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Mosier Fire District Statement 11/9/17

On November 8th, 2017, the Mosier Fire District Board voted unanimously to conclude its relationship with Jim Appleton as Chief.
Mike Renault remains acting Chief. Mike is a well known Emergency Management professional in the Gorge and has over 30 years experience in the fire service. He has previously been a chief officer, both in the Army and as Chief of Cascade Locks Fire Department.
The Fire District’s ability to respond to emergencies has been tested over the past weeks with a far higher than usual call volume. We are pleased to report that all calls continue to be staffed quickly and effectively. Mosier Fire Volunteers and Chief Renault continue to provide Emergency Services to Mosier.
The district’s office is open less often, but administrative functions are being performed, and you will see Volunteers and Chief Renault around town training, assisting constituents, and responding to calls. Please feel free to call Chief Renault for administrative or operational issues at 541 478 3333 or email mike.renault@mosierfire.com
You may also contact the MFD Board president Phil Evans at phil.evans@mosierfire.com  Or simply attend one of the regular board meetings which includes opportunities for public comment: 2nd Thursday of each month @ 6pm at the Mosier Senior Center.
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Mosier Fire District Statement

The Mosier Fire District Board recently placed the Mosier Fire Chief, Jim Appleton, on Administrative leave. This has followed several executive session discussions and months of department “reboot” meetings involving Board, staff, state agencies and volunteers.

While we work through this situation, we want to assure you that the Board and Volunteers are absolutely dedicated to continuing our high quality services to the Mosier community.

The board has appointed Mike Renault as interim Fire Chief. Mike is a well known Emergency Management professional in the Gorge and has over 30 years experience in the fire service. He has has previously been a chief officer, both in the Army and as Chief of Cascade Locks FD.

Mike has been fulfilling the role of Training Officer for our District and he will also continue in that role. The Mosier Fire Fighter Academy will continue to train our new volunteers and aims to graduate seven new qualified fire fighters next spring.

The Fire District’s ability to respond to emergencies has been tested over the past few weeks with a far higher than usual call volume. We are pleased to report that all calls were staffed quickly and effectively.

While the district’s office will be open less often, the administrative functions will be kept up to date and you will see Mike and the volunteers in and around town training, patrolling, and responding to calls as usual.

The Mosier Fire District Board will be working hard over the next weeks and months to define and appoint the appropriate staffing for the administration of the District. And we are eager to talk with the community and hear your thoughts.

Please feel free to call Mike for operational issues on 541 478 3333 or email mike.renault@mosierfire.com

You may also contact the MFD Board president Phil Evans on Phil.evans@mosierfire.com

Or simply attend one of the regular board meetings which includes opportunities for public comment: 2nd Thursday of each month @ 6pm at the Mosier Senior Center.

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 mike.renault@mosierfire.com

Eagle Creek Fire Map, Public Meeting Announcement

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

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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!

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Eagle Creek Fire update 9/7

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Otherwise, assume that good progress is being made at stopping the Eagle Creek Fire before it reaches developed areas.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Eagle Creek Fire

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The weather will greatly affect the course of this fire over the next several days.
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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.
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I will update if the Eagle Creek Fire becomes more of a concern for our fire district.