Disasters & Accidents

Oregon State Police

A utility company says a dead tree that fell on power lines appears to have caused a brush fire near Oakridge that destroyed a trailer and shut down lanes of Highway 58 for several hours before it was contained.

Kalem / Flickr.com

Brightly-colored and loud explosions are expected through the 4th of July.  And fire officials are urging common sense for those residents staging their own fireworks show.

Freres Lumber Co. Facebook photo

An administrator of Freres Lumber says it’s unclear what started a fire at its mill in Lyons, east of Salem.

ShakeAlert

President Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding for an earthquake early warning system along the west coast. The cut would effectively kill the potentially life-saving program.

Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia

Oregon and Washington’s governors have sent a joint letter to President Trump, calling for more funds to be approved for cleaning up the Hanford site. 

The U.S. Department of Energy issued an emergency alert Tuesday morning at the Hanford Site north of Richland, Washington. Some workers at a former chemical processing plant have been evacuated and about 3,000 others near the area at the center of the Hanford Site were directed to take shelter indoors.

A representative at the Hanford Emergency Operations Center who would not give her name said there were no injuries reported.

Facebook photo

Three members of a California family killed in an Oregon plane crash last Friday are described as fun-loving go-getters with a zest for life.

Collin Andrew / The Register Guard

A single-engine plane crash outside Harrisburg this morning killed four people.  

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