Douglas Complex knocks out train traffic

Douglas Complex knocks out train traffic

GLENDALE, Ore. -- The Douglas Complex fires have burned over 38,000 acres and continue to move south.

No homes have been destroyed but some structures have been damaged.

Train rails and trestles connecting Eugene to northern California were damaged a few days after the fire first started.

Dale Summers, the CORP Roadmaster, showed the damage on Tuesday. "At this particular location the bridge deck caught on fire, probably due to blowing embers from the fire above," he said. "The steel structure is still OK, so right now we're just replacing the bridge deck itself."

Nearly all the wood was burned off, and crews are working to put in 158 deck ties. "Due to the intense heat of the area, it made the rail expand, which added too much rail to the structure and made it buckle out," Summers said.

These tracks make up a major line for freights to pass through. "They're not being diverted," said Summers. "We're just, kind of on a holding pattern."

A little north on the same rail line crews are working to remove a tree measuring 5 feet in width and 64 feet in length, which slid onto the tracks, breaking parts of it.

It's estimated that by this Friday the tracks will be up and ready for service.