One person is dead following a house fire that flared up near Cave Junction around midnight on Wednesday, according to the Illinois Valley Fire District (IVFD). Firefighters from IVFD and emergency personnel from AMR responded to reports of a fire in the 100-block of East River Street just after midnight — arriving to find "a single-story wood frame house" with flames pouring from the front and sides.
After knocking down the flames, firefighters entered the house to find a single occupant who had died inside.
Crews from Pacific Power also responded to the fire and disconnected power to the house to keep the firefighters safe. IVFD was assisted by firefighters from Rural-Metro Fire.
IVFD said that the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Illinois Valley Fire Marshal, a fire investigator from Oregon State Police, and an investigation team from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office.
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From aviation contracts to deals with vendors and even seasonal hiring, the partial federal government shutdown is cutting into planning and preparation for the 2019 wildfire season in the Northwest.
According to Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, one training for firefighting managers has already been canceled, because the federal government has been partially shuttered.
“We rely significantly on state funding for resources,” Franz said. “But we also rely on federal funding. Not only on funding to support our own firefighting efforts but also, we fight our fires in lockstep partnership with federal agencies.” That’s because almost one-third of the land in Washington is owned and managed by the federal government. In Oregon, it’s more than half.
Citing preparations for the upcoming wildfire season, three U.S. senators from the Northwest are among nearly a dozen who sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to “cease the ongoing government shutdown.”
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The Oregon Health Authority said Tuesday it is helping ambulance service agencies comply with a new state law requiring they use electronic patient care reporting, which will streamline how they exchange information with hospital emergency departments and other health care partners.
Oregon Senate Bill 52, passed during the 2017 legislative session, mandates that transporting emergency medical services (EMS) agencies begin posting patient care reports electronically to a statewide database starting Jan. 1, 2019.
OHA offers access to Oregon EMS Information System (OR-EMSIS) at no cost to all EMS agencies, regardless of what vendor an agency uses locally to gather and submit the patient care data. OHA’s free service includes use of a software program called ImageTrend Elite.
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While fire season is months away, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners is working urgently to get something done before summer hits.
In a meeting today, the commissioners discussed how to prepare in the months before wildfires return to the region. While Jackson County does not have enforcement powers when it comes to wildfires, which fall under state and federal jurisdiction, the county of 220,000 people does have influence when it comes to policymakers that represent the people and what they get done.
Next week, the county commissioners plan to issue a proclamation stating their positions and desires. "It's a timely issue. Fire season is coming up quickly. The proclamation sends the notice that that is what we intend and that is what we're going to continue to fight for at all levels," says County Commissioner Rick Dyer.
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Two dogs died in a Medford house fire Tuesday night.
Medford Fire-Rescue said at about 6:45 p.m. on January 15, a fire was reported at a home in the 1400 block of Rome Beauty Lane.
Crews made it to the scene within three minutes of the initial report. They saw one side of the home’s exterior on fire, with flames creeping into the attic.
Firefighters searched the home to make sure everyone was outside as they knocked down the fire, stopping the spread to any other nearby residences.
According to Medford Fire-Rescue, the home was saved. However, two dogs died in the fire, which was determined to be accidental due to electrical issues.
“Our thoughts are with the family as they recover from their loss,” firefighters said. “It is an honor to serve our community and we will continue to do so diligently.”
There were no injuries to any residents or firefighters.
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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday to investigate reports that Canada is unfairly subsidizing its aerial firefighting industry, endangering wildfire readiness in Oregon and the West as well as putting U.S. competitors at an unjust disadvantage for wildfire work. Wyden noted in his letter for U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen that these concerns raise urgent questions because responses are due this month to the Forest Service’s Request for Proposals for Large Air Tanker Services.
“While I am concerned about the readiness of the United States to fight the growing number and severity of forest fires, including with domestic resources, I am also concerned that unfair foreign subsidies put domestic producers at an economic disadvantage,” wrote Wyden, a strong advocate of ensuring Oregon has enough air tankers available for wildfires.
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