DEQ: Bear Creek environmental impacts in ‘good place’ after fire

MEDFORD, Ore. —It’s been nearly a year since the Pacific Pride Fire in downtown Medford.

The Department of Environmental Quality says more than 21,000 gallons of petroleum products entered Bear Creek. To help mitigate the spread booms were placed in the water following the fire.

The department says it doesn’t have any way to track how much petroleum is still in Bear Creek. But it says there is good news.

“You have a large fire, and even explosives that then cause the release of a lot of petroleum products, in terms of that emergency response and cleanup, we are definitely in a good place,” said Dylan Darling with the Oregon DEQ.

Darling says another plus Is we also didn’t see any release of fuel into the Rogue River.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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