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09/01/14
Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 west of Lebanon in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Monday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 34 near Denny School Road west of Lebanon. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female whose name will be released this afternoon. This was the fourth fatal traffic crash investigated by OSP troopers that has resulted in the death of 5 people during the Labor Day holiday weekend that runs through 11:59 p.m., September 1.

According to Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, on September 1, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. a citizen found a crash scene with ejection along the south side of Highway 34 near Denny School Road. Emergency responders arrived on scene and confirmed a 27-year old female was deceased.

Initial investigation by OSP, with the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Police Department, indicates some time after 3:00 a.m. the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder driven by the victim was eastbound on Highway 34 when it crossed the centerline and westbound lane. The vehicle went into the ditch, returned back onto the roadway and rolled before coming to rest on its side along the south side of Highway 34. The victim was believed to not be using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash. Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lebanon Fire District and ODOT. Highway 34 was closed about four hours at the scene during the investigation with a detour in place for local traffic.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

No photographs available for this release.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 138E east of Glide in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday afternoon's fatal traffic crash along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide near Dry Creek in Douglas County. The crash resulted in the death of two occupants on the motorcycle. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox,on August 31, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by SCOTTY EUGENE SCHULL, age 47 (previously listed as 57 but DOB reflects corrected age), from Winston, was traveling westbound on Highway 138E near milepost 40. As the motorcycle negotiated through a curve, it traveled into the eastbound lane and struck the side of an eastbound 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup driven by DARRELL D. BRINTNALL, age 64, from Portland.

SCHULL and his passenger, KAREN SUE BLACK, age 51, from Winston, were both later pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were wearing protective helmets.

BRINTNALL and five other occupants in the pickup were not injured. All were using safety restraints.

Highway 138E was closed at the crash scene until 9:30 p.m.

OSP was assisted as the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and local emergency responders.

No photographs for release.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Lost Hubcap Fire - Sept. 1 morning update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/01/14
Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 1, 2014, 8 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:

Hand crews and dozers will continue the hard work of completing a line around the fire perimeter today. There is approximately 2.25 of the 14.25 miles of line left to construct.

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. Other firefighters used hand-held palm IR (infra-red) units that detect heat buried deep in the ground. Heat spots are marked for day firefighters to dig out and extinguish.

On the east side of the fire, firefighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves firefighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Crews are working toward extinguishing 100% of all smokes in a 100 ft. zone in the grass/brush, 300 ft in the timber and to fall all snags within 500 ft. At morning briefing, Day Operations Chief Joe Hessel directed the crews to "Dig deep and do thorough mop-up the first time." Once hot spots are dug out, the spot is marked to be rechecked at least twice.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE (09/01/14)

Size: 2,984 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 25%

Expected full containment: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 512

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 million


For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Blog: www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Former Workers May be Eligible for Federal Benefits
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/01/14
Wilsonville - The U.S. Department of Labor has certified that former workers of TE Connectivity, Medical Business Unit, may be eligible for benefits and services under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. This includes workers whose wages were reported under Precision Interconnect, and including on-site leased workers from Kelly Services, Aerotek, and Total Technical Services.

The certification was a result of the company being adversely affected by import competition or shifts in production to a foreign country.

Anyone working for these companies who were laid off due to lack of work on or after May 19, 2013 and before June 27, 2016, may be eligible.

Under TAA, affected workers may be eligible for:
* Re-employment assistance
* Training
* Job search allowances
* Relocation Allowances
* Additional unemployment insurance benefits in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)

There are important deadlines associated with this program, so those who think they may be eligible should contact the Oregon Employment Department's Central Trade Act Unit right away at 1-877-639-7700.

Additional information may be found about the Trade Act Program online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov, or on the U.S. Department of Labor website, www.doleta.gov/tradeact.
08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire - Aug. 31 evening update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
August 31, 2014,8 p.m.
Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:
Today's goal for the fire fighters was to complete the fire line around the entire fire perimeter. Hand crews and dozers will continue working through tonight to try meet that goal.

Although the fire didn't increase in size today, the warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity affected fire behavior. Moderate burning and smokes were visible and some torching of timber was seen on the west side of the fire.

On the east side of the fire, where there are lighter fuels and fewer hot spots, crews were able to start mop-up. The spot fire in the southern portion of the fire is 100% lined and mop-up has begun. Crews assisted by helicopter water drops focused on extinguishing any fire outside the perimeter. Fallers continue working on dropping snags along roads.
Dennis Perilli, fire behavior analyst, commented that "While yesterday's rainfall helped dampen the lighter fuels and extinguish small smokes, it didn't soak into the larger fuels enough to put the fire out."

Firefighter resources are expected to remain the same over the next 2-3 days with both day and night shifts.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.
Lost Hubcap Fire - 8 a.m., Aug. 31 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

August 31, 2014 8 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039
(We are experiencing phone problems at this time. Please refer to websites for latest information.)

Current Situation:

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. The mapping unit mapped the fire at 2,984 acres. There was minimal growth in the fire size since Saturday night.

The fire perimeter is mapped at 14.23 miles. To put this another way imagine walking from downtown Portland to Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington.

Yesterday's approximate half inch of rain helped the fire fighters efforts by wetting the fuels and extinguishing light smokes. No rain is forecasted for today. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will keep the fire activity to a minimum.

Fire fighters will focus on completing the fireline around the entire perimeter today, mostly on the west side. Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel stated "Today's mission is clear - with a good day of hard work, we can fill in the gaps and get a line tied around this fire".

On portions of the fire where the line is completed, crews will begin to lay hose and fittings in preparation for the next phase: mop-up.


There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.


The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 10%
RESOURCES:
Crews: 18
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 5
Engines: 6
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel: 350

Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854

For More Information:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096
CentralOrFireInfo.blogspot.com
Update: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash tht occurred along Interstate 5 at the Speaker Road interchange near Wolf Creek. The crash resulted in the death of a Winchester, Oregon man.

According to Sergeant Brandon Boice, on August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 1998 Toyota pickup driven by TERRY RAY ACKROYD, age 40, from Winchester, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 78 when it left the freeway and rolled, ending up about 100 feet off the roadway.

ACKROYD was partially ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. He was using safety restraints.

According to witnesses, the pickup was being operated recklessly at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders. No lanes were closed during the investigation.

Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

This was the second fatal traffic crash investigated by OSP troopers during the Labor Day holiday weekend that runs through 11:59 p.m., September 1. According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###


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Update #2: Victim Identified / Photos - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Hit & Run Crash - Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Rainier Police Department, are investigating a Saturday afternoon fatal hit and run crash along Highway 30 just west of Rainier in which a bicyclist was killed. The name of the victim is released in this update.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a report was received of a hit & run crash in which a pickup struck a bicycle along the westbound lanes of Highway 30 near milepost 50 just west of Rainier. A few minutes later the suspect vehicle was stopped by an OSP trooper near milepost 55 and the driver detained.

Emergency responders arriving on scene of where the bicyclist was reportedly struck confirmed the bicycle rider was deceased after coming to rest off the highway down an embankment. The victim is identified as Peter Michael Linden, age 74, from St. Helens. He was wearing a helmet.

The driver is identified as Kristopher Lee Woodruff, age 34, from Vernonia. Woodruff displayed a North Dakota identification card showing a Minot address. He was lodged in Columbia County Jail for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and a misdemeanor warrant out of Washington County for Fail to Appear.

Initial investigation indicates Woodruff was driving westbound and became distracted while looking at a text message on his phone. His vehicle traveled onto the shoulder where it struck the adult male bicyclist. Woodruff, who does not have a valid license, continued driving without stopping at the scene until stopped by OSP.

The Columbia County District Attorney's Office was notified and is assisting with the investigation.

The westbound lane was blocked during scene investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###


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08/30/14
Lost Hubcap Fire - 6 p.m. Aug. 30 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/30/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander Chris Cline
Fire information phone: 541-421-3039

CURRENT SITUATION
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's (ODF) Central Oregon District Type 3 Team transferred command of the Lost Hubcap Fire to ODF Incident Management Team 2 at noon today.

The fire was reported on Aug. 29, 2014, at approx. 1 p.m., burning on Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Prineville District and private lands in timber and grass fuels.

Local private firefighting resources along with fire departments from Long Creek, Monument, Mt. Vernon, John Day, Canyon City and Prairie City assisted ODF in initial-attack. There were four structures initially threatened but protected by the efforts of the local fire departments.

The fire is located approx. five miles south of Monument, Oregon. Initially the fire was reported at one acre and quickly grew to over 100 acres due to a combination of dry fuels, topography, and winds that pushed the fire southeast nearly four miles to more than 1,000 acres in size.

In addition to the team, more hand crews, fire engines and overhead personnel are arriving today. IC Cline said that "Our objectives are clear: We will work to establish control lines and minimize the fire's growth."

The fire team operations section is on the fire line actively engaged in suppression efforts.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Oregon. News releases will be issued twice daily.
08/29/14
Lost Hubcap Fire burning south of Monument
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/29/14
The Lost Hubcap Fire has burned 1,200-1,500 acres nine miles south of the community of Monument in the Central Oregon District's John Day Unit. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. Friday burning in grass, sagebrush and juniper fuels.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has two heavy air tankers, four single-engine air tankers and one helicopter fighting the fire, along with six fire engines, four bulldozers and district hand crews. Additional resources from the South Fork Complex are assisting. The Monument and John Day Rural Fire departments are successfully protecting residences threatened by the wind-driven fire. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Oregon National Guard wraps up a busy week, busy summer (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/29/14
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard finished out a busy summer with accolades and a high-profile visit from representatives of the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM).

A delegation from the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state, with a focus on the state's domestic emergency response mission. Monday kicked off with a visit to the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, and concluded with a visit to Camp Rilea, where delegates observed a domestic response evaluation exercise by the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). The delegates would go on to visit the Joint Operations Center and Oregon Office of Emergency Management in Salem, Oregon, and the Portland Office of Emergency Management in Portland, Oregon. The visit was in conjunction with the Oregon National Guard's ongoing State Partnership Program. Oregon is also partnered with the country of Bangladesh.

The last week of August saw Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen Airmen of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) participating in an evaluation exercise, Aug. 25-28, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Inspectors from the National Guard Bureau, subject matter experts, and Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC), rated the Oregon National Guard's CERFP unit one of "the best in the nation," following a week-long exercise which culminated in an inspection on Aug. 28. Results from the inspection are due out later this fall.

An Oregon National Guard team participated in the annual 197-mile Hood to Coast relay race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends on the beach at Seaside, Ore. The annual event draws competitive teams from across the country. Proceeds from this year's event went to the Providence Cancer Research Center.

Oregon Symphony concert-goers at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon, were given a special treat when the Oregon Symphony concluded Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with real cannons! Citizen-Soldiers of the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion fired 105mm Howitzers as the grand finale to the concert. The free event, in its 18th year, also hosted classical music selections played by the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Hillsboro Mariachi Una Voz, BRAVO Youth Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, the Portland Taiko Drum troop, and the Oregon Symphony, featuring performances by the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater. The event also featured a live fireworks display.

Earlier this summer, the Oregon National Guard wished Citizen-Soldiers a farewell, as they mobilized for duty in Afghanistan. Members of units from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team held separate mobilization ceremonies throughout the state, as family, friends, community members and Oregon National Guard leadership attended the events. The 234th Engineer Company also mobilized for duty in Kuwait.

Citizen Soldiers from various Oregon Army National Guard units participated in their annual training event, held in June, at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington. Soldiers from the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, 162nd Engineer Company, 141st Brigade Support Battalion and other elements within the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1249th Engineer Battalion converged on the training site to conduct live-fire exercises, and practice what Command Sergeant Major Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, called a "culmination of a year's worth of training."

In two separate large-scale fires in Oregon, aviation assets including CH-47 Chinook, HH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota helicopters, were brought to the fight during what forest fire managers called one of the worst fire seasons in Oregon in recent history. Some of the more serious fires occurred near Grants Pass and Ashland, Oregon.

Once again, Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen of the Oregon National Guard served and sacrificed in their communities, state, nation, and around the globe - proving once again the National Guard mantra, "When we are needed, We are there!"


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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Thanh Vo (far left), Search and Extraction Commander for Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), briefs a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) during a tour of the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The delegation visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state to gain an understanding of Oregon's emergency and disaster response preparedness in conjunction with the State Partnership Program. The Oregon National Guard is partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam's VINASARCOM through its State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A search and extraction team carries a victim away from a five-story tower in the state's newest "rubble pile" during a week-long evaluation exercise for the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), held at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 27. Approximately 200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, practicing incident site search and rescue, medical triage, and decontamination. Earlier this year, the unit worked alongside the Hawaii National Guard CERFP during the Vigilant Guard Exercise held in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Hood to Coast team finishes the 197-mile course at Seaside, Ore., the last week of August, 2014. Proceeds from the annual race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends at the Broadway Avenue turnaround in Seaside, go to various charities in the region. Photo courtesy of the Oregon National Guard.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion, fire a volley using 105mm Howitzer cannons, during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, during the Oregon Symphony's Waterfront Concert, held Aug. 28 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Ore. The annual event also featured the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, and several other local classical performers. Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation during the unit's mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Cody Shepherd (left), and Private 1st Class Jordan Pena (right), both of Alpha Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery, fire a 105mm round during their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore. Shepherd, who is from Milwaukie, Ore., and Pena, of Portland, Ore., are joined on their gun crew by Gun Crew Section Chief Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker; Ammunition Team Chief, Sgt. David Tully of Gresham, Ore.; Assistant Gunner, Private 1st Class Jordan Pena of Portland, Ore.; and Gunner Spc. William McKnight. McKnight completed the Oregon National Guard's Air Assault Course--an intensive week-long competition which challenges Oregon's best of the best in air assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling, enabling participants to perform skills required to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat to support their unit operations. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Future of Public Health Task Force invites public comment on draft implementation proposal
Oregon Health Authority - 08/29/14
August 29, 2014

The Task Force on the Future of Public Health seeks public comment on its draft implementation proposal.

The public comment deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 5. Comments submitted will be discussed at the September 10 task force meeting.

Public comment on the draft implementation proposal should be submitted by email to Future.Taskforce@dhsoha.state.or.us. The proposal can be found after 6 p.m. Friday, August 29, on the task force's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/TaskForce/.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

About the task force

The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

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Public Health Advisory Board to meet September 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/29/14
August 29, 2014

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting.

Agenda: Appointment of nominating committee for board chair and vice chair; Public Health Division update; Future of Public Health Task Force update; follow-up to PHAB priorities discussion in June; emerging issues discussion; cultural competency assessment; and Strategic Plan update.

When: Friday, September 5, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. All comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution results in inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/29/14
Jayson Matthew Withers
Jayson Matthew Withers
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Today at approximately 9:00 a.m., an Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Correctional Officer fired a shot to prevent imminent serious bodily injury to an inmate being assaulted at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division, in cooperation with the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office and DOC, are conducting an investigation. The institution is currently on lockdown status and visiting is canceled until further notice.

The Correctional Officer fired the shot from a yard tower after two inmates who were assaulting a third inmate failed to disengage. Inmate Jayson Matthew Withers was hit, transported to a local hospital, and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:21 a.m. Next of kin has been notified. The inmate who was being attacked was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The third inmate is currently in disciplinary segregation at EOCI. No other details or names are being released until authorized by the Umatilla County District Attorney.

Withers entered DOC custody on May 13, 2010, on three counts of robbery in the second degree, three counts of identity theft, and one count of negligent homicide out of Marion County. His earliest release date was Nov. 25, 2018.

EOCI is a medium-security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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Attached Media Files: Jayson Matthew Withers
Walla Walla School District School Board Work Session & Regular Meeting: September 2, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/29/14
Walla Walla School District School Board Work Session & Regular Meeting: September 2, 2014
As per the attached media memo and agenda


Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1288/77325/09.02.14_SB__00_Media_Memo.pdf , 2014-08/1288/77325/09.02.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet September 11
Oregon Health Authority - 08/29/14
August 29, 2014

What: The third public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:

-- Review data in the 2014 Burden of Stroke Report.

