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Brush fire burns 5 acres near West Linn High School

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A three-alarm brush fire burned in rocky, steep terrain near West Linn High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews said the fire was in the Camassia Natural Area near the school and reported at about 12:45 p.m.

Tualatin Valley firefighters said they had to contend with steep terrain, rocky bluffs and poison oak as they battled the fire.

The fire could be seen from Interstate 205 and closed one southbound lane for a short time, bringing traffic to crawl. A third alarm was briefly called out at 1:39 p.m., but additional crews were recalled a short time later.

Fire officials said these dry conditions in residential areas combined with the warm summer weather are a concern, which is why fire crews asked for more resources.

"Here we have this wild land urban interface where we have this grass, brush and oftentimes we have homes that border beautiful areas like this. It's problematic for us because we want to make sure we don't let that fire spread to neighboring homes," said Cassandra Ulven with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

No buildings were threatened by the fire, and no injuries were reported.

Fire crews appeared to have the fire under control by 2 p.m.

The fire burned about 5 acres. It's not clear yet how it started.

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