HERMISTON — A fire at the south end of Hermiston caused employees to evacuate multiple buildings Thursday afternoon.
A fire started in some shrubs around 2:35 p.m. on 950 SE Columbia Dr., right next to the Department of Human Services parking lot, and the wind blew embers over into an alfalfa field across the street, causing a fire that burned about three acres.
Scott Goff, fire marshal for Umatilla County Fire District 1, said no cause has yet been determined for the fire, and that the blaze burned about three acres. He said because of the wind, crews would likely be out there mopping up the fire all evening.
Though no structures were affected, the blaze required many DHS and Worksource Oregon employees to move their cars. DHS, Worksource Oregon and Blue Mountain Community College employees also had to leave their buildings for close to an hour.
“The shrubs went up into flames in a matter of seconds,” said Hilda Martinez, a Worksource Oregon employee.