-- Vote on stroke care database recommendation to the Oregon Health Authority; for example, the use of the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke database.

-- Identify future agenda topics.

When: Thursday, September 11, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Senate Bill 375 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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08/28/14
Oregon National Guard hosts Vietnam delegation visit through State Partnership Program (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/28/14
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The Oregon National Guard is hosting a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) this week, Aug. 24-30, as part of the ongoing State Partnership Program.

Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army and Vice Standing Chairman of VINASARCOM, leads the delegation, which also includes other VINASARCOM experts in search and rescue, firefighting, explosion and building collapse, finance planning and investment, and foreign relations. Officials from the United States Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, are also in attendance, including Cmdr. Brent Freeman, U.S. Naval Attache to Vietnam, and the Oregon National Guard's Maj. Kyle Akers, Bilateral Affairs Officer to Vietnam.

The week-long visit includes workshops related to emergency management and emergency response, as well as tours of emergency management and Oregon National Guard facilities.

The delegation witnessed the certification training of the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore.

The delegation toured the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Multnomah County's emergency operations center in Portland, Ore., Aug. 26. They toured Oregon's Office of Emergency Management emergency operations center and the Oregon National Guard's joint operations center in Salem, Ore., Aug. 27.

The visit also includes meetings with government, education, business and economic leaders at Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government in Portland, Ore.

The Oregon National Guard's State Partnership with Vietnam is poised to greatly benefit all those involved in the program, with cross-cultural awareness, domestic emergency preparedness training, and the enhancement of international relationships.

The partnership between the Oregon National Guard and Vietnam was made official in November 2012 as part of the National Guard Bureau-sanctioned program, which pairs emerging democracies with National Guard states. Oregon currently has both Vietnam and Bangladesh as its state partners.

The State Partnership program complements broader U.S. engagement with Vietnam in pursuit of shared priorities such as disaster relief, education, health, trade and the environment. The program directly supports the broad national interests and security cooperation goals of the United States by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political, and economic conduits at the local, state, and national levels.

High-resolution photos are available for download on the Oregon Military Department Flikr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157646559013209/

Photo caption:
Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh (center), Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army and Vice Standing Chairman of Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), and other visitors with the VINASARCOM delegation pose for a group photo in front of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter along with their hosts, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (on Minh's left), Adjutant General, Oregon, and other members of the Oregon National Guard after visiting the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The Oregon National Guard is partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam's VINASARCOM through its State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee cancels September 8 meeting
Oregon Health Authority - 08/28/14
August 28, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee cancels September 8 meeting

The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council Joint Subcommittee has cancelled its meeting scheduled for Monday, September 8, in Portland. The group's next meeting will be in October. The date, time, location and agenda are yet to be determined.

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Update #4: Vehicle Associated With Klamath County SO Deputy Shooting Found; Photo of Deputy Weber Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
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The following is an update from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office:


The Major Crime team has located the 1989 Jeep Cherokee, Oregon license ZFQ 270, associated with the shooting of Klamath County Sheriff Deputy Jason Weber, between North Klamath and Rocky Point.

The victim in the shooting is Deputy Jason Weber, age 40.

The public is encouraged to relay any information they may have regarding this investigation to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at (541) 883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Questions regarding this investigation should be directed to Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.

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Update #3: Additional Arrest in Connection to Shooting of Klamath County Sheriff's Office Deputy; Deputy's Name Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
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The following is an update from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Questions should be referred to District Attorney Rob Patridge.

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On Thursday, August 28, 2014, the Klamath County Major Crime arrested William Jack Parkerson, age 30, on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm. The Crime Team has also arrested Karey Leigh Pascoe, age 33, in connection with the shooting and charged her with conspiracy to commit Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Aggravated Murder, and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said, "We appreciate the efforts of all of the law enforcement who have assisted us in the apprehension of these suspects. We are fortunate to have such a strong brotherhood under the badge. Now that the suspects are in custody I want to announce that Deputy Jason Weber, a dedicated Deputy Sheriff for seven years was the Deputy who is the victim of this brutal shooting. Deputy Weber is with his family at Oregon Health Sciences University currently undergoing surgery under the care of seven physicians and is in serious but stable condition. The family knows that the thoughts and prayers of the community go out to them at this difficult time. It is the request of Deputy Weber's family that all contact related to Deputy Weber's condition be directed to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office."

The Major Crime team is still attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting, a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270. A picture of a similar looking vehicle is provided with this news release.

Any further information the public has about this this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Update: Driver Cited in Connection to August 12th Serious Injury Bicycle-Involved Crash on Highway 126 east of Powell Butte
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
A Powell Butte man was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following an investigation into an August 12, 2014 serious injury bicycle-involved traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126 east of Powell Butte in Crook County.

On August 27, 2014, OSP cited NORMAN CHADWICK, age 44, from Powell Butte, for Unsafe Passing of a Person Operating a Bicycle. ORS 811.065 (Unsafe Passing of a Person Operating a Bicycle) states "The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. For the purposes of this paragraph, a 'safe distance' means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver's lane of traffic."

On August 12, at approximately 4:44 p.m., FREDERICK BOUWMAN, age 53, from Ontario, Canada, was riding a KOGA Miyata bicycle westbound along the paved shoulder of Highway 126 near milepost 9 when he was struck from behind by the right front quarter panel and side mirror of a westbound 2003 GMC Sierra pickup driven by CHADWICK.

BOUWMAN was ejected from his bicycle and seriously injured. He was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where he was being treated for serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

Previously released information:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/08_13_2014_seriousinj_bike_hwy126_mp9.aspx.

With Labor Day holiday approaching, OSP urges all drivers to be alert for bicyclists and other vulnerable highway users. When approaching from behind, make sure there is adequate room to safely pass on the left of the bicyclist(s).

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Update #2: Suspect Arrested in Relation to Shooting of Klamath County Deputy: Vehicle Still Not Found (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
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The following is an updated news release from Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge:

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Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge announced this morning that the Klamath County Major Crime has arrested William Jack Parkerson on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.

The Major Crime team is still attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting: 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270.

Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

** Previously released information **

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, a Klamath County Sherriff's Office Deputy while conducting a traffic stop on Bisbee Street in Klamath Falls was shot in the face and side. The Deputy has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University hospital that specializes in head trauma. The Deputy remains stable at this time. All media inquires related to the Deputy's condition should be referred to the Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated and the investigation is ongoing. The suspect is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. The public is warned not to approach the person of interest or the vehicle and to please call 911.

The Major Crime team is seeking a person of interest identified as William Jack Parkerson, age 30. Parkerson is a white male approximately 5' 11" and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He is bald and has a chest tattoo that reads "Norte" and an abdomen tattoo that reads "Under no Law/United Nortenos Locos." Photograph of Parkerson is provided with this release.

The Major Crime team is also attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting: 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270. A photograph of similar looking vehicles provided with this release.

Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said, "Everyday the dedicated men and women of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office go out to protect our community. Today is a sad day, a dedicated Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the face and side during a vehicle stop. Fortunately, he is stable at this time and has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University. The family of the injured Deputy and the employees of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office want to thank all the members of the Major Crime Team and all public safety agencies in Klamath County. The Deputy is supported by the brotherhood of the law enforcement community that have come to assist in locating the suspect. I'd like to thank the Jackson, Modoc, and Siskiyou County Sheriff's Offices, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Marshall Service, and Air Medical Services (Emergency Airlift)."

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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08/27/14
Acting Public Information Officer Contact Information for THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
Oregon State Police - 08/27/14
On THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted at:

Office: (541) 888-2677
Email: Steve.J.Mitchell@state.or.us (receives also on his cell phone)

Please note that Lieutenant Mitchell has other assigned duties and his response may be slightly delayed. We appreciate the media's patience during this period.

Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duties after 5:00 p.m.

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Traffic Safety Reminders to Kickoff Football Game Day Travel
Oregon State Police - 08/27/14
The 2014 football season kicks off this weekend for both University of Oregon (UO) and Oregon State University (OSU), so the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans and other game day travelers to start planning now for the upcoming season.

According to ODOT, an estimated 30,000 additional vehicles converge on Interstate 5 and roads leading to Eugene and Corvallis when home games occur on the same day for UO and OSU, as is the case for their first games this Saturday, August 30. Even though kickoffs are scheduled at different times, traffic heading south to Eugene may encounter departure traffic from Corvallis with possible heavy congestion between Albany and Eugene. The extra traffic will also join Labor Day holiday weekend travelers, affecting travel time and increasing the potential for highway incidents and crashes.

According to Corvallis Police Department, approximately 80 percent of traffic leaving the Corvallis area after a home football game does so by traveling east or west on Philomath Boulevard, and it typically takes 2 - 3 hours to facilitate traffic flow after games. Game day changes for the Corvallis area will again include:

* Signal timing adjustment on Highway 34 to allow more traffic to pass through intersections.
* After an OSU game, motorists at the South Bypass will be restricted from turning west into town but will enjoy a dedicated right turn lane to travel east onto Highway 34.
* Motorists on the Van Buren Bridge traveling east on Highway 34 will not have to stop at the intersection.

In Eugene/Springfield area:

* Construction at the I-5/Randy Pape Beltline interchange has resulted in a significant change to the southbound Exits 195 A and B. Motorists should carefully read the signs preceding the exit.
* The Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.
* After Labor Day, highway construction work on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove will reduce traffic to a single lane in each direction for ten weeks. During that period, motorists should plan extra travel time and anticipate congestion and delays during peak travel times, including game days.

OSP, ODOT, and local law enforcement partners offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

* Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
* On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
* Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting TripCheck.com, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
* Drivers: avoid distractions and leave talking or texting on mobile devices in the hands of your passengers
* Buckle up every trip, every time
* Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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08/26/14
Whitworth University football team visits Walla Walla for scrimmage against College of Idaho
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/26/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla football fans are in for a treat as Whitworth University comes to town Thursday, August 28 to scrimmage the College of Idaho from 1 to 4 p.m. at Martin Field (next to Borleske Stadium). This free event is open to the public.

Walla Walla High School's varsity football team will take the field following the Whitworth University scrimmage for a public scrimmage and practice from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Walla Walla High School players and coaches will be available following the Wa-Hi scrimmage for pictures and autographs.

Walla Walla High School opens its football season Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. at Borleske Stadium against Skyview High School.

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Fire season, sustaining working forests on Forestry Board's Sept. 3 agenda
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/26/14
The Oregon Board of Forestry will receive an update on the severe 2014 wildfire season, hear from a governor's advisor on a new financial incentive for private forest landowners, and take up other key issues when it meets Sept. 3. The meeting is open to the public.

The board meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building (C), at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem. A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up. Agenda materials are available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2014 meeting link.

The Sept. 3 meeting agenda includes:

ALTERNATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS - A board subcommittee will present progress to date in evaluating alternative forest management plan options for northwestern Oregon state forests. At the subcommittee's direction, ODF staff have been exploring alternative plan options that would ensure financial viability for the State Forests Division and increase conservation outcomes on the 615,000 acres of state-owned forestland in the region.

FIRE SEASON UPDATE - ODF fire managers will provide a status report on the 2014 wildfire season. It has been a busy summer, with several fire team deployments to large incidents. The number of acres burned to date is triple the 10-year average for the private and public lands protected by the department.

WORKING FORESTS AND FARMS FINANCE INITIATIVE - Tom Tuchmann, president of Portland-based U.S. Forest Capital and Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on forestry and conservation finance, will present a brief overview of a new financial initiative focused on sustaining working forests and farms.

FOREST LANDOWNER VIABILITY - ODF staff will update the board on the Forest Landowner Viability work plan, and seek approval to conduct additional research on three topics:
1. Small-diameter wood and cross-laminated timber
2. Pathways for non-timber forest products and other markets
3. Finished product export markets
An advisory panel, the Forest Landowner Viability Work Group, has investigated an array of potential concepts that could be implemented to enhance markets for landowners and the forest industry.

FOREST PRACTICES ACT COMPLIANCE AUDIT - ODF staff will present findings of the Forest Practices Act Compliance Audit Monitoring Report conducted by a private contractor in 2013. The audit evaluated forest operators' compliance with rules for harvesting, road building and road maintenance.

RIPARIAN RULE ANALYSIS WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS - Staff will present draft proceedings from a June workshop that addressed a rule analysis for streamside protection standards on small and medium fish-bearing streams. The board will identify next steps and a pathway forward on the rule analysis process. The rule analysis is being conducted to ensure that Forest Practices Act rules meet Oregon's criterion for protecting cold water in light of available scientific information.

ANNUAL FOREST HEALTH REPORT 2013 - The board will receive an update on the Forest Invasive Species program, a part of the department's Annual Forest Health report. The update will include review of Oregon's Most Unwanted (for early detection and rapid response) and Oregon's Most In Need of Control (for management and containment) forest invasive species lists as well as an overview of activities of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FORESTS - Subcommittee Chair Nils Christoffersen and ODF staff will give a short update on progress of the approved federal forest work plan. The board subcommittee focuses on issues of federal forest policy with an aim to help the board connect with the governor's office, Oregon's congressional delegation and the legislature on this topic.

EXECUTIVE SESSION - The board will meet in executive session to discuss the state forester's annual performance review.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package conducts evaluation exercise at Camp Rilea (Photo)
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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gates, a medic with the Search and Extraction team of Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), practices breaching concrete using a jackhammer, during the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 24, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery. The unit is required to recertify every two years. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Visitors from first-responder agencies, city and local government, visit the evaluation exercise for the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 25. Approximately 200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, practicing incident site search and rescue, medical triage, and decontamination. In 2013, the unit worked alongside the Hawaii National Guard CERFP during the Vigilant Guard Exercise held in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Thanh Vo (right), Search and Extraction Commander for Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), briefs Mr. Hiroshi Furusawa, Japanese Consul General, during a tour of the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Mr. Furusawa and his Vice Consul, Mr. Masahiro Tanaka, (far left), toured the facilities' new "rubble pile", which is also available to civilian first-responder and search and rescue teams. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Citizen-Soldiers of the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) decontamination element, prepare for the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery. The unit is required to recertify every two years. (Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 82 near Enterprise in Wallowa County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 82 south of Enterprise that resulted in the death of an adult female from Enterprise.

According to Sergeant Kyle Hove, on August 26, 2014, between the hours of 12 midnight and 3:27 a.m., a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by KAREN MARIE ROOT, age 50, from Enterprise, was northbound on Highway 82 near milepost 68 when, for unknown reasons, it traveled off the roadway in a section where it is curved with narrow shoulders and rolled before coming to rest. ROOT was ejected and found near where the vehicle came to rest.

OSP troopers from Enterprise and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. ROOT was not wearing safety restraints.

OSP was assisted by Wallowa County Sheriff Office's, ODOT, Enterprise Fire Department, and Wallowa County Ambulance. Traffic was detoured around the scene onto a nearby secondary road during the duration of the investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update #2: Suspect Arrested in Attack, Stabbing of Commercial Truck Driver - Interstate 84 west of Ontario (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Malheur County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into the stabbing of a commercial truck driver Monday afternoon along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles west of Ontario. The suspect is in custody and was positively identified Tuesday morning. The truck driver, who was stabbed multiple times, is being treated at a Boise-area hospital.

On August 25, 2014 at approximately 12:09 p.m. (PST), OSP received a report of a stabbing along Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 358. A commercial truck pulling two tanker trailers containing milk driven by CHARLES D. VANZANTE, age 63, from Jerome, Idaho, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when, unprovoked, a Buick Lacrosse displaying Washington license plates driven by an adult male began ramming the truck's diesel tanks.

VANZANTE pulled the truck and trailers to the side of the road and stopped. The Buick's driver stopped the car against the side of the truck, got out and entered the truck where he stabbed VANZANTE multiple times.

