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Fire burns dry grass land, small barn in west Hermiston

Blaze sparked by mower in the tall grass

Published on July 16, 2017 4:10PM

Last changed on July 17, 2017 8:50AM

HERMISTON — A brush fire started by a lawn mower burned about 30 acres and a small barn Sunday in Hermiston.

The fire started late Sunday morning between West Highland and Orchard avenues in an open field.

According to a press release from the Umatilla County Fire District, the fire was sparked by a mower hitting something, and the operator was unable to control the fire in the high grass because of high winds.

Flames were as high as 15 feet when firefighters arrived and the wind was blowing 10 mph, rapidly moving the fire.

Firefighters from Echo, Umatilla and Boardman responded to help fight the fire, and Cascade Natural Gas, Umatilla Electric and local police agencies were also on scene.

There was one wreck caused by a driver distracted by the fire. Traffic was closed on both Highland and Orchard for a time.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by mid-afternoon.


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