Update posted at 3;30 P.M. Sept. 12

Alder Creek Wildfire

The Alder Creek wildfire near Scappoose broke out Friday afternoon, Sept. 10.

Smoke and Fire

Fire crews carefully navigate as smoke and flames rage along this road.

The cause of a 50 acre wildfire near Scappoose was still undetermined as of Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews worked throughout the night Saturday and by Sunday afternoon, the Alder Creek Fire was 70% contained at 50 acres with minimal unplanned growth expected in the next 24 hours.

Total containment is expected in the next several operational cycles unless a significant weather event disrupts current plans, according to Scappoose Fire officials.

Scappoose Fire District crews has been assisted in the suppression efforts by Columbia River Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

Dayshift resources included a helicopter, engines and four 10-person South Fork hand crews. Dayshift efforts on the fire were focused on securing the South end of the blaze,

No structures were threatened.

"We wish to offer our sincerest of thanks to the dispatchers at Columbia County 911 who assisted us early on in the fire," Scappoose fire officials said in a release.

Scappoose Fire also acknowledged ODF and that agency's partnership in managing fire on the landscape, Columbia River Fire & Rescue, Vernonia Fire and the Columbia County Fire Defense Board Chief.

"Most importantly, special mention is needed for our dedicated volunteers of the Scappoose Fire District," the release states. "Without their support and the support of their families, protection of our community would be significantly more difficult."

Update posted at 6 a.m. Sept. 12

The Alder Creek wildfire was at approximately 50 acres as of late last night, pushing east toward heavily timbered Bureau of Land Management property.

Fire officials said the fire was 75% contained due to favorable weather conditions for fire suppression operations. A helicopter is on standby at Scappoose airport and will deploy in the morning, if necessary.

No structures are currently threatened, according to Scappoose Fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Previous coverage posted at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 11

Fire crews were at the scene of a wildfire near Scappoose Saturday evening..


A helicopter is used in the battle against the wildfire near Scappoose.

At 2:50 p.m., Scappoose Fire District. the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Vernonia Fire District (VFD), and Columbia River Fire & Rescue (CRFR) responded to the wildfire that was approximately 30-plus acres.

The fire is located in a forested area 4 miles northwest of Alder Creek Road in the Bunker Hill area within ODF jurisdiction. No homes were threatened.

Scappoose Fire District asks the public to avoid the area to facilitate emergency response operations.

The fire response included three engines and two crews from South Fork to help with fire control. SRFD responded with one engine, three wildland engines, and two water tenders. CRFR responded with a water tender and a wildland brush engine. Vernonia Fire District responded with a brush engine.

A helicopter from the Washington Department of Natural Resources was on scene assisting with fire control at the head of the fire. An additional helicopter has been dispatched from Redmond, to assist with fire suppression. 

The fire is 15% contained as of 7p.m. Saturday and burning toward the southeast.

The cause of the wildfire had not been determined at the time of this post.


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