The suspect fled up a hill south of the scene and then returned back to the truck where he briefly engaged in a second struggle with VANZANTE. He then was surrounded by several citizens outside the truck and convinced to stay as OSP troopers began arriving at the scene and took the suspect into custody at gunpoint.

An OSP lieutenant and trooper initiated emergency medical care on VANZANTE until relieved by medical responders. VANZANTE was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. His injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. He was stabbed multiple times in the chest and stomach area. The knife was recovered.

The suspect was lodged in the Malheur County Jail. Fingerprints positively identified him as DUSTIN LEROY ROTTER, age 28, with a last known address in Modesto, California. ROTTER was lodged on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Additional charges may be pending. The vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Pasco, Washington, in a reported carjacking on August 24.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Treasure Valley paramedics and Huntington ambulance.

Questions regarding an arraignment should be directed to the Malheur County District Attorney's Office.

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08/25/14
ODF Fire Update, Monday, August 25, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/25/14
NEW FIRES

The Whiskey Creek Fire was reported Sunday burning in grass and timber approximately 10 miles west of LaGrande. The 11-acre fire was contained in initial attack, and is now in patrol status.

FIRE UPDATES

South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands).
These July 31 lightning-caused fires located 20 miles southwest of John Day Oregon now cover approximately 66,126 acres and are 96 percent contained. As of Sunday a local fire management organization took over command of the South Fork Complex from Oregon Team 2.
The fire information number has changed to 541-575-3000.
More information online: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com

Deception Creek Complex (USFS) ODF's South Cascade District has been assisting the USFS with suppression activities on this 468-acre fire located west of Oakridge on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest.
For more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
As seasonal change approaches, don't let your guard down
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/25/14
Whether it's human nature or just wishful thinking, we tend to relax our guard against wildfire this time of year at the first signs of the seasonal transition. In the heart of summer amid triple-digit temperatures, we almost expect raging blazes like the Oregon Gulch Fire that consumed 1,000 acres an hour at its peak. While such extreme fire behavior may be less likely now, the dragon can still breathe flames.

This week, both the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District announced a rise in the Industrial Fire Precaution Level in their jurisdictions due to hot, dry conditions in the forest. A map charting significant fire potential (http://nfdrs.smkmgt.com/sfp/ODF_Significant_Fire_Potential.htm) shows most of the state at "high," with the southwest corner registering "extreme." Lands in either classification can spawn a large, destructive fire.

The potential for dry lightning - the cause of Oregon's largest fires - historically diminishes in late summer. As the threat from Nature recedes, though, human activity comes to the fore as the chief wildfire concern. Forest fuels are still bone-dry and primed to burn. If we take extra care when recreating or working in the forest, human-caused fires can be prevented.

The Keep Oregon Green Association (www.keeporegongreen.org/) offers common-sense advice on how to prevent fires when camping and recreating in the forest.
OAHHS expands team with director of public affairs
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 08/25/14
The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) has hired Philip Schmidt as its new director of public affairs. In the newly-created position, Schmidt will develop, coordinate and implement strategic communications for OAHHS focused on the association's proactive public policy agenda, quality and patient safety initiatives, and community outreach programs. Schmidt will also handle media inquiries and press outreach for the organization, which represents all of the 62 community hospitals in Oregon.

"I am honored to join the team at OAHHS and help get the word out about the vital services that Oregon hospitals provide to their communities," said Schmidt. "Oregon's hospitals are tremendous community assets that anchor our fast changing health care system. We need to do all we can to ensure that they remain viable in order to provide the right mix of services in a given community."

Prior to joining OAHHS, Schmidt spent nearly nine years working on Capitol Hill as communications director for a member of the New York Congressional Delegation. He managed all communications for the Representative, and led his DC office as deputy chief of staff. He also spent several years working for a member-based advocacy organization lobbying Capitol Hill.

"We are thrilled to have Philip join the OAHHS team," said Andy Van Pelt, chief operating officer. "With his background working at the intersection of strategic communications and health policy, he will help ensure our members' issues - both successes and challenges - are presented in effective ways to policy makers and to the public."
Five Facing Charges Following Unlawful Killing of Mule Deer Southwest of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/25/14
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Five people are facing wildlife-related charges following an investigation that led to the discovery of the head of a freshly killed mule deer in a vehicle about 9 miles southwest of Pendleton near the Umatilla River.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:07 p.m., an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper came across Jeep Cherokee with the driver's door ajar parked at the intersection of Speare Canyon Road and Mud Springs Road. The trooper noted an empty gun case and ammunition inside the vehicle. About 2.5 hours later, another Jeep Cherokee arrived at the intersection with five occupants inside. The trooper observed the occupants were in possession of the head of a freshly killed mature buck mule deer.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to seize the deer head and a rifle, and cite the following 5 individuals:

VANCE TYLER WRIGHT, age 23, from Canyon City (identified as shooter)
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Game Mammal Closed Season
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer
* Waste of Game Mammal

KENNAN CARL ADEN WRIGHT, age 21, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

BRANDON MICHAEL McCONNELL, age 20, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

FOREST HUNTER JOHNSON, age 19, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

WHITNEY ANN ANDERSON, age 19, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Deer Creek Road east of Selma in Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 08/25/14
Update: Initial investigation indicates the victim, LEX ALAN JOHNSON, was the driver of the vehicle.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash near Selma that resulted in the death of a 26-year old Cave Junction man.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a 1999 Ford F250 four-door pickup with five occupants was traveling westbound in the 6000 block of Deer Creek Road. As the pickup negotiated a sharp left curve, its driver lost control and traveled off the highway where it rolled coming to rest on its top.

One of the occupants, LEX ALAN JOHNSON, age 26, from Cave Junction, was found underneath the pickup and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints. The vehicle is registered to his family and the lead investigator says information to this point has identified him as the driver.

Another person, LUCAS HARRIS, age 21, was riding in the pickup's bed and ejected. He was picked up by a private party and taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass with non-life threatening injuries. Three other occupants in the pickup were reportedly not injured. Their names are not available for this release.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Trooper Cory Sweet is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Illinois Valley Fire District.

No photographs available for release.

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End Summer the Right Way: Drive Safely to Save Lives this Labor Day Holiday Weekend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/25/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and law enforcement agencies in Oregon are continuing a nationwide effort to prevent traffic crashes by targeting impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. The nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign aims to keep those driving, riding or walking on or along our roadways safe.

Again this Labor Day holiday weekend - the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon - OSP will put all available sworn personnel assigned to field operations on the road Friday, August 29, to supplement local highway safety efforts. OSP Field Operations Major Travis Hampton said troopers will target crash-causing violations, many of which have a nexus to fatal and serious injury collisions.

Last year during the 2013 Labor Holiday 78-hour reporting period, two people died in traffic crashes on Oregon roads and OSP troopers made 54 DUII arrests. This year's reporting period starts 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, and concludes Monday, 11:59 p.m., September 1.

To put it in perspective, Hampton pointed out that throughout the year, someone is killed on a road in the United States in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.

"Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one death nationally every 34 minutes," said Hampton. "We hope the message to drive safe, alert, rested, and sober, backed by increased enforcement efforts, will be remembered and all drivers will drive safely to save lives."

Since August 15, Oregon troopers, deputies and city police officers have been targeting aggressive, dangerous, distracted, impaired and other drivers affecting safety on our roads. This "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign concludes at the end of the holiday period.

In addition to the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, participating Oregon law enforcement agencies will be in the midst of another "Click It or Ticket" campaign (August 25 - September 7) to keep people buckled up and children in the right size and type child safety seat. OSP and other law enforcement agencies use overtime grant funds to increase enforcement efforts targeting impaired drivers and unbuckled adults and children, and to get drivers to obey speed laws on Interstate and secondary state highways.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll during nighttime and among young drivers, and age group that is often most at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), among 18- to 34-year old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (45%) were alcohol-impaired. More than three-fourths of all drunken driving-related fatal crashes during the holiday weekend happened between 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. each day.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

For help with child seats or additional "best practice" information, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at (503) 643-5620 in Portland or (877) 793-2608.

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OHPB/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet September 8
Oregon Health Authority - 08/25/14
August 25, 2014



Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet September 8 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council Joint Subcommittee will meet Monday, September 8 in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to provide an update on Early Learning Hubs and cross-system kindergarten readiness efforts, and to discuss screening tools for family well-being. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.

When: Monday, September 8, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland, OR 97232

Agenda:

-- Early Learning Hub updates;

-- Screening for family well-being;

-- Kindergarten readiness update;

-- Child and Family Well-being Measurement workgroup;

-- Transformation Center updates.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for people requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Those needing accommodations, please call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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MEDIA ALERT - American Ninja Warrior to Speak at River View High School (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 08/25/14
Hoan Do and NBC Host, Jenn Brown
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FINLEY, WA - In addition to competing in NBC's hit show, "American Ninja Warrior," Hoan Do has traveled to every corner of the United States on a mission to provide students with practical strategies to help them succeed in and out of school. Now, Hoan will bring his inspirational message to students at River View High School in Finley, WA for the first day of school.

Thanks to the school's partnership with WSU GEAR UP, RVHS will present Hoan Do during an assembly at the high school on Tuesday, August 26 at 1:00 PM.

"Sometimes your biggest breakdowns in life can provide you with your biggest breakthroughs in life," Hoan says. "It's not about being positive all the time; it's about having the right attitude."

Hoan will present to Finley students at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 26 in the gymnasium at River View High School, located at 36509 S. Lemon Drive. For more information, contact Finley GEAR Up Coordinator, Amandalyn Rubio, at 509.398.7093, or the RVHS office at 509.582.2158.

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08/24/14
Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Crash - Interstate 84 westbound west of Hood River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's fatal bicycle-involved crash that resulted in the death of a 52-year old Mosier resident along westbound Interstate 84 at the Viento State Park interchange west of Hood River. The names of the victim and driver are released in this update. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Hood River County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of enforcement action.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:20 a.m., ELLEN DITTEBRANDT, age 52, from Mosier, was riding a bicycle westbound along Interstate 84 approaching the off ramp near milepost 56 to Viento State Park. A 2014 Ford pickup driven by JOHN C. ALLMAN, age 55, from NW Portland, was also westbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck the bicycle from behind, ejecting DITTEBRANDT to where she came to rest in the left westbound lane. The pickup came to rest in the westbound traffic lanes.

DITTEBRANDT, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was a Mosier firefighter/EMT and a local artist, and in 2010 selected as Mosier's firefighter of the year.

ALLMAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Mike Holloran is the lead investigator. Driver fatigue has been identified as a contributing factor. Daylight conditions existed at the time of the crash and traffic was light.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Cascade Locks Fire Department, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed about 90 minutes before one lane was open while investigators continued working at the scene.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates each year drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries, with 55% of these crashes involving drivers 25 years old and younger. Drowsiness causes: slow reaction times, impaired judgment and vision, decline in attention, decreased alertness, increased moodiness and aggressive behavior, problems with processing information and short term memory.

OSP & ODOT urges drivers to remain alert for all highway users, including vulnerable users such as bicyclists and pedestrians, and to watch for early warning signs of fatigue. ODOT has posted on their website safety information related to drowsy driving including signs of fatigue and tips of what to do if you are getting drowsy while driving at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/Pages/news/Drowsy_Driving.aspx

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Legislators to compete in Goat Milking Showdown Aug. 26 at the Oregon State Fair
Amber Lindsey PR - 08/24/14
SALEM, OR - Legislators from throughout the state will be judged in a test of speed, accuracy and technique Tuesday, August 26, in the "Oregon Legislative Goat Milking Showdown" set for 6 p.m. in the Forster Livestock Pavilion. Competing will be Sen. Peter Courtney, Rep. Vicki Berger, Rep. Betty Komp, Sen. Bill Hansell, Rep. Denyc Boles, Rep. Arnie Roblan and Rep. Val Hoyle.

The first Legislative Goat Milking Showdown was held opening day of the 2000 Oregon State Fair, and the event returned in 2013 at the prompting of lawmakers who wanted another opportunity to prove their milking prowess. The contest has expanded to include seven participants - up from five last year - from as far as Eastern Oregon and the southern Oregon coast.

Oregon Dairy Goat Superintendent Christina Strickland will orchestrate the event, with the title of Goat Milking Champion going to the person with the most milk in the allotted time.

For more information, call the Livestock Office at 503-947-3286.

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The 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.
08/22/14
Fun, Sun, and Safe Boating for Labor Day Weekend (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 08/22/14
Kids enjoying being towed on Detroit Reservoir
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Labor Day Weekend is one of the top three boating weekends of the year on many Oregon lakes and rivers, attracting thousands to the alluring banks and warmest water of the season. To keep things fun and safe, the Oregon State Marine Board suggests keeping the following in mind as you plan your water getaway:

-Don't drink and boat. The Marine Board encourages boaters and persons floating on the waterways, to leave the alcohol on shore. It's safer for everyone. If arrested for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII), a violator can be fined $6,250, lose boating privileges for a period of time and may even serve jail time.
-Know your waterway. "Be familiar with your surroundings and always keep a sharp lookout throughout your trip," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "Stumps, deadheads and sand and gravel bars can appear out of nowhere with water depth changes. Start out slow and get your bearings. Water levels around the state are very low."
-Know what rules apply. "There are all types of watercraft on the market; some are considered boats and others are pool toys. Boats are designed differently, and by state law, have specific equipment requirements such as having enough properly fitted life jackets and a sound producing device, like a whistle. Attach the whistle to your life jacket and you're set." Massey adds. "If you plan to float the river, keep in mind that pool toys are designed for use in a swimming pool - not a dynamic river with obstructions that can puncture easily. If you are planning a relaxing float, do so in a watercraft designed for the river; one which won't easily puncture and comes properly equipped with a paddle so you can maneuver away from obstructions."
-Wear your life jacket. Each boat (including kayaks, inflatable boats and canoes) must have a properly fitting life jacket with a sound producing device, like a whistle, for each person on board. Life jackets need to be in good shape and readily accessible - not under a hatch or in its packaging. All youth 12 and younger must wear a life jacket when in a boat that's underway. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that over half of all boating fatalities occur with small boats on calm waterways, in sunny conditions. Eight-five to 90 percent of boating fatality victims were not wearing a life jacket.
-Sit on the seat. The growth of wake surfing is luring many people to ride on the swim platform, stern or sides of the boat. This is a carbon monoxide and prop-strike safety hazard. It is also illegal to ride on the bow, decks, gunwales or transoms of a motor boat when the boat is underway. Sitting on designated seat cushions is the safest place to be -especially when the boat is towing someone.
-Slow down and keep a sharp lookout. Know the boating regulations for your area of operation. Always obey the "5-mph, slow no-wake" buoys or signs. Boaters are responsible for their wake. Remember to slow down within 200 feet of a dock, launch ramp, marina, moorage, floating home or boathouse, pier or swim float. Be courteous with paddlers who are also sharing the waterway. Wakes can easily swamp low-freeboard paddle craft. Don't allow your wakes to generate negative attention from other boaters, property owners, and possibly, result in a citation.
-Carry your boater education card. All boaters operating boats over 10 hp need to have a boater education card. Youth 12-15 who operate a powerboat 0-10 hp alone must carry a boater education card. When operating a powerboat greater than 10 hp, youth must be supervised by a card-holding adult age 16 or older. When operating a personal watercraft, the supervising adult must be 18 or older. Educated boaters are much less likely to be involved in boating accidents because they know the "rules of the road."
-Carry your aquatic invasive species prevention permit. For registered motorized craft, a $5 surcharge is added onto the boat registration and current decals act as proof of payment into the program. For non-motorized watercraft 10 feet long and longer, such as canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboards and inflatable rafts, the operator needs to physically carry a permit when out on the water. The cost is $7 for non-motorized craft and can be purchased through any ODFW field office or licensing agent. Permits are valid until December 31 of the year issued. Tyvek tags (waterproof permits) are sold through the Marine Board's online storefront and various Marine Board permit dealers. Tyvek tags are $5 for the annual permit and $10 for a two-year permit. This program is self-funded and permit fees support aquatic invasive species detection, decontamination, signage, and education materials for boaters.

