grass fire

Umatilla County Fire District 1 blocked traffic on Westland Road during a grass fire Monday.

HERMISTON — Umatilla County Fire District 1 responded to a grass fire near Westland and Powerline roads on Monday after 11 a.m.

The Umatilla and Echo rural fire protection districts provided mutual aid on-site.

The fire burned for two hours, and the cause is still under investigation. No structures or vehicles were involved.

At the same time, firefighters were knocking down a second blaze on the other side of town, on West Hensel Road. The brush fire threatened homes in the area but was halted before reaching them.

“It’s dry out there,” said Battalion Chief Ed Clarke. “Be careful.”

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