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Black Diamond brush fire burns less than an acre

July 1st, 2014 - 6:29pm

(Port Angeles) -- Crews from Fire District 2 extinguished a quarter-acre brush fire on Hoare Road, in the Black Diamond neighborhood, southwest of Port Angeles.

Fire District 2 Chief Sam Phillips says 9 firefighters used a pair of engines and a water tender to battle the blaze that was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Phillips reports the fire burned grass and brush on a mild slope.

The chief says it was a holdover fire from a land clearing operation that had happened a couple of days before and the property owner thought he had the burn pile out.

Phillips says Tuesday's combination of the warm sun and a slight wind caused the fire to pick up again.

Neighbors reported the blaze, but the Fire District was able to keep the fire contained to the property owner's land.

Phillips adds that the original burn pile was unauthorized and the landowner will be billed for fire suppression expenses.

Tuesday's fire happened on the first day of the countywide burn ban.

Phillips says a property owner with a tractor assisted with the firefighting effort.

Some livestock, mostly sheep, was located within 200 feet of the fire, but were relocated by a landowner.

The nearest home was about 400 feet from the blaze.

2 representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources were also on scene.

All Fire District personnel were released from the scene by 5 p.m.

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