Firefighters use boats to reach fire near Sweet Home

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters used boats to reach a wildfire burning on a roadless peninsula near Sweet Home Saturday.

Posted: Aug 31, 2020 11:23 AM

SWEET HOME, Ore. - Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters used boats to reach a wildfire burning on a roadless peninsula near Sweet Home Saturday.

The fire was burning at Green Peter Lake.

The fire, which is estimated at about 15 acres, was reported about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Multiple engines from ODF's Sweet Home office responded.

Upon reaching the lake they were quickly aided by private boaters who helped them ferry pumps, hoses and other equipment to the peninsula so they could battle the blaze.

Boats from the Linn County Sheriff, Linn County Parks and Sweet Home Fire also assisted ODF firefighters in getting to and from the peninsula.

The fire is burning in thickly forested, steep terrain on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Oregon District, Cascades Field Office.

No evacuations are anticipated but the Whitcomb Creek County Park and its boat ramp are closed to the public as it is being used as a staging area for firefighting operations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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