By Teresa Simpson
Free Press Publishing 

Rebel Flat Creek train trestle destroyed


Last updated 8/25/2023 at 11:18am

Roger Harnack

A Fire Boss drops water on the Winona Fire in an effort to stop its spread over Rebel Flat Creek on Friday, Aug. 18. Below, a historic building on Chicken Road succumbs to the blaze Friday.

WINONA - The Winona Fire, which burned 2,535 acres over the weekend, completely destroyed the Rebel Flat Creek railroad trestle.

The fire broke out Friday and destroyed the trestle as it raced through dry grass and sage down a slope to the creek and railroad tracks.

After the fire had passed, only rails remained in the span over the creek.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkin said Tuesday, Aug. 22, the wooden trestle bridge was about 200 feet long and and handled close to 2,000 rail cars annually.

The trestle was owned by Palouse River and Coulee Shortline Railroad...

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