On July 4 at 11:52 a.m., Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue responded to a report of an out of control fire on the bay side next to the airstrip at Nehalem Bay State Park. According to Chris Beswick, Division Chief at Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue, the fire was reported by beach-goers who came upon an unattended campfire in a pile of driftwood that was spreading into the adjacent brush and trees.
Due to accessibility issues, fire crews used portable water bags, hand tools, and a chainsaw to contain and extinguish the fire. Several spot fires caused by flying embers were discovered and extinguished in the adjacent area. The total area that was burned was contained to less than 100 square feet. A total of 12 firefighters responded.
State park employees assisted in extinguishment efforts and provided an off-road vehicle with a winch to pull apart driftwood piles. Oregon Department of Forestry arrived, and the scene was turned over to them at that time. The fire was quickly stopped from spreading and final extinguishment took about 90 minutes.