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Brush Fire in Longview Threatens Structure and Rail Cars (Photo) - 07/03/18

At 5:14 PM Longview Fire was dispatched to a reported brush fire located at 1215 33rd Ave, within the City Limits of Longview. The 911 caller initially advised dispatch they were extinguishing the fire, but the fire which was burning in a recently mowed field quickly grew out of control, fanned by the wind. The reporting party also stated their shop was near the fire.

When the first fire engine arrived it reported a 100’ x 100’ working brush fire extending to the south on vacant land. A large smoke plume prevented crews from seeing a line of rail cars on the adjacent railroad tracks, an estimated 75 feet from the fire. It wasn’t until crews positioned handlines to the north and west sides of the fire’s flank before they saw the potential exposures. The rail cars were parked on the tracks, and the content not confirmed, however these rails commonly carry Bakken Crude and Chlorine.

Because of the setback of the property access was difficult for firefighters, requiring two apparatus to supply water and hoselines to extinguish the blaze.

The fire was declared under control approximately 20 minutes after fire units arrived, and was fully extinguished approximately an hour after arrival. The fire was extinguished before flames impinged on the rail cars.

Just before the fire erupted neighbors said they heard a series of explosions, suspecting that fireworks started the blaze.

In the final mop-up of the fire, while crews were extinguishing hot spots and looking for the cause of the fire a common garden snake crawled out of the charred remains, tail burned off, but still appearing lively enough to crawl to a cooler and safer environment.

As we approach Independence Day this fire should serve as a reminder of how quickly a fire can start and spread do to Fireworks. Longview Fire reminds every to practice safety by remembering the Four Be’s:

 BE PREPARED:  Store fireworks out of children’s reach. Always read and follow label directions. Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks. Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water).

BE RESPONSIBLE: Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water. Dispose of used fireworks & debris properly. Never re-light “dud” fireworks. Wait 15-20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.

BE SAFE: An adult should always light fireworks. Keep matches & lighters away from children. Use fireworks outdoors only. Light only one firework at a time & move away quickly. -Keep children & pets away from fireworks. Always remember-do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.

BE AWARE: Use only legal fireworks. Use fireworks only in legal places. Fireworks are prohibited on all beaches, State Parks, & State or Federal Forest lands.