Procession for fallen firefighter to close I-205 onramps in Oregon on Wednesday



A procession escorting the remains of an Oregon native killed in a wildfire will close all southbound onramps to Interstate 205 between Portland International Airport and Lake Oswego, Ore., on Wednesday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

John Percin, a native of West Linn, Ore., was among 19 Hotshot firefighters who died June 30 in an Arizona wildfire. Percin’s remains are set to arrive at PDX at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, after which a procession will travel to Lake Oswego via I-205.

The rolling closure is expected to begin soon after the arrival of Percin’s remains. Closures will be in effect long enough to clear southbound lanes and will reopen once the procession passes, according to ODOT. The procession will start eastbound on Northeast Airport Way to southbound I-205, across the Abernethy Bridge to Oregon’s Highway 43 and Lake Oswego.

The procession will include fire, law enforcement and other public safety vehicles. Motorists should consider avoiding I-205 during that time, according to ODOT, though the public can view the procession from freeway overpasses.