From Phil Wright, East Oregonian:
WESTON — Rescuers freed the driver of a pickup Tuesday morning, May 3, after it ran off the road near Weston and crashed.
East Umatilla Fire & Rescue in a news release reported it responded to a call at 7:52 a.m. on Highway 204 for a pickup that ran off the road and ended up with a tree against the driver's side door.
The weather on Highway 204 was slightly icy and foggy, according to the news release. The fire district’s personnel arrived to find a pickup nose down in snow with the rear several feet off the ground and stuck on a tree. Airbags in the cab had opened.
A crew freed the driver through the front windshield. The person suffered minor injuries. East Umatilla Fire & Rescue took the person to a local hospital.
East Umatilla Fire & Rescue sent one ambulance and transported one of the first patients from the scene.
From Tri-City Herald:
As many as 98 cars and trucks crashed on one mile of icy Interstate 84 in the Blue Mountains Monday afternoon, according to the Oregon State Police.
There were 15 to 20 cars and trucks in the largest pileup, according to early reports.
The OSP was called about 12:20 p.m. Monday to an initial pileup about 20 miles east of Pendleton and just east of the Deadman Pass summit on I-84.
Officers were notified of additional crashes while they were arriving and once there could hear the scraping metal of more crashes behind them, according to the OSP.
Emergency medical responders were treating and taking patients to hospitals, but the OSP said it had no estimate of the number of people injured.
People who were not injured but who could not drive vehicles that were damaged or blocked were being taken to the Pendleton Convention Center.
On Sept 5th at 4:50 pm, East Umatilla Fire & Rescue was called to a fire on Main Street in Weston. The fire was at the Longbranch Cafe & Lounge. 1 person was in the building but got out safely as crews arrived.
Engine 61, Ladder 61, Medic 61, Rescue 61, Chief 61, Chief 64, and Assistant Chief 401 totaling 11 firefighters were initially on scene. Milton-Freewater Rural Fire provided mutual aid assistance with 5 firefighters.
The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.
Our members recently completed a Mobile Water Supply course led by DPSST instructor Mike Bozeman. Safe driving practices, maneuvering throughout a cone course, and water tender operations were some of what was covered in the two-day class.
During the recent snowstorms in early February, Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) has been kind enough to stage a snowcat at East Umatilla Fire & Rescue Station 63 in Adams. One important way that the equipment has been utilized has been to clear the area around the station making it possible for fire apparatus and a second-out ambulance to safely get out and respond to emergencies. Our many thanks to UEC for their generosity.
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On July 26th at 7:27 pm, East Umatilla Fire & Rescue was called to a haystack fire on York Road at milepost 2.6 near Weston, OR. Six large haystacks were on fire.
Brush 61, 62 & 63 were on scene as well as Tender 61 and 63, Medic 61, and a Command vehicle. There were 11 firefighters present.
No injuries were reported.
On January 10, at 9:24 pm, East Umatilla Fire & Rescue was called to a vehicle on fire on Denning Road at Highway 335.
Tender 71, Medic 62, Engine 69, Brush 62, and two Command vehicles worked together to put the fire out. Umatilla County Sheriff was also on scene.
There were no injuries reported and the fire is under investigation at this time.
East Umatilla Fire & Rescue
On January 4th at 2:20 am, East Umatilla Fire & Rescue was called to a fire up on Hodgson Road off of Highway 204 on Weston Mountain. There was a motorhome, a 5th wheel, 3 vehicles, a tractor, a scooter and a 4-wheeler lost in this fire. 4 small trees were cut down also.
17 firefighters were working on this fire with an engine, 2 brush trucks, 4 tenders, a medic unit and 2 command vehicles.
The water situation was the biggest problem. There was only one single-lane road getting to and from the fire. There are no hydrants up there to feed off of, so water tenders had to pump water to the engine.
After the fire was put out, a fire investigation was done, the cause of the fire was an electrical component failure.
There were no reported injuries.
Red Cross was called and 3 people were given help.
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