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Sun. 08/20/17
Oregon eclipse update: last minute prep for E-Day
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/20/17 4:13 PM
News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 20, 2017


Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. -- Monday is E-day! The day Eclipse fans have all been anticipating for so long. The Total Solar Eclipse finally occurs in Oregon tomorrow morning starting at 10:15 a.m. on the Oregon Coast.

While the moon will surely cover the sun for a full two minutes, conditions will remain in flux here on the ground long before and after. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and its local, state and federal partners have provided information for residents and visitors who want information about changing conditions leading up to and after the eclipse.

Oregon's 211 information line and website at 211info.org has logged more than 1,700 calls and nearly 4,000 visits to the web to their eclipse web page since Wednesday. This service continues to be the best source of information for Eclipse-related questions or concerns. Call 211 or 211info.org is a great resource for answers to questions that are eclipse-related.

Prior to the eclipse, take a moment to check your eclipse viewing glasses and make sure it has an ISO logo and note that indicates the glasses meet the requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015. If your eclipse glasses do not have this certification, do not use them! Consider making a 'pinhole' viewing apparatus. Directions on how to make a pinhole viewer can be found on the OEM Facebook page at facebook.com/OMDOEM.

Traffic has been picking up in some areas of the state on Sunday, but the good news is that traffic was still moving well. Should roads become clogged, be patient and practice #SafeDriving. Continue to plan ahead. Make sure you get on the road with a sufficient supply of water, plenty of snacks and an emergency supply kit. Check traffic on your driving route by visiting the Oregon Department of Transportation's Trip Check web page at TripCheck.com. ODOT personnel are on the roads around the clock to monitor traffic and help with the flow.
Current weather forecasts indicate promising skies for eclipse viewing. However, conditions can change. The National Weather Service has created a page specifically for Eclipse viewers who want updated weather conditions in their area: www.weather.gov/eclipse.

The Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Coordination Center is fully activated to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state. OEM's online Real-time Assessment and Planning Tool, known as RAPTOR, has updated information on wildfires and any wildfire-related road closures. People can access RAPTOR through OEM's web page or they may go to www.tinyURL.com/OregonRaptor. It is important that travelers stay informed about conditions in the area in which they are traveling and take appropriate precautions.

Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically -- even hourly -- during wildfires. Visit oregonsmoke.blogspot.com for the latest information on smoke conditions in your area. Take precautions based on your individual health needs and the smoke levels around you.
If you are traveling to Oregon, please plan to stay around for a while after the eclipse to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery and great activities our state has to offer. For information and excellent ideas, visit TravelOregon.com.

"There's a wealth of things folks can do once the two minutes of totality are over and eclipse events come to a close across the country," said Linea Gagliano, Director, Global Communications at Travel Oregon. "There are vineyards and breweries, the beach and other tremendous scenic areas. The possibilities in Oregon are endless."


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Wildlife/pedestrians on roadway
ODOT: East. Ore. - 08/20/17 11:51 AM
Travelers can expect to see more wildlife and pedestrians along state highways due to thousands of visitors spread around rural Oregon.
"We are seeing an increase in the number of vehicle vs. animal strikes over the last few days," said ODOT District 14 Manager Paul Woodworth. "Our John Day staff notes that with visitors encroaching on farmers' fields and camping areas, deer and other wildlife are being pushed into traffic at higher rates."
Over the past few days there have been 21 animal strikes along eastern Oregon state routes, with five strikes on Thursday, five on Friday, and 11 strikes on Saturday.
The various eclipse events around the state are also resulting in increased pedestrian traffic along the highway shoulders as they move between campe sites, local communities and event activities.
Motorists are advised to be extra cautious and keep an eye out for two and four legged local residents and visitors along roadways.
Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelters House More Than Two Dozen People Saturday Night
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/20/17 11:04 AM
The American Red Cross housed more than two dozen people at three shelters throughout Oregon last night. Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate from their homes due to the Milli, Chetco Bar and Nena Springs Wildfires burning near Sisters, Brookings, and Warm Springs, Oregon.

Red Cross volunteers and staff continue to operate two shelters today in Brookings and Sisters, Oregon. Shelter addresses are as follows:

Brookings Red Cross Shelter: Brookings Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with several community partners that will provide accommodations for evacuated pets and livestock. Information on these accommodations is available at the shelter.

Sisters Red Cross Shelter: Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.

At all shelters individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help and information.


Attached Media Files: 2017-08/1190/107165/WildfireChecklist.pdf
Chetco Bar Fire declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/20/17 8:23 AM
Early this morning Governor Kate Brown declared the Chetco Bar Fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Brookings a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Blue Incident Management Team and four structural protection task forces from Yamhill County, Lane County, Lincoln/Polk counties, and the Rogue Valley will be working to protect structures.

Approximately 300 homes are under a Level 3 Evacuation notice (Go) and another 1,000 homes are at a Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice.

The Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation (Level 3) order that encompasses Gardner Ridge Road to the Wilson Creek area, and along the Chetco River from Gardner Ridge Road to the Wilderness Retreat area. A Level 2 notice (Be Ready) has been issued from Tide Rock to Cameron Bridge and from Shady to Mt. Emily road. The Sheriff's Office will be evaluating the need for additional evacuation orders as necessary to protect public safety.

The Chetco Bar Fire has burned approximately 31,000 acres.


Oregon's conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/2008_Oregon_Fire_Service_Mobilization_Plan.shtml.

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
Wildfire...Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc
After the Wildfire... http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

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Sat. 08/19/17
Enjoy the eclipse and keep Oregon safe from wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/19/17 10:27 PM
SALEM, Ore. -- Thousands of people planned long ago to view Monday's eclipse from an Oregon campground. One result is that developed campgrounds in and near the path of totality are full. For those last-minute eclipse-gazers heading to Oregon's wildlands, a few simple tips can ensure a safe watching experience, according to Kristin Babbs, President of Keep Oregon Green.

First, what may look like state or federal public land might actually be private property. "Private landowners are very concerned about fire starts this time of year," said Babbs. "Many have locked their gates to protect their land from the increased visitation and potential campsite-seekers during the eclipse. We ask that travelers respect individual private property owners by not pulling over on their lands, trespassing, blocking gates, camping, collecting firewood or building campfires."

By mid-August, vegetation across much of the state is tinder dry. Add warm temperatures and low humidity, and the slightest spark or flying ember can set a landscape ablaze."

Babbs has these tips to help you enjoy Oregon's wildlands and keep them green, not just during the eclipse but all summer long:
Kick the campfire habit and pack a portable camping stove. They are usually allowed when campfires are not. For more information on campfire and other restrictions, go to www.keeporegongreen.org/current-conditions. IF campfires are allowed at your destination, make sure the fire is completely out and cool to the touch before leaving the site.
Don't park on dry vegetation. If you must pull off the road, stay on shoulder pavement or gravel. The contact from your vehicles hot exhaust system can easily ignite dry grass, weeds and brush.
No fireworks and no sky lanterns.
Lastly, do your part to ensure that your campsites are kept clean of garbage and litter. Pack it in, pack it out and leave no trace.

For more wildfire prevention information, visit www.keeporegongreen.org or visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages via @keeporegongreen.
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Oregon eclipse update: light traffic so far, remember to use 211 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/19/17 3:35 PM
"Who should you call" cjheat sheet
"Who should you call" cjheat sheet
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News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 19, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. -- We are just two days away from Monday's Eclipse. Priorities among residents and visitors are related to traffic conditions, wildfires and smoke and how they are affecting travel. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with our partner agencies from around the state to provide regular updates.
Saturday saw lighter traffic than expected and travelers were urged to start heading to their destinations if they were able and had a place to stay. Traffic is expected to increase leading up to Monday's event. The best advice is: Arrive early, stay put and leave late! Visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's Tripcheck.com for the most up-to-date traffic issues.

OEM has activated its Emergency Coordination Center in order to coordinate the response to the growing number of wildfires in the state. Traveler's should take precautions and know before you go. That means knowing any wildfire conditions in your area and heeding any evacuation notices from local officials. This information can be obtained by using OEM's RAPTOR tool at http://www.tinyURL.com/OregonRaptor or the Oregon Forestry Department's website http://tinyurl.com/oregonfirerestrictions.

