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Firefighters ready for increased fire danger with high temps

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As the temperature increases this week, so does the risk for fires around the Portland metro area. Firefighters responded to two house fires on Thursday alone and say the dry conditions require a different strategy.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews responded to the first blaze at a 6,000 square foot house on Northwest Germantown Road that was totally engulfed in flames. It burned to the ground and was a total loss.

Firefighters had a difficult time battling the blaze as fire hydrants are sparse and the area is surrounded by forest and heavy brush.

Department spokesman Stefan Myers says this week’s weather conditions are very risky.

“This time of year especially, we’re looking at trees, brush – things that are dry. And when you combine that with the humidity levels and the possibility of wind picking up, that’s a real big concern for us.”

To combat the issue, Myers says more crew members respond to fires in these kinds of conditions. He says one crew will focus knocking down the flames inside the structure while another group will focus on making sure flames don’t spread on ground fuels.

Officials want to remind home owners to create a defensible space around their houses by cutting back tall grass, dry bushes and tree limbs.

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