Eugene Sprinfield Fire Department

Eugene is celebrating Earth Day a little late this year. Organizers were forced to cancel the traditional event held at the downtown EWEB parking lot because of changes to the Eugene Springfield Fire Department's permit requirements. In response, activist Sabrina Siegel decided to celebrate the Earth in Alton Baker Park Saturday. She says this is a critical time for the planet.

Siegel: "Our leaders aren't caring about the planet, they're not caring about us, and they are not taking the necessary actions to preserve things and to turn things around."

The Eugene Springfield Fire Department is gearing up for a fire season that's expected to start early and end late. The Department always has an eye on the South Hills in case a fire breaks out.

The South Hills in Eugene and Springfield has the most trees and more difficult topography to navigate around. Every year the Fire Department updates evacuation routes and containment strategies for that area. Al Gerard is the Fire Marshal for Eugene / Springfield. He says the merger of the two departments has helped response efforts.

Earth Day is back on. The annual Eugene event held downtown was canceled due to confusion over a tent permit advisory from the Eugene Springfield Fire Department. It is now under review. Sabrina Siegel says when she heard Earth Day was canceled; she contacted the City and reserved Alton Baker Park for April 25th.

Siegel: "I thought if any place there's going to be an Earth Day, it has to be Eugene. And so we want to have a really fun event with bands and excellent speakers and just have fun as a community and celebrate the Earth."

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About 200 people packed Springfield’s Wildish Theater Tuesday evening to hear Mayor Christine Lundberg deliver her 5th “State of the City” address.

Mayor Lundberg began her speech by turning on a street lamp on the stage. This was to bring attention to the revitalization of downtown Springfield. The city is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects such as updated street lamps. Lundberg introduced a video highlighting the creation of its new Simpsons mural, which was unveiled last August. And she revealed a new project set to begin this year.

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The Eugene - Springfield Fire and Eugene Police Departments took additional steps to reduce the number of fireworks violations last (Friday) night. Additional officers were on patrol from 8 pm to 2 am. According to a preliminary report, more than 160 people called in complaints about fireworks. That's down from 2013 which had more than 200. In June, the Eugene City Council approved two city code changes regarding fireworks. Legally purchased fireworks can now only be used between June 23rd and July 6th and December 31st and January 1st.

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A water line broke Monday at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Fire officials believe the rupture was caused by the unusually cold temperatures.  

Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s Lance Lighty says the water line was located in the ceiling above the 4th floor.

Lighty:   “They were able to get the water shut off, and then contain it to the 4th floor.  It did drop a bunch of ceiling tiles and got some furniture and stuff wet.  But it sounds like they got the computers and stuff moved out of the area, so there was no damage there.”