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Forest fire burns more than 50 acres northwest of Scappoose

Officials on Sunday said the fire was 70% contained and no homes were in immediate danger.

SCAPPOOSE, Ore. — A fire that started Saturday in a forested area northwest of Scappoose had burned an estimated 50 acres by midday Sunday but was 70 percent contained.

Minimal unplanned growth is expected in the next 24 hours, Scappoose Fire District officials said in a news release. 

At 2:50 p.m. Saturday, crews responded to a fire about four miles northwest of Alder Creek Road in the Bunker Hill area, the Scappoose Fire District said in a press release. The land is under Oregon Department of Forestry jurisdiction.

The fire was 15% contained as of 7 p.m. and no homes were in immediate danger. Winds that fanned the fire earlier in the day had died by about 7 p.m., a Scappoose Fire spokesman told KGW.

The cause is under investigation.

Fire officials are asking the public to avoid the area until the fire is under control. 

Firefighters from Scappoose Fire, Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District and Columbia River Fire & Rescue are responding. 

This story will be updated.