Disasters & Accidents

Central Oregon Fire Info

Hot weather, the potential for thunderstorms, and 4th of July fireworks have Oregon fire officials on edge this week. Crews are poised for possible large fire starts.

Carol Connolly is with the Northwest Fire Coordination Center in Portland. She says thunderstorms are forecast for midweek in central and southern Oregon.

Connolly: "So, hot weather, no rain, with a potential of high winds in those areas-- we're looking at an increased chance of large fire activity based on lightning strikes."

And then there's Independence Day.

Central Oregon Fire Info

A wildfire that burned nearly 7-thousand acres and threatened hundreds of homes west of Bend is now 55 percent contained. Officials suspect the Two Bulls Fire was human caused. A reward for information that leads to a conviction of whoever's responsible is now nearly $2-thousand.

The reward was boosted Wednesday by a contribution from Eric and Robin Coats of Shevlin Sand & Gravel. The City of Bend, Deschutes County Sheriff's office and several businesses and individuals have contributed.

Amanda Preacher / OPB News

A shooting incident at Oregon’s second largest high school Tuesday left two young people dead - a teenaged victim, and the shooter. Police have identified a 14-year-old freshman at Reynolds High School - Emilio Hoffman - as the victim.

Authorities say they have tentatively identified the shooter, but they weren’t confident enough to publicize details late Tuesday.  A teacher also sustained injuries that did not threaten his life.
 

When students first heard the shots at the Reynolds High School gymnasium, they thought they were firecrackers.

Officials Say Fire Near Bend Human Caused

Jun 10, 2014
Central Oregon Fire Info

Updated 6:17pm.

Firefighters had to scramble Tuesday afternoon to extinguish another wildfire on the outskirts of Bend.

Fire spokeswoman Lisa Clark says a lookout on Lava Butte spotted the smoke a near the trailhead of a popular mountain-biking area known as Phil's Trails on the western outskirts of Bend.   Helicopter and engine crews quickly put it out.

John Rosman / OPB

Updated at 2:01pm

Officials say a lone shooter killed one student and injured a teacher at Reynolds High School this morning.  The shooter is also dead.

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said authorities have tentatively identified the gunman, but aren't ready yet to release the name.

Anderson: "I can tell you that the weapon used was a rifle. one teacher was injured, with non life-threatening injuries. The teacher was treated at the scene."

Central Oregon Fire Info

Fire crews are bracing for more warm, windy weather as they battle a 68-hundred acre blaze in Central Oregon. The Two Bulls Fire west of Bend prompted evacuations over the weekend. About 50 people are still not able to return home. Crews have built a preliminary line around the blaze. Fire Information Officer Lisa Clark says winds up to 20 miles per hour may cause flare-ups. She says weather conditions are more like mid-summer.

Harrisburg Fire Dept.

Voters in Harrisburg are considering a 20-year bond to raise $ 4.2 million for a new fire station. The measure would cost the average home-owner 88 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value annually.
The current fire station was built 50 years ago. The 75-hundred square foot building has only one bathroom and no live-in quarters. Harrisburg Fire Chief John Goucher says there's not enough space for equipment to be stored inside.

Food For Lane County

Food for Lane County in Eugene is installing a generator Monday. The food bank will be the only one in the state with backup power in case of a large-scale disaster.

Food for Lane County stores about a half million pounds of food in its Eugene warehouse -- about half of it is perishable. The generator will prevent massive food loss and spoilage if there's a power outage.

Dawn Marie Woodward is with Food For Lane County:

Ashley Ahearn

The landslide in Oso, Washington served as a devastating reminder of one fact of life in the Northwest: landslides happen.

In some places, it’s a risk people have learned to live with.

Landslides have wiped out the only access road to one rural community along the Skykomish River three times since December. A dozen homes in the Mt. Index River Sites community were destroyed by the slides. Fortunately no one was hurt.

Courtney Flatt

If you get lost hunting or wander off a hiking trail, a select group of volunteers may come to look for you. K-9 search and rescue teams spend countless hours training to make sure they can find you when you’re lost.

German shepherd Kia lifts her nose in the air, sniffs, and takes off. Kia is searching a nature preserve in the middle of Richland, Washington. She’s searching for missing hikers.

Miles of hiking trails wind around sagebrush and brambles. It’s bordered by the Yakima River.

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