Disasters & Accidents

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Oregon's Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio Tuesday introduced a bill to fund an earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Northwest.

The system would trigger automatic shutdowns of trains, manufacturing lines, close bridges and evacuate students from unsafe schools.

DeFazio says the system could save thousands of lives in the case of a major earthquake and tsunami.

Jes Burns

Eugene's minor league baseball team, the Emeralds, will be paying homage to Civic Stadium tonight (Friday) at their new home, PK Park near Autzen Stadium. Civic Stadium was the longtime ballpark of the Emeralds prior to their relocation. The historic venue burned down last month, four minors have been charged for starting the fire.

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This week's New Yorker article "The Really Big One" has served as a wake up call to northwest residents to the reality that a major earthquake is expected to hit in the next 50 years. Oregon Emergency Managers want to use this opportunity to help people prepare.

Jenny Demaris is Emergency Manager for Lincoln County on the Oregon Coast. She says after reading or hearing about the article, people took notice.

Angela Kellner/KLCC

The drought and recent high temperatures have dried out the fuels and forests, increasing the wildfire risk. The Oregon Country Fair has its own well-trained volunteer fire crew. Over the years, they’ve built a cooperative relationship with the fire departments in the surrounding area.

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Wildfires burning in Oregon started early this year, and could be active late into the fire season. Most blazes in 2015 have been lightning-caused so far. The biggest is the Corner Creek Fire burning near the South Fork John Day River in the Ochoco National Forest. It's about 15 percent contained and has burned more than 26 thousand acres. Oregon Department of Forestry Spokesman Rod Nichols is very pleased with the lack of fireworks-related fires on forest lands this year during the 4th of July Holiday.  

US Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers sent inspectors to 13 Willamette Valley dams following Saturday’s magnitude 4.2 earthquake. All of them were judged to be safe.

Protocol requires dams within 75 miles of a magnitude 4.0 or greater earthquake be inspected within 24 hours.

John Stapleton

Four boys will likely be charged with 2nd degree arson for causing the fire that destroyed Eugene's Historic Civic Stadium Monday. A fifth boy came to police Wednesday morning.

Witnesses had reported seeing a group of boys around the press box at Civic before the fire Monday evening. Eugene Police Detective Steve Williams says three of the boys are 12 and the other is 10 years old. He says they didn't give him a reason for setting the fire.

Rachael McDonald

Crews are still mopping up embers at Eugene's Civic Stadium where the historic grandstands burned down Monday.

The Eugene Police arson team will investigate the fire. Chief Pete Kerns says it's unknown whether the blaze was intentional. Witnesses report 3 or 4 young people were seen at the stadium before the fire. Kerns says he's hoping for the public's help.

Kerns: "Typically in cases like this that have so much community interest we learn who the people were that were seen leaving a scene like this so we don't want anyone to be afraid to come to the police."

John Stapleton

Eugene's historic Civic Stadium burned to the ground Monday evening around 5:30 PM. Fire crews were able to extinguish most of the flames around 7:30 PM. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert arrived at the scene and found smoke billowing from the structure. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Eckert spoke with eye witness Danny Sales, who is a varsity baseball coach at nearby South Eugene High. He says he saw the flames coming from the grandstands and called 9-11.

John Stapleton

A fire broke out at Eugene's Civic Stadium around 5:30. Crews responded immediately, but were unable to save the structure. Reporter Desmond O'Boyle spoke with Rachael McDonald, who was at the scene.

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