Fire Department wants to remind everyone, that not all fires can be prevented, but if a fire occurs you can take steps to be prepared.

-Have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your house and in each bedroom. Also test it monthly.
-Know two ways out of every room in your house (through a door or window).
-Make sure all doors stay closed, this simple task can prevent fire from spreading into a room.

Cornelius Fire Department was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District, Washington County Sheriffs Office and Red Cross.

Scene Information
Engines - 5
Water Tenders - 5
Support Unit - 1
Chiefs - 2

30 Total Firefighters


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Washington County Burn Ban To Begin July 5, 2018 - 07/04/18

Effective July 5, 2018, at 1:00 am, the Washington County Fire Defense Board, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, has enacted a burn ban in Washington County. The burn ban will remain in effect until weather conditions minimize the fire danger.

The burn ban includes the following:

  • Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.),
  • Agricultural burning,
  • Land clearing or slash burning.

The burn ban does not include "recreational fires" such as:

  • Small backyard fire pits (maximum 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high),
  • Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces,
  • Oregon-legal fireworks and permitted fireworks displays.

Individuals intending to burn in this manner should use extreme caution and clear all combustible vegetation and materials from the area. Additionally, all recreational fires must be constantly attended until the fire is fully extinguished.

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of extinguishment and any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

Washington County residents are urged to use extreme caution with fireworks, smoking materials, barbecues, and other open flames.

If conditions worsen, local fire jurisdictions may ban recreational fires as well. For questions and additional information about outdoor burning or fireworks in specific fire jurisdictions within Washington County, contact one of the following agencies. For questions about campfires associated with camping in the state forest land along Highways 6 and 26, please refer to Oregon Department of Forestry office at 503-357-2191.