Last night's brush fire in Sherwood was situated in a marsh area immediately north of Oregon Street. Gusting winds pushed the fire in deep grass in an eastern direction towards SW Tonquin Road. In addition to the wind, firefighters were hampered by limited access, deep holes, and muddy conditions. Heavy smoke billowed into the adjacent residential neighborhoods as the fire moved passed SW Hall, SW Lower Roy, SW Orland, and SW Brickyard. Homes were never threatened as firefighters were able to contain the blaze in the green space north of Oregon Street.
As the fire burned closer to the bridge over Rock Creek, firefighters used a master stream from an aerial unit to finally douse the blaze. The fire was controlled at 9:30 PM, roughly three hours after it started.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. A preliminary estimate places its size at 60 acres.
Approximately 40 firefighters from TVF&R, Lake Oswego, Newberg, and Washington County Fire District 2 worked to control the fire.