It's important to remember that if a gas station runs out of fuel, it is only a temporary situation. The Oregon Department of Energy assures us that fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, consider visiting another fuel station or return to the station that was out of fuel at a later time.

Since smoke from wildfires varies by time and location, we recommend residents and visitors visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com for the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area. This web page is our multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public. Some people -- such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly -- may experience health effects when the air is unhealthy. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you.

It is vital that you use proper eye protection if you are planning to view the eclipse. If you have trouble purchasing certified eclipse safety glasses there is a simple way to make your own pinhole projector to view the eclipse. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on how to make a pinhole projector. That page is www.facebook.com/OMDOEM.

Please ensure that you know who to call and when. For transportation information call 511; for tourism information call 800-547-7842; for emergencies call 911 and for general information call 211 or visit 211.org. The 211.org page is a one-stop location for links to valuable information that can help travelers have a safe and enjoyable Oregon eclipse experience.


Attached Media Files: "Who should you call" cjheat sheet
Evacuation Notices Lower on the Nena Springs Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/17 10:34 AM
Warm Springs Wildland Fire Management News Release August 19, 2017

Warm Springs OR --This morning, Warm Springs Law Enforcement officers again reduced the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Evacuation Notice to a Level 1. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision were also reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. All roads except Webster Flat are open. If traveling , please be aware of fire traffic and drive safely.

Lighter wind today will slow fire growth. High temperatures are returning. This warmer weather will create dryer conditions. In the last two days, the fire has gained just over 19,000 acres, bringing the fire's total to 66,003 acres.

With the size growth, firefighters are now working to keep the fire west of Deschutes River; south of Highway 216; east of Highway 26, and north of BIA Road 3. They are also working to keep it out of Beaver Creek Canyon. Their priority is to keep the public and firefighter safe during these intense periods of fire growth while also protecting structures, timber, natural resources, and visual resources.

Where possible, firefighters will take advantage of opportunities to use fire to fight the fire in order to create or strengthen containment lines. Structural engines will be supporting these efforts, and ensuring the fire does not threaten structures again.

Overnight, firefighters constructed a contingency dozer line along the northern flank of the fire where the new fire growth took place. Other firefighters worked containment lines where new fire growth took place to extinguish heat 50-100 feet inside the burned area. There was no new growth last night.

A large airtanker was used yesterday evening to strategically place a line of retardant along a ridgeline where the fire crossed the Warm Springs River. The fire ran less than a half mile before this action effectively stopped the run. Two Bureau of Land Management engines also successfully extinguished a fire that had grown a ?1/4 acre across the Deschutes River. They are in place working to prevent any fires from establishing east of the river.

The Deschutes River is open to rafters; however, Bureau of Land Management river rangers will stop rafters if a helicopter comes in to dip from the River. Smoke from the Nena Springs Fire may become visible over the river.

Evacuation Notices: Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are at a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa is at a Level 1 evacuation notice.

Evacuation Center: The Red Cross established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community
Center for residents that have been evacuated.

Road Closures: Webster Flat Road is closed to all traffic.
Milli Fire Update August 19, 2017, a.m.
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/17 9:19 AM
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 7,814 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: More than 400 personnel
Vegetation: Higher elevation; Mixed evergreens. Lower elevations; pinon and juniper trees, sagebrush

Gusty winds on Friday pushed the fire to the east-southeast, causing Level 3 (Go Now) evacuations of approximately 600 residents. The evacuations occurred in the Edgington/Ramuda Road and Crossroads subdivisions, and included residents living along the 16 Road, immediately to the south of the town of Sisters. The Tollgate subdivision remains on a Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation.

Crews overnight worked to build a direct line on the leading edge of the fire, with engine crews patrolling the area and dozer crews digging fireline. Temperatures today (Saturday) are expected to be a few degrees cooler with higher humidity. However, the winds that pushed the fire on Friday will be back, with gusts up to 22 miles an hour, from around 10 am to 9 pm. Temperatures should range from 70 - 75 degrees, with humidity ranging from 22 to 26%. The wind could cause more spot fires to develop and firefighters will be actively identifying them and containing them where possible. Also, today firefighters will be working to contain the area where the fire extended yesterday and will be constructing new containment lines between the fire's edge and the communities that are threatened. Engine task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office will be working in the evacuated neighborhoods, treating spaces around homes to provide better defensible space.

There is a community meeting tonight at 6 pm at Sisters High School. Representatives of the incident management team and local agencies will be there to provide the latest information on the fire and answer questions.

Air resources have been very important in fighting this fire. Three air tankers and one VLAT (very large air tanker) have been making repeated drops of fire retardant, creating fire lines and assisting our crews in inaccessible areas. Today, we're expecting to have two Type 2 helicopters and one Type 3 in the air, with two National Guard helicopters on standby.

If you fly, we can't. There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) area over the fire and anyone who flies a drone in the TFR could ground our air resources. Drones endanger our pilots in the air and our firefighters on the ground, who depend on air support to fight fires like this one.

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. Anyone concerned with the effects of smoke in the region or who has possible health concerns related to smoke can go to this site to see smoke monitoring data and get additional information.
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For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Evacuations: For more information call 541-550-4888.
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Ramuda and along the 16 Road, immediately south of Sisters
Level 1 - The subdivision of Tollgate

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com.

Forest Closures:
There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

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Fri. 08/18/17
Oregon eclipse update: info related to smoke, fire, vehicle fuel, eclipse glasses (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/18/17 4:40 PM
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
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News release // Oregon Emergency Management // For Immediate Release // Aug. 18, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

Salem OR -- As the eclipse quickly approaches, issues related to traffic, wildfires, and smoke are affecting travel. Rumors related to fuel, and a shortage of eclipse-rated glasses, are also prompting concerns. The Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, working with partner centers and agencies around the state, will issue regular updates starting today.

WILDFIRES
+ The State Emergency Communications Center (ECC) elevated from "enhanced watch" for the eclipse to activation at 1 p.m. on Friday in order to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state.

CONCERNS OF FUEL SHORTAGES
+ Some people have questioned whether enough fuel is available at Oregon gas stations. The Oregon Department of Energy reports fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Even if a station runs out of fuel, its a temporary situation.

+ The terminals report that Oregons supply is in great shape, with no problems. Fuel haulers reinforced that. Theyre making their deliveries and not reporting any problems.

+ Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, we recommend you visit another fuel station or return to the station that was out of fuel at a later time.

+ Stay calm fuel on!

WILDFIRE SMOKE
+ Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. This can vary not only daily, but also hourly. Smoke may also affect one part of a community but not another. This can make it difficult to provide specific health warnings, especially when conditions change quickly.

+ Since smoke from wildfires varies around the state -- and can change quickly -- we recommend residents and visitors visit the multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. This site has the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area.

+ Some people, such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly may experience health effects even when the air is unhealthy for a short time. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you. This may mean staying indoors when air quality is poor. It may also mean not exercising during these conditions.

TRAVEL DELAYS/TRAFFIC
+ Traffic into and around Oregon will increase over the next few days as more and more people arrive to view the eclipse.

+ The best advice is to get where you are going and then stay put. Arrive early, stay put and leave late is your best course of action.

+ Those wanting the best and most current information on traffic conditions around the state should visit the Oregon Department of Transportations Tripcheck web page at http://TripCheck.com.

+ ODOT also has a mobile site at http://TripCheck.com/mobile.

SHORTAGE OF ECLIPSE GLASSES
+ Some areas have reported the supply of eclipse viewing glasses is low or depleted. While genuine protective eyewear is the only safe way to directly view the eclipse, one alternative to glasses includes a homemade pinhole projector. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse. The OEM page is http://www.facebook.com/OMDOEM

+ For additional information on safe viewing, visit the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology at www.oregoneyephysicians.org, and the Casey Eye Institute www.ohsu.casey.com.

REMINDER
Oregons 211 information line is the best source of information for questions regarding Eclipse issues. Resident and visitors are encouraged to call 211 or visit 211info.org for information.

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Attached Media Files: Oregon Office of Emergency Management
DPSST Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/18/17 3:22 PM
For Immediate Release
August 15, 2017
Contact: Sara Stewart
503-378-2424

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:30 on September 26, 2017. The meeting will be held in the conference room C221 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

Review content drafts submitted
Make corrections/revisions to finalize drafts
Assign/delegate completion of drafts
Review next steps in the development process
Address committee member needs


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by DPSST Telecommunications Curriculum Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Geologic mapping committee to meet August 23 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 08/18/17 12:56 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The Oregon Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee (OGMAC) helps prioritize geologic mapping in the state of Oregon to focus on areas where natural hazard and resource management issues require good geologic data. OGMAC meets annually and is made up of professional geoscientists and natural resource specialists representing federal, state, and local government agencies, academia, and private industry who have a vested interest in Oregon's geologic framework, hazards, and resources.
Red Cross Operating Wildfire Evacuation Shelters in Brookings and Warm Springs
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/18/17 12:27 PM
The American Red Cross continues to operate wildfire evacuation shelters due to wildfires affecting thousands of acres in Central and Southern Oregon.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Brookings, Oregon located at Brookings Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR 97415 because of the Chetco Bar Fire.

In Central Oregon, Red Cross disaster responders continue to assist people affected by the Nena Springs Wildfire near Warm Springs, OR.

The Red Cross shelter in Warm Springs remains open at the Warm Springs Community Center, 2200 Hollywood Blvd, Warm Springs, Oregon.

At both shelters, individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help and information.


The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.


Attached Media Files: Wildfire Safety Tips
Nena Springs Fire Update Aug. 18 (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/18/17 9:44 AM
Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
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Warm Springs OR -- At approximately 3:20pm Thursday, an ember from the Nena Springs Fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk. Driven by high winds, the fire began running in grass and brush. Two helicopters, handcrews and at least 10 engines responded in addition to 150 firefighters that were already assigned to the fire.

Winds pushed the fire over Indian Head Canyon and through Charlie Canyon, then continued move a mile east past the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. As was planned earlier in the week, in the event an evacuation notice was issued, visitors sheltered in place. Firefighters used Route 8 to burn from the road. This successfully removed grass from around the Resort and forced the fire to stay above and away from the area. While the Resort is still at a Level 3 evacuation, the immediate threat to it is gone.

At approximately 10pm Thursday night, the fire jumped Hwy 3 at Fish Hatchery Grade. Firefighters' priority was to keep the fire from crossing the Warm Springs River and to prevent it from burning structures. As of midnight Thursday, these objectives had been met.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Red Team, commanded by Ian Yocum, was mobilized late Thursday night. Two task forces of engines from Marion and Multnomah Counties began working with the existing organization around midnight. Yamhill and Washington Counties engines and personnel arrived this morning. These task forces bring with them a total of 79 firefighters, 19 engines and four water tenders to assist with protecting structures and building upon the work firefighters have already completed.

The fire has grown an estimated 6,000 acres bringing the total acres to approximately 46,000. A flight will occur this morning to get a more accurate account of the fire's size. It is 40% contained.

Evacuation Notices: The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa received a Level 3 evacuation notice Thursday evening. As was planned this week, in the event of a wildfire, visitors will remain in place. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are now at a Level 3 Evacuation Notice.

Evacuation Center: The Red Cross established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community Center for residents that have been evacuated.

Road Closures: Hwy 3 to School Flats; Hwy 8 to Ka-Nee-Ta Village; Webster Flat Road, and Culpus Bridge are closed to all traffic.


Attached Media Files: Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
Lottery Wilsonville Payment Center Closed Monday, Aug. 21
Oregon Lottery - 08/18/17 7:58 AM
The Oregon Lottery Wilsonville Payment Center will be closed Monday, Aug. 21 due to the anticipated influx of people in the area for the day's solar eclipse. The payment center will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 22 for regular business hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Lottery's main office in Salem will be open as usual from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Thu. 08/17/17
Structural resources return to the Nena Springs Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/17/17 9:56 PM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's Red Incident Management Team and three task forces are being redeployed to assist with the Nena Springs Fire, burning on the Warm Springs Reservation, after this afternoon an ember from the fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk.

A Level 1 evacuation is in place for residents in Charlie Canyon.

Two helicopters, hand crews and at least 10 engines are on scene working to contain the fire.

No road closures are currently in effect, although responders ask the public to stay away from the area to allow fire traffic to move safely.
West Nile virus, other mosquito-borne diseases are reminder to protect yourself during eclipse watching
Oregon Health Authority - 08/17/17 3:22 PM
August 17, 2017

Health officials say people can reduce risk by covering up, using repellent

New cases of West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis have been discovered in mosquitoes collected in several eastern Oregon counties. That is a good reminder for eclipse watchers of the importance of protecting yourself from mosquito bites, public health officials say.

West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis, which usually present as flu-like diseases, are spread by mosquito bites. The diseases have been found in Harney, Morrow and Malheur counties, according to officials at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine found West Nile late Wednesday in nine mosquito pools--a sample of about 50 mosquitoes collected by vector control district personnel--and Saint Louis encephalitis in two pools. Two human cases of West Nile have been reported so far in 2017, both in Malheur County.

Emilio DeBess, DVM, OHA public health veterinarian, says that as about 1 million people converge on or near the path of the total eclipse, they should prepare now to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

"As people camp out in areas where mosquitoes are active, we want to remind people that the insects are biting and have the ability to spread these diseases," DeBess said. "Please take some simple steps to protect yourselves and your families from bug bites."

DeBess offers these tips:
-- When outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, protect yourself by using mosquito repellents containing: At least 20 percent DEET but no more than 50 percent DEET; picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the U.S.A.); IR3535; oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD); 2-undecanone.
-- Avoid sources of standing water. These are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
-- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas.
-- Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

DeBess recommends protecting animals against mosquito bites. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian about topical mosquito repellents. Horse owners should consult their veterinarian about vaccinating horses for West Nile virus.

Most people who get West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis have mild symptoms such as fever, headaches and nausea. Signs of illness typically last from three to six days. In a few cases, more severe signs of illness occur. Severe signs of illness include tremors or confusion. The central nervous system also may be affected. This can result in a headache combined with fever, infection of brain fluids and fluids around the spine, or brain swelling. Consult your health care provider if you have these symptoms. Health care providers can contact their county health departments for information on disease testing services offered by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Public Health Division website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/WESTNILEVIRUS/Pages/wnile.aspx.

For information about Saint Louis encephalitis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/sle/index.html

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As eclipse nears official information is available statewide (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/17/17 3:12 PM
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Salem OR -- With the total solar eclipse coming through Oregon on Monday, the state is already seeing higher-than-normal levels of traffic in Central and Eastern Oregon. The state, as well as cities and counties in the Path of Totality, have established a Joint Information System to get information to the public and media.

If you are anywhere in Oregon and would like information about the eclipse you can call 211 or go to 211info.org. You can also follow @OregonOEM and other official sources on Twitter using #OReclipse.

Tomorrow, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. join us for a TweetChat using #OReclipse. State agency partners from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will be available to answer your questions about the eclipse.

Information centers throughout Oregon will continue to update the media and public throughout the event.


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BPA focuses on safety and reliability during total eclipse
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/17/17 2:32 PM
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 17, 2017
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

BPA focuses on safety and reliability during total eclipse

Public's cooperation requested in interacting with crews on or near transmission lines and facilities

Portland, Ore. -- While the pending total eclipse may capture the nation's attention and turn eyes skyward, Bonneville Power Administration remains focused on the region's high-voltage transmission lines directly overhead.

Between Aug. 16 and Aug. 23, officials from the state of Oregon expect an influx of more than one million visitors, many of whom may be camping in areas near BPA facilities and critical infrastructure. Likewise, the state of Idaho anticipates significant travel in and out of the state. BPA is keenly aware that its high-voltage corridors may appear an attractive vantage point for the public even as the lines may pose potential hazards.

These pop-up populations may put additional strain on BPA as it seeks to deliver power reliably and safely throughout the Northwest. BPA's Security and Continuity of Operations Office has been analyzing the path and timing of the eclipse relative to BPA facilities and interests, and working both within BPA and with external agencies to identify and mitigate those potential impacts to our operations.

