As of this morning, the Medford Fire Department has completed mop up of the Pacific Pride Fire site and have demobilized all on site fire equipment and personnel. The Medford Police Department has not made any arrests in connection to this incident and cause of the fire continues to be under investigation.
South Central Avenue from E 13th St. to E Barnett Rd remains closed until further notice due to the massive clean-up effort to avoid further environmental degradation and hazardous conditions for foot and vehicle traffic.
Crews have opened all lanes along North Riverside. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution when in the area as there are multiple crews on site continuing the investigation and clean up.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and NEXGEN Logistics LLC have established a Unified Command to coordinate the response to public health and environmental impacts of the fire and oil spill at Pacific Pride Commercial Fuel Station on South Central Avenue.
Absorbent boom has been placed at the facility and in Bear Creek to reduce the amount of petroleum product released to the stream. Oiled birds have been observed. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are managing the response to oiled waterfowl and any other impacts to fish or wildlife.
EPA is setting up community air monitors. The scene remains dangerous and is off-limits to the public. The incident’s Joint Information Center will issue a news release midday on Thursday.
The City continues to work with community partners to assist impacted businesses and will provide another update on Thursday afternoon.