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Wildfires
8:49 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Smoke Lingers In Willamette Valley, Corvallis Fire Extinguished

Areal view of fire near Corvallis
Credit Corvallis Gazette-Times

The Yellow Point Fire, which broke out Friday afternoon, is roughly 220 acres. It's located about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. No homes or structures are threatened and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The blaze is burning in timber and logging slash in a remote area near the historic 1966 Oxbow Fire. Due to excessive traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. A late-night wildfire that tore through brush near Corvallis was extinguished Saturday morning after it forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes.

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weather
10:36 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Hot, Windy Weather Brings Red Flag Warning To Oregon

Fire crews on the Deception Complex near Oakridge.
Credit Inciweb

Hot, dry, windy weather is forecast for the next few days in Oregon. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for most of the state.

Matthew Cullin is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. He says the most of the state will be at risk for fires to spark and grow rapidly through Saturday.

Cullin: "Most notably it's hot and it's very dry. The relative humilities are going to be very low which promotes fire growth, if you were to have a spark, it would rapidly be able to start a fire. So, along with that, we have quite gusty winds."

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Wildfires
7:53 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Firefighters Continue Work On Deception Complex, Start Work On Lost Hubcap Fire

Smoke plume from the complex Wednesday evening, from downtown Oakridge looking west.
Credit Department of Forestry

The Deception Complex Fire burning west of Oakridge is now 55% contained. The 2,000 acre collection of wildfires was buffeted by strong winds late Friday causing the fire to burn near ridge tops, but ground lines held. The Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, the Middle Fork Ranger Station, and some houses along the La Duke Road remain on a level 2 evacuation notice.

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Disasters & Accidents
1:33 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

South Eugene Home Destroyed By Fire

A helicopter drops water on a house fire off Fox Hollow Road in South Eugene.
Credit Kyle Huges.

UPDATE: 5:15pm

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Disasters & Accidents
7:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Springfield Mill Employees Begin To Consider Employment Options

Credit Angela Kellner

Management at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill began meeting individually with its employees Tuesday.  The mill burned down last week, putting 250 people out of work.  The owners are offering two possible employment alternatives at mills in Roseburg and Glendale.

Chuck Wert is the chief operating officer of Swanson Group, which owns the mill.

Wert: "As I understand it we spoke with around 60 employees today and about 40 of them that say they are interested in looking at the other job opportunities we have for them in Roseburg and Glendale."

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Crime & Law
7:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Bodies Discovered After Creswell House Fire

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

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Disasters & Accidents
6:15 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fire Completely Destroys Springfield Plywood And Veneer Mill; Workers Displaced

A helicopter dumps water on flames at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill July 17, 2014.
Credit Angela Kellner

UPDATE: Thursday 10:00 pm 

A fast-moving fire engulfed and destroyed the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill Thursday. No injuries were reported.

To see a video of the helicopter dropping water on the fire, visit our KLCC Facebook page.

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Coastal Economy
9:26 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Cruise Ship Returns To Seattle After Small Fire

MS Westerdam
Credit Northwest News Network

An Alaska-bound cruise ship had to return to Seattle late yesterday (Saturday eve.) after a small fire broke out onboard. No one was injured.

According to the Coast Guard, the crew of the Holland America cruise ship MS Westerdam reported a fire in a boiler room around 5 p.m. Saturday. That was about an hour after the cruise ship left its summertime home port of Seattle for a seven night Alaska cruise. Coast Guard petty officer George Degener says tug boats escorted the Westerdam back to its pier with no injuries reported.

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Crime & Law
8:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Arsons Reported At Two Eugene Middle Schools

Credit 4J School District

Emergency crews in Eugene responded to two arsons at schools in the past 48-hours.  Eugene police say the fires were started by teenagers and did not cause any injuries.  

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Wildfire
6:57 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Facing A Hot Wildfire Season, Officials Pitch New Funding Bill

The Tumblebug Complex Fire burned 14,570 acres of Willamette National Forest land in Lane County in 2009.
Credit wikepedia

This summer is shaping up to be a hot season for wildfires, especially on the west coast. Federal officials and lawmakers took the opportunity Monday to urge passage of legislation that would treat big wildfires like other natural disasters. They say this would fix a problem that’s hampered efforts to prevent the fires in the first place.

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