Eagle Creek Fire Shuts Down Rail Lines

Sep 5, 2017

 

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge is shutting down rail lines. Union Pacific has closed portions its tracks out of concern for crews’ safety. Train traffic is expected to be stopped for one to two days.

Justin Jacobs is a spokesperson for Union Pacific. The track between Troutdale and Hood River is shut down, he said, but that doesn’t mean all rail traffic is stuck.

“If the trains are far enough out and we can reroute them, then we will,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs didn’t know how many freight trains will be affected.

BNSF Railway trains on the Washington side of the Columbia River briefly shut down Tuesday morning. They started running again by early afternoon.

The lines are used to transport flammable oil and coal. Last year, an oil train derailed and caught fire in Moiser, Oregon.

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