A brush fire broke out in southeast Portland early Friday morning.
It was reported at 4 a.m. near Southeast 97th and Powell, on the east side of Insterstate 205.
When crews arrived at the scene, the fire had grown to 100 feet by 300 feet.
Reinforcements were called in to help control the fire.
Its location and the lack of a nearby fire hydrant made the situation difficult. Fire crews had to shuttle back and forth to maintain an adequate water supply.
Investigators said the fire was most likely started by a homeless person's warming or cooking fire. No one was in the area when firefighters got there.
Because of the hot and dry weather, Portland Fire & Rescue is planning to have more staff on duty Friday.
An outdoor burn ban is in effect for Portland. It covers all recreational fires.
This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs and will remain in effect until weather and fire danger conditions improve.
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