"We're expecting significant traffic congestion, which could create challenges in responding to any potential power outages. We're also concerned about the possibility of trespassing and vandalism on BPA property, as well as an elevated risk for wildfires," says Sarah Laylo, chief security and continuity officer for BPA.

One concern for the agency is the interaction between the public and our transmission field crews who may be responding to a power outage or performing needed maintenance on the high-voltage transmission system.

"If you encounter a BPA field crew in or near a BPA right-of-way or facility, please remember they have a job to do and that job is directly tied to providing reliable power to the people of the Northwest," said Robin Furrer, vice president of Transmission Services for BPA. "And if they give you instructions or request that you leave an area, it is for your safety. High voltage cannot be taken lightly."

As a way of introduction to visitors and a reminder to residents of the northwest, BPA operates three-fourths of the region's high-voltage transmission system. That system includes more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines that move vast amounts of power from hydroelectric projects and other power plants to urban centers hundreds of miles away.

Here are some key safety facts to remember with power lines or substations:

BPA's high-voltage transmission lines range from 69,000 volts to 500,000 volts -- that's 50 to 100 times the amount of electricity that flows through the distribution lines delivering power to your home;

Unlike the wiring in your home, overhead power lines are not enclosed by electrical insulating material;

Electricity can "arc" or "flashover" from wires, through the air, to trees, other vegetation or equipment up to 15 feet away, where it can cause fires, injuries or even fatalities to anyone nearby;

When power lines carry more electric load, they normally heat up, which causes the wire to expand and sag. In summer, for example, when the air is hot and customers demand lots of electricity, lines can sag up to 14 feet;

Under some high-voltage lines, vehicles can collect induced voltage, particularly if on a nonconductive surface such as asphalt or dry rock. BPA crews use specific restrictions for parking and roads within the right-of-way to keep potential shocks at a low level.

Additionally, wildfires are an ever-present danger, particularly during a dry, hot summer. While BPA's right of ways are used on occasion as fire breaks by firefighters, they are not immune to fire. Something as simple as the heat from an idling vehicle's exhaust pipe can result in combustion of grasses or low vegetation.

BPA is asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the high-voltage transmission system. Damage to lines or substations or other related facilities and equipment is a crime. BPA incurs direct costs to replace stolen or damaged equipment. But those costs, along with lost revenues and economic losses due to power interruptions, are ultimately passed on to electric ratepayers in the Northwest.

Crime Witness Program

BPA offers up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals committing crimes against BPA facilities and infrastructure. If you have information about illegal or suspicious activity on BPA property, please call BPA's 24-hour, toll-free, confidential Crime Witness hotline at 800-437-2744. If you see illegal or suspicious activity happening in real time, please first contact local law enforcement. For more details about the program, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/CrimeWitness.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Richland Library STEAMspace Grand Opening Saturday, August 19th
City of Richland - 08/17/17 10:55 AM
The public is invited to attend a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony recognizing the completion of Richland Library's STEAMspace, a designated classroom providing activities with an emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The event will take place at the Richland Library located at 955 Northgate Dr. from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The STEAMspace offers programs for hands-on, project based activities for all ages. Most programming will target kids 10 years old or older, with a few designed for younger children and their parents.

During Saturday's event, attendees will have the opportunity to see demonstrations and experiment with 3D printers, Virtual Reality Experiences, Vinyl Cutters, a Button Maker, and more!

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Richland Library. For more information visit http://www.richland.lib.wa.us/.
Wed. 08/16/17
New web pages make progress on child and youth safety visible
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/16/17 3:43 PM
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched "10 Priority Projects "web pages for the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan. The web pages are designed to promote safety for Oregon's children and youth and to transparently share information on the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan. The web pages can be found here: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/Child-Safety-Plan/Pages/projects.aspx

New web pages will make it easier for people to learn about the work DHS is doing around child and youth safety in Oregon. The pages include status reports on projects, timelines and more. The pages will be regularly updated. To receive notifications of updates please subscribe to our Child Safety listserv and follow us on twitter @OregonDHS.

For more information about the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan, please contact Nathan Rix, Executive Projects Director, 503-302-5212 or nathan.k.rix@state.or.us.
Campfires prohibited in Oregon State Parks and on beaches
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/16/17 2:30 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in Oregon State Parks and other properties owned and managed by the department beginning Aug. 16 until further notice. These restrictions extend to all Oregon beaches. Charcoal briquettes, tiki-style torches and candles are also prohibited until further notice. Only fuel sources that can be turned off instantly, such as propane stoves, will be allowed. Some parks will also allow propane fire pits; campers are advised to check directly with the park.

"Most state parks are already under a fire restriction due to hot, dry conditions," said MG Devereux, OPRD Deputy Director. "We are expanding these restrictions to prevent any unintentional fires in state parks that would add an unnecessary burden to firefighting efforts."

"We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see an immediate local need for fire restrictions. We appreciate your patience and understanding," Devereux added.

Fireworks are also prohibited year-round in Oregon state parks and on beaches.

The ban will remain in effect through the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and will be reevaluated based on fire status, weather and guidance from state and local fire officials. Visitors planning a trip should check with park staff for the most current information. Information will also be posted at oregonstateparks.org, or call the state parks information line at 800-551-6949.
OPRD invites public to participate in master plan for Wallowa County's state parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/16/17 12:00 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to weigh in on long-term planning for the state parks in Wallowa County. OPRD is in the process of updating the master plan that will guide recreation use and resource management for Wallowa Lake State Park, Minam State Recreation Area and the Wallowa Lake State Scenic Corridor for the next 20 years.

OPRD invites park users and community members to learn more and voice priorities and concerns at one of two public meeting in Hermiston or Joseph:

Sept. 6 in Hermiston: 5:30 -- 7:30 p.m., Oxford Suites, 1050 N. 1st St.
Sept. 7 in Joseph: 6 -- 8 p.m., Joseph Community Center, 401 E. 1st St.

A three-question survey is available at wallowastateparksplan.com. Comments can also be submitted to OPRD Planner Ian Matthews by email at ian.matthews@oregon.gov; by phone at 503-986-0744; or by mail sent to Ian Matthews, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Deadline for comments and survey responses is Oct. 7.

Park planners will incorporate public comments in a draft plan, to be released in mid-2018. A final round of public meetings will follow to allow for public comment on the draft plan. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission reviews and approves the final plan.

The planning process also includes meeting with an advisory committee that comprises organizations, agencies and individuals. The first advisory committee meeting will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Joseph Community Center. Non-advisory members are welcome to attend; however, only comments from the advisory committee will be heard at this meeting.

Services, programs and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For accommodations during the meetings, please call 503-986-0744 at least 72 hours in advance.
Be aware of harmful algae blooms, water quality during eclipse
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/17 11:19 AM
August 16, 2017

Water bodies affected with blue-green algae could be harmful

The Oregon Health Authority is advising the public about the potential for harmful blue-green algae blooms and toxins associated with these blooms on water bodies in areas people are visiting to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse.

Any water body under the right conditions can develop a harmful algae bloom. Although not all blooms produce toxins at levels that are harmful to people, there is no way to know if a bloom is producing toxins, or the level of toxins being produced, without laboratory analysis of a water sample.

Because only a fraction of Oregon's fresh waters are visually monitored and sampled when blooms occur, people shouldn't count on being notified about all harmful algae blooms, especially on water bodies not considered high-use for recreation, or those not used for public drinking water.

When visiting a lake in Oregon for camping or other recreation, there are certain conditions to look for stay safe and healthy. If the water smells bad or looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint and pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, stay out and don't use the water for drinking or cooking. Algae toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treatment with camping filters. Only public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. Potable water at established campgrounds should be fine.

Exposure to toxins occurs by ingesting or drinking affected water. Although these toxins are not absorbed through the skin, a puffy red rash may occur where skin comes into contact with a bloom. Toxins can cause a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Special precaution should be taken with pets to keep them from drinking from or swimming in areas identified as having a potential bloom. The exposure level for dogs is much lower than that for people.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from a water body with a potential bloom, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which affected water can be ingested, people are encouraged to enjoy their visit to Oregon for the eclipse.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency, and heed all warning signs and educational materials regarding harmful algae blooms.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body being sampled, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767. You can also find lots of additional facts and information on the website to help you enjoy your visit while staying safe.

