Fire agencies douse fire in Amazon trailer
Written by Press Release on August 24, 2022
Sutherlin, Ore., – At 3:52 a.m. Tuesday morning Sutherlin Fire Department units responded to a reported trailer fire around milepost 135. Upon arrival units found an active brake fire that was extending into
the attached trailer. The trailer and cargo were from Amazon with an unknown mixed load of
merchandise. The fire was initially stopped from spreading and causing more damage. Douglas
County Fire District No. 2 was called to the scene as the location was within DCFD2’s response
area. Sutherlin units cleared the scene and DCFD2 units stayed to watch the trailer while waiting
for an Oregon State Trooper’s arrival.
While waiting for OSP’s arrival a hidden pocket of smoldering material ignited causing the fire
to spread to the roof of the trailer and other merchandise. Additional DCFD2 units were
dispatched to the scene along with Sutherlin Fire Department. Jointly the two fire departments
worked to gain access to the seat of the fire by cutting a large door sized hole in the side of the
trailer. The fire was completely extinguished using water and foam while removing any
smoldering material to ensure complete extinguishment.
DCFD2 and SFD responded to this incident with 4 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 command units
and 14 personnel. Crews were assisted by Oakland Rural Fire District, Oregon State Police,
Oregon Department of Transportation with traffic control and a local heavy wrecker that towed
the vehicle off the freeway.
DCFD2 representatives would like to remind travelers on our roads and freeways to pay attention
to reader boards and flaggers that are on emergency scenes as they are trying to keep themselves
and emergency crews safe. Travelers through the area during this incident barely slowed down
or didn’t slow down at all, causing a dangerous situation to be even more hazardous.