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Information and Photographs From Highway 30 Fire
Sergeant Larry Lucas
Oregon State Police - St. Helens
Office: (503) 397-0325

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A fire over an approximate one mile stretch of Highway 30 about seven miles west of St. Helens on Monday has closed the highway since early in the afternoon as fire crews worked to control the blaze.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Larry Lucas, on July 28, 2008 at approximately 1:00 p.m. a truck and trailer hauling hay eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 37 was reported by a citizen to have the trailer's right rear dual wheels on fire. Within a few moments of the initial call the dual wheel assembly separated from the trailer and went off the highway. The truck continued for a short distance before stopping on the eastbound shoulder.
This event started fires along the south side of Highway 30 for about a one mile section. Fire crews from the State Department of Forestry, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, Scappoose Fire Department, and Clatskanie Fire Department responded to the scene. U.S. Forest Service provided a helicopter with bucket for air support of the fire crews on the ground.
The truck pulling the trailer was operated by OWEN RATLIFF, age 71, from Woodland, Washington and is registered to Whites Bee and Berry Farm in Washington. The trailer received minor damage during the incident.

Highway 30 closure questions should be directed to Oregon Department of Transportation.