Disasters & Accidents

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

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Evacuation advisories for the upper McKenzie River area have been lifted and are no longer in effect.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

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

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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. 

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

Tiffany Eckert

Right now (Tuesday afternoon)- the communities of McKenzie Bridge, Rainbow and Belknap Springs are at Level 1 (that’s “get ready”) evacuation notice.

Fire behavior analyst, Stewart Turner, told residents the moisture in the atmosphere forecast for the next couple days-- is a “give and take.”

Tiffany Eckert

UPDATED 8:30pm Tuesday:

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has upgraded the evacuation levels for the Upper McKenzie Valley.

Level 3 "GO" Evacuate Now: East of the junction of Hwy 242 and Hwy 126, including Belknap Hot Springs, Camp Yale and campgrounds in the area of Hwy 242 and Clearlake Cutoff Rd., north to Deer Creek. Level 3 means leave now, do not wait. The recommended route is Hwy 126 WEST.

U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service says there are 25 large wildfires in the region that have consumed over 367,000 acres. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency deemed the air quality "unhealthy" on Saturday.

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