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Open Burning Allowed Starting Monday October 16th – Permit Required

Open burning will be allowed again as of Monday the 16th. You will still need a burning permit from the fire district if you do not have a current one. Call the fire district at 541-478-3333 to arrange to get a current permit.

10/13/17 Mosier Fire District statement

The Mosier Fire District (MFD) Board placed Chief Jim Appleton on paid administrative leave after a public meeting vote on 9/25/17. This followed executive session discussions with Appleton and months of department “reboot” meetings involving Board, staff, state agencies and volunteers.

Mosier Board, firefighters, officers, staff and EMT’s remain committed to ensuring your service and safety and there has been no interruption in service or loss of fire and EMS protection during this interim period.

Division Chief Mike Renault, Mosier Fire District’s Training Officer has been appointed to serve as interim Fire Chief.

Chief Renault can be reached at 541-478-3333 or

Eagle Creek Fire Map, Public Meeting Announcement


Here is a link to today’s fire progression map, showing the growth of the fire color-coded by each day.


Also, there will be a public meeting led by the Incident Management Team tomorrow, Saturday, 9/16/2017, at noon at Hood River Valley High School, 1220 Indian Creek Road.

Fire managers will present information on the fire, and take questions from the public.

Please attend!


Eagle Creek Fire update 9/7


Fire activity on the Eagle Creek Fire still does not pose a direct threat to the Mosier area as of 10AM Thursday 9/7.

Despite thick smoke, the fire is still approximately twenty-five miles to our west.
Fire officials expect much slower progression of the fire from west to east than the dramatic runs seen earlier in the week on a hot, dry east wind.
I will be informed promptly if that changes, and I will update via email and on our website should things deteriorate in a way which puts the Mosier community on notice.
Otherwise, assume that good progress is being made at stopping the Eagle Creek Fire before it reaches developed areas.
The best current information on the fire, evacuations, and ways to help is at the official Facebook page, Hood River County Sheriff’s website and Twitter feed, and at Inciweb.
It’s still too soon to say when this fire will be stopped.  It could be the better part of a week or more before it is close to contained.  Expect continued heavy smoke for many more days, possibly until fall rains set in.  But as of this morning there is at least reason to hope — cautiously, humbly — that the worst of its effects in Hood River County could soon be over.
Absorbing the scope of what has been lost will not be easy for many of us.  But with luck and continued hard work by many capable people, homes and livelihoods just might come out of this without devastating losses.

Eagle Creek Fire


Our report yesterday via Mosier Valley News that the Indian Creek Fire had blown up was in error.

There are now two fires in the Eagle Creek drainage:  the Indian Creek Fire started July 4 seven miles south of Interstate 84 (holding steady at about 350 acres), and the Eagle Creek Fire started yesterday at about 4PM much closer to the trailhead near the Eagle Creek campground and hatchery.
For the moment, the Eagle Creek Fire poses no threat to the Mosier area.  It is thirty miles away to our west, and relatively stable in light wind.
There are no perimeter maps or much information on the new fire yet.  It is reported to be on both sides of Eagle Creek, with at least two hundred acres burnt, and homes threatened on the south side of Interstate 84 in Cascade Locks.
All persons stranded overnight south of the fire are reported to be OK and on their way out.  Further information on this rescue and local evacuations is available from the Hood River County Sheriff’s website.
Considerable ground and air resources are gathering as of 9:00 AM Sunday 9/3 for suppression and structure protection.  The incident response is entirely local at this time (local agencies and mutual aid requests to neighboring counties on both sides of the Columbia), with steps in place to call in statewide resources later today if needed.
The weather will greatly affect the course of this fire over the next several days.
East winds are in the forecast, which can be a bad development for west-side fires because fuels in the wettest part of the Gorge are poorly adapted to the typically drier easterlies.  A hot, dry east wind in rain forest can quickly cause a fire to spread and intensify.  Recent examples are the Herman Creek Fire in 2003 and the Multnomah Falls Fire in 1991.
I will update if the Eagle Creek Fire becomes more of a concern for our fire district.

