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Fire breaks out on Elk Rock Island

It was a frightening sight for people living near the Willamette River, but fire crews kept the flames from leaving the island.
Credit: Clackamas Fire
Fire breaks out on Elk Rock Island on the Willamette River

MILWAUKIE, Ore. — Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday a small fire broke out on Elk Rock Island on the Willamette River in Milwaukie.

Clackamas Fire officials said it burned about 1/2 acre. No one was evacuated.

The fire could be seen from areas in Milwaukie and Lake Oswego.

Elk Rock Island is in the Willamette River, making access to fight the flames difficult. Firefighters called in water resources to help them get the fire under control.

This was just one of several small fires that popped up around the metro area Wednesday night, stretching already thin crews even further.

Four larger fires further to the Southeast in Clackamas County have caused mass evacuations.