Windy weather fueled several small brush fires and knocked out power to thousands of people from Estacada to Lake Oswego Saturday.
A downed power line sparked a brush fire near a neighborhood in Estacada, which grew to three acres before firefighters were able to get the upper hand. It was burning in thick, dry vegetation on the side of a road and down into a canyon.
"I was worried that perhaps the wind would change direction and put our home in jeopardy," said Carole Staatz, who lives across the street. Luckily no structures were damaged.
Strong wind caused a large tree to fall across South Shore Boulevard in Lake Oswego. Utility crews used chainsaws to cut the tree up and remove the branches. Part of the road remained closed because another tree was also at risk of falling, officials said.
A small grass fire was reported behind some homes in Aurora at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. No homes were damaged, but one neighbor told FOX 12 he used a garden hose and sprinklers to protect his property from the flames.
The wind also knocked out power for thousands of residents. Portland General Electric said during the peak of outages Saturday, 9,000 customers were without electricity.
No injuries were reported.
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