Disasters & Accidents

Wildfire
1:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Lightning Could Spark More Wildfires This Week

The Buzzard Complex of fires is currently the largest in the nation. It's burnt more than 600 acres of rangeland southeast of Burns.
Credit Schin Haakenson / Inciweb

Most of the major wildfires burning in Oregon are at or near containment, but a new round of intense lightning storms is forecast this week.

Fire officials say 6 of the 11 large wildfires in Oregon now range from 80 percent to fully contained. The blazes are burning east of the Cascades.
Carol Connolly with the Northwest Coordination Center says lightning is expected for the next couple of days.

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Wildfire
6:53 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform

The Two Bulls Fire burnt nearly 7,000 acres of federal and state forest land near Sisters in June.
Credit Central Oregon Fire Info

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 2-hundred homes. With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires.

In a conference call from Washington DC, Wyden said fire season in the West is changing, and fast.

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Disasters & Accidents
7:57 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missing Waldport Man Found Alive By Deputy

The car of 80-year-old Jon Culton of Waldport went off the road on Highway 34 Wednesday.
Credit Oregon State Police

A Benton County Sheriff's Office deputy found a vehicle Thursday morning down an embankment off Highway 34 belonging to an elderly Waldport man reported missing the day before to Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The man was rescued from his vehicle northeast of Alsea and taken to a Corvallis hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Oregon State Police is investigating the crash and the man's family was notified that he was found safe.

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Disasters & Accidents
7:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Springfield Mill Employees Begin To Consider Employment Options

Credit Angela Kellner

Management at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill began meeting individually with its employees Tuesday.  The mill burned down last week, putting 250 people out of work.  The owners are offering two possible employment alternatives at mills in Roseburg and Glendale.

Chuck Wert is the chief operating officer of Swanson Group, which owns the mill.

Wert: "As I understand it we spoke with around 60 employees today and about 40 of them that say they are interested in looking at the other job opportunities we have for them in Roseburg and Glendale."

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Wildfires
9:49 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes

An entire block of what residents describe as “nice, two-story homes” was destroyed in the fire.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices. Now, some people are sifting through the rubble of their former homes. Jessica Robinson has more from Okanogan County.

Kelsey Verbeck and her husband grabbed a few items before evacuating their home in Pateros, Wash. A diaper bag for their newborn. Work clothes for the next day.

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Wildfires
8:50 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Power, Phone Outages Add To Confusion In Fire-Threatened Towns

Volunteers at an emergency aid shelter in Brewster, Wash., bring in a new load of bottled water.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Quickly moving wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington have pushed those states to the top of the national priority list for firefighting resources. Officials say 127 houses and other structures in the Northwest have been consumed by wildfires –- though there are reports of many more destroyed. Jessica Robinson reports from central Washington, which has seen some of the worst of the damage.

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Wildfires
4:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Small Fire Briefly Shuts Down Mt. Pisgah and Buford Park Recreation Area

A fire earlier this afternoon briefly closed the Howard Buford Recreation Area southeast of Eugene. The fire is now fully contained. The north side of the area will remain closed as crews monitor and investigate the blaze. Mount Pisgah and the arboretum are open to visitors.

The Oregon Department of Forestry responded with a helicopter to dump water on the blaze. It burned a little more than an acre.

ODF crews are performing mop-up operations. The area will be monitored throughout the weekend by Lane County Parks staff and volunteers.

Disasters & Accidents
3:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Management Assesses Fire Damage At Springfield Mill

Chuck Wert is Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer.
Credit Swanson Group

Thursday's catastrophic fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill has left 250 employees jobless and owners of the parent company accessing their options. Swanson Group acquired the mill on F Street in Springfield in 2007. It is a total loss. The fire is under investigation. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wert as he arrived from company headquarters in Glendale to access the still-smoldering site.  

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Disasters & Accidents
6:15 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fire Completely Destroys Springfield Plywood And Veneer Mill; Workers Displaced

A helicopter dumps water on flames at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill July 17, 2014.
Credit Angela Kellner

UPDATE: Thursday 10:00 pm 

A fast-moving fire engulfed and destroyed the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill Thursday. No injuries were reported.

To see a video of the helicopter dropping water on the fire, visit our KLCC Facebook page.

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Wildfire
6:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Wildfire Destroys Homes, Burns More than 2,000 Acres In South-Central Oregon

Many residents living outside Sprague River, Oregon, lost their homes to a wildfire.
Credit James Thompson

The Moccasin Hill wildfire in south-central Oregon has burned as many as 20 homes and 2,500 acres.

Reporter Devan Schwartz visited the town of Sprague River and spoke with people who lost everything, and those in the community lending a hand.
 

I’m riding in a truck with James Thompson, who co-owns Whistler’s Trading Post. It’s one of Sprague River’s few businesses. He’s taking me to see where the homes have burned.

It smells of singed ponderosa pine, juniper and sagebrush.

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