Oregon News

Friday, August 23, 2019

Firefighters in Estacada rescue woman stuck in septic tank possibly for days

Firefighters in Estacada rescued a woman they said was trapped in a septic tank possibly for two to three days. They said she had to be flown to the hospital. Rescuers said they found her lying in raw sewage with her face just above it in a tank outside her rural home, which is about five miles northeast of Estacada. Officials said she lives there alone. "It can be definitely a scary situation, especially sitting at the bottom of a septic tank and you don't know that anybody's coming to get you," Nick Wettlaufer, an engineer/paramedic, told a KATU reporter Thursday. Many homes in rural areas use underground septic tanks as a kind of private sewer to process and treat waste. "Nobody would've heard her up there," said Richard Anderson, a division chief for Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69, which responded to the incident. "The next closest house was a couple of thousand feet away."
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Malfunctioning extension cord starts electrical fire on Fruitdale Road in Coos Bay

An electrical fire broke out in a garage on Fruitdale Road on Wednesday. On Aug. 21 at 2:15 p.m., the Coos Bay Fire Department responded to reports of a fire in a garage of a single family dwelling on Fruitdale Road. According to a press release from the CBFD, once firefighters arrived they found smoke coming from the corner of the garage. “Firefighters were able to make access and assure the house was clear of occupants, extinguish the fire and check for extension into the rest of the house,” the release said. “The house suffered minor damage due to smoke and fire.” The total damage was $1,500, the release said. “After an investigation, it was determined that the cause of the fire was an extension cord that had malfunctioned that was used along the side of the garage,” the release said. “No injuries were reported.”
The Worldlink.com

How Oregonians can help ODF firefighters this fire season

During fire season, the Oregon Department of Forestry uses various water sources to fight fires. From fire hydrants to even water tenders. However, when fire hydrants are not available and water tenders run out of water, ODF firefighters resort to water drafting to suppress fires. Water drafting allows firefighters to pull water from local water sources such as rivers, lakes, ponds, irrigation ditches, and even pools. Drafting is extremely beneficial for departments in rural areas such as the Oregon Department of Forestry where firefighters have minimal access to fire hydrants. “It's very beneficial because most of the fires we go on are going to be in areas where we don’t have access to fire hydrants or some of our water tenders may not be able to get to. So, we’re able to get water from rivers, lakes, ponds, and even people’s pools sometimes," ODF Firefighter Josh Stevens says.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

La Pine firefighters, medics have busy evening

La Pine Rural Fire District crews spent a busy Wednesday evening responding to a reported shop on fire, a rollover crash and a medical call -- all within a four-minute span, an official said. The dispatch call came at 7:04 p.m. to the shop fire in the 52600 block of Huntington Road, Fire Chief Mike Supkis said. At the same time, firefighters were responding to a high-impact single-vehicle rollover at milepost 4 on Huntington Road, resulting in one person being taken to St. Charles Bend, Supkis said. Crews also were responding to a second medical call, for chest pain. Supkis said firefighters responding to the crash were able to divert one unit to the structure fire and arrived less than a minute after the 911 call, making a quick knockdown on a fire burning in a large shop building. Nearly a dozen firefighters responded there to finish putting out the blaze.
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

Conex box helping store emergency supplies in Jackson County

The Ashland CERT Team expanded it's community disaster preparedness with the help of grant funding from the Homeland Security. In order to apply, anyone who is interested must meet specific criteria. This grant is made available through state funding and made available to different agencies, making it very competitive to receive. With the funding, the CERT Team purchased a new Conex box to store emergency supplies. While having supplies stored in case of an emergency, such as flooding or natural disasters is not new, the Conex Box is new to the team. They said everything was previously stored inside a closet at the Jackson County Fire District Number Five Station One. The supplies inside are used to help volunteers assist any agency that may need contribution.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Driver dies in fiery crash involving semi on I-5 in Portland

