ILWACO — A small brush fire scorched a section of roadside along U.S. Highway 101 outside Ilwaco earlier this week.

Five trucks from three fire departments responded to the scene around 1:15 p.m. Monday near the Wallacut River and milepost 17 in Ilwaco, where smoke was seen billowing from a distance by passing motorists.

The brush fire, which appeared to start along the road shoulder before spreading uphill, was quickly contained by 1:30 p.m. by a concerted effort by Ilwaco, Chinook and Fire District No. 1 personnel. Crews used two hoses to douse the fire with water before smothering residual embers with a foam suppressant.

Ilwaco Fire Chief Tom Williams estimated that approximately 100 feet of embankment was burned, but no injuries or significant damage was reported.

It wasn’t immediately clear what started the fire, Williams said, but weather and extra-dry conditions likely contributed.

Williams said a tossed cigarette from a passing motorist could have been a potential ignition source, aided by light winds and afternoon temperatures hovering around 70 degrees.

With the dry conditions and lingering drought, Williams said it won’t likely be the last fire this summer.

“I think it will be one of several. It’s pretty dry and there’s not much rain,” he said.

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