Oregon News

Friday, October 20, 2017

Charges filed against 15-year-old boy in Eagle Creek fire

A 15-year-old Vancouver boy faces reckless burning and other charges in the Eagle Creek fire that torched major swaths of the Columbia River Gorge, but authorities disclosed little else about the suspect or their investigation. The teen appeared recently in Hood River County Circuit Court and was arraigned on a juvenile court petition, the Hood River County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. The district attorney didn't release the boy's name or any information about the hearing, when it occurred, when the boy will appear again in court or if he's in custody. He faces allegations of reckless burning, depositing burning materials on forest lands, unlawful fireworks possession, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering other people.
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Lane County firefighters help Northern California battle flames, cope with devastation

As they sifted through the ­debris at a Northern California ranch Tuesday, the grandfather told Kyle Orozco that a distant relative bought the ranch for $10 in 1910. All that remained of his ranch after last week’s deadly fires roared through were four foundations where buildings once stood. They were visible above a thick layer of ash with chunks of ­concrete and sections of sheet metal strewn around. The grandfather focused on the positive as Orozco, a ­firefighter with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue in Florence, and his two colleagues joined the man’s son and his two grandsons in hunting for his great-­grandmother’s wedding ring. The family, along with pets and horses, escaped to safety, he said. The group found the ring, along with a pair of earrings, an antique Colt .45 handgun and some other antiques — items that offered the grandfather a small measure of ­solace, Orozco said. “You could tell he was heartbroken,” he said.
Eugene Register-Guard

Portland battalion chief remembers NW 23rd explosion one year later: ’Our #1 goal was to evacuate’

A year ago, a massive gas explosion destroyed a bagel shop on NW 23rd Avenue. Thankfully no one was killed by the blast, however three firefighters and several other people were hurt. First responders are healing, but say it's a day they will never forget. Portland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Jaime Klum was the incident commander on October 19, 2016 and was one of the first on the scene. “I have 21 years of service in the department and I have never seen anything like where it exploded like this,” said Klum.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Portland’s fire-prone food carts get little oversight from city

Wednesday's explosive fire that destroyed two Downtown Portland food carts, injured two and ignited nearby cars was the second fire in two years that scorched multiple carts. Cardboard food containers, hot cooking oil and bustling activity packed into tiny confines can make food carts "highly flammable," Portland Fire Bureau spokeswoman Louisa Jones said. That's in part why the fire at Southwest First Avenue and Columbia Street spread quickly, she said. A similar phenomenon occurred in a May 2015 fire that destroyed three food carts and damaged two more at the Portland State University pod. Propane fueled both of the fires. The fire bureau promised after the 2015 fire "to make sure that propane use is safe" in food carts and trucks.
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Costly wildfire season winding down in Oregon

There are 13 wildfires still burning in Oregon, but most are either fully or mostly contained. We're coming off the most expensive fire season on record in Oregon, with almost half a million acres of National Forest land burned, 58 percent above average. A good portion of that number comes from the Eagle Creek Fire, which is only 50 percent contained, but doesn't have firefighters as concerned as before. "Whenever we have a large-scale fire event, something like the Chetco Bar or the Eagle Creek Fire, often the things that will put those fires out are what we call a season-ending event," Deschutes National Forest spokeswoman Kassidy Kern said Thursday. "That does mean a significant amount of snow or rain."
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

Crews work overnight to knock down Rogue River structure fire

Firefighters are working to knock down a structure fire along East Evans Creek Road in Rogue River that initially sparked late Thursday night. Evans Valley Fire District crews responded to the 5600 block shortly before 10:30 p.m. to find a large outbuilding roughly 50% involved by flames. With assistance of Rogue River Fire and Grants Pass Fire, crews had the fire mostly knocked down as of 12:15 a.m. on Friday. No one was inside the outbuilding and the house on the property was not impacted. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Two food carts, 10 vehicles damaged after fire in downtown Portland

VIDEO - Portland Fire and Rescue crews responded to a two-alarm fire at a downtown food cart Wednesday afternoon. PF&R officials say the food cart pod where the fire is located is at Southwest 1st Avenue and Columbia. Multiple explosions were confirmed by fire investigators when they found several ruptured propane tanks in the burned debris. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 15 minutes. Officials say two food carts, Lai Thai and The Greek Gods Gyro, and 10 vehicles were heavily damaged in the fire. PF&R said several workers were treated for minor injuries on scene.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Police and Fire levy support could impact safety in Grants Pass

The City of Grants Pass is asking its residents for continued support on a police and fire levy. As of now that tax allows for round the clock response from emergency personnel. Measure 17-83 is the only item on the Josephine County ballot and it asks Grants Pass residents to continue funding neighborhood patrols, criminal investigations, fire rescue, drug enforcement and more. Safety is a main concern for city council members, this is why they say they stand behind the levy.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Oregon firefighters help animals impacted by California wildfires

Oregon firefighters aren’t only helping human victims of the California wildfires, they’re also working to help pets. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal posted on Facebook Wednesday saying the wildfires can displace and cause stress for pets, especially if their owners must move or leave them behind. A slideshow video shows a Washington County Strike Team firefighter who fed and cared for cats at night. He named the kitten on his shoulders “Brad.” Fire officials said about nine cats would follow the firefighters around and the firefighters took care of them.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Man who threw flares into Portland police cruiser in May Day riot sentenced to 6 years prison

A 22-year-old man was sentenced to more than six years in prison Wednesday for throwing lit road flares into a police patrol vehicle and a Target store during the May Day protest in downtown Portland. Damion Feller previously pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, riot, and arson charges. A federal grand jury also indicted him on malicious damage by means of fire charges. More than two dozen others were arrested during the May 1 protest that turned into a violent riot through the downtown area.

Neighbors say they heard screaming before they noticed house fire in SE Portland

Firefighters responded to a house fire in southeast Portland Thursday morning. Portland Fire and Rescue sent crews to the 4800 block of Southeast Franklin Street at 8:48 p.m. for a report of a residential fire. The fire caused significant damage to the second floor of the house. Neighbors said they heard screaming, looked out their back window and saw the house on fire. This is a developing story.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

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