There is a four-acre fire burning near Milepost 43, on the south side of Highway 26 that has caused ODOT to CLOSE the highway (both lanes). Visit www.tripcheck.org for details on the highway closure, delays, or detours.
The fire, reported at about 3 p.m., is named the August Fire, and is burning about 10 miles west of Banks. Four ODF engines out of the Forest Grove District have responded, as well as five engines from Banks and Elsie-Vine Maple RFDs, and Washington County Fire District 2 and the Forest Grove Fire District. Air resources on the fire are one helicopter and two single-engine-air-tankers. There are approximately 60 total personnel working the fire. Weather conditions: Winds are calm and the temperature is 75 degrees.
The fire has been determined to be human-caused.