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Thursday in Portland: PF&R crews battle fire near Steel Bridge, OHA encouraging people to get mpox vaccine & more

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, May 25 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. PF&R crews battle tire fire near Steel Bridge

Officials say a large tire fire near the Steel Bridge pulled Portland Fire & Rescue crews into action early Thursday. PF&R shared on Twitter just after 3 a.m. that a large pile of shredded tires near Peace Memorial Park was on fire. The pile was against several vacant grain silos and authorities said it was difficult reaching the fire with water due to a lack of hydrants running in the area.

Crews used aerial master streams and a deck gun in an attempt to slow the fire’s growth, but it eventually spread inside a cargo container nearby, according to officials. Once the crew was able to push the fire down, they worked their way up the rubber slope to open the container and extinguish all the internal flames.

PF&R announced just after 4 a.m. that they were beginning to pare down the scene. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

2. Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in SE Portland

A woman has died after being struck in a hit-and-run crash in southeast Portland on Wednesday afternoon, according to police. The crash occurred around 1:37 p.m. on Southeast Division Street, east of Southeast 122nd Avenue. Responding officers found a woman who’d been struck by a driver traveling east on Division. She was transferred to a hospital in an ambulance but died at the hospital. Her name has not been released by police.

Police said the driver didn’t stop and has not been located. This marks the 21st deadly crash in Portland this year, 10 of which have involved pedestrians.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team is investigating the fatal crash. Anyone with information is asked to email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-135823.

3. Health officials encourage Oregonians to get mpox vaccine ahead of summer

Ahead of summer gatherings and travel, the Oregon Health Authority is encouraging Oregonians to get vaccinated with both doses of the mpox vaccine. According to officials, there are one to three mpox cases reported per month in Oregon, but the outbreak that started last June is not over.

OHA says since the start of the outbreak, there have been 280 cases in 12 counties and no deaths.

“We have tools to prevent a resurgence in Oregon, including testing, vaccination, treatment, strong community partnerships and data to guide our response,” Tim Menza, senior health advisor for OHA’s mpox response, told KOIN. “As we gather and travel for Pride celebrations in Oregon and around the country next month, we can use these tools now to help us avoid repeating the outbreak of 2022.”

The JYNNEOS vaccine is free and available to anyone in Oregon. According to OHA, mpox typically spreads through close, skin-to-skin contact, most often through intimate or sexual contact.

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