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Keep spotlight on safety and preparation as eclipse looms for customers, visitors
Pacific Power - 08/16/17 9:19 AM
Contact: Media Hotline, 800-570-5838 Aug. 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Keep spotlight on safety and preparation as eclipse looms for customers, visitors
Pacific Power will deploy crews and equipment strategically to maintain a strong, flexible response should outages occur

PATH OF TOTALITY, Ore.-- Rare as they are, solar eclipses are more predictable and easier to prepare for than rogue Pacific storms, events Pacific Power plans for several times a year.

Leading up to the eclipse the morning of Aug. 21, Pacific Power is taking an all hands on deck approach. Nonessential work on the grid has been postponed and employees have been put on call. Equipment and material are prepositioned and ready for use as needed

"We work with local emergency management groups year around, planning for events that have the potential to disrupt power to our customers," said Curtis Mansfield, vice president of operations. "Wind storms, silver thaws, heat waves all have the potential to cause outages. Our crews are on standby and stationed strategically for the eclipse to make repairs should they become necessary."

Mansfield continued: "Our main concern is being able to get to an outage. Roads may be congested. We are working with local authorities to assure access. Other emergency vehicles will also need to navigate traffic jams and special safety passages will be maintained in many areas."

Pacific Power does not anticipate outage problems due to overcapacity. Full hotel rooms and campgrounds are something the company plans for and there is no reason to believe power supply or equipment issues will surface

Electricity serving Pacific Power's customers comes from a diverse array of resources, so the minor down tick in solar generation will be offset by hydro, wind, and thermal generation -- all capable of providing quick increases in output over the course of the event.

Safety however is top of mind. In the path of totality, many residents are having visitors camped out on their properties over the weekend in preparation for the big event on Monday. Pacific Power urges customers to stay safe:

If extension cords are being used to supply visitor recreational vehicles, make sure that they are in good repair (no frays) and of sufficient capacity.
Check your electrical service box to make sure it has the capacity to serve your visitors.
Make sure that cords run safely to the RV so that they are not tripping or clothes-lining hazards.
Be aware that the extra usage could cause an increase in your power bill next month. Look for ways to economize before and after.
Be careful with fire. Use only well maintained fire pits. Obey local fire bans that may be imposed and have water hoses and shovels available.
For more eclipse safety tips go to; www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep

Call toll free any time to report a power outage or a downed line, 1-877-508-5088. To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide approximately 1.7 million customers in six western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.
Firefighters near Completion on the Nena Springs Wildfire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/16/17 8:46 AM
Warm Springs OR - With the solar eclipse less than a week away, the nearly 300 firefighters still working on the Nena Springs Fire see an end in sight now that it is 90 % contained. More accurate mapping shows a reduction in acres. The final size of the fire is 39,526 acres.

Cool evenings with high humidity effectively killed most of the remaining fire behavior. A small interior pocket of heat near Simnasho is visible to that community. Firefighters have worked hard to remove any threats this heat may have created. Above the northeastern finger of the fire, a spot of heat outside the main fire body was contained yesterday. Firefighters are cold trailing and ensuring this area does not pose a threat.

Over the next several shifts, local firefighters will be patrolling the fire area looking for hot spots. As the days become warmer, pockets of smoke will become visible, allowing firefighters to find and extinguish the remaining heat. It will remain uncontained for the next few shifts. Firefighters are keeping close eyes on the area to ensure the fire does not undo the hard work firefighters have accomplished.

With the threat to communities extinguished, firefighters will also be focusing their efforts on cutting and piling juniper trees along Hwy 3 to increase visibility along the roadway. This work reduces the amount of standing dead trees that would otherwise add fuel to the next fire if it is not removed.

A transfer of command from both the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Incident Management Teams occurred at 6am this morning. A smaller incident management organization made of firefighters from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation will complete the detailed work of identifying burnt fences and guard rails destroyed in the 62 square mile fire. When needs have been assessed, firefighters will begin replacing the infrastructure.

The 2017 Eclipse is an opportunity to see one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Lodging and camp sites are fully booked in Warm Springs and surrounding communities while day use options are limited. Please make sure you are well-prepared for the increase in population.

This preparation starts with understanding risks. We ask the public visiting the Reservation to respect signs and barriers. Bring sun and eye protection. Cell service may not be available in remote areas or could be limited due to heavy demand. Consider turning off your phone to help keep lines open for emergencies.

Due to the expected influx of people beginning to travel across the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, a Fire Prevention Team is in Warm Springs. Team members are talking to the public and youth about ways to prevent wildland fires and increase awareness of activities they can do to keep fire away from the home ignition zone.

This will be the last update on the Nena Springs Fire unless significant activity occurs.

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Oregon National Guard Soldiers, Airmen complete firefighting refresher training (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/15/17 6:35 PM
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SALEM, Oregon (August 15, 2017) -- More than 100 Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen completed refresher firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The Guard was activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts in southern Oregon.

The group, comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state, are scheduled to deploy to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem, Oregon. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the board.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

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170815-Z-OT568-001: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, addresses Oregon Army and Air National Guard members at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, as they complete firefighting refresher training. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-OT568-003: Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Foesch, Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Oregon National Guard, addresses Soldiers and Airmen at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, as they complete firefighting refresher training. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-OT568-008: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen practice digging fire lines during firefighting refresher training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, before deploying to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. The Oregon National Guardsmen already received the 40-hour training course at DPSST when they were called up for wildfire support in the summer of 2015. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-CH590-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen hike their way uphill to a training area at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, during a day of firefighting refresher training, as they prepare to deploy to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-006: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conduct refresher training on how to use an emergency fire shelter at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-018: Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Larry Keller (left), and Lt. Col. Martin Balakas, observe Soldiers and Airmen training together at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. They will lead more than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen as they deploy to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-019: A fire instructor with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training explains how to conduct wildfire mop-up operations to Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during firefighting refresher training at the DPSST academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)


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Family Friendly Bike Ride and Movie Event on Saturday
City of Richland - 08/15/17 4:55 PM
Richland's first ever Bike-In Movie event is on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at John Dam Plaza. A Bike-In is similar to a Drive-In, but participants arrive on their bicycles instead of cars. Event co-hosts, Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop and the City of Richland are offering this free event to encourage biking in our community.

In addition to a movie, organizers are offering a group bike ride along the river. There are two routes identified, one for families and a secondary option offering a more challenging route. To help bicyclists choose the safest route to and from the Plaza, a map is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page, http://wheelhouse.bike/bimnfaq/. In addition, bicycle headlights and taillights will be given away by co-sponsors Go-Green Tri-Cities and Kagen Coffee and Crepes to the first 100 participants. Youth bicycle helmets will also be given away.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at John Dam Plaza and will include exhibit booths, food vendors and music. Cold brew coffee and lemonade will be available for purchase from Kagen Coffee and Crepes and Rockabilly Roasters. All proceeds will be donated to Wheelhouse's community programs. Bicyclists should line up at 6:45 p.m. in the John Dam Plaza parking lot and depart for the ride to Columbia Point by 7:00 p.m. The movie E.T. (the classic, Extra Terrestrial) will begin at 8:30 p.m.

While bicycling is encouraged, safety is more important; all attendees will be required to wear a helmet to participate. Attendees are not required to participate in the bike ride in order to watch the movie. Valet bicycle parking will be provided by Wheelhouse so you may enjoy the film without worrying about locking your bike.

Organizers hope bike-in events become a normal occurrence in the Tri-Cities. For more information on the event, visit: www.facebook.com/pg/wheelhousebikeshop/events.

To get more involved in community bicycling, visit www.wheelhouse.bike or email info@wheelhouse.bike. To get more involved in eco-events or green living, contact www.gogreentri-cities.org or admin@gogreentri-cities.org.


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Hot Coals Start Fires in Garbage Trucks (Photo)
City of Richland - 08/15/17 4:42 PM
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Richland Solid Waste officials would like to remind residents to be sure embers from barbecues or portable fire pits are completely out before placing them in the trash can. This week alone, two separate fires have erupted in the back of garbage trucks.

