Oregon News

Monday, March 18, 2019

2 slip on ice, fall at Multnomah Falls; crews prepped for busy weekend

An 80-year-old woman and a boy slipped on ice and fell on a trail in two separate incidents at Multnomah Falls on Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The woman suffered a leg injury. She was carried off the trail on a wheeled-stretcher. The Forest Service said she was in good spirits. Earlier in the day, a boy fell about 20 feet after he slipped on ice in the switchbacks above Benson Bridge. He suffered bruises and a cut to the head. "In the lower elevations, we have ice," Forest Service Protection Officer Ed Wieringa said. "In the higher elevations, we have snow. Prepare for wintry conditions." Wieringa says the boy who fell was wearing flat-bottomed sneakers. "The trail became icy around switchback 6 and 7," Wieringa said. "We don't recommend hiking further than the Benson Bridge with small children." Hiker Tobin Greensweig says he felt a little under-prepared, but was able to reach the upper viewing platform at Multnomah Falls by taking his time.

Three people taken to hospital after fire at SE Portland home

A home in southeast Portland was damaged after it caught fire Monday morning. Clackamas Fire and Portland Fire crews were called out to the house fire, located in the 6400 block of Southeast Fern, just before 7:30 a.m. Officials said crews could see a large column of black smoke while responding to the scene. Crews arrived to the scene and found a single family home that had heavy fire involvement and a large amount of thick black smoke. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and searched the home. Residents inside the home were able to get out. Firefighters told FOX 12 that an older woman and her adult son were taken to an area hospital due to smoke exposure. A neighbor was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Woman arrested for arson at residential care facility in Grants Pass

Police say a fire at a residential care facility Friday morning was intentionally set. Police arrested Mary McKillop, 66, who lives at the facility. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says firefighters and police responded to a fire in the kitchen at the facility on Carnahan Drive around 5:00 a.m. Friday. A person who worked at the facility was able to get the fire under control with a fire extinguisher. No one was injured. Fire investigators were able to determine the cause which led to McKillop's arrested. She's facing arson charges.

Occupants escape NE Portland house fire through back window

Firefighters doused flames after a northeast Portland home caught fire Saturday afternoon. Crews rushed to the 7300 block of North Boston Avenue and say two people escaped the home through a back window. One person was evaluated for medical need on scene but not transported, Portland Fire & Rescue says. Fire crews remained on scene after extinguishing the fire to knock out hot spots. A fire investigator is working to determine what sparked the blaze.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Structure fire sparked by burning vehicle displaces six people in Sutherlin

A structure fire in Sutherlin displaced a total of six occupants on Saturday morning, sparked by a nearby vehicle that went up in flames. The Sutherlin Fire Department received calls of a fully involved vehicle fire at 380 S Calapooia St, just after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Crews were on scene shortly after being dispatched, and started fire suppression efforts on the multiple vehicle fires that spread rapidly to a nearby structure. The fire was upgraded to a two-alarm fire. Approximately 42 minutes later, the fire was knocked down and under control. The structure was inhabitable after the fire, and six occupants were displaced. The occupants and their children were assisted by the American Red Cross in finding temporary placement. The fire is currently under investigation by the Oregon State Police and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Fire officials say an elderly woman died in Boring house fire

An elderly woman died in a house fire in Boring Friday morning and man was seriously injured, Sandy Fire District said. Crews responded to the fire in the 37100 block of Southeast Lusted Road at around 3:30 a.m. When crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames and a man with critical burns was lying in the front yard. Sandy Fire District confirmed the elderly woman died inside her home. The injured man, who they believe is the woman's son, was taken to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center. Officials believe he was injured while trying to save the woman. Crews had to bring in water tanks from across the area since there was no access to a fire hydrant on the rural Boring road.

Medford’s new fire prevention plan: Goats

With 79 days until fire season officially starts in Oregon, plans and preparation are in full swing. Tonight, the Medford City Council will hear a propsal to hire goats to minimize fire risk in the city limits. It does require a city Code Amendment to allow goat grazing. The Medford Municipal Code currently prohibits livestock wihtin city limits, other than in the Exclusive Agricultural overlay district. NewsWatch 12 talked to Ern Russell, owner of Hungry Goats for Hire, in Eagle Point. He says unlike cattle or sheep, goats can eat invasive weeds like blackberries. He says they can also go places machines can't. In a memorandum from the City Manager Brian Sjothun to the Medford Mayor and City Council, he says "In the past several years, communities across the nation have turned to using goats for managing overgrown vegetation, invasive weeds (inclucing blackberry vine overgrowth), and dense underbrush in fire-prone areas.

Klamath Falls home burned ’for a good cause’

The owner of a home on Miller Avenue needed the land. Demolishing a house is expensive. So the homeowner chose to donate the house to Klamath County Fire District 1. It's a win-win. The firefighters are getting hands-on training that's as close to a real emergency as you get and the house is now gone. The "Burn to Learn" training at 5132 Miller Avenue was specifically to help 5 new firefighters. It gives the Klamath County Fire District No. 1 firefighters valuable fire control technique training. This is the last step in their two-week training. Jared Hooper is one of those five new firefighters "It's a good experience to kind of just get our feet wet. A lot of us haven't been on a fire in a couple of years so it's a good way to learn and go over what we went through with the academy," Hooper added. He is not new to the department since he was an EMT. Now he's switching from the ambulance to the red firetruck.

Bend mayor, fire captain named to state Wildfire Council

Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday the 18 confirmed members of the Oregon Wildfire Council, which she created via executive order in January, including Bend Mayor Sally Russell and Bend Fire Captain Tricia Connolly. The council is charged with evaluating national and global best practices in fire prevention, management and suppression to make recommendations for Oregon's future wildfire management. Their first meeting is this Monday, March 18. "Fire threatens communities, smoke compromises our health, and our local economy suffers," Brown said. "We need to make sure we are doing everything we can, and that we are building support for the sustainable funding needed to change this pattern. I'm so pleased to bring many experts together to tackle this important issue that deeply affects Oregonians and our lands."
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

Fire crews extract two people from car after crash with semi-truck on Hwy 211 in Sandy

A car was hit by a semi-truck on Highway 211 Thursday afternoon. Sandy Fire District responded to a car versus semi-truck crash at the intersection of Hwy 211 & Dubarko Rd around 1:48 p.m. The two patients in the car were trapped and required heavy extrication, according to officials. The driver of the car was transported by ambulance with potential serious injuries and the passenger of the car was transported by Lifeflight to the hospital. Officials said the driver of the semi-truck was uninjured. Sandy Fire was assisted by Clackamas Fire District, Sandy Police, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, & Sandy Public Works.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Fire, explosions claim Klamath County home, car

Flames engulfed a residence on Homedale Road and a 2008 silver Prius Thursday afternoon, blowing out glass from a nearby camper window and reducing the building to its charred skeleton. Klamath County Fire District 1 Operations Chief Matt Hitchcock said there were no injuries from the fire on the 7300 block of Homedale. Hitchcock said he wasn’t yet sure what kindled the fire and ensuing explosions, but it may have started in a Prius parked outside the home’s front door. Renter of the home, Duane Martin, guessed it started from his wall heater. Martin said he also kept propane inside the building, which could also have fed the flames. Martin said just about everything inside had burnt up, but he figured he could stay for a while in his camper behind the home if he patched up its blown out window. “I’m just hoping the guns are okay,” he said. Martin keeps a large collection of firearms in a locked safe. Martin remained calm as he surveyed the ruins. He said he couldn’t yet say how he felt.
Klamath Falls Herald and News

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