Oregon News

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Community questions management efforts for the Chetco Bar Fire in its early stages

The Chetco Bar Fire has ripped through 98,000 acres, five homes and displaced hundreds of residents. "The challenges are great. We're dealing with a very fast moving fire," said Tommy Schroeder, the State Fire Marshal public information officer. At this point with so much smoke and no visibility - air tankers aren't able to help. But why the U.S. Forest Service stopped using them when the fire was in its early stages isn't exactly known. "Retardant was dropped on it during that initial attack and it was not effective. I wasn't here at the time so I'm not sure what the result was," said Bruce Palmer, a U.S. Forest Service representative for the fire.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue team up to help Cannon Beach Academy

With workers hammering and sanding in the background, members of the Cannon Beach Fire Department presented a gift of an automated external defibrillator Tuesday to the Cannon Beach Academy’s Director Amy Moore and President Kellye Dewey. The defibrillator will be stored at the academy’s new location on South Hemlock. “Anybody with some basic training can save a person’s life,” said Lt. Brian Smith, a firefighter and president of the Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue Association. “Any time you have a heart issue, time is life.”
Daily Astorian

Crash in Hugo sends two to hospital, requires Jaws of Life

Firefighters respond to a single car crash on Three Pines Road near Oxyoke Road early Wednesday morning in Hugo. Rural Metro Fire & AMR Josephine County were dispatched to "Dickerson's Corner" where a car had driven off the road into a tree in a field. The driver was able to exit the car. The passenger required firefighters to use the Jaws of Life to rescue him out of the car. The both drive and passenger were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries. The passenger was later upgraded to a trauma hospital in Medford.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Redmond Air Center sets retardant-drop record

About 1.3 million gallons of retardant have been dumped on fires in Central Oregon so far this year. That is a record. It's not because we've had more acres burn this year, but because many of the fires, such as the Milli Fire, are close to homes. That's what made the Milli Fire a high-priority fire nationwide. Retardant is most often used when wildfire threatens property. Luckily, the Milli Fire's location, not far from Redmond, is helping firefighters. "Because of the proximity of the Redmond Air Tanker Base, we are very fortunate that runway, then dump, then come back to the runway -- that's a 25-minute turnaround," Forest Service Public Information Officer Kassidy Kern said Tuesday. "So when some of those really critical times when we needed that air resource, it was available to us."
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

Milli Fire evacuees being allowed to return home

The Milli Fire has grown to nearly 12,500 acres, due in part to burnout operations that allowed officials on Wednesday to lift the Level 3 evacuation order for the hundreds who have been out of their homes since last Friday. Here's the full announcement from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office: Due to progress on the Milli Fire, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is reducing evacuation levels in all areas previously under Level 3 Evacuation Notice to a Level 2 Evacuation "Be Set". This includes:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chetco Bar Fire In Brookings Now The Top Priority Fire In The Country

The National Interagency Fire Center has now labeled the Chetco Bar Fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Brookings, Oregon, the “top priority fire” in the country. The fire is burning 98,000 acres and is 0 percent contained. Firefighting resources are thin nationwide, and the “top priority” designation gives fire officials a better chance of getting the additional resources they need when they ask for it. Smoke and fog from the wildfire prevented aircraft from working on the fire. It also obstructed the view of Monday’s Great American Eclipse.
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Related: Growing wildfires prompt more evacuations across the state

Growing wildfires prompted several new evacuation orders across the state Monday. Residents in some areas near the 70,000-acre Chetco Bar fire in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest were told to leave their homes immediately as the fire rapidly spread. Here’s what you need to know about major wildfires in the state: The wildfire spurred new level 3 (Go now) evacuation orders as it continued to grow Monday. Residents in the area between the intersection of Carpenterville Road and U.S. 101, the Pistol River and the Pacific Ocean should leave immediately, officials said. Previously issued level 3 evacuation orders remain in place. The fire moved west rapidly as it grew on its north end, threatening more than 3,000 homes Monday morning, according to the Northwest Interagency Communications Center. It has already destroyed two.

Crews respond to early morning house fire in north Portland

Portland Fire and Rescue crews responded to an early-morning house fire Tuesday morning. According to PF&R, crews responded to a residence at North Fiske Avenue and North Butler Street at 4:51 a.m. and found heavy fire in the back of the home and detached garage. Firefighters said the blaze appeared to start on the back porch before extending to the first and second floors and the garage. Crews were able to contain the fire within 15 minutes. The three people living in the home, along with their dog, were able to get out of the house without injury.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Editorial: Bend’s fire levy seems to have improved protection

Bend Fire Department set a record last month for average response times: 5 minutes and 28 seconds. The city’s goal is 6 minutes and 15 seconds. One month of good response times is nothing to celebrate if people are dying, or if the city’s response times get worse. But with total call volume going up about 10 percent a year, keeping response times low is important, because it can save lives. Bend Fire Chief Larry Langston told us it can be critical to get to a heart attack patient within 6 minutes.
Bend Bulletin

Off duty EMT dies after falling into the Illinois River

An EMT with American Medical Response (AMR), dies after he fell into the Illinois River. The incident happened on Wednesday when Illinois Valley Fire District and AMR responded to a report of a traumatic injury near the swinging bridge on Illinois River Road. IVFD say, bystanders performed CPR until medical crews arrived on scene. Emergency personnel took over life saving procedures and placed a request for a Mercy Flight. Despite efforts by both bystanders and emergency crews they were unsuccessful in saving the patient. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The patient was later identified as David Struewing, 24, a previous volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Illinois Valley Fire District and off duty EMT.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Firefighters from Great Britain Visit Central Oregon

In Central Oregon right now, as wildfires rage, four U.K.-based firefighters who came to learn more about fighting woodland fires have been helping with eclipse preparedness, too. David Hodge, a firefighter for over 27 years, says he and his colleagues are happy to be part of the process. "During the eclipse, two of the firefighters will be embedded here to deal with local emergencies with the Sisters / Camp Sherman personnel, and the two officers - myself and my colleague - we're going to be embedded within the Multi-Agency Command Center at Redmond during the period of the eclipse, so we'll be starting that from tomorrow until Tuesday." Hodge, who's visiting Bend on the Firefighter Exchange Program for the second time, says they came to Central Oregon at this time of year because of the eclipse preparedness that's going on.
KBND-AM 1110

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