Luckily, no damage to the drivers or trucks were reported. However, the potential risk to the driver, vehicle, and surrounding environment makes this a major concern.
Residents are not allowed to place ashes or embers into the trash unless they have cooled for at least 48 hours.

To dispose of charcoal and wood ash: Close the lids and vents to your charcoal grill and allow to cool for a minimum of 48 hours. When the ash has cooled completely, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a noncombustible outdoor trash bin.


Attached Media Files: Garbage Fire
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets August 23 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 08/15/17 4:34 PM
August 15, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve May meeting minutes; make recommendation for active transportation measure; receive update on opioid overdose and oral health measures; receive update on the Coalition of Local Health Officials committee work to develop local public health process measures.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10-11 a.m. A public comment period will take place at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. The public can also join by conference call line at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by board.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Public Health Advisory Board meets September 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/15/17 4:12 PM
August 15, 2017

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discuss a new charter template and bylaws; discuss tobacco prevention funding and evaluation findings; discuss agenda for joint meeting with the Oregon Transportation Commission; adopt guiding principles for public health and health care collaboration.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1-4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will take place at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8017, access code 767068. The public also can join the meeting by live-stream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEkw3Y4dGPI

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Virtual Kidnapping Scams
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/17 3:48 PM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against virtual kidnapping scams.

So what is a virtual kidnapping scam? It starts with a phone call, text or email. The scammer tells you that he has abducted your child, grandchild or maybe a spouse - and he demands money in exchange for their safe return. Sound familiar? It is the opening scene of a lot of movies and TV shows. However, there is a key difference between kidnapping with intent to ransom -- which is very rare - and virtual kidnapping -- which happens a lot. In a virtual kidnapping, the bad guy hasn't actually abducted anyone. He just wants you to think that he has.

The scammer's goal is to stress you out so much that you don't take time to consider that the kidnapping is fake. He might try to intimidate you by pretending to be a gang member or a corrupt police officer. He might tell you that your loved one owes him money for a car accident, drug debt, or something similar that could discourage you from calling law enforcement. In some cases, scammers have even had an accomplice scream in the background. In almost all cases, the bad guy will threaten violence against his "victim" if you disobey him. He often has the ability to spoof -- or copy -- the alleged victim's number. He wants to cause panic, fear, and a sense of urgency, because those feelings stop you from thinking clearly.

So how do you protect yourself?

Be cautious about what you post on social media. In particular, consider waiting to post about foreign travel until after you return. Some scammers call every number with a certain area code, but others research their targets.
Let the people close to you know when you will be travelling to places without cell service or internet connection.
Know the red flags: Did the call come from a phone other than the victim's? Was the call from an area code far from where your loved one lives? Did the caller insist that the ransom had to be paid by wire transfer? Did he try to keep you on the phone?
If you do receive a ransom call, try to stay calm. Slow the situation down by writing things down or telling the caller that you need time to do what he's asking. Request to speak to the victim. Try to contact your loved one by other means, such as text or social media.
Remember -- stranger-to-stranger kidnappings are very rare. However, if you believe a real kidnapping has occurred or if you are not sure, call 911.

Overall, when it comes to online scams -- if you feel as though a fraudster has victimized you, report your suspicions to law enforcement. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Compliant Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: TT - Virtual Kidnapping - ENGLISH Audio , TT - Virtual Kidnapping - RUSSIAN Written , TT - Virtual Kidnapping - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Virtual Kidnapping - SPANISH Audio , TT - Virtual Kidnapping - SPANISH Written
Keep Oregon Green During the Eclipse
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/17 2:07 PM
Here in Oregon, we are counting down the days to an amazing celestial event. The United States is the only country which will experience the total solar eclipse and Oregon will be the first state where it can be viewed.
Federal, state, and county agencies have spent a great deal of time in recent months preparing for the challenges associated with this event -- traffic congestion, food and fuel availability, and cell phone reception to name a few. But the one overwhelming concern that all agencies involved share is wildfire. The eclipse is occurring at the peak of Oregon's fire season. As many as a million visitors are coming here to watch it. Thousands will be camping in open fields, forests and campgrounds hoping to get a good view under clear skies. Everyday activities already cause the majority of Oregon wildfires, and the risk will sharply increase when these additional visitors head onto the landscape all at the same time.
"Oregon residents have high expectations that tourists coming to view the eclipse will be respectful and leave our landscapes as beautiful as they found them," says Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association, a wildfire prevention organization. "That said, it's a tall order for visitors to fill; our own residents are having a hard time preventing wildfire starts themselves." To date, Oregonians have been responsible for starting 636 fires. "Last week alone, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported 32 fire starts that burned over 450 acres. They were caused by equipment, illegal debris burning, smoking and the dumping of hot coals," she said.
August is always a dangerous month for wildfire starts in Oregon because fuels are at their driest. The fire danger level is high or extreme in many areas of the state. Any accidental spark or stray ember can start a fire and spread rapidly.
Two-thirds of the wildfires in Oregon are started by people, so it is extremely important to check the fire restrictions where you plan to work or play, and be sure that you are prepared to put a fire out should one get started. Any careless act can get traction: a campfire left smoldering; the whirling metal blades of a lawnmower striking a rock; a cigarette tossed from a vehicle; or a hot car idling over tall, dry grass. If you are traveling the roads, carry the essentials: a shovel and a gallon of water or a charged and operational fire extinguisher in case you need to be your own firefighter. In fact, these items are required in your vehicle in many areas. If traffic comes to a standstill during the eclipse, fire engine response time may be delayed.
One careless act can destroy thousands of acres -- not to mention your bank account. Anyone responsible for starting a fire, accidental or not, may be liable for fire suppression costs as well as the cost of damage to neighboring property owners. "Our everyday actions impact the landscape and the lives of the firefighters who work tirelessly to protect them. Predict the outcome of your behaviors. Predictable is preventable," said Babbs.

The Keep Oregon Green Association offers common-sense advice and important information on how to prevent fires when traveling through, camping and recreating in Oregon's scenic areas. Go to www.keeporegongreen.org or @keeporegongreen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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OEM and partners offer resources for 2017 Eclipse Visitors and Viewers (Photo)
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With just five days to go until the 2017 total solar eclipse, state agencies in Oregon are working together to provide information on traffic, health and safety, wildfire danger, camping, and weather, among other things to residents and tourists eager to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial phenomenon.

A wide variety of information about the eclipse can be found on Facebook and Twitter by using #OReclipse and #Eclipse2017.

Up-to-the-minute information will be available through a wide variety of resources:

211 Info -- This non-emergency eclipse hotline will operate Aug. 16 to Aug. 23, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dial 2-1-1, visit http://211info.org, or text ECLIPSE to 898211.
TripCheck.com -- Real-time traffic information, along with weather, restrictions and travel times make this interactive website one of the most useful tools available for anyone looking to navigate roadways between now and the days following the eclipse.
ODF Public Fire Restrictions Map -- A clickable map from Oregon's Department of Forestry allows users to pinpoint their location and learn about (low to extreme) fire danger risk, campfire limitations and other public fire restrictions. Necessary fire mitigation information and equipment is also noted.
RAPTOR -- Also known as Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon, Oregon Office of Emergency Management's RAPTOR site offers a public version for people to track what's happening where in the eclipse path of totality and around the state, including events, wildfires, road closures and weather.
National Weather Service -- Weather is everyone's number one concern. Visitors to the National Weather Service website can get all the information they need to be prepared for rain or shine, clouds or clear skies, with a click on a keyboard.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management Website provides tips for residents, visitors and businesses. A Frequently Asked Questions document delves into answers to common questions.


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Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps answers questions from the media about state coordination for the 2017 Eclipse at this morning's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown talks about how Oregon's statewide governmental, preparedness, and travel organizations have been working together to ensure Oregon is ready to accommodate an unprecedented number of Oregonians and visitors who are expected view the 2017 solar eclipse at today's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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The Adjutant General, Oregon, Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, talks about Oregon National Guard support for the 2017 Eclipse at today's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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Linea Gagliano, Travel Oregon director, Global Communications, discusses tourism and economic opportunity related to the 2017 Eclipse in Oregon at today's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan)


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Nena Springs Fire Update 15 August 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/15/17 10:40 AM
The Nena Springs Fire is now 80% contained and covers about 40,000 acres. Incident Commanders Richy Harrod and Scott Magers are rapidly turning their attention from containing this fire to demobilizing their organizations and sending people home or to other fires. A smaller force is on the fire today finishing some areas that still have some heat and need attention.

