A large column of smoke was visible over Sherwood Saturday afternoon.

A brush fire was burning north of Oregon Street.  Strong winds pushed the fire toward Southwest Tonquin Road. 

In addition to the wind, firefighters were hampered by limited access, deep holes, and muddy conditions. Heavy smoke billowed into the adjacent residential neighborhoods as the fire moved passed SW Hall, SW Lower Roy, SW Orland, and SW Brickyard. Homes were never threatened as firefighters were able to contain the blaze in the green space north of Oregon Street.

As the fire burned closer to the bridge over Rock Creek, firefighters used a master stream from an aerial unit to finally douse the blaze. The fire was controlled at 9:30 p.m., roughly three hours after it started.

A preliminary estimate places its size at 60 acres.

Police say three males were seen near railroad tracks lighting illegal fireworks.  They found evidence of the fireworks near where the fire started.

Witnesses describe the males as being white and they were wearing shorts, but no shirts. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

 Photo: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue