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 (mosiercityhall@mosierwinet.com) or Fire Chief Jim Appleton (mosierfire@gmail.com)

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!

New Storm Arriving This Week


As if our epic winter weather isn’t already epic enough, next week is shaping up with potential for heavy rain and possible flooding.

At the moment the forecasts indicate the worst of it will be at higher elevations and well to our west, but Mosier Creek, Rock Creek, the Hood River, and other local drainages could see very high flows just the same.

For the moment it’s impossible to predict how the coming storm will start.  More snow?  Freezing rain?  Or just rain?

The best guess is that we should be prepared to see considerable freezing rain before air and surface temperatures rise above freezing.

That is a recipe for serious problems:  extremely dangerous road and walking conditions, high likelihood of tree damage and downed power lines, and high potential for collapse of flat roofs and porches.

EXPECT RAPIDLY DETERIORATING ROAD AND WALKING CONDITIONS as soon as precipitation starts, in whatever form.



As the temperatures warm up and the heavy rain starts, local problems will be the result of clogged drains and ditches.

PREVENT LOCALIZED FLOODING BY IDENTIFYING CRITICAL DRAINAGE PATHS on your property, make sure they are clear, and have a plan to monitor and keep them clear as conditions become wetter.  Do not take risks on public roads, but let the proper authorities know if you see problems developing there.  Call Wasco County Sheriff non-emergency at 541-296-5454 for County roads, and contact your local road association for private roads.

We could also see avalanches and mudslides affecting roads and property.

As the heavy rain arrives, avoid travel if you can, and be sure you have what you will need in case you are cut off from communication and transportation for several days.  Medications?  Supplies?  Drinking water?  Heat?  Take care of those priorities now, before the party starts.

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Local and regional emergency planners are preparing to deal with these potential problems.

At the moment the forecast looks fairly benign for our small area — relatively light rainfall and relatively low temperatures, meaning that our biggest problem is likely to be freezing rain, and the potential for slides and flooding, though still an issue, will be moderated.

But regionally this will almost certainly be a very dangerous storm, and Mosier residents are advised to be ready for considerable disruption whether it directly affects us or stays at a reassuring distance.

The Mosier Grange will be open as a warming center in the event of a power failure.

Mosier Fire volunteers will do their best to facilitate communication and public service, in coordination with emergency managers.

One of the best things anyone can do to help prepare is to look out for one another.  Make sure to check on neighbors ahead of and during the storm.  And don’t take unnecessary risks.  Stay put at home if worse comes to worst!

Safety is everyone’s business!