Disasters & Accidents

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Penalties for distracted driving will get costlier in Oregon, starting next month. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

Michele Postal

Today marks 50 years since Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  A Eugene resident says she remembers that night well. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

AP

The fire that destroyed the Whitsell Mill in Saginaw – south of Eugene - is 100 percent contained and poses no further threat, according to a fire official on site. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Cottage Grove Sentinel

A massive fire destroyed the Whitsell wood products manufacturing plant in the community of Saginaw, north of Cottage Grove.

National Interagency Coordination Center

Fire season started a little early this year with small blazes in the region. Officials are preparing for what’s expected to be a busy summer.

Oregon Department of Forestry

As people head out for Memorial Day weekend camping trips, fire officials are urging caution. Ed Hiatt is the Northwest Oregon Inter-agency Fire Management staff officer in Springfield.

Brian Bull

The power outage that put KLCC off the air for about 10 minutes last Friday was caused by a bird.

Lane County

Boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield remain closed until further notice as cleanup continues after an oil spill earlier this month.

Lane County

Two boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield have been re-opened. They were closed for cleanup of an oil spill earlier this month. Lane County says the barriers blocking the river near Hayden Bridge have been removed and the river is open to boat traffic in that location. The Bellinger and Hendricks boat ramps are now open and accessible. Hayden Bridge boat ramp remains closed until further notice.

Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

Oil spilled into the McKenzie River last week doesn’t appear to be at levels sufficient to harm wildlife or people. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some boat-ramps are being closed off again as testing continues.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Crews with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are on-site along the McKenzie River, following Monday’s oil spill from International Paper’s Springfield mill. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, access to three boat ramps remain closed until further notice.

GoogleMaps Satellite view

Following an oil spill, people are warned to avoid an 8-mile stretch of the McKenzie River -from Springfield’s Hayden Bridge to Eugene’s Armitage Park- until further notice. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Recorded On: March 9, 2018

Air Date: March 12, 2018

Over the last few decades, advancement in our understanding of the dynamics of the earth's surface and the geology of the Cascadia region has revealed that this region is subject to high intensity earthquakes. This is a result of the collision of large elements of the earth's crust called plates. Earthquakes of this type occur less frequently than those from horizontally moving faults like the San Andreas, but they are often of much larger magnitude.

Oregon State Police

A 47-year old man was swept off the rocks into the ocean north of Depoe Bay this morning (Thursday.) Witnesses say he crossed over a sea wall to look at the water and was then hit by a wave and knocked into the frigid water.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The big ice storm that hit the Eugene area in December 2016 proved a major challenge for local utilities. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares what EWEB learned from the experience.

Morgan / Flickr.com

The New Year means new laws for Oregon drivers. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on one that affects motorists caught in collisions.

Oregon EMS Association website

As the end of the calendar year nears, people are making donations to their favorite charities and causes. Among those hoping for generous support is a statewide service that uses volunteers for emergency response services in rural areas.

Willamette National Forest

Last week, a rockslide shut off access to a popular hot spring in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene. There’s no timeline for when the road will re-open.

Willamette National Forest

Access to Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) on the Willamette National Forest outside of Springfield remains closed following a large landslide that occurred overnight Wednesday.

Eagle Creek Fire Contained, But Economic Recovery Ongoing

Dec 3, 2017
Michale Clapp / OPB

The Eagle Creek Fire is now 100 percent contained but continues to smolder. And business owners in the Columbia River Gorge say they expect economic recovery efforts to stretch into next year.

Cyd Cannizzaro

Guests of the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport had a bit of a shock last Sunday during breakfast. A piece of the roof above them was ripped off by a powerful storm.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The latest annual “Trouble in Toyland” list finds an interactive doll, fidget spinner, and peg games among the most potentially dangerous toys on the shelves. 

Don Graham / Flickr.com

It’s peak season for collisions between cars and deer or elk.  But wildlife officials say for those wanting to salvage any roadkill, that’s not allowed yet.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.  

Liz Roll/FEMA News Photo

Last week’s earthquake in Mexico provided another reminder about the risks of poorly reinforced buildings.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Are you ready for a possible disaster, like an earthquake, ice storm, or fire?  The City of Eugene is holding a series of preparedness fairs just for such scenarios. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Willamette National Forest

Evacuation advisories for the upper McKenzie River area have been lifted and are no longer in effect.

Cookie Swetland

“My state is on fire.” Those are the words of Oregon’s Senate President Peter Courtney, as he joined other congressional representatives to ask for federal funding for wildfire suppression. Twenty six fires continue to burn around the state.  Thousands of fire fighters are dispatched—working in harsh conditions for weeks at a time. One of them is Sam Swetland. I’ve known Sam a long time—but not as long as he’s been fighting fires.

K. Greer / InciWeb

Cooler weather and rainfall are helping out crews battling the region’s wildfires.

Jean-Guy Dallaire / Flickr.com

More than two dozen large wildfires are burning across Oregon.  This has raised concerns that large animals, namely bears, may come into areas where people live to forage before hibernation season.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

inciweb

Tuesday afternoon, the Lane County Sheriff upgraded evacuation notices for areas in the upper McKenzie where several active wildfires are burning.

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