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.
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.
KDRV-TV ABC 12
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.
KDRV-TV ABC 12
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
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
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