Monday, August 14, 2006

Foot Bridge Over Clackamas River Burns

Press Release from: Clackamas Co. Fire Dist. #1
Posted: August 14th, 2006 7:58 AM

Monday August 14th, 2006 Clackamas County Fire District #1 and Gladstone Fire Department responded to a reported brush fire at 0240 AM. When fire crews arrived they found flames shooting 40 feet in the air surrounding the foot bridge between Oregon City and the City of Gladstone just below High Rocks above the Clackamas River. Crews quickly requested additional resources to include 7 fire apparatus. The fire engulfed one end on the bridge and the adjacent brush.

The flames and heat damaged the bridges heavy timber posts, beams and decking. The fire was deemed under control within 1 hour. Crews remained on scene until 0730 ensuring that all of the hot spots were out. Complications to this fire included the bridge decking burning under the 2 inch thick asphalt roadway. Crews had to use specialized cutting saws and pry bars to expose the heat and flames.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported and the foot bridge is closed to all pedestrian traffic.

These types of fires spread quickly and can be very dangerous. Please call 911 immediately to notify emergency responders.

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