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News Release
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue Responds to Two Collisions with a Fire on I-5 near Ridgefield (Photo) - 07/19/21

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue responded with AMR and Washington State Patrol to a collision near MP 20 at the north bound I-5 bridge over the North Fork of the Lewis River.  The Collision involved a pickup truck and travel trailer that collided with a tractor trailer and stopped north-bound traffic on the interstate.   No injuries were reported and no people were transported from the first collision.  The collision near mile post 20 was dispatched at 0846 on Monday morning and CCFR responded with 1 engine, 1 tower ladder, and 1 Chief Officer.   At 0956 a subsequent collision in the back-up from the first incident was dispatched at Exit 14 in Ridgefield, under the Pioneer Street Overpass.  The second collision involved 2 tractor trailers, with one truck carrying a load of pallets, leaving the roadway and catching fire.  The Fire Spread to both vehicles and one driver was transported to the hospital by AMR with non-life threatening injuries.   The fire was quickly controlled by fire crews with the majority of fire damage limited to one vehicle.  CCFR responded with 2 engines, 1 tower ladder, 1 brush truck, 1 water tender, and 2 chief officers to the second collision.  Ridgefield Police assisted the Washington State Patrol on scene and TLC Towing cleared the vehicles and debris.   

CCFR urges drivers to help protect responders by slowing down and exercising extra caution when traveling near emergency scenes, especially on fast moving highways. 


Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves 40,000 people over 125 square miles, including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland and the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to an average of 4200 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR also provides a wide array of Community Risk Reduction programs including fire inspections, building plan reviews, and a Community Paramedic program. CCF&R operates under a balanced budget, and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state.


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