Firefighters battle brush fires in Washington Co.

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Firefighters were battling a brush fire near the Rock Creek area and another northwest of Forest Grove Tuesday afternoon.

The fire in the Forest Grove area (photo at left) was moving slowly through brush along Northwest Hillside Road, near Clapshaw Hill, according to firefighters.

As of 5 p.m., firefighters were holding it under an acre and no homes were threatened.

Investigators said it started in an orchard, where a controlled burn was ignited to clear debris and then winds caused it to spread.

The fire in the Rock Creek area was is located near Northwest 195th Avenue and Phillips Road. A tweet from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said it was burning in "difficult terrain" that had both trees and brush.

No structures were threatened and firefighters had the blaze under control by 4:30 p.m., according to TVF&R. Officials said the blaze started as a controlled burn, but then it spread to nearby trees.

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