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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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 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 (email@example.com) or Fire Chief Jim Appleton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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!