- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Fire officials say sparks from a passing freight train caused a 30-acre grassland fire in Portland on Friday.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1GI7w5u ) investigators determined the fire started in multiple locations a short distance from the tracks. Witnesses also confirmed they saw the fire start next to the tracks.

The blaze started on land adjacent to the Metro Central Transfer Station, which accepts hazardous waste as well as garbage and recycling.

It burned only grass and brush. No one was injured and no structures burned.

More than 70 firefighters battled the blaze. Officials say that ensured the hazardous waste depot didn’t pose a fire hazard.

But a spokesman for BNSF said workers on a train that passed through the area saw fire burning in the field far from the tracks.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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