Oregon News

Friday, June 14, 2024

Quick action by Eugene-Springfield fire crews saves historic downtown building

VIDEO: A historic building on Main St. in Springfield was saved thanks to the quick response of Eugene-Springfield Fire crews, Thursday. Crews were called to a fire at Planktown Brewing around 8:02 a.m., June 13. The fire was reported behind the range of the brewery. Fire engines arrived at the scene just 4 minutes after the initial call and found the fire burning behind a stove/oven. "Thanks to early notification and a quick response, the fire was kept small and declared under control in 19 minutes saving a historic downtown building." Crews were able to extinguish the fire and overhauling the area to prevent further extension to the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KPIC-TV CBS 4 Roseburg

‘They’re more intense’: Oregon firefighters gear up for active wildfire summer

VIDEO: It’s no secret that wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are getting more expensive and more severe. Forecasts in Oregon and Washington call for above-average conditions in parts of each state come July, which is never a good sign for the men and women tasked with fighting those fires. The Oregon Department of Forestry recently hosted an intense, hands-on training at the Santiam Firefighter Academy 25 miles outside of Salem. Levi Eckhardt oversaw some 125 firefighters of every level from across the state get ready for what’s on the horizon. “We’re definitely seeing more wildland fires, and they’re more intense,” said Eckhardt, who is the chief in Jefferson, Oregon. While many of those on hand were fresh out of a fire academy, considered newbies or Level II firefighters, Eckhardt has decades of experience battling some of Oregon’s fiercest blazes.
KOIN-TV NBC 6 Portland

Thursday, June 13, 2024

How the Oregon Department of Forestry uses drones during fire season

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Fire season brings new challenges every summer. This summer the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is using drones to help with multiple aspects of fire suppression and detection. NewsWatch 12 talked with ODF’s state aviation coordinator, Sara Prout. Prout said that aerial resources are important every summer, and that drones help expand the department’s aerial capabilities. “It's all one big picture,” Prout said. “The manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft work together, just at different levels.” For years, ODF has utilized planes and helicopters to help detect, observe and fight fires. Drones can operate similarly, with more mobility and access to fires. Drones can provide valuable information during every phase of a wildfire.
KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford

15 people without a home after fire breaks out at Tigard apartment

PHOTOS: More than a dozen people and several pets are displaced after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Tigard early Wednesday morning. Around 12:40 a.m., multiple people called 911 to report seeing flames coming from the roof at Oak Tree Apartments on Southwest 108th Avenue, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) said. Crews saw flames through the third-story roof. Firefighters searched the complex and the neighboring units, and confirmed that everyone inside had evacuated. Firefighters encountered challenges trying to reach the fire in the attic because of a double layer of drywall in the ceiling, TVF&R said. After about 50 minutes, they were able to get the fire under control, and spent an additional two hours to extinguish hot spots and salvage people's belongings.
KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland

’Fire Season’ arrives: Fire restrictions in Douglas County begin on Friday

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Roseburg District have announced that the 2024 fire season will officially begin Friday, June 14, at 12:01 a.m. All private, county, state, and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) land within the Douglas District and Roseburg District BLM are included in the fire season declaration. On private, county, state, and BIA lands, certain fire restrictions are imposed to help prevent wildfires. In addition to the declaration of fire season, the DFPA will implement Public Use Restrictions Friday on private, county, state, and BIA land within the Douglas District. Public use restrictions will be assessed and announced later for the Umpqua National Forest. These fire prevention restrictions are put in place to ensure fire-prone activities do not start wildfires.
KVAL-TV CBS 13 Eugene

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