Mosier Civic Center Draft Feasibility Report


Mosier Joint Use Facility Feasibility DRAFT report

Construction Estimate Summary

Here are links to the DRAFT report of the grant-funded feasibility study for the Mosier Civic Center, a proposed joint use facility, encompassing a City Hall, main fire station for the Mosier Fire District, and multi-purpose assembly rooms.

Mosier City Council and the Board of Directors of the Mosier Fire District met jointly in a public meeting on June 7, 2016, for a presentation of this draft report by Scott Moreland, architect and chief consultant for the project management team.  Here is a link to the detailed minutes of that meeting, capturing comments and questions from City Council and MFD Board members, and members of the public.

Both governing bodies are in the process of reviewing the draft report and preparing further questions and comments, which will filter back to the project management team by early August.

A final report will then be prepared based on accumulated responses, for presentation at a public meeting on August 24, 2017.

Notice of the 8/24 meeting will go out within two weeks of the date.

Questions or comments about this material and the process can be directed to members of City Council and the MFD Board, or to City Manager Kathy Fitzpatrick ( or Fire Chief Jim Appleton (

Burn Piles prohibited


As of 6:00 AM Saturday, June 10, 2017, burn piles are no longer allowed in the Mosier Fire District, until the prohibition is lifted by Oregon Department of Forestry after fall rains set in.

Burning in a burn barrel or approved incinerator is allowed before 11:00 AM, with a valid permit, until June 30.

Please contact the Fire Chief with questions, or to request a free burn permit.

For an explanation of ODF’s phased burning and outdoor activities restrictions, please see our website.


Hiring Temporary Training Officer



Mosier Fire District is hiring a part time temporary Training Officer to lead and administer training for our dedicated fire and EMS staff and volunteers. Work 6 hours per week, delivering weekly classes on Monday nights; build and implement our training program from the ground, up; generate and implement a long term training schedule to meet our strategic priorities; report monthly on progress to meet training goals and priorities; manage department’s DPSST and other training records to meet regulatory standards. Support the growth and development of our small fire and EMS department and help us retain and invigorate our personnel.


Candidates must have significant Fire/EMS training experience, officer experience and Fire/EMS qualifications specified in the attached scope of work. Monthly salary is $500 per month. The assignment is for approximately one year.


To apply, email your qualifications and application by midnight 5/29 to:

Attn: Training Committee, Mosier Fire Dept.

RE: Training Officer part time temp position


Applicants, please note: you must email a completed employment application and list your certifications and qualifications as indicated on the scope of work. Your certifications must be active as of May 29, 2017 or you must have the majority of required professional certifications required completed by May 29, with an requirement underway and on track for completion by August 1, to be considered.


Must be willing to start immediately in early June with a weekly training schedule delivered Monday nights, ready to plan and implement an aggressive 6 month schedule. Details in Exhibit A – FINAL MFD Training Officer scope of work and specifics.


Qualified veterans and candidates living in the Columbia River Gorge will be given application priority.


Thank you for your interest!


Board Candidate Statements



Craig Dorsay

My wife and I have owned 66 acres in the Mosier Fire District since 2001, on Proctor Road. I have a degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan concentrating in Forestry and Wildlife Biology, and a law degree from the University of Oregon where I specialized in Natural Resources Law.  I represent a number of governmental agencies on a wide variety of issues including natural resources management.  We have been working on our Mosier property to return it to a healthy and natural state, and I am extremely interested in coordinated and comprehensive fire protection for the entire Mosier Fire District.  I have served on the Fire District Capital Advisory Subcommittee for the last year and a half working to provide more effective and cost-efficient fire protection services for the District.  I appreciate Chief Appleton’s service to the district as a full time Fire Chief and look forward to continued improvement in fire protection coverage and services for the District.  I hope you will let me serve you in that capacity on the Fire District Board.


