[Following is a report from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office on the status of a fire in the town of Mosier, Oregon. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has fire engines on scene to protect wildlands in the vicinity of the fire.]
- 3:40 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 -
The OSFM has activated its Agency Operations Center for the purpose of managing information and communication regarding the Wasco County Train Derailment near the city of Mosier, Oregon.
Current information indicates that there was a derailment of 11 cars of a Union Pacific crude oil train near the city of Mosier,
Oregon. On scene personnel indicate that one tank car is burning.
A unified command has been established between Mosier Rural Fire and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.
OSFM Hazmat Emergency Response Team # 3 from Gresham is responding along with resources from Union Pacific
Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and additional local, state, and federal resources.
Schools in Mosier have been evacuated and are being taken to Wahtonka campus in The Dalles.
Law enforcement is assisting with evacuations of threatened homes within a one-half mile radius of the incident. Those residents are also being accepted at the Wahtonka campus in The Dalles.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has closed I-84 westbound at The Dalles, MP 87, and eastbound at Mosier, MP 64. ODOT says traffic should detour to Washington SR 14.
Union Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads are deploying foam trailers and other supporting equipment to the incident.