VIDEO: A driver is dead after a fiery crash involving a semi-truck and trailer Wednesday night, according to Portland Fire & Rescue. The single-vehicle crash occurred on northbound Interstate 5 near the Southwest Barbur Boulevard exit around 8:45 p.m. Crews extinguished a fire they say was sparked by the collision and advised traffic delays for drivers in the area. It’s not clear how many vehicles were involved. The bureau's Major Crash Team is investigating. FOX 12 Wednesday night spoke with a witness who said they were driving on I-5 north right in front of the semi-truck before it crashed. "We were just coming back from Vancouver and we saw this Target 18-wheeler just suddenly jet across the freeway and then there was a bunch of flames," the witness said. All northbound lanes will be closed at least until 12 p.m. Thursday from Southwest Haines Street to Southwest Capitol Highway. ODOT said crews will remove a sign bridge damaged in the crash near exit 294.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Grants Pass: Fire equipment stolen twice in one month

It is the second time in the month of August that Rural Metro Fire in Grants Pass has had their equipment stolen. This time, a Stihl Model 362 chainsaw was stolen from the back lot of the Fire Station. Last time, a set of wildland and structural gear was stolen from one of their own firefighters at Lincoln Elementary School. Rural Metro said the chainsaw costs between $800 to $1,000, so it is expensive to replace. Ethan Coates, an engineer at Rural Metro Fire, said the community helped them recover their stolen items last time. "It sucks at the same time, you know getting stuff stolen on us. It is the second time in a month. The community has been a big help in getting our stuff back, that's why we like going to the media. People have been sharing it on Facebook and social media," said Coates.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Proposed Logging in Willamette National Forest Ruffles Environmentalists

Deep in the Willamette National Forest, several miles south of Oakridge, 6,800 acres of prime Douglas fir and mixed conifer stands have been identified for logging and habitat restoration in a new proposal by the U.S. Forest Service. Several environmental groups, including Oregon Wild, are leery about the proposal to log and sell more than 45-million board feet from the region, while the Forest Service and Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative (SWFC) say the logging could help restore some of the native habitat. Seneca Timber owns most of the forestland bordering the proposed logging region. The Forest Service and the SWFC say this particular patch of forest in the Youngs Rock Rigdon region hasn’t seen a serious forest fire in more than 100 years because the Forest Service puts them out.
Eugene Weekly

You could feel the heat: Man arrested after setting RV on fire in Portland

A man violating a restraining order set his RV on fire before witnesses say he was tackled and arrested by police. The incident occurred near Southeast 37th and Mill Street Wednesday afternoon and was caught on video, which shows fast-moving flames and thick black smoke. Kat West, a neighbor, says the incident occurred in front of her house. “You could feel the heat … that’s when the windows exploded out of the RV,” West said. “It’s been in the neighborhood off and on for about the last year.” West said at one point, the RV after it was parked in front of her house Wednesday was surrounded by police. “About three officers in patrol cars showed up, blocked it in … there was a little bit of a standoff,” West said.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Update: Teen pleads guilty to charges in deadly Willamina fire that killed friend’s grandpa

One of three people accused in a deadly fire in Willamina pleaded guilty to charges Wednesday. Jacob Thomas Brooks plead guilty to manslaughter in the first degree and arson in the first degree in connection with the fire that killed Dieter H. Aulig, 79, in June last year. According to investigators, Brooks and the other teen accused in the fire, Nicholas J.D. Aulig, Dieter’s grandson, conspired to steal a large amount of money being stored at the Auligs’ home. Nicholas’s grandmother, Theresa Aulig, suffered non-life-threatening burns as a result of the fire at their home in the 38100 block of Southwest Tenbush Lane. Nicholas was found the day after the fire at Brooks’ house after authorities said they were concerned he may have been injured in the fire. Brooks was 15 years old at the time of the fire and Nicholas was 14.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Firefighters extinguish multiple brush fires near University of Portland campus; woman arrested

A woman was arrested in connection with multiple brush fires that burned near the University of Portland campus Wednesday morning. At around 10:20 a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to the area of North Willamette and North Harvard. Crews arrived to the scene and found four separate brush fires on the bluff below the campus. All fires were quickly extinguished, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters also said the fires were controlled before they could threaten the university or nearby homes. PF&R said witnesses seeing someone walking down a trail and lighting brush and trees on fire with a butane lighter. A witness at the scene was able to point out the suspect to police. A woman was taken into custody in connection with the investigation. A PF&R spokesman said Adrianne Esther Clark, 38, was subsequently arrested on four counts of reckless burning.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

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