A pickup proved too heavy to tow, and multiple agencies kept a fire under control
Midnight – Oregon State Police spotted an abandoned Chevrolet pickup on Highway 334 near milepost 6 in northern Umatilla County. The pickup’s emergency light were not on, no reflective road triangles or flares were around the vehicle, and it blocked about half of the eastbound lane. State police deemed it a hazard and called for a tow truck.
Jim’s Towing of Milton-Freewater tried to haul the Chevrolet, but it was too heavy to take to the impound yard. The tow truck, though, was able to move the pickup off the road.
2:01 a.m. – Another traffic hazard occurred near the Hermiston Raceway, 81170 Highway 395, Hermiston, when someone lost five bales of hay in the road.
12:05 p.m. – Hermiston police responded to a report of a burglary of an abandoned house on the 600 block of East Gladys Avenue.
12:08 p.m. – The East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District and Helix Fire responded to a grass fire on Lieuallen Road outside Weston. The fire went into the cheat grass and land in the Conservation Reserve Program, then climbed the hill into a wheat field.
Weston’s public works staff cut a line with a front-end loader, which laid the greener wheat down and stopped the fire from spreading. East Umatilla had nine firefighters with two brush trucks and a tender on the initial attack. Assistance came from Pendleton Fire, Umatilla Tribal Fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. East Umatilla Chief Dave Baty thanked the other agencies.
“This fire had the potential to take off and burn, but we had enough help to stop it,” he said.
The fire burned three acres and the cause remains under investigation.
1:30 p.m. – Hermiston police received a report of animal abuse.
1:55 p.m. – A Hermiston caller asked to speak to an officer about his family framing him.
5:57 p.m. – Law enforcement took a report for an assault on Northeast Johns Place, Pendleton.