Todd Reeves

I grew up in Mosier and currently own and manage Mosier WiNet, and also assist on my
family’s orchard. Prior to this, I worked for 18 years as a Tech Support Engineer in high tech.
I hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Growing up in Mosier, I spent a lot of time helping my dad, who was the assistant Fire Chief for many years.  I helped maintain the fire stations and equipment.  I’ve served as a volunteer responder and am vested in our fire protection district and keeping all of us and our property safe.

There is a lot of work ahead for the Mosier Fire Board, and I’m prepared to do the work both during and outside of fire meetings.  I feel I can work well with the existing board members and complement them with my hands on field experience.  Living in Mosier for much of my life, I feel I have a good perspective of our area’s needs and achievable goals to provide the best coverage possible with our tax dollars.
I was pleased when the board recently hired an outside consultant to perform a gap analysis following the train derailment.  Some urgent matters were raised, and I’m eager to work toward implementing their recommendations to make our community safer.  I am willing to listen and take all input, I want to hear what people have to say about what is working and where there are areas for improvement.

I want to be on the Mosier Fire Board to serve my community. My family has lived in Mosier for four generations, my wife and I are raising our daughter here.  Let’s get the best fire and emergency response resources possible for our safety and the protection of our property.

None of us can do it alone.  I ask for your vote in May, and your help and support as a board member.

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Barb Ayers

I, like Mosier neighbors, evacuated in the Microwave Fire and the Train derailment. I am committed to helping support and grow our local fire and volunteer services at this critical time in our growth and development. I’ve been a Mosier homeowner for 11 years and resident for 10.
I am a Mosier Fire Board member appointed last fall, work as Emergency Manager for Hood River County and have served/ serve Mainstreet Mosier, Hood River Rotary, CGWA and United Way Columbia Gorge. I want to help and bring experience to help – CERT (Community Emergency Response Team,) volunteer programs, disaster preparedness, San Diego Fire-Rescue, small local government and non profits and Providence health.
I worry about us here in Mosier – we are small and need to work together to meet our public safety needs.
I’m not all business. I like to surf and do parades with my surf dogs, SUP and windsurf at Rocky Creek.

Mosier Civic Center conceptual plans


17_0215 Mosier Joint Use Facility_Community Meeting Boards


These are copies of the plans presented at a public open house on March 9, 2017.

They represent the work of a grant-funded feasibility study for a joint-use facility combining a City Hall, community spaces, and the main fire station for the Mosier Fire District.

These are conceptual plans only, not a finished design.  We’re not even sure we can build this yet.  Rather, the City Council and the Fire District Board are asking for public input on the concept — what uses can community members and our neighbors and friends imagine taking place here, and how can those uses combine with core functions, adding utility (and possibly sources of revenue to offset cost) within the scope of City and Fire District facilities.

The origin of this idea comes from the Fire District’s need for a new station.  We have looked into several possible locations in and outside the City of Mosier.  There remain good possibilities for a station outside the City, but this location is the only one in the City which has the space and characteristics we need.

In 2013, the City and the Fire District saw an opportunity to join together in a facility on what is now land leased from Union Pacific.  The City has been pursuing a purchase or donation of the land, and at the time (2013) the only allowed use seemed to be for municipal development.

That’s when the idea for a Civic Center began.  We saw an opportunity to create a facility that would mean much more than the individual parts.  Not just a fire station, not just a City office, but a resource and a gathering place for the whole community.

From the Fire District’s perspective, a Civic Center is most beneficial as a home for our family of Volunteers.  They will be the most important users of the facility.  By making their workplace the community’s living room, we increase the amount of time they spend together in proximity to their equipment.  They will train better, recruit more effectively, and be in position to improve and maintain our already impressive responses.

Please take a moment to study these plans.

Use the comment feature below to post questions and comments, and carry on the discussion started in the School Gym on March 9.

Thank you, Mosier!