Initial r…esponding fire crews discovered that the fire was located down a long, narrow, gravel road, making access to the fire difficult. Additionally, the fire was located in a dense wooded area.
Upon arrival, fire crews discovered that the residence was fully involved. This, coupled with an explosion of an unknown substance from within the fire, caused the firefighters to take a defensive posture to protect the nearby exposures and to prevent the fire from spreading into the forest.
Lending to the difficulty in battling the fire, there were no fire hydrants near the fire. Water supply was made using water tankers that would travel the long narrow road, to retrieve water from a hydrant, and then travel back down the road, to the fire, to supply the fire engines.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
The Cannon Beach Fire Department would like to thank the Seaside, Gearhart, Hamlet, and Nehalem Fire Department, as well as Medix, for their assistance.
The following is a link to video of the fire shot by Dave Pastor.