SW Polk Fire District
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Polk County Task Force responds to Applegate Fire (Photo) - 06/21/24

This morning at 6am, SW Polk Fire District were mobilized through Immediate Response, a tool the State Fire Marshal uses to send firefighting resources outside of a conflagration.  We have sent a Polk County task force which includes SW Polk Fire District, Amity Fire District, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Fire Department, Polk County Fire District No. 1, Sheridan Fire District, and Dallas Fire Department to respond to the Upper Applegate fire near the town of Ruch.

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Wildfire on Rickreall Rd (Photo) - 06/21/24

SW Polk Fire District responded to a wildfire on Rickreall Road around 5:30pm that was threatening buildings.  A local farmer and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it reached the buildings.  There were no injuries and the cause is still under investigation.  Thanks to Stoller Farms and Dallas Fire Department for the assistance.

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Hay press and storage facility a complete loss (Photo) - 06/18/24

A devastating fire has resulted in the total loss of a prominent hay press and storage facility. SW Polk Fire District responded at approximately 11:15 this morning at Sunrise Trading Inc., located at Beck and Van Well Rd.  As the fire broke out, the employees of the facility quickly sprang into action. Risking their safety, they managed to pull semi-trailers that were partially engulfed in flames out of the building just as the fire crews arrived on scene.  Their quick thinking and bravery prevented further potential injuries and damage. Upon arrival, crews extinguished the semi-trailers and protected a large diesel tank.  Despite their rapid response and diligent work, the facility and its contents could not be saved.  

Chief Hertel of SW Polk Fire District commented on the situation: “Our crews and many other agencies worked tirelessly to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to nearby structures and farm fields.  The actions of the facility's employees in moving the semi-trailers were commendable and undoubtedly helped mitigate some of the damage.”

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

SW Polk Fire District would like to thank all of our mutual aid partners for helping us contain this fire.  Dallas Fire Department, Polk County Fire District No. 1, Amity Fire District, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Fire Department, McMinnville Fire District and Sheridan Fire District.

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