Gearhart fire

Crowds about three-quarters of the normal volume came to Gearhart on the Fourth of July, Fire Chief Bill Eddy said Monday, with more people staying home and not traveling.

While there were no fireworks-related incidents reported on the Fourth, police responded to numerous calls for assistance.

in the morning firefighters aided a woman who fell and incurred head lacerations. She was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Medix.

Gearhart Fire responded to a report of a person with difficulty breathing on the beach in the late afternoon. Medix transported the individual to Providence Seaside Hospital.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the department responded to South Ocean to an accidental fire alarm that went off because of a closed damper. 

A dune grass fire at South Marion and Little Beach was reported at 9:42 p.m.; the fire was out when firefighters arrived. 

Throughout the day, Chief Jeff Bowman noted a decrease in visitors, especially teens, and a decrease in fireworks, although, he added, “Some may argue that.” 

Fire and police both responded to a bicyclist hit in the crosswalk by a vehicle on July 6.

According to Bowman, a gray Suburban struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Pacific Way and U.S. Highway 101 while trying to make a turn. Medix transported the cyclist to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where they were entered into the trauma system. No citations were issued.

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