Semitrailer fire closes interchange

Firefighters with the La Grande Rural Fire Protection District fight a blaze engulfing a semitrailer Wednesday night, Nov. 18, 2020, on the eastbound side of Interstate 84 near the milepost 262 interchange with Highway 82. The fire district on its Facebook page reported it responded to the fire a little before 10 p.m. and the contents of the trailer were difficult to extinguish, requiring several hours of mop-up work. The emergency led to the closure of the eastbound lanes, prompting drivers to seek alternate routes. The Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

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