Marine officers will be on the water to assist boaters and help keep the waterways safe. The top violations so far this summer involve not having life jackets, failure to carry a boater education card or aquatic invasive species permit, and not having current boat registration decals. Other violations involve reckless operation and alcohol. "Boating is a lot of fun, and a long weekend makes it even better," Massey adds. "Just remember to prepare, and plan so you can have the best time out on the water, playing."

For more information on boating safety, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/safety/safety.aspx
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Health advisory for water contact at Mill Beach lifted August 22
Oregon Health Authority - 08/22/14
August 22, 2014

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Mill Beach, located in Curry County. The agency issued the advisory August 7 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Green power in spotlight at Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days
Pacific Power - 08/22/14
Contact:
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power
503-813-7291

Green power in spotlight at Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days
Fair achieves sustainability goal with help of Blue Sky renewable energy customers
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - For the 10th consecutive year, Pacific Power is joining the celebration of Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days by "greening" the event with Blue Sky renewable energy. The 148th fair will run Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.
"The fair is always a time to celebrate what we all share in the community--history, sustainability and a commitment to our future generations," said Bill Clemens, Pacific Power's regional community manager who served on the fair's board for many years. "Sponsoring the concert opening night, the demolition derby and the fair court are all traditions that we enjoy being part of every year. Personally, I am really looking forward to the parade when we rev up our restored 1947 service truck."
Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers help make the festival more eco-friendly by supporting renewable energy from western region wind farms that matches the energy being used to power the event, from lights on the midway to spotlights on the concert stage to powering the Ferris wheel. This year that amounts to 750 blocks (75,000 kilowatt-hours) of Blue Sky, comparable to powering about 58 typical Washington homes for an entire month.
"Sustainability, whether at harvest time or daily energy use year-round, is a key theme for any agricultural fair. The more we can all promote the use and development of renewable energy, the better it will be for the environment and the local economy," said Cory Hewitt, manager of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. "We're very pleased to have Pacific Power helping our fair - and our community - to be greener."
There are significant benefits to renewable energy. For example, the green energy supported for the fair helps avoid 93,641 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions- which has the same benefit as not driving nearly 100,824 miles.
"Besides benefiting the environment, renewable power, such as wind, is a growing part of the energy industry that benefits our local community," said Clemens.
Pacific Power customers receive power from its Marengo I and II wind near Dayton, part of the largest utility owned wind fleet in the West.
Pacific Power's 50 local employees reflect a strong partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as well as community organizations. Originally founded in Walla Walla and three other communities 104 years ago, Pacific Power has been providing electrical service and community partnership ever since.
More about Blue Sky:
Enrollment in the Blue Sky program is purely voluntary and more than 800 Walla Walla-area Pacific Power customers are already choosing to go above and beyond through Blue Sky. Blue Sky is a way customers can help encourage even more renewable generation in the western region.
Here is how it works: When customers enroll in Blue Sky, Pacific Power purchases renewable energy certificates from western region renewable energy sources equal to the total level of customer Blue Sky commitment. This guarantees that electricity from these renewable resources is delivered into the regional power pool and helps drive more new renewable energy development in the region. Electricity produced by renewable energy reduces the need for electricity generated from other, nonrenewable sources.
Participation in Blue Sky, for as little as an additional $1.95 per month, provides customers a simple and convenient way to stimulate commercial development of renewable energy in the region and support the construction of smaller, community-based renewable energy projects that can include wind, solar, geothermal, low-emission biomass or other certified renewable energy sources.
Locally, Blue Sky customers helped fund the following projects:
* Whitman College, a 21-kilowatt solar array located on the roof of the Bratton Tennis Center.
* Walla Walla Community College - two solar projects and one wind project - a 75-kilowatt rooftop solar array on the William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center, and a 69-kilowatt solar system atop the roof of the Auto Body Technology Building, made possible by multi-year funding awards to the college. Also two wind turbines are currently being installed on campus and will serve as centerpieces of the college's Renewable Energy Park. These installations provide an educational tool for teachers, students and other community members.
Pacific Power customers can learn more about the program by calling Pacific Power at 800-769-3717 or visiting www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

Local businesses enrolled in Blue Sky partners include:

Cayuse Vineyards
City of Walla Walla
Clark Law Office
Coffee Perk
Earthlight Books
Falkenberg's Jewelers
Fort Walla Walla Cellars
Fort Walla Walla Museum
Hot Poop
Inland Octopus
Staples
Valley Vision Clinic
Vivio Technologies
Washington State Employment Security Department
Walla Walla Community College
Walla Walla Roastery LLC
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
Whitman College



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About Blue Sky
For 11 years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 50,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
08/21/14
State Funds New Community Learning Centers for Kennewick Youth
ESD 123 - 08/21/14
PASCO, WA - Educational Service District 123 is excited to announce the receipt of a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Working in partnership with Kennewick School District, the grant will fund the ESD's proposal to develop community learning centers in three Kennewick schools beginning in September of the 2014-15 school year.

This is the sixth 21st CCLC grant that ESD 123 has been awarded. The focus of the 21st CCLC program is to provide academic enrichment activities that are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards. The program also provides youth with the opportunity to discover new abilities through development activities, technology education, art, music and recreation.

Program goals are to increase students' academic achievement in math and reading, students' engagement and commitment to school, health/fitness and nutrition awareness for students, and family engagement in educational and community opportunities. Recognizing that families are an integral component of these new Community Learning Centers, the program's Family Engagement Specialist and KSD's Parent Involvement Coordinator will work closely together to engage parents and community to help facilitate successful student achievement.

ESD Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support, Mr. Darcy Weisner, stated, "This new grant will blend current 21st Century sites at elementary schools in Kennewick with three new sites at Edison Elementary, Highlands Middle School, and Park Middle School."

In an effort to better serve students and their families for a longer and more impactful duration of services, this newly funded program will follow students over a five-year duration between 3rd and 8th grades.

ESD 123's Department of Instructional Support will manage the grant operating in Kennewick schools. For more information, contact Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
Walla Walla Public Schools media procedures
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/21/14
WALLA WALLA - School starts for Walla Walla Public Schools Tuesday, September 2. The district is excited to work with the media this year to inform the community about educational issues, programs and activities. Media representatives interested in doing stories with Walla Walla Public Schools are asked to first contact Communications Director Mark Higgins. He will work with the media to schedule interviews, gather information and gain access to the schools.

Below is his contact information for your files.

Mark Higgins, Director of Community Relations and Communications
509.526.6716 (office)
509.520.6242 (cell)
mhiggins@wwps.org
www.wwps.org

Thank you for your attention to the Walla Walla Public Schools media procedures. We look forward to working with you throughout the school year.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package to conduct training and evaluation exercise (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/21/14
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The Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is scheduled to conduct a training and evaluation exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 24-28.

The media is invited to attend a special Media Visit Day, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Camp Rilea is located at 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR 97146. The tour of the CERFP exercise will begin at building 7425.

The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including: incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery.

In March, Oregon's CERFP participated in Vigilant Guard Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Oregon's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen worked alongside members from the Hawaii National Guard CERFP unit, training to respond to a large-scale earthquake scenario. The exercise tied into the Alaska Shield and several linked exercises on both the state and national level.

Oregon's CERFP is comprised of Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from around the state, providing the majority of the search and recovery and decontamination efforts on the team.

The Oregon CERFP is one of the nation's newest validated teams. The team completed required external validation in May 2012, which evaluated members in the technical aspects required for their mission.

In March 2013, the team also underwent a Standardization Evaluation and Assistance Team (SEAT) inspection, which evaluated its fiscal and administrative responsibilities. The team's results allowed for its ultimate validation and mission readiness status.

To see the Flickr photo album of the Oregon CERFP in action, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157629775748352/


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Aili Schreiner named Oregon Cultural Trust Manager
Oregon Arts Commission - 08/21/14
Aili Schreiner, an experienced leader and project manager in the non-profit and heritage community, is the new manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Schreiner succeeds Kimberly Howard, who recently accepted a position with PGE's social responsibility team.

"We're delighted to welcome Aili to the Oregon Cultural Trust," said Bob Speltz, Trust board chair. "Her work over the past eight years in support of Oregon's cultural organizations will enable to her to successfully strengthen partnerships and invest in creative place making through collaborations that build and celebrate the creative economy."

"We are incredibly fortunate to have found someone as qualified and energetic as Aili to manage the Oregon Cultural Trust," added Brian Rogers, executive director of the Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission. "Her experience working with heritage and history organizations, as well as her proven track record in fundraising and coalition building, makes her an exciting addition to our team."

Schreiner's most recent position was program director for the Confluence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring public lands at heritage sites along the Columbia River. During her four-year tenure, she raised more than $6 million in capital and programming funding and created and implemented "Gifts from Our Ancestors," a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary K-12 education program working with tribal artists, elders and tradition keepers. She also led strategic marketing and communication plans.

From 2006 to 2009 she served as the senior project manager for Oregon 150, the state commemoration of Oregon's sesquicentennial, where she developed and oversaw project budgets, sponsorships and grant applications. She also secured and developed government, nonprofit, business and partner relationships and created Oregon Stories, a signature project to collect and distribute more than 600 written, audio and visual first-person narratives from and about Oregonians.

Schreiner's experience also includes editing "Reflections on the Presidency" for the Oregon Historical Society Press and serving as a visitor services representative for the Oregon Historical Society. She graduated with honors with a bachelor's in history from Lewis and Clark College, where she focused on Native American history and gender studies. She is a member of the Estonian Society of Portland and served on the advisory board of the Chinook Nation Website Project and the planning board for the 2012 centennial commemoration of Oregon women's suffrage.

"I am thrilled to join in the great work of the Oregon Cultural Trust," said Schreiner. "Our culture is the face of Oregon - one increasingly recognized nationally. The strength of our arts, humanities, heritage, preservation and tourism initiatives are points of entry for all Oregonians, both new and old. I am proud that Oregon is the home of this unique enterprise - cultural funding for the people, by the people. How very Oregonian!"

Schreiner begins her duties as trust manager on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
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08/20/14
OSP Central Point Fish & Wildlife Trooper Receives Shikar-Safari Club International Award (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/20/14
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Conservation-based organization, Shikar-Safari Club International, honored a Central Point-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper today as the State's top wildlife enforcement officer for 2013. The award was presented in Salem with the OSP's leadership staff in attendance.

On August 20, 2014, Shikar-Safari Club International representative Lynn Loacker presented Senior Trooper James Collom with the Shikar-Safari Club International "Wildlife Officer of the Year" award, placing him in a distinguished group of officers who have earned recognition for their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement and protection of natural resources. The award has been given annually for more than 25 years to honor outstanding wildlife enforcement officers whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel.

In presenting the award, Lynn Loacker noted that wildlife enforcement officers rarely receive the recognition and encouragement they so greatly deserve for protecting our wildlife and natural resources.

"We congratulate Senior Trooper Collom on being our selection for the Shikar Safari Club International's 'Wildlife Officer of the Year' award. This award puts him in a very distinguished group who has earned this recognition for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty," said Loacker.

Senior Trooper Collom has been involved with enforcing fish and wildlife laws for about 22 years including fourteen years with OSP following nine years as a game warden in Idaho. Passionate about his job, Collom is known to be a top performer on his Fish & Wildlife team including the number of field contacts, investigations, and enforcement activities. He has a high number of field contacts, written the majority of search warrants for his team, and assists Patrol Division troopers in handling crashes and other calls for rural law enforcement services.

As the Department's statewide coordinator for the "Turn-in-Poachers" (TIP) program, Collom administers rewards given by the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) to tipsters for information on fish and wildlife cases. He also writes articles for the OHA magazine, works closely with local ODFW biologists, is a speaker at hunter education classes, and helps organize OSP's booth each year at the Sportsmen's Show.

Some recent cases worked by Collom include:

* The investigation of an Eagle Point-area deer poaching ring that led to the service of seven search warrants and the charging of eight suspects for crimes including 23 felony counts.
* The investigation of the poaching of a trophy class buck that was shot and left to waste in a field in the Eagle Point area. A difficult case to solve with little evidence, Collom had a news release issued and solicited funding for a $3,000 reward. The investigation also identified the unlawfully shooting of three large bucks and led to charges for a husband and his wife.

In May, Senior Trooper Jim Collom also received the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division's 2013 "Trooper of the Year" award.

Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

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(Left to right: Lynn Loacker and Senior Trooper Collom)

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

The primary responsibility of the Fish and Wildlife Division is enforcement of fish, wildlife, and commercial fishing laws and protection of Oregon's natural resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Fish and Wildlife Division officers are fully trained State Troopers who also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock, and environmental protection laws and respond to emergency incidents.

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Finley High School Students Welcome Hoan Do
Finley Sch. Dist. - 08/20/14
FINLEY, WA - Students at River View High School in Finley, WA will start the school year with some encouragement from motivational speaker, Hoan Do. The first day of school for Finley's kids is Tuesday, August 26, and WSU GEAR UP is partnering with the high school to start the year off on a positive note.

WSU GEAR UP partners with schools to prepare students to enter and succeed in college. The program is responsible for bringing a variety of motivational speakers to school sites, and Hoan Do came highly recommended to Finley's site coordinator, Amandalyn Rubio. After last year's successful start-of-the-year presentation from speaker Brad Barton, RVHS Principal, Bryan Long, was eager for Ms. Rubio to continue the tradition.

"It's important to start a year with motivation, a goal, and a plan for what you want to accomplish," says Principal Bryan Long. "It really helps when speakers with real life experience share their story. We are excited to have him come."

Hoan Do currently lives in Federal Way, WA and is the founder and author of "Succeeding in the Real World." While students may not know Hoan Do as a student success coach, they are likely to have seen him compete recently on NBC's hit show, American Ninja Warrior.

Hoan will present to Finley students at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 26 in the gymnasium at River View High School, located at 36509 S. Lemon Drive. More information about Hoan Do can be found on his website at http://hoando.com. For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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08/19/14
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet August 22 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/14
Contact: Alissa Robbins, 503-490-6590 (media inquiries)

Milena Malone, 971-673-3392 (meeting information or accommodations)

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet August 22 in Wilsonville

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville this Friday, August 22. The primary focus of the meeting will to select CCO incentive measures for 2015. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

When: Friday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room #211
29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Directions and parking information at: http://www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville/

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line:
1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042

Agenda:
-- Welcome and Consent Agenda
-- Updates
-- Public testimony
-- Select CCO incentive measures for 2015

For more information, please visit: the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Lincoln County District Attorney Honored as "2013 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year" (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/19/14
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The Lincoln County District Attorney was selected recently to receive the seventh presentation of an award to a prosecutor in Oregon for their support, hard work, dedication, and efforts in enforcing fish and wildlife laws and commitment to the preservation of Oregon's natural resources.

On August 14, 2014, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam was presented with the "2013 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award" in front of her peers at the Oregon District Attorneys Association summer conference held last week in Bend. The award sponsored by the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, was presented by Captain Jeff Samuels, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division Director, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Watershed Manager Chip Dale, and Ty Stubblefield, Field Administrator for the Oregon Hunters Association.

Michelle Branam has served for almost ten years as a Deputy and Chief Deputy for the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office before being appointed District Attorney by Governor John Kitzhaber earlier this year.

Through her hard work and partnership with area law enforcement, she has garnered a great deal of respect for her commitment to consistently prosecuting fish and wildlife crimes. The South Coast Team of the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division has a great working relationship with DA Branam who shows support for the protection of natural resources. On her own time, Branam even attended Marine Board training to better understand recreational boating enforcement and completed both drift boat and jet boat operation training.

As Lincoln County Chief Deputy, Branam was responsible for prosecuting the bulk of serious criminal cases in the county. She was also instrumental in prosecuting several environmental cases where actions resulted in local habitat restoration projects, including a high profile water pollution case involving a local sand and gravel company which received a misdemeanor conviction of Water Pollution in the Second Degree and a $10,000 fine.

