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Fire cuts off rail services to businesses

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PATEROS — When wildfire ripped through the city of Pateros last week, it incinerated two railroad bridges and halted essential rail service to businesses north of the city.

It will be at least two weeks before the Cascade & Columbia River Railroad is back in operation, said Michael Williams, spokesman for Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, which owns the shortline. But it could be longer because of permitting and other preliminary work that must be done, he said.

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