But the work is not finished. On Wednesday, the NW Incident Management Team 12 and the State Fire Marshal's Blue Team will be handing management of the fire back to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Fire Management Division.

Although the Incident Management teams will be leaving, a number of resources will remain assigned to the incident.

The Fire Management Division is putting together a local Incident Management Team (IMT) that will be taking over responsibility for the further management of the Nena Springs Fire. Many of those team members have been working on the fire for the past week. Today the new team members are "shadowing" their counterparts on the existing IMT and finalizing plans for the next steps.

The transition to the local team is being done carefully to assure that the investments made by the hundreds of local, state and federal firefighters to contain this fire, are followed through to completion. The new team will be patrolling the area, mopping up where necessary, and rehabilitating areas disturbed by fire suppression activities.

Yesterday (Monday), firefighters made excellent progress in mopping up and patrolling the northeastern area of the fire that burned all the way to the Deschutes River. Last night a crew was camped out on this section of the fire and will be completing that work today. One small area on the west side of the Mutton Mountains was burned out yesterday and is looking very good this morning.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon July 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 08/15/17 10:00 AM
July's Strong Job Growth in Oregon Eclipses the Unemployment Rate

In July, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 5,900 jobs, following a gain of 8,700 in June. Four of the major industries added more than 1,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality added the most, increasing by 2,400 jobs. In addition, strong hiring occurred in construction (+1,200 jobs), health care and social assistance (+1,200), and retail trade (+1,200). Professional and business services was the only major industry to cut more than 1,000, as it shed 1,400 jobs.

Job growth was faster than it was at the beginning of the year. Over the past 12 months, Oregon's payroll employment rose 56,200, or 3.1 percent, as was reflected in the quarterly revisions to the data. Earlier in the year, annual job growth had slowed to 2.0 percent, but by July was back above 3.0 percent for the first time since April 2016 when the growth rate was 3.2 percent. Several large industry sectors led the expansion in the 12 months ending with July 2017, including construction (+10,300 jobs, or 11.4%), leisure and hospitality (+9,900 jobs, or 5.0%), and health care and social assistance (+8,600 jobs, or 3.7%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was little changed at 3.8 percent in July. The rate remained near its all time low of 3.6 percent reached in May. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 5.1 percent in July 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in July 2017.

Another sign of a tight labor market in Oregon is fewer workers employed part time for economic reasons. In July, 68,000 Oregonians would have preferred full-time employment but were working part time because their hours had been cut or because they could not find a full-time job. This was the lowest total on record dating back to 2002, when comparable records began. In contrast, these involuntary part-time workers reached a peak of 160,000 in 2009, during the Great Recession.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, August 22nd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 12th.

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon July 2017 News Release
DPSST Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/15/17 9:40 AM
For Immediate Release
August 15, 2017
Contact: Staci Yutzie
503-932-0865

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel will hold a regular meeting on August 24, 2017 from 11:00a-2:00p. The meeting will be held in Conference Room # A145 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

1. Core Concepts
Decision Making/Problem Solving Discussion
Implicit Bias Discussion

2. Identification of Instructional Goals and Learning Outcomes
What is the overall purpose or intent of each topic?
To what level?
What does the student need to know, do or be after instruction?

3. Reminder- personal vehicle travel reimbursement

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Red Cross Urges Community to Take Preparedness Actions Pre-Eclipse
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/15/17 8:32 AM
With potential traffic back-ups and possible supply and fuel shortages, the Red Cross is encouraging community members to assemble emergency preparedness kits and providing specific guidance on must-have emergency preparedness kit items.

PORTLAND, EUGENE, BEND & MEDFORD, Ore., August 15, 2017 -- The American Red Cross is urging community members who live in, near or plan to travel into the path of totality during the eclipse to stock up on emergency preparedness supplies now. Specifically, the Red Cross is recommending assembling an emergency preparedness kit for your car and your home.

With one million visitors expected to come to Oregon to view the eclipse on August 21, travelers could be stuck in traffic for hours and people who live in the path of totality may face a supply shortage with the influx of people. It is essential to have emergency supplies on hand and ready now, days ahead of the eclipse event.

The Red Cross recommends having the following items in your car:
Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas
Bottled water -- one gallon, per person, per day. Use heavy plastic bottles made for water storage.
Non-perishable food items (power bars, canned food, a manual can opener)
A flashlight
A battery-powered radio
A first aid kit
Daily vital medications
Supplies for an infant or children if applicable
A multi-purpose tool
Personal hygiene items including toilet paper
Cell phone chargers
Extra cash in small denominations ($1 or $5)
Comfort items like toys, games, coloring books for kids, etc. to pass the time if there are delays
Blankets or a sleeping bag
Maps of the area (printed copies)
Jumper cables
Emergency contact information written out on a card to keep in your wallet

The Red Cross recommends having the following items at home:
Water -- one gallon, per person, per day for a minimum of three days
The supplies included in your car kit in greater quantities (for a minimum of three days):
Supplies for your pets if applicable

View a full Red Cross kit list here: www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide.

How the Red Cross is preparing:
The Red Cross is coordinating with local emergency agencies along the eclipse viewing path to ensure collective preparedness for any contingency. This planning is a standard part of our regular collaborations with local emergency management officials with regard to large-scale, public events. If requested by local authorities, the Red Cross is prepared to shelter and feed those who might be displaced by disasters, residential fires, wildfires, or other events.

As part of normal Red Cross readiness posture, supplies such as cots, blankets and water are already pre-positioned across this area and the country. In addition, more volunteers and resources are on standby in case they are needed. Cellular service could be impacted by the large number of people visiting the region. If networks go down, the Red Cross will use ham radio or top-priority emergency cell channels to communicate.
About the American Red Cross


The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.


Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Urges Community to Take Preparedness Actions Pre-Eclipse
Oregon Parks and Recreation Seeks Wolf Creek Inn Operator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/15/17 8:20 AM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to operate Wolf Creek Inn, an historic bed-and-breakfast property near Grants Pass, in southern Oregon. The RFP opens August 15, 2017 and closes October 10, 2017. More info is here: http://bit.ly/WolfCreekInnRFP

The Inn has been operated in many different ways in its long history. Since 1975, when OPRD took ownership of the 4?1/2 acre property, the facility has functioned as a restaurant, an overnight hotel, or both together. OPRD has run the operation with its own staff, or as an adjunct to a concessionaire. Right now, OPRD is operating the property as a museum and as an overnight hotel. The agency hopes to have a contract awarded later this fall for 2018 operation.

"It is a unique opportunity," said Nathan Seable, who manages state parks in the area, including Wolf Creek Inn State Historic Site. "For the right individuals, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run a business in a great community." Seable will conduct site visits for any interested parties until mid-September.

Wolf Creek Inn was built sometime around 1883, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility has been remodeled, and today boasts upgraded HVAC systems and electrical service, an efficient commercial kitchen, and modern fire suppression. Its 9 guest rooms, appointed in period décor, have seen the likes of Clark Gable and Jack London walk through their doors. The Inn has always been a strong venue for special events, and its restaurant and hospitality services have been regionally famous for decades.

Wolf Creek Inn is located just off the I-5, about 20 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon. The Inn is an easy drive to the many tourism destinations of southern Oregon, including Crater Lake National Park, the wild and scenic Rogue River, the Oregon Caves, the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville.
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Oregon National Guard Soldiers, Airmen scheduled to complete fire training, deploy to fire base (Photo)
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SALEM, Oregon (August 14, 2017) -- More than 100 Oregon National Guard members, activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts in southern Oregon, are scheduled to complete their refresher firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

The group, comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state are scheduled to deploy to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

The media is invited to view their field training on Tuesday, August 15 at 3:00 p.m., at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem, Oregon. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the board.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

For more information on Oregon Department of Forestry Fire prevention seek: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx, or contact Mr. Ken Armstrong, at 503-945-7420.

