On October 23 at 7:34pm East Umatilla County RFPD, Athena Fire Department and Medic 400 were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on LaMar Gulch Road and Sherman Street just outside of Athena. One power pole and transformer were extensively damaged and Pacific Power arrived on scene. 3 people were in the vehicle and miraculously got out on their own. No one was transported to the hospital.
Today East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District personnel burned several slash piles in the city of Weston. This was debris from the July 12 fire that threatened State Street.
On October 9, at 6:47 pm, East Umatilla County RFPD was called to a motor vehicle accident at milepost 16 on Highway 204. A semi truck had rolled on its side. EUCRFPD and Medic 61 worked for an hour to successfully extricate the patient out of the cab of the semi truck. Lifeflight was called, but couldn't respond due to the fog and rain so the patient was transported to a local hospital by Medic 61.
East Umatilla County RFPD responded to a call for mutual aid. Brush 62 and Chief 61 went with 4 firefighters to assist with this fire in Pendleton. Photo by Pendleton Fire
On September 24, 2018 at 11:00am, Helix Fire and East Umatilla County RFPD were dispatched to a field fire. A person was cutting weeds and a fire started. It became a stubble field fire. 4 brush trucks, 1 tender and a command vehicle with a total of 9 firefighters responded to the call. Helix and East Umatilla County RFPD worked together to put this 8 acre fire out.
On September 19th at 11:45 am, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched to two grass fires in the ditch on Bannister Road between Weston and Athena. The fires were in stubble and were slowly creeping along.
Brush 61, Brush 62, Tender 61 and Command 61 were manned by 7 firefighters and Chief Baty. There was about 3/4 of an acre burned between both fires. These fires are suspicious in nature and are being investigated by the Oregon Fire Marshal's Office.
On August 25, East Umatilla Co RFPD and Helix RFPD assisted with covering the wheat pile at the corner of Highways 334 and 335.
On August 10 at approximately 12:15am while on the Upper Dry Creek Fire EUCRFPD was asked by Tribal Fire to provide mutual aid for a fire on Pambrun Rd. A hillside with a large amount of hay bales was on fire near the location of the July 25 Pambrun Rd Fire.
EUCRFPD sent a Type 6 and Tender with another Type 6 arriving later.
On Aug 9th at 9:30 pm. EUCRFPD responded to a fire above Upper Dry Creek Road and Highway 11.
EUCRFPD and Helix Fire had 6 units respond, Milton Freewater Rural arrived with 6 units, ODF brought 2 Type 6 vehicles and BIA brought a Type 6.
About 40 acres of tall grass and stubble was burned.
Working together on all these fires has given us a good rapport with all surrounding agencies. When we need help, they come out of the woodwork and when they need help, we do our best to assist in any way we are capable of.
This fire is in mop up stage which means you'll be able to see orange glows up on the hillside. We have units watching the fire tonight in case something flares back up.