"It was a pleasure to present DA Michelle Branam with the wildlife prosecutor of the year award for her dedication and commitment to the criminal justice system and wildlife prosecution. I appreciate her willingness to work closely with local fish and wildlife troopers and to prosecute those responsible for wildlife offenses and environmental degradation," said Captain Jeff Samuels.

Recent wildlife cases successfully prosecuted by DA Branam include:

Hunting on the Enclosed or Cultivated Land of Another/Unlawful Possession of Big Game

Disposition:
* 10 days in jail
* Three year hunting license suspension and two years' probation
* $1,400 fines
* $400 restitution to taxidermist
* $15,000 restitution to ODFW for 7x7 bull elk
* Forfeit elk mount, meat and archery equipment

Unlawful Take of Osprey

Disposition:
* Three years hunting license suspension
* $5,000 restitution to ODFW for Osprey

Waste of Cow Elk

Disposition:
* Remington 7mm forfeited to state
* Three year hunting license suspension
* $810 in fines
* $500 restitution to Oregon Hunter's Association for TIP reward
* $1,500 restitution to ODFW for elk

Unlawful Take of Black Bear

Disposition:
* Three years' probation
* Forfeit bear and Remington 270 rifle
* $1,633 in fines
* $1,000 restitution to ODFW for the bear

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(Left to right: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Manager Chip Dale, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam, and Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Director Captain Jeff Samuels)

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Successful Energy Northwest bond sale benefits BPA ratepayers
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/19/14
Portland, Ore. - Energy Northwest and the Bonneville Power Administration took the first step in an effort that could save BPA ratepayers as much as $1.8 billion in gross interest savings and restore up to $1.2 billion of BPA's U.S. Treasury borrowing authority through 2044.

In particular, Energy Northwest sold BPA-supported bonds on Aug. 5 to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest and associated with the never-completed nuclear Projects 1 and 3. This is the first of several potential bond sales that could lead to the refinancing of Energy Northwest nuclear assets that could yield the savings mentioned above.

"This agreement offers unique opportunities for savings," said Nancy Mitman, BPA acting chief financial officer. "The net effect of refinancing through regional cooperation bonds is that both the weighted average interest rate and maturity of BPA's overall debt portfolio will be reduced over the life of the proposal, thereby lowering interest costs by hundreds of millions of dollars and increasing U.S Treasury borrowing capacity for making much-needed investments in our infrastructure."

Regional cooperation debt refers to existing debt associated with the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash., and Projects 1 and 3 that also serves as a regional financial resource, providing remarkable debt management opportunities to lower costs of power for the benefit of the Pacific Northwest.

Similar efforts in the past helped BPA preserve and restore approximately $2 billion in U.S. Treasury borrowing authority and saved approximately $500 million in interest under BPA's Debt Optimization Program.

The bond proceeds will be used to pay off Energy Northwest debt that is due to mature in 2014. The new bonds will be paid prior to the end of BPA's existing regional power sales agreements in 2028. More particularly, the bond sale allows Energy Northwest to extend regional cooperation debt that was due in 2014 into the period between 2025 and 2028, a period that more closely matches the useful lives of the Energy Northwest facilities expected at the time the related facilities were initially financed.

The Energy Northwest bond sale is set to close Aug. 21, 2014. The bond sale means that amounts recovered in BPA's rates to pay Energy Northwest principal will instead be available to pay off like amounts of more expensive federal debt. The new Energy Northwest regional cooperation bonds have a true interest cost of 3.17 percent. The resulting availability of additional amounts in the BPA fund will help assist in the prepayment of a like principal amount of BPA's federal debt bearing interest rates of 7.15 to 7.19 percent. The present value of the interest savings to the region will therefore be $135 million. The savings also will help BPA hold down rates in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

"Energy Northwest and BPA worked closely to establish and implement a broad view of the regional debt portfolio as a crucial tool for providing the region with prudent, long-term value," said Brent Ridge, Energy Northwest vice president, Corporate Services/chief financial officer.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia Basin and power from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station. BPA also operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission line capacity in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.
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Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross
American Red Cross Blood Services - 08/19/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

Portland, Ore. (Aug. 19, 2014) -- The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Telephone scams targeting Oregon taxpayers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 08/19/14
SALEM -- After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to take measures to protect their personal identifying information.

Taxpayers have reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Revenue representatives or IRS agents. The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire transfer or credit card. The caller may threaten legal action in an effort to coerce taxpayers to disclose personal identifying information such as Social Security or credit card numbers.

"Revenue employees may ask you to verify some personal information, but they won't threaten you or demand personal or financial information," explained Ken Ross, Revenue's Personal Tax program manager. "If you think you're being scammed, end the call and contact us directly. We encourage the public to protect themselves by verifying they're speaking with legitimately authorized representatives of the Department of Revenue." Direct contact information for Revenue and its field offices is available online or in government directories.

Revenue offers a few tips to help taxpayers protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.

* Taxpayers may contact Revenue directly at 1-800-356-4222 to check the validity of any tax-related phone calls.
* Taxpayers will always receive a billing notice by mail prior to receiving any calls from Revenue.
* Revenue will never ask a taxpayer to wire money.
* Electronic payments to Revenue don't have to be made over the phone. If you're more comfortable paying online, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/payments.
* Revenue maintains a list of official mailing addresses for all offices in the Contact Us section of www.oregon.gov/dor. We will not ask taxpayers to send information or payments to any addresses that aren't on this list.

Taxpayers can report incidences where the caller identifies themselves as an agent of the state to Revenue's Tax Services at 1-800-356-4222. Fraudulent calls where the IRS is mentioned can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. For more information on scams and fraud being tracked by the IRS, visit www.irs.gov.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.

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08/18/14
Oregon Veterans' Home Earns Top Distinction for Excellence in Quality Care (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 08/18/14
The national Gold Excellence in Quality Award has been awarded to the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
The national Gold Excellence in Quality Award has been awarded to the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
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THE DALLES, Ore. - The Oregon Veterans' Home, located in The Dalles, has been recognized as the first and only state veterans' home nationally to ever earn the highest Excellence in Quality Award - Gold - for superior performance in the long-term and post-acute care profession. The award is one of three distinct awards possible. The National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The competitive award program recognizes centers across the nations that have earned this award have not only demonstrated superior quality outcomes but who continue to strive for excellence. Since the program's inception in 1996, AHCA/NCAL has issued only 24 organizations with awards at the Gold level, the final and most rigorous level of the National Quality Award Program.

Oregon's Veterans' Home had previously earned one silver award.

"I am honored to congratulate the Oregon Veterans' Home for their dedication and commitment to improving the lives of those who rely on their services every day." said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.

The Gold - Excellence in Quality Award has only been presented 24 times since 1996. Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Cameron Smith said this outstanding high level national recognition the Home and its staff have earned indicates they have become a true leader in caring for veterans.

"The team at the Oregon Veterans' Home is second to none and dedicated to providing exceptional care for veterans and their families. This award recognizes the staff's commitment to excellence and confirms that the Oregon Veterans Home is indeed the place where honor lives," Smith said.

Opened in the fall of 1997, the facility is located just outside the city. The staff is able to care for as many as 151 residents who need long-term care in a facility that provides skilled nursing, Alzheimer's and dementia-related care, plus inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to veterans, their spouses and parents who have lost a child to wartime service.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The award will be presented to the Oregon Veterans' Home during AHCA/NCAL's 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.


Attached Media Files: The national Gold Excellence in Quality Award has been awarded to the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. , On the grounds at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles. , Oregon Veterans' Home resident Thomas Love relaxes near the main entrance of the home.
State denies Coyote Island Terminal permit application
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 08/18/14
Salem - The Department of State Lands (DSL) today announced the removal-fill permit for the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman was rejected. The decision was communicated to the applicant in a letter sent by email.

"As many people know, this permit application has taken hundreds of staff hours to review," said Mary Abrams, DSL director. "From reading more than 20,000 public comments to carefully analyzing technical documents and plans, this application has been scrutinized for months. We believe our decision is the right one, considering our regulatory parameters laid out in Oregon law, and the wealth of information we have received from the applicant and the public."

DSL regulates filling and removing material from "waters of the state" which include wetlands, rivers and streams. The Coyote Island Terminal removal-fill permit application proposes 572 cubic yards of permanent fill (in the form of pilings) in the Columbia River on submerged land owned by the Port of Morrow.

Elements of the proposed work include construction staging; construction of an elevated, fixed dock and conveyor system; construction of an elevated, fixed-operation walkway with 12 supports; and construction of nine multi-pile structures ('dolphins') installed adjacent to the walkway for vessel mooring.

DSL first received the permit application for the terminal in February 2012. Three public review periods and eight decision deadline extensions occurred over the two-and a-half-year process. In general, the extensions allowed the applicant, Ambre Energy, to respond to issues raised in public comment periods, and to the state's questions and requests for clarification.

Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 196.825 directs the DSL director to "issue a permit..... if the director determines that the project described in the application: (a) Is consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the water resources of this state as specified in ORS 196.600 to 196.905; and (b) Would not unreasonably interfere with the paramount policy of this state to preserve the use of its waters for navigation, fishing and public recreation."

The department also uses a set of criteria that includes, but is not limited to: what alternatives were considered in the project planning (avoiding waterway impacts); economic, social and other public benefits of the proposed project; if the project is consistent with existing local land-use plans and adjacent land and waterway uses; and what the applicant proposes to mitigate unavoidable waterway impacts.

In reviewing this application and supporting materials, DSL considered the above factors and determined that while the proposed project has independent utility, it is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the state's water resources, and that the applicant did not provide sufficient analysis of alternatives that would avoid construction of a new dock and impacts on tribal fisheries.

In the department's decision to deny the permit, Director Abrams stressed that the decision was reached after extensive deliberation, research and legal advice. "We used data provided by a wide array of parties, and weighed this information against what Oregon law says we must take into consideration in making removal-fill permit decisions. We fully believe that our conclusion to deny the Coyote Island Terminal permit is the right one."

Abrams also noted that the department's removal-fill regulatory authority is vested in the agency director, not the State Land Board.

The applicant may appeal the decision, which would include a hearing before an administrative law judge through the contested case process.

More information: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/PERMITS/Pages/cit_permit_application.aspx


The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Head Start slot available
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/18/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools Head Start/ECEAP preschool invites families to apply for the 2014-2015 school year! If your child will be three or four-years-old by August 31, he/she may have the opportunity to have fun while learning and preparing for Kindergarten, at no cost to you.

Classes are held 3 ?1/4 hours, four days a week, with meals provided. The program is focused on school readiness in all areas of development and provides comprehensive family support. Special education, counseling and limited busing services are available to qualified families. Space is limited and acceptance is based on eligibility. Visit www.wwps.org/programs/head-start-eceap or call (509) 527-3066 for more information. Applications always available and accepted at Blue Ridge.

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Walla Walla Public Schools to notify parents district schools did not meet federal academic progress targets
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/18/14
WALLA WALLA - Thousands of Walla Walla Public Schools parents will receive letters in the mail this week informing them their child's school did not meet federal academic progress targets. This action stems from the U.S. Department of Education's denial of a state waiver to ease No Child Left Behind Adequate Year Progress (AYP) requirements which lists most schools in the state as failing.

"For schools to meet AYP this year, 100 percent of all students - regardless of special needs or English Language proficiency - must meet proficiency standards," said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs who manages the district's Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department. "We feel these unrealistic requirements are overly demanding and regressive as we know not all schools in our state are failing."

The loss of the waiver has a significant economic impact on the district as well. In order to receive the $1.4 million in Title I funding, Walla Walla Public Schools must set aside 20 percent of these funds to pay for students to transfer to a school that meets the federal requirements or pay for private tutoring. Title I funds were established by the federal government to be used at schools with high poverty rates.

Edison and Blue Ridge Elementary and Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools and Lincoln High School families are receiving letters this week. The others schools escaped receiving notifications due to complex federal and state rules.

"While not all students have reached proficiency, we are proud of the academic growth our students are making," Boggs said. "Our use of target resources to assist struggling students and schools has made a significant difference in their academic achievement."

Parents are encouraged to talk to their school principal for more information.

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America's favorite bear turns 70!
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/18/14
In an effort to educate Oregonians about how to prevent accidental wildfires, representatives with the Keep Oregon Green Association, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior agencies are inviting Oregon State Fair attendees to join them in celebrating Smokey Bear, the famous icon who turns 70 this year.

Keep Oregon Green will host a birthday party for Smokey Bear, complete with cake on Saturday, August 23 between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. There will be Smokey Bear story-time for children at 11 and 3 every day, and Smokey Bear will be available to greet and take 'selfies' with his fans all day, every day. The public programs and the cake-cutting celebration will take place in the Keep Oregon Green booth, located in the Natural Resource Area next to the poultry and horse barns. Keep Oregon Green's displays will feature historic Smokey Bear images and memorabilia that made him famous.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, last year nearly 2,000 acres were burned by human-caused wildfires. The most common sources of human-caused wildfires are debris burning on windy days, operating equipment that emits or causes sparks, and campfires left unattended. There are several entities that offer information on wildfire prevention practices. Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group are great places to start.

First introduced in 1944, Smokey Bear has become the recognized symbol of wildfire prevention all across America. His image and message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires," is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in our nation's history.

Send Smokey a birthday wish, and he will write you back! Send it to Smokey Bear, Washington, D.C. 20252.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 18
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/18/14
>LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
Gulch Fire (NE Oregon): reported yesterday (Sunday) five miles south of Wallowa at 46 acres. The fire is mostly contained and currently in mop-up. Crews will continue to monitor throughout the week.

>UPDATES
Southwest Oregon
Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 492 acres, and 70% contained. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Central Oregon
South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning-caused fires cover 64,990 acres and are 72% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | Twitter @SouthForkInfo | Facebook: South Fork Complex | southforkcomplex@gmail.com

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS
# of lightning-caused fires YTD & acreage on ODF protected lands: 347 fires/47,709 acres
# of human-caused fires YTD & acreage on ODF protected lands: 457 fires/9,505 acres
Total # & acres on ODF protected lands: 804 fires/57,215 acres
Total # and acres in 2013 on ODF protected lands: 852 fires/103,450 acres
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
08/17/14
Update: Name Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of La Grande in Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle injury traffic crash that occurred along Interstate 84 east of La Grande in Union County. The operator and only occupant received serious injuries as a result of the crash. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a main factor in the crash.

On August 17, 2014 at approximately 6:08 a.m., a 2006 Kia Spectra operated by MARK HOWLAND, age 23, from West Valley, Utah, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 282 when it traveled off the freeway onto the left shoulder. The Kia then traveled back across both lanes of traffic and the right shoulder, rolling over off the traffic lanes where it came to rest along the side of the eastbound lanes.

HOWLAND was transported by LifeFlight to Providence St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington with serious injuries. He was using safety restraints.

The eastbound lanes were closed for about 20 minutes for air ambulance transport.

OSP troopers from the La Grande Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Robert Routt is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff's Office, La Grande City Fire Department, North Powder Quick Response Team, LifeFlight and ODOT.

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08/16/14
Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 213 in Oregon City
Oregon State Police - 08/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Oregon City Police Department, are continuing the investigation into early Saturday morning's pedestrian-involved fatal crash on Highway 213 near Meyers Road in Oregon City. The highway was closed for the investigation with a detour in place until 7:00 a.m. The names of the deceased pedestrian and driver are released in this update.

On August 16, 2014 at approximately 1:06 a.m., OSP was notified that Oregon City Police Department was on scene of a fatal pedestrian-involved crash on Highway 213 at Meyers Road. The initial report was made to 9-1-1 at 12:46 a.m.

Preliminary investigation indicates KAREN EDNA ERIE, age 44, from Oregon City, was lying in the right southbound lane of Highway 213 just south of Meyers Road when she was run over by a southbound 2007 Hyundai passenger car driven by CASSANDRA L. KIELING, age 22, from Milwaukie. KAREN ERIE died at the scene before she was able to be transported to a hospital.