For more information on their training, or to visit the DPSST, contact Mr. Eriks Gabliks, Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, at 503-378-2332.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard's participation in this year's wildfire fighting efforts, contact Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs, at 503-779-9889.

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Oregon National Guardsmen arrive at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, Monday, August 14, 2017, to attend the refresher firefighter course. More than 100 Airmen and Soldiers will attend the course before deploying to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Soldiers from Oregon National Guard units throughout the state arrive and unpack their gear at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) for firefighter training. More than 100 Airmen and Soldiers are set to attend the course before deploying to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Walla Walla Public Schools boasts one of the state's highest Hispanic/Latino college-going rates
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/14/17 4:41 PM
WALLA WALLA -- Data released August 10 from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for the class of 2015 revealed 66.1% of graduating Hispanic/Latino seniors attended a post-secondary institution, 16% above the state average of 50.1%. This represents the 12th highest college-going rate for Hispanic students in Washington state, and the highest in the state when comparing Walla Walla's data to similar demographic schools with modest levels of poverty and language diversity as defined by 30% or more poverty and 10% or more English Language Learners. This result represents three consecutive years of increase where Hispanic/Latino students' college attendance has risen steadily from 47.5% in 2012.

Data for the graduating seniors representing all district students from the Class of 2015 was also impressive as a total of 66.5% of graduates enrolled in either a two or four-year public college, or private college, in or outside of Washington state, following high school. This recent data continues Walla Walla's historic trend of outpacing the state's college-going average, currently at 59.9%.

"This recently-released data continues to affirm the exceptional performance from our graduating seniors," said Superintendent Wade Smith. "Our School Board's continued emphasis towards our diverse populations, partnerships with regional higher education schools and universities, and exceptional staff, will ensure we continue our vision towards developing Washington's most sought-after graduates."

Walla Walla Public Schools' college-going rate for all students at 66.5% was the strongest when compared to regional school districts of similar or larger size among the 17 ESD 123 schools. Results for all students, and especially that of Hispanic/Latino students, outpaced all district counterparts in Walla Walla, Benton and Franklin Counties. Accompanying the post-secondary enrollment data, OSPI also released college-remediation rates. This report tracks students who attended a Washington state public two or four-year college who enrolled in a remedial English or math course.

Results revealed that 50.2% of Walla Walla students enrolled in college remedial coursework, exceeding the state average of 32.9%. This statistic landed Walla Walla in the middle of the region's performance results and highlights the Board of Director's renewed emphasis to focus on this success indicator with the district's new five-year Strategic Plan.

For more indepth information, you may access more data at http://www.k12.wa.us/.

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Oregon Farm Bureau announces scholarship recipients (Photo)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2017
Contact: Andréa Kuenzi, OFBMS Scholarship Coordinator, at andrea@oregonfb.org

The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is pleased to announce the following (12) twelve recipients of the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship, and (1) one recipient of the Associate Award.

This scholarship program is open to new and continuing full-time students (12 or more hours per quarter or the semester equivalent). Applicants must be an Oregon high school graduate or an Oregon home school graduate with a full year, 24 semester or 36 quarter hours, of completed college coursework documented by a transcript. Homeschool graduates must also provide proof of parents Oregon residency. Applicants must be preparing for a career in agriculture or forestry except in the case of the Associate award where any major is considered. Additionally, children and grandchildren of voting members of Farm Bureau are eligible regardless of major. Students attending institutions outside of Oregon are eligible.

The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship is to: "Support students that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agricultural related fields."

The following students have been identified to receive a $1500 scholarship (2)

Jessica Carter
Agribusiness Management
Oregon State University
Grant County

Ryan Holmes
Agricultural Sciences
Klamath Community College
Klamath County

The following students have been identified to receive a $1,000 scholarship: (10)

Sarah Michaels
Food, Nutrition, & Wellness
University of Idaho
Douglas County

Jacob White
Agricultural Communications & Education
University of Florida
Harney County

Emily Iverson
Agribusiness
Eastern Oregon University
Clackamas County

Maria Grossen
Mechanical Engineering
University of Portland
Washington County

Amy Swenson
Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Science
Northwest Nazarene University
Umatilla County

Conor McCabe
Animal Science
Cornell University
Clackamas County

Claire Hammond
Business
Oregon State University
Harney County

Stormy Scharzenberger
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Oregon State University
Multnomah County

Elizabeth Brentano
Animal Science/Pre-Vet
Oregon State University
Marion County

Carlee Morton
Animal Science & Ranch Management
Treasure Valley Community College
Malhuer County

The following student has been identified to receive the OFB Associate Scholarship Funded by COUNTRY Financial:

Kelley Duggan
Animal Science
California State University, Chico
Deschutes County

These awards are made possible through the continuing support of our scholarship sponsors, fund donors, and volunteer advisory committee members.

For more information, contact Andréa Kuenzi, OFBMS Scholarship Coordinator, at andrea@oregonfb.org.

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Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/14/17 11:35 AM
Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, Canby to Coos Bay to Gold Hill are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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Grants available for Oregon heritage and history projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/14/17 11:33 AM
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon's cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance. The grant application deadline is October 2, 2017.

Projects may include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films and more. Previously funded projects included a variety of projects around the state. Linn County Museum partnered with Oregon Black Pioneers to incorporate African American history in the permanent exhibit. Cascade AIDS Project collected oral histories and made them accessible. Southern Oregon University completed oral histories and made them available online. Concordia University helped present the Vanport Mosaic Festival. Four Rivers Cultural Center scanned a photo collection.

"We hope to see a variety of projects that engage Oregonians in heritage," states Kuri Gill, heritage grants program coordinator. "We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon's heritage."

Applications are submitted online. There is plenty of support for preparing them.

"Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," notes Gill. Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Nena Springs Fire Update Aug. 14 (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/14/17 10:04 AM
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August 14, 2017
A little bit of rain and a lot of hard work kept the Nena Springs Fire from growing on Sunday. The cooler and damp weather prevented firefighters from doing any burnout operations, but the conditions allowed them to safely address significant parts of the uncontained perimeter. Structure protection resources are making good progress around the communities of Simnasho, Mutton Mountain and Indian Head Canyon to assure that no more structures are lost.

Firefighters made good progress around the southern edge of the recent growth of the fire into the Deschutes River Canyon. In some areas crews put in fire line and in other areas a technique called cold trailing was used. Cold-trailing involves using bare hands to feel along the edge of the fire to assure that no heat remains.

With the change in weather and strong westerly winds on Sunday, air quality has greatly improved in the area.

Today's Operations:
Overnight, crews mopped-up areas near the fire's perimeter, especially near homes and structures. That work will continue today. Several crews are spiked-out near the northern edge of the fire to secure the line along the fire's edge from Nena Creek east to the Deschutes River.

If conditions are right, firefighters may decide to carefully burnout some small areas near the perimeter on the eastern side of the fire today. This may create new visible smoke for a short period of time.
As progress continues toward containment, some of the crews, engines, and heavy equipment are being released from this incident and being made available for other fires in the region.

Evacuations
All Level 3 evacuation notices have been canceled. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Fish Hatchery Grade area, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point remain at a Level 1 evacuation notice. The Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions are all at Level 2, however only residents will be allowed in at this time. Due to lack of need, the Red Cross shelter at the Warm Springs Community Center has closed.

Road Closures
The S-300 Road and Highway 3 remain closed to non-residents to allow fire traffic to safely patrol the area.

Travel Safely
Public schools open today. The public and fire personnel are being asked to please drive cautiously, especially on Hwy 3 between Warm Springs and the Kah-Nee-Tah Resort.

Preventing New Fires
Even with the recent showers and cooler temperatures, vegetation in the area remains extremely flammable. Please be careful with activities that could create a spark starting a new fire. Avoid driving vehicles in areas with tall grass or brush.

PDF Update
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Photo Caption
Mike Leecy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Supervisory Timber Presale Technician,uses a drip torch to burn black line; a containment line created to burn/remove the short grasses from the path of the fire.
Photo by: Edward Heath
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Forest Engineer Technician


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