The investigation is continuing to determine KAREN ERIE's activities prior to being struck. There is no evidence of impairment involving KIELING.

OSP troopers and detectives from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Clackamas County CRAFT interagency team, Oregon City Police Department, Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, and Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office.

Investigators are asking to hear from anyone who traveled in the area prior to 12:46 a.m. and saw anything or has information that may have been connected with this incident. If you have information regarding this investigation please call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Detective Alex Monarch is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene was also provided by Clackamas Fire District 1, AMR ambulance, and ODOT.

No photographs provided for this release.

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08/15/14
Walla Walla School District/School Board Public Work Session: August 20, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/15/14
Walla Walla School District/School Board Public Work Session: August 20, 2014
As per the attached media memo ~


Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1288/76934/08.20.14_SB__00_Media_Memo.pdf
Walla Walla School District School Board Meeting & Public Work Session: August 19, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/15/14
Walla Walla School District School Board Meeting & Public Work Session: August 19, 2014
As per the attached media memo and agenda ~


Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1288/76932/08.19.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf , 2014-08/1288/76932/08.19.14_SB__00_Media_Memo.pdf
OSP Recruit Trooper Receives Recruit Class' Highest Honor During Interagency Basic Police Training Program Graduation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/14
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Twelve Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers graduated today along with 22 recruit officers from other law enforcement agencies from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) 16-week Basic Police Training program. An OSP recruit trooper received the graduating class's highest honor, the Victor G. Atiyeh Award.

The "Victor G. Atiyeh Award" is named in honor of the former distinguished governor of the state of Oregon, in whose term of office the current academy became a reality. This prestigious award is presented to the outstanding student of each basic class as selected by their fellow students and the academy staff. The student selected must display exceptional professionalism by demonstrating an exemplary attitude and outstanding achievement in leadership, academics, health & fitness and survival skills.

Selected from the graduating Basic Police Class 344 to receive the "Victor G. Atiyeh Award" was OSP Recruit Trooper Kyson Culp, who is assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Klamath Falls Area Command office. The other 9 men and two women OSP recruit troopers graduating today were:

* Recruit Trooper Ami Angell - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Vadim Bogdanov - The Dalles Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Sherron Deberry - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper James Eslinger - Pendleton Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Jacob Fough - Tillamook Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Nate Harris - Coos Bay Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Michael Lopez - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Anna Lukiyanchuk - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Justin Morgan - St. Helens Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Thomas Nelson - Newport Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Scott Wilson - Central Point Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)

The twelve graduating OSP recruit troopers, along with 4 other new recruits hired as lateral entry troopers who came from other law enforcement agencies, began their academy-based training March 16, 2014. Previously released information related to today's graduating ceremony is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/08_11_2014_recruit_graduation.aspx

The Basic Police Class No. 344 graduation ceremony marks the completion of the Basic Police training for the multi-agency integrated class facilitated by DPSST, which provides statutorily-required basic training to newly hired city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and OSP troopers.

Information about the Oregon State Police, different opportunities available, how our hiring process works and updates about future hiring opportunities can be found on our recruiting website, www.osptrooper.com, or call the OSP Training / Sworn Applicant Processing Section at (503) 378-4175.

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Innovations Fund Awards Announced to test new ideas for improved services to seniors, people with disabilities
OR Department of Human Services - 08/15/14
Oregon--long a national leader in services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities - has taken its next steps to improve these services and supports. The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently awarded nine grants to Oregon organizations to test new ideas for improved services through innovative projects and pilots.

These awards are supported by DHS' Aging and People with Disabilities Innovations Fund, which was approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2013. The large-scale grants include:
* Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians, which will pilot a program of volunteers to monitor guardianship's of vulnerable adults. $242,846.
* Volunteers of America Oregon, which will pilot day services for individuals with advanced dementia. $350,000.
* Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, which will pilot services to vulnerable, hard to reach consumers with very high medical and social service needs. $350,000.
The small-scale grants include:
* Rogue Valley Council of Governments, which will pilot a certification program for housing accessible to older adults and people with disabilities. $50,000.
* Clackamas County Social Services, which will pilot a Ride Sharing application to serve transportation needs. $49,960.
* Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, which will pilot services aimed at preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department use. $50,000.
* City of Sandy, which will pilot dental and oral health services to older adults and people with disabilities without dental insurance. $50,000.
* Community Action Team, which will pilot a volunteer program for home repairs and accessibility upgrades for consumers. $50,000.
* Oral Health Coalition, which will pilot a program of oral health training for long term service and supports providers. $50,000.
As the testing begins, the Department will review progress reports for these pilots and projects on a quarterly basis. If a project or pilot is successful, it may be considered for further expansion.

The Innovations Fund supports projects and pilots that test ideas to improve quality and/or cost effectiveness of services for older adults and people with disabilities. A consumer Innovations Fund Board evaluated many proposals before awarding nine grants - three on a large scale and six on a smaller scale.

The Innovations Fund will be seeking another round of applications for projects and pilots, and the notice for Request for Grant Proposals will be posted the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) at http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome.
Fire restrictions ease on private lands in NE Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/14
Rain and cooler temperatures have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to ease fire restrictions on private forestlands in the Northeast Oregon District, effective Aug. 15. ODF removed additional restrictions added Aug. 9 to an existing regulated-use closure. Areas affected by the change include private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and small portions of Grant, Malheur and Morrow.

The original regulated-use closure, enacted July 15 to limit human-caused fires, remains in place.

Cooler weather may give a false sense of security which can result in a higher occurrence of human-caused fires. The public's cooperation over the last week during a period of high fire danger and intense thunderstorms is appreciated by firefighters who have worked long hours to contain numerous fires ignited by lightning.

Limiting human-caused fires within the Northeast Oregon District is the objective of the regulated-use closure, which includes the following restrictions:

* Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the regulated-use closure area include but are not limited to the following Oregon State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam and Unity Lake. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

* Debris burning is prohibited, except in burn barrels for which a Burning Permit has been issued.

* Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area free of flammable vegetation.

* Non-Industrial chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one 1 hour following the use of each saw.

* Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.

* Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

* Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2 ) Operated in compliance with manufacturer's instructions.

* Use of fireworks is prohibited.

* Use of sky lanterns is prohibited.

* Use of exploding targets is prohibited.

* Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.

Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

"The recent wetting rains from passing thunderstorms have provided us some relief from the extreme fire danger we were experiencing. We don't want people to become complacent with the current conditions, since our forest fuels will dry out quickly, keeping the fire danger at High levels," cautioned Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland Fire Supervisor.

Year to date fire information for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District:
Lightning Caused: 52 Acres Burned: 191
Human Caused: 22 Acres Burned: 457


Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, land use restrictions change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.
For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml. Look under fire restrictions.

Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
FBI Media On-Call
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/14
Beth Anne Steele will be on leave from 8/16/14 - 9/2/14. During this time, please utilize the media pager at (503) 208-6241 for immediate media needs. Thanks.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/14
>LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
There are no new large fires to report in the past 24 hours. This will be the final update until Monday, August 18, pending any new fire activity over the weekend.

>UPDATES
Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated fire temperature this week.

Southwest Oregon
Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 492 acres, and 50% contained. Today's priority includes continued mop-up of the area. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Northeast Oregon
5 Mile Fire: this will be the final update for the 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 95% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119.

Central Oregon
South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning-caused fires cover 64,809 acres and are 50% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS

Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
08/14/14
Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 197 south of The Dalles in Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's two vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to his wife and daughter on Highway 197 about five miles north of Dufur. The names of the victim and this injured wife and daughter are released in this update.

On August 14, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., a 1992 Chevrolet Blazer driven by LINDA GIRTZ, age 59, from Wamic, was traveling northbound on Highway 197 near milepost 8 approaching the intersection with Ward Road. A 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by PETER D. KELLY, age 73, from The Dalles, was westbound on Ward Road and turned in front of the northbound sport utility vehicle which struck the pickup's left side. After impact, the pickup came to rest off the side of the highway and the sport utility vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane.

The Blazer's 72-year old male right front passenger, HENRY JACOB GIRTZ, was pronounced deceased at the scene. LINDA GIRTZ was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries. The 17-year old right rear passenger, MARINA GIRTZ, was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with non-life threatening injuries. All three were using safety restraints.

KELLY was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are investigating the fatal crash. Trooper Jason Walters is the lead investigator. Enforcement action is pending.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Dufur Fire Department, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, and ODOT.

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DOC announces superintendent changes at two state prisons (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/14/14
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Colette S. Peters, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced the appointment of two new superintendents to lead two Oregon state prisons, effective Sept. 1, 2014.

Named was John Myrick as superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla, and Kimberly Hendricks as superintendent of Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend.

Myrick has been the assistant superintendent of security at TRCI since March 2014. A 25-year DOC veteran employee, Myrick began his career as a correctional officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution after serving five years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked his way up through the DOC ranks to assistant superintendent prior to this appointment.

Hendricks has been the hearings administrator at DOC headquarters in Salem since 2009. She has spent the past 13 years with the department, starting as safety manager at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in 2001. Hendricks holds a Certificate in Public Management (CPM) from Willamette University.

"These professionals bring a collective wealth of experience and skills that will benefit our prisons and the agency," said DOC Director Peters. "They have proven leadership skills, are dedicated to the department's mission, and value partnerships that bolster our accountability and rehabilitation efforts."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of more than 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, direct supervision of 2,500 offenders on felony supervision in the community, and indirect supervision of another 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. Its mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.

TRCI is a medium and minimum-security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

SCCI is a minimum-security prison located on the Oregon Coast at North Bend. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990. SCCI houses approximately 300 men in custody who are within four years of release. It provides education, transitional services, and work opportunities, including outside fire crews.

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Insurance Division bulletin to clarify coverage of autism treatment
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/14/14
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division announced today it will begin drafting a bulletin to clarify insurers' responsibility to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a treatment for autism.

"Recent court decisions have brought clarity that coverage for ABA therapy should be required of all insurers," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "After evaluating the latest ruling made in Oregon last week, we have determined there are limited circumstances in which denial of coverage for ABA therapy as a treatment for autism may be reasonable. We hope the bulletin will provide more certainty to Oregon families who seek this treatment."

The Insurance Division has the authority to issue bulletins to clarify requirements of insurance companies under the Oregon Insurance Code and other state and federal laws. This bulletin will explain that insurers cannot exclude coverage of ABA therapy for autism from their policies. As with other types of medical services, insurers can make coverage decisions based on whether the therapy is deemed appropriate and medically necessary for an individual patient, but they cannot broadly deny payment for ABA therapy. Consumers can appeal medical necessity denials to the company - and ultimately through the Insurance Division - via an independent review organization.

The division will begin drafting the bulletin immediately and share the draft with stakeholders, including consumers, advocates, insurers, and other interested parties, for comment and feedback. The division also will develop a transparent and consistent approach for resolving current and future consumer complaints and enforcing the bulletin.

"We understand this has been a long-standing, complex issue, and we look forward to working with a variety of stakeholders to help carry out our mission of protecting Oregon policyholders," Cali said.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/14/14
>LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
There are no new large fires to report in the past 24 hours.

>UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)

Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated fire temperature slightly this week.

>Southwest Oregon

Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 600-700 acres. Evacuation levels have lessened, with all affected areas now at a level 1 (get ready) evacuation notice status. The threat to structures has lessened enough to demobilize local task forces. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

>Northeast Oregon

5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 90% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119.

Broady Creek: started Tuesday, this fire is located in steep inaccessible terrain within Joseph Canyon on ODF protected lands. The fire is staffed with rappellers and smoke jumpers, and has been boxed in with retardant. At this time the fire is estimated at 20 acres, resources have checked the spread and are continuing mop-up operations.

>Central Oregon

South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,767 acres and are 40% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: This is the last update for the Rowena Fire. A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, and is 100% contained. More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: ODF The Dalles Unit Office 541-296-4626 | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS

Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Business Oregon Brings Together State Agencies to Study Endangered Plant and Promote Economic Growth
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 08/14/14
Klamath Falls - After hearing the concerns of elected officials, business leaders, and citizens, Business Oregon and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) have teamed up to advance a native plant study as part of a larger effort to improve infrastructure at the Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Airport. Business Oregon identified this collaborative opportunity during the first of its 11 Regional Economic Forums being held across the state.

At the request of the Governor's South Central Regional Solutions Team and local officials, including State Senator Doug Whitsett, Business Oregon will provide $18,000 to fund the environmental study, which is a key component of the overall airfield improvement project. The scheduled taxiway construction and related improvements are designed, in part, to better enable takeoffs and landing for air tankers fighting forest fires.

"The Crater Lake-Klamath Airport Regional Airport is a critical driver of the Klamath Basin economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "After our recent visit and the July 16 community forum in Klamath Falls, it was clear the best way we could help in the near-term was to meet the funding gap for this conservation study. I'm pleased we could respond so quickly with a signed agreement to move forward."

Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Regional Airport is home to the largest remaining population in the world of Applegate's milkvetch, a rare plant that is both state- and federally-listed as endangered. The consultation work, supervised by the ODA, will help craft a management solution that facilitates the essential infrastructure upgrades while preserving the integrity of the milkvetch population and its airport habitat. A mitigation plan that meets state and federal conservation guidelines is required before Federal Aviation Administration funding of as much as $7.7 million to support the new taxiway can be released.

"This is a great example of successful collaboration at the state level to address important local and regional issues," said ODA Director Katy Coba. "We were able to align funding from one agency with the subject matter expertise of another through coordination provided by the Regional Solutions Team. This is the type of teamwork Oregonians want to see as part of good government."

The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport is home to the 173rd Fighter Wing of Oregon's Air National Guard, the second-largest employer in Klamath Falls, with approximately 900 workers at the adjacent Kingsley Field. The Guard provides an estimated annual economic impact of roughly $118 million and the proposed taxiway development will allow the Guard to safely continue operations.

According to the City of Klamath Falls, the airport provides 750 jobs either at the site, or within the community, in aviation-related businesses and industries located on or adjacent to the field. In addition, the airport produces an estimated $85 million more in positive economic impacts for the Klamath Basin region.

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
08/13/14
Rogue River Drive Fire structural threat eases
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/13/14
The structural threat on the Rogue River Drive Fire has reduced enough to demobilize both the Lane and Linn county task forces. The task forces are returning to their home stations today.

Elements of the OSFM Red Incident Management Team have also been demobilized and will be returning to home stations today and tomorrow.

The fire started Monday, August 11th and is currently 600 - 700 acres.

Evacuation levels for all areas affected are at Evacuation Level I which means "Be Ready."

No structures have been lost.

The OSFM appreciates the efforts of all the local responders.

"It was due to the great coordinated initial attack efforts from Jackson and Josephine counties and the cooperation with Oregon Department of Forestry, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Emergency Management, and the Jackson County commissioners that enabled the OSFM Red Incident Management Team and task forces to be successful," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

"It's very obvious that all of the emergency response agencies in Jackson and Josephine counties have established a great mutual response system and they use it well."
Motorhome Fire Briefly Closes Westbound Lanes of Interstate 84 east of Mosier (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/14
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The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Mosier was briefly closed Wednesday morning while firefighters extinguished a motorhome fire that spread to a grassy area adjacent to the freeway.

According to Sergeant Les Kipper, on August 13, 2014 at approximately 11:10 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife from The Dalles Area Command office came upon a motorhome on fire along the westbound shoulder of Interstate 84 near milepost 72. The motorhome's sole occupant, a 57-year old Hermiston man, had gotten out of the motorhome safely. The fire spread to a grassy area next to the freeway lanes.

Fire personnel from Mosier Fire & Emergency Services and Oregon Department of Forestry responded and quickly extinguished the fire. The motorhome was a total loss.

OSP and ODOT provided traffic control. Both WB lanes of I-84 were closed for about 30 minutes. One lane remained closed for about 2 hours while fire personnel mopped up the area.

Cause of the motorhome fire is unknown.

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Oregon students honored with Workers' Memorial Scholarships
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/13/14
(Salem) - Many children in Oregon have faced losing a parent to a workplace death or a life-altering injury. The loss can have a profound effect on a family's ability to finance higher education. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) Workers' Memorial Scholarship program provides an opportunity to help surviving family members reach their educational goals.

Oregon OSHA, a division of DCBS, will honor recipients of the Workers' Memorial Scholarship during a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

The recipients include:

Marissa Parr, Jefferson
A 2011 graduate of Jefferson High School, Parr is studying social sciences at Willamette University.

Parr's father is wheelchair bound after suffering a debilitating back injury in 1991. Parr is receiving a $1,000 award and is a past scholarship recipient.

Kassandra McCabe, Eugene
McCabe is a 2014 graduate of Marist High School and plans to attend Oregon State University this fall. She hopes to become a surgeon or physical therapist and is majoring in pre-medicine.

McCabe's father became paralyzed and later blind following a logging accident in 2002. She is receiving a $1,250 award.

Two other award recipients want to remain anonymous.

"The award can never replace their loss but it is nice to provide some support to individuals who have suffered a family tragedy," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood.

Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers. The 1991 Legislature established the Workers' Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries.

The Workers' Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job.

Applicants must be a dependent or spouse of a fatally injured worker, or the dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has incurred a permanent total disability and whose claim for workers' compensation benefits has been accepted.

Interest earned on a DCBS fund derived from Oregon OSHA civil fines and penalties funds the awards.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.
Rogue River Drive Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/13/14
Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Rogue River Drive Fire burning between Eagle Point and Shady Cove in Jackson County. The OSFM went into unified command with Oregon Department of Forestry at 8:00 a.m. this morning.

The fire started Monday, August 11th and is currently 600 acres.

The OSFM activated elements of the Red Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Scott Magers) and two task forces, Lane County Task Force 1 and Linn-Benton County Task Force 2. Total number of structural resources on-scene or en-route is 37.

OSFM resources are working in partnership with an Oregon Department of Forestry Type III Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Derek Johnson.

There is a Level III evacuation notice for the Dry Creek area which consists of three homes and two out buildings.

A Level I evacuation notice has been established for the Rogue River Drive area which consists of approximately 115 homes.

More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Oregon_Mob_Plan.shtml.
Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_WUI.shtml
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 13
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/13/14
LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
* Rogue River Drive (SW Oregon): started Monday, the Rogue River Drive fire, located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), has grown to 600 acres. Nearly 130 structures are currently threatened. Erratic winds in the area have been reported, and Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response. Cause is under investigation.
* Broady Creek (NE Oregon): started yesterday, this fire is located in steep inaccessible terrain within Joseph Canyon on ODF protected lands. The fire is staffed with rappellers and smoke jumpers, and has been boxed in with retardant. At this time the fire is estimated at 20 acres, resources have checked the spread and are beginning mop-up operations.
* Deer Creek (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). No additional fire growth from yesterday.
* Deep Canyon (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to WDNR. No additional fire growth. Resources are engaged in full scale mop-up.

>UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)

>Southwest Oregon
* Beaver Complex: This is the last update on this fire. Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort. The fire received some rain from the thunderstorms that passed over yesterday afternoon.
* Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,147 acres (about 9,500 in California) 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, and is 90% contained. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/ | Fire Information Number: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

>Northeast Oregon
* 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 85% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

>Central Oregon
Rain moderated fire behavior yesterday, and firefighters worked to take advantage of wetter conditions.
* South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,883 acres and are 30% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com
* Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, currently 90% contained. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Total estimated ODF/OSFM cost: $4.3 million.
More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of McMinnville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal bicycle-involved traffic crash that occurred along Highway 47 about two miles north of McMinnville. The names of the involved persons and other information is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Brad Hessel, on August 12, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., JUAN HUAPEO GARCIA, age 56, from Carlton, was riding a bicycle along the paved northbound shoulder of Highway 47 near milepost 41. A 1999 Chevrolet van driven by RICHARD KING, age 45, from Carlton, was traveling northbound when KING reportedly fell asleep and struck the bicycle from behind.

HUAPEO GARCIA was ejected from the bike and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

KING was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. Upon completion of the investigation, OSP will review the details with the Yamhill County District Attorney's office prior to an enforcement decision being made. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor. Trooper Nic Cederberg is the lead investigator.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are investigating the fatal crash. OSP is assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Carlton Police Department, McMinnville Fire Department, and ODOT.

The highway was closed about four hours.

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Mill Creek Correctional Facility inmate Jerry Teixeira back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/13/14
Lacy Evans
Lacy Evans
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An inmate who walked away August 9, 2014, from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem is now in custody in the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Law enforcement officials arrested Jerry Teixeira and his accomplice Lacy Evans on Tuesday evening at approximately 10:38 p.m. in Stayton.

Teixeira entered DOC custody on October 1, 2013, on two counts of burglary in the second degree, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of delivering methamphetamine, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm out of Marion County. His earliest release date is September 5, 2015.

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08/12/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 12
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/12/14
Large Fires within ODF protection

>NEW LARGE FIRES
* Rogue River Drive: a 100 acre fire in southwest Oregon.
* Deer Creek: a 50 acre fire was stopped near the Washington/Oregon border in SE Washington through a cooperative initial attack with Washington Dept. of Natural Resources and ODF. ODF is coordinating with WDNR on extended attack efforts. The fire burned on rugged slopes in grass, brush and timber stringers.
* Deep Canyon: located east of the Deer Creek Fire, this fire is approximately 160 acres and has burned 10 acres into NE Oregon. Cooperative initial attack with WDNR continues.
* Dexter Creek: a 20-25 acre fire started yesterday morning. No threats to communities, homes, or structures currently. It is more than 50% lined.

>UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)

>Southwest Oregon
* Beaver Complex: Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning through 11:00 pm Tuesday.
* Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, and is 82% contained. Personnel: 1,154 | Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/ Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

>Northeast Oregon
There will be a community meeting in Imnaha this evening (8/12) at 5 p.m. at the Imnaha Christian Fellowship Church for updates and Q & A. A Level 1 evacuation (get ready) remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along Imnaha River Road.
* 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 80% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. Personnel: 292. | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

>Central Oregon
A public meeting will be held in Dayville tonight from 6-7 p.m. at the Dayville Community Center.
* South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,272 acres and are 30% contained. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday. Murderer's Creek and Deer Creek recreation facilities have been evacuated. Personnel: 798 | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com
* Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, currently 90% contained. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Total estimated ODF/OSFM cost: $4.3 million.
More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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OMSI's Reel Science Showing Dinosaurs 13
OMSI - 08/12/14
MEDIA ALERT
Discovery, Intrigue, and Dinosaurs Take Over the Giant Screen
OMSI's "Reel Science" Theater Speaker Series to Show Dinosaurs 13 with Expert Guest

WHAT:
A monthly series focused on the science behind movies to show Dinosaur 13 with Edward Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon and Fossil Collections Manager, Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

DETAILS:
Watch and learn at the new Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.

Join OMSI for a not-so-typical dinosaur movie and one of the greatest discoveries in history--the largest, most complete T. rex skeleton ever uncovered. Based on Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life by Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan, Dinosaur 13 will take you through the paleontologists' ten-year battle with powerful museums, the government, competing paleontologists, and more.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 6:30pm

WHO: Open to all ages, No RSVP or scientific background required.

WHERE: The Empirical Theater at OMSI, located inside OMSI at 1945 SE Water Ave.

COST: $7 non-members; $6 members

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon July 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 08/12/14
Oregon's Employment Situation Changed Little in July

Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Payroll employment was essentially unchanged in July. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a revised loss of 3,000 in June. Three major industries expanded substantially in July: manufacturing (+1,600 jobs), health care and social assistance (+1,300) and other services (+1,400). Meanwhile, two major industries contracted substantially: retail trade (-1,400 jobs) and private educational services (-1,300).

Manufacturing has been on a steady expansionary trend over the past four years. Seasonally adjusted employment in the industry bottomed at 162,500 in October 2009. Since then the industry added back 17,900 jobs, reaching a total of 180,400 in July.

Gains within durable goods manufacturing were noteworthy over the past 12 months.

Wood products grew by 1,000 jobs since July 2013, machinery added 800, and transportation equipment added 1,200. Within the nondurable goods component, food manufacturing added 1,000 during that time.

Health care and social assistance accelerated its pace of hiring in recent months. The 1,300 seasonally adjusted job gain in July was more than the average monthly gain of the past 12 months. Since July 2013 the industry added 8,100 jobs, which equaled 3.9 percent growth and was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Oregon. All of its component industries added substantially during that time, with social assistance growing the fastest by adding 2,500 jobs to reach 31,900 in July.

Retail trade contracted for the second consecutive month, following strong gains earlier in the year. This put retail up only 2,000 jobs, or 1.0 percent, since July 2013. Nationally, surveys suggest that overall retail store visits are down since last summer. Some retailers are reporting slower sales growth even as total consumer spending continues to expand. In Oregon, the only published retail industry which grew by more than 1,000 jobs over the year was motor vehicle and parts dealers, which added 1,300 jobs since July 2013.

Unemployment
(Household Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in July and 6.8 percent in June. Oregon's unemployment rate was between 6.8 and 6.9 percent in each month between February and July. Despite the flat trend in recent months, the rate has fallen from a year ago when Oregon's unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in July 2013.

Oregon's labor force expanded over the year, totaling 1,965,255 in July, which was nearly 22,000 more individuals than in July 2013. The growth in the labor force was roughly consistent with the growth in the population, as the seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate, at 61.2 percent in July, changed little over the year.

Hours and Earnings
(Establishment Survey Data)
The average workweek for Oregon manufacturing production workers decreased from 40.7 hours in June to 40.0 in July. This put the manufacturing workweek back to where it was in April and May when it was also 40.0 hours. The manufacturing workweek dropped 0.3 hour since last year. In July 2013, this workweek averaged 40.3 hours.

In July, the average wage was $22.80 per hour for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees, down from $22.82 in June. Wages increased 46 cents, or 2.1 percent, from July 2013 when the average was $22.34.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, August 18th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 16th.


The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

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 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

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


Attached Media Files: Radio Actual 5 , Radio Actual 4 , Radio Actual 3 , Radio Actual 2 , Radio Actual 1 , Oregon July 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Press Release
State Historic Cemteries Commission seeks new members
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/12/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill two open positions.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; to make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and to assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking representatives from the northeast part of the state and the Portland area, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before Sept. 15.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org . Please send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to their work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. If you have further questions email Gill or call her at 503-986-0685.

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American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations
American Red Cross Blood Services - 08/12/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 12, 2014) - The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month.

Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.

To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross especially needs platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

"The Red Cross is grateful for those who stepped up to give this lifesaving gift and reminds eligible donors that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve," said Jared Schultzman, communications manager for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "As summer draws to a close, you still have the chance to give hope to patients in need."

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1812/76785/American_Red_Cross_Blood_Drives_(Aug_16_-_Sept_1)_5.docx
08/11/14
Nurse of the Year Award Nominations Close August 19th
March of Dimes - 08/11/14
The call for nominations for the fourth annual Nurse of the Year Awards ends on August 19th. With just a week until the deadline, 350 nurses from across the Oregon and SW Washington have been nominated. Awards honoring outstanding nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients will be given in 17 categories.

Nominations may be submitted online at marchofdimes.com/oregon through August 19th. There is no fee to submit a nomination and you may submit multiple nominations. Award recipients will be determined by a selection committee comprised of healthcare professionals. Winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards breakfast on October 24, 2014, at The Sentinel Hotel (formally The Governor Hotel) in downtown Portland.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Platinum sponsors include Legacy Health and Providence Health and Services. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Kaiser Permanente. The event is chaired by Dr. William Johnson, President of Moda Health. "This is a great opportunity to honor outstanding nurses in Oregon and SW Washington and to celebrate the vital role of the nursing profession," said Dr. Johnson.

Nominations for outstanding nurses in 17 categories are closing August 19th. The nominating categories are:

* Adult Acute Care
* Advance Practice
* Ambulatory/Clinic Care
* Case Management/Utilization Review
* Community Health
* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
* Emergency
* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
* Nurse Educator
* Nurse Leader
* Nurse Specialty
* Pediatric Acute Care
* Rising Star
* Small Hospital
* Student Nurse
* Surgical Services
* Women's Health

For more information about the awards, how to submit a nomination, descriptions of each category, or to register for the event, visit marchofdimes.com/Oregon.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. With chapters nationwide, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find out what is going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins Statement on Intel's Announcementof Future Investment in Oregon
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 08/11/14
HILLSBORO - Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by Intel officials that they will invest up to $100 billion in their Washington County operations:

"Intel is a global icon that could focus future investment anywhere in the world, and they are choosing Oregon. A planned $100 billion investment represents an unprecedented commitment and it speaks volumes about where Oregon's economy is headed and our state's increasingly competitive role on the global stage. This announcement also showcases the ability of the city, county, state and private sector in Oregon to collaborate and get things done."

http://www.co.washington.or.us/cao/proposed-2014-intel-sip-agreement.cfm

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
Future of Public Health Task Force meets August 20
Oregon Health Authority - 08/11/14
August 11, 2014

What: The ninth public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

Confirm final changes for straw model;

Discuss workgroup options putting the Framework for Governmental Public Health Services into operation;

Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, August 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577.

Future meeting dates currently scheduled:

September 10, 2014, Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Title Correction: Twelve OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating Friday, August 15, From Basic Police Training Program in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/11/14
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Twelve Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers along with 22 recruit officers from other law enforcement agencies are graduating Friday, August 15, 2014, from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Police Training program. The graduation ceremony for the Basic Police Class 340 will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy Hall of Heroes located at 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.

The thirty-four graduating recruit officers include 12 OSP recruit troopers, 16 city police recruit officers, 5 county sheriffs recruit deputies, and one University of Oregon recruit officer. The 10 men and two women OSP recruit troopers are scheduled for assignments at the following locations:

* Recruit Trooper Ami Angell - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Vadim Bogdanov - The Dalles Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Kyson Culp - Klamath Falls Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Sherron Deberry - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper James Eslinger - Pendleton Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Jacob Fough - Tillamook Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Nate Harris - Coos Bay Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Michael Lopez - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Anna Lukiyanchuk - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Justin Morgan - St. Helens Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Thomas Nelson - Newport Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Scott Wilson - Central Point Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)

The twelve graduating OSP recruit troopers, along with 4 other new recruits hired as lateral entry troopers who came from other law enforcement agencies, began their academy-based training March 16, 2014. They brought with them a wide range of life experience and backgrounds. Eight served in the military, eight have college degrees including one person with a PhD in International Public Law, and three are bilingual in Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian languages. The sixteen hired recruit troopers reported for an initial 3-week OSP pre-academy training program after which the lateral entry hired officers reported to their assigned OSP offices in Bend, North Plains, Pendleton and Tillamook. The remaining twelve recruit troopers joined other law enforcement recruit officers for the 16-week Basic Police training program from which they are graduating.

The Basic Police Class No. 340 graduation ceremony marks the completion of the Basic Police training for the multi-agency integrated class facilitated by DPSST, which provides statutorily-required basic training to newly hired city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and OSP troopers.

Information about the Oregon State Police, different opportunities available, how our hiring process works and updates about future hiring opportunities can be found on our recruiting website, www.osptrooper.com, or call the OSP Training / Sworn Applicant Processing Section at (503) 378-4175.

Questions regarding DPSST training and services can be directed to DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks at (503) 378-2332.

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

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Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1002/76759/OSPBadge.jpg
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 11
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/11/14
Fire Update - Monday, August 11, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)

Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:

Beaver Complex: Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning through 11:00 pm Tuesday.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 74% contained.
Personnel: 1,435
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Northeast Oregon District:

5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 65% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel: 386
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Central Oregon District:

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork (7,583 acres)): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 62,476 acres and are 30% contained.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday.
Personnel: 798
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire, currently 68% contained. This fire started August 5.
Personnel: 402
Evacuations: Evacuation levels ended, except for 5220-6464 Highway 30 Rowena addresses. Highway 30 re-opened.
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us
Rowena Fire update - Aug. 11, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/11/14
Rowena Fire
Morning Information Update
August 11, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Summary
A small spot fire flared up in grass and scrub oak on McCall Point (the SW corner of the fire) at approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday. It was quickly knocked down at approximately 7 acres by using water bucket drops from a helicopter, engines, and crew personnel already on the fire. Control action on the spot fire continued through the remainder of the day shift. Line was constructed and hose lay installed.

Following work with helicopter bucket drops, snags were felled and mop up continued on the steep slopes above the homes along Highway 30.

During the night shift, infrared cameras were used to locate remaining hot spots in the spot fire on McCall Point and around structures in Divisions A and B.

Five Department of Corrections crews were utilized in the spot fire during the night shift, to further improve the line and mop up.

The remainder of the fire looks very good. Crews are close to meeting mop-up objectives.

Structural protection
Structure protection is provided by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue through the 911 system. Wildland resources remain on the fire for mop-up.

Evacuations / Road Closures
Evacuation levels were dropped for all areas except Rowena from addresses 5220-6464 on Highway 30 to the west.

Highway 30 is now open.

Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal's website: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.pdf

Fire strategy for today
Aggressive mop up will continue on McCall Point with engines and crews. Helicopter bucket drops will be made on the steep inaccessible slopes to cool hot spots. Roads accessing the McCall Point area will be improved. Some contingency lines will be constructed. Firefighters will continue to secure fireline and areas around homes and structures with a minimum 300 foot objective.

Warnings
The public is urged to be mindful of personal safety around ongoing firefighting operations. Aerial work with helicopters and fire related traffic increase hazards in the area.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 3,680 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 68%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 402
Estimated ODF/OSFM Cost: $3,680,553

Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792

Closures/Restrictions:
Hwy 30 W between 5220 and 6464

Media Only Contact Phone: 971-701-4193

For More Information: Information phones are staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
971-701-4186
971-701-4212
Beaver Complex update - Aug. 11, 2014, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/11/14
Monday, August 11, 2014



Beaver Complex update - Aug. 11, morning

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander

Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Aug. 11, 2014, 10 a.m.

Special Message:
Lightning predicted for yesterday did not materialize in the area directly around the Oregon Gulch Fire, but impacted other areas of the state. 1,700 lightning strikes hit in the state of Oregon yesterday, largely impacting Lane and Klamath counties. Thunderstorms are predicted again today creating the potential for hazardous conditions.

Current Situation:
Yesterday's weather gave crews the ability to make continued progress on mop up operations. Today, crews will continue to extinguish any hot spots that are detected within the 500 foot boundary on the interior of the fire. Due to predicted lightning in the area, crews will also remain available for initial attack on any new fires that may start.

The fire is nearing full containment and resources will start to be released later today if conditions hold. Fire managers are developing a transition plan in anticipation of returning responsibility for the fire to the local districts in the next few days.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Thunderstorms with gusty winds will be in the area again today creating the potential for erratic winds, lightning and potentially new fire starts. The red flag warning continues through 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Yesterday's thunderstorms came within 15 miles of the fire and brought wind gusts around 20 mph in the afternoon; however, lightning did not develop. Fire behavior within the burned area is expected to be limited to smoldering stumps and larger fuels. Temperatures today are forecast to be between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 15 and 20 percent

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch Fire

Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR

Percent Contained: 74%
Size: 35,129 acres (9,464 acres in California)

Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 48 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 44 engines, 12 dozers, 29 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

Air resources: 7 helicopters

Total personnel: 1,435

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road remains at a Level 1. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Klamath County
Currently roadblocks remain at Road 106 (Camp 4) south from Highway 66.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
This week in Pendleton: Make plans to attend the DHS Town Hall meeting on Friday
OR Department of Human Services - 08/11/14
DHS has added a new Town Hall Meeting in Pendleton with DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel.

Please join us on Friday, August 15
Vert Club Room (345 SW 4th Street)
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community

You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, DHS agency operations, and other human services issues. We need your help and ideas to ensure the safety, health and independence of all Oregonians!

Hope to see you there.
Media Advisory: Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released Tomorrow
Oregon Employment Dept. - 08/11/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for July 2014 will be released tomorrow, August 12, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
Media availability - working safely in the heat
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/11/14
With a heat advisory in effect for much of Oregon, Oregon OSHA is encouraging employers and workers to take precautions around heat illness today. Labor-intensive activities such as construction, landscaping, and agricultural work can expose workers to dangerous heat. Heavy work outdoors can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating and may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Oregon OSHA Public Information Officer Melanie Mesaros is available today to do interviews about working safely in the heat.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
* Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
* Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
* Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
* Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as cotton).
* Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas - allow your body to cool down.
* Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
* Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

Oregon OSHA has a pocket-sized booklet available, in both English and Spanish, with more tips for working in the heat: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/4926.pdf (English version).

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer & Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
08/10/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 10
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/10/14
Fire Update - Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)

Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:

Beaver Complex: Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning from 11:00 am today through 11:00 pm Tuesday. The forecast for the Beaver Complex area calls for thunderstorms with dry lightning this afternoon. Any new fire starts may grow rapidly due to the dry conditions. This forecast creates good potential for extreme fire behavior.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 64% contained. Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel: 1,458
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Northeast Oregon District:

5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 50% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel: 412
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119


Central Oregon District:

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 52,437 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 60,020 acres and are 25% contained.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday. (Increasing risk of thunderstorms through Tuesday.)
Personnel: 692
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff's Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A 3,673 acre fire, currently 65% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5.
Structure/home fire protection: The Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has resumed primary home protection through the 911 system.
Personnel and equipment: 610 personnel
Evacuations: Evacuation levels remain at a Level I (Get Ready) for all residents living on Highway 30 West.
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us
Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792
Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at www.tripcheck.com

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us
08/09/14
Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 126E east of Vida in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's motorcycle-involved fatal traffic crash along Highway 126E about ten miles east of Vida in Lane County. The crash resulted in the death of a 58-year old Vida man.

On August 9, 2014 at approximately 9:52 a.m., a 1986 Harley Davidson operated by MARK FREDERICK RICKMAN, age 58, from Vida, was traveling on Highway 126E near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve too fast. The motorcycle traveled off the highway into a ditch, struck a road side reflector and returned back onto the highway where it crashed.

RICKMAN was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Speed is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Kyle Bachmeier is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by McKenzie Fire & Rescue and ODOT. The highway was closed for an hour and then opened to one lane for the next three hours.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Rowena Fire Update August 9, 2014
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/09/14
Summary
Despite strong winds and low humidity, burnout operations yesterday and through last night were successful. Fire containment has increased from 35 to 55 percent.

Containment lines are in place and the fire threat to the Adeline Way, Simonelli Road, and Foley Lakes communities is diminishing. Incident Commanders and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office evaluated the evacuation order and have determined that all 740 residences that have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order will be at Level 1. All residents may return to their homes. Please read below for specific information on roadblocks.

Today, firefighters will continue to focus on removing unburned fuel and holding containment lines.

Structural protection
Burnout operations took place along the slopes above the affected communities and were successful, taking out unburned fuel from Old Highway 30 to the flame front. There was no report of structural loss overnight.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level I (Get Ready) for all residents living on Highway 30 West. Residents may return home at this time, but are asked to be alert for changing conditions and cautious of firefighting efforts.

Roadblocks on Highway 30 West have been reduced and there will be no through traffic on Highway 30 between the addresses of 4877 and 5220.

Residents living to the east of 4877 Highway 30, the intersection with Adeline Way, should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 82. This includes Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way, and Simonellli Road.

Residents living to the west of 5220 Highway 30 should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 76.

Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal's website: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.pdf

The evacuation shelter, which has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR, remains open at this time.

Fire strategy for today
Some crews will be demobilized today while other crews will be engaged with mop-up and watching for any additional hotspots. Today's objectives will be to continue burning off unburned fuel and holding established containment lines.

Warnings
This weekend a high level of public traffic is expected in and through The Gorge area. The public is urged to be mindful of personal safety and ongoing firefighting operations, use caution when traveling near or around the fire, and to not stop along Interstate 84 to take photos or observe firefighting operations.

Governor's visit
On Friday, Governor Kitzhaber visited the Rowena Fire area and the Incident Command Post. He called this year's fire efforts "exceptional," and expressed thanks for the fire suppression efforts to date.

Unified command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 3,565 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 55%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 832
Estimated Cost: $2,122,066
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions: Hwy 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena

For More Information: Information phones will be staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
971-701-4186
971-701-4212
Rowena Fire update - Aug. 9
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/09/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 9, 2014

Summary
Despite strong winds and low humidity, burnout operations yesterday and through last night were successful. Fire containment has increased from 35 to 55 percent.

Containment lines are in place and the fire threat to the Adeline Way, Simonelli Road, and Foley Lakes communities is diminishing. Incident Commanders and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office evaluated the evacuation order and have determined that all 740 residences that have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order will be at Level 1. All residents may return to their homes. Please read below for specific information on roadblocks.

Today, firefighters will continue to focus on removing unburned fuel and holding containment lines.

Structural protection
Burnout operations took place along the slopes above the affected communities and were successful, taking out unburned fuel from Old Highway 30 to the flame front. There was no report of structural loss overnight.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level I (Get Ready) for all residents living on Highway 30 West. Residents may return home at this time, but are asked to be alert for changing conditions and cautious of firefighting efforts.

Roadblocks on Highway 30 West have been reduced and there will be no through traffic on Highway 30 between the addresses of 4877 and 5220.

Residents living to the east of 4877 Highway 30, the intersection with Adeline Way, should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 82. This includes Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way, and Simonellli Road.

Residents living to the west of 5220 Highway 30 should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 76.

Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal's website: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.pdf

The evacuation shelter, which has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR, remains open at this time.

Fire strategy for today
Some crews will be demobilized today while other crews will be engaged with mop-up and watching for any additional hotspots. Today's objectives will be to continue burning off unburned fuel and holding established containment lines.

Warnings
This weekend a high level of public traffic is expected in and through The Gorge area. The public is urged to be mindful of personal safety and ongoing firefighting operations, use caution when traveling near or around the fire, and to not stop along Interstate 84 to take photos or observe firefighting operations.

Governor's visit
On Friday, Governor Kitzhaber visited the Rowena Fire area and the Incident Command Post. He called this year's fire efforts "exceptional," and expressed thanks for the fire suppression efforts to date.

Unified command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 3,565 acres
Location: The Dalles, Oregon
Containment: 55%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 832
Estimated Cost: $2,122,066

Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792

Closures/Restrictions: Hwy 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena

For more information: Information phones will be staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
971-701-4186
971-701-4212
5-Mile and Somers Fires update - Aug. 9
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/09/14
Saturday, August 9, 2014
5-Mile and Somers Fires - Joseph, Oregon

Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119

Location: Two fires near Imnaha, Oregon.

The park and grounds of the Chief Joseph Rodeo Grounds are closed to public camping due to use by incident personnel for the 5 Mile and Somers Fires.

Current situation:
5 Mile Fire -The weather yesterday provided firefighters with an opportunity to fight fire directly. The cooler weather tempered the fire behavior allowing firefighters to construct direct containment lines on the south side of the fire. Helicopters were used to cool areas with increased intensity.

Yesterday, firefighters began to burn along the south containment line when winds increased and shifted directions. Given those conditions, the remainder of the burnout was postponed. This morning, if weather conditions are appropriate, the operation will proceed and finish tying this containment line together. Hot spots over the ridge will be mopped-up and secured. The east, north and west flanks are all in mop-up and rehabilitation. If the south flank holds the need for the Level 1 Evacuation Notice will be reviewed.

The operational priority remains to secure the town of Imnaha and keep the fire from the Oregon Department of Forestry-protected private lands, ranches and homes along the Imnaha River Road. Structure protection at College Creek Guard Station and at Cayuse Flats has been completed. A weed washing station has been set-up for use by incident vehicles to reduce the potential spread of noxious weeds. An initial attack group has been identified to respond to any new fire starts within the local vicinity.

Start Date-August 3
Cause-Under investigation
Size- 4,700 acres
Percent Contained-35%
Total Personnel-383
Crews-9
Engines-13
Water Tenders-9
Dozers-3
Helicopters-5


Somers Fire - The fire continued to grow laterally north and south. Firefighters are working to secure the historical Tryon Creek and Temperance and Ranches. Preparations include constructing fire line, removing receptive fuels around infrastructure, setting up sprinkler systems, and wrapping buildings in fire resistant foil. The priority continues to be point protection of the radio repeater at Somers Point, and additional sites located in the canyon. The rappellers staffing this fire have been removed and replaced with a helitack crew.



Additional firefighters will be scouting potential containment lines with resources transitioning from 5 Mile Fire to Somers Fire to begin suppression actions. Firefighters are being shuttled by jet boat and helicopters. Heavy helicopters will continue with bucket drops of water to cool the fire's edge on the north and south flanks.



Boaters on the Snake River need to be aware of water dipping activities and use caution while in the area. A new Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Closure has been implemented closing the use of the Oregon and Idaho river frontage for ?1/4 mile inland along the Snake River. See Closures below for more information.


Start Date-August 3

Cause-Lightning

Acres- 15,000

Percent Contained-0%

Total Personnel-13


Weather:

Continued hot and dry weather will persist with temperatures in the upper 90s to 100 degrees with relative humidity of 9-15%.


Evacuations:

A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha near Freezeout Creek to 10 miles north of Imnaha near Fence Creek.


Closures:

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has closed Hat Point Road FR4240. Wallowa County has closed the Upper Imnaha Road; private landowners will be allowed access. Two new Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Closure orders are being implemented that will close the Oregon and Idaho river frontage of the Snake River ?1/4 mile inland. The river will be closed on the Oregon side from Copper Creek to Rush Creek and on the Idaho side from the Forest Boundary to the north and the mouth of the Salmon to the south. For a full listing of the closures please see the following links:


http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3812310.pdf

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3812309.pdf

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Two TFRs are in place over the two fires. The TFR over the Somers Fire is being expanded due to the perimeter growth. Please check the NOTAM for current information. TFR are in place for safety to restrict other aircraft from entering the fire area while incident aircraft are working.


For more information on the 5-Mile and Somers Fires visit:


Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4053/


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Beaver Complex update - Aug. 9
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/09/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander

Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


August 9, 2014
9 a.m.

Special Message:
Unified command with CAL FIRE ended yesterday at 6:00 pm. The Oregon Department of Forestry would like to thank both CAL FIRE and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office for the fantastic cohesive and collaborative effort during this incident. We could not serve the citizens of Oregon and California to the level they deserve without these partnerships in place.

Current Situation (Oregon Gulch Fire):
Winds over the fire were lighter than expected yesterday which kept fire activity calm over the majority of the fire. These conditions gave firefighters the opportunity to continue progress towards full containment. Crews are identifying and extinguishing pockets of burning embers and working towards having the fire mopped up 500 feet in from the fireline along the entire perimeter.

Currently, fuels are as dry as they would normally be in mid to late-September making conditions ripe for a large fire. With the expected lightning event and red flag warning coming in the next few days, firefighters were reminded to keep their situational awareness about changing fire conditions. Crews are on standby to respond to any new fire starts that may occur.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Today's weather is expected to be warmer and drier with unstable conditions. Temperatures are expected to be between 88 and 93 degrees with relative humidity between 15 and 20%. A red flag warning has been issued starting at 11:00 am on Sunday extending to 5:00 am on Tuesday. Forecasters are calling for abundant lightning during that time.

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 58%
Size: 35,093 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 48 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 59 engines, 12 dozers, 29 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

Air resources: 11 helicopters

Total personnel: 1,442

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road remains at a Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Klamath County
Current roadblocks remain at Road 106 (Camp 4) south from Highway 66.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
08/08/14
Rowena Fire update Aug. 8, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander


Rowena Fire
Daily Evening Information Update
August 8, 2014

Summary
Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office worked throughout the day to conduct burnout operations and improve containment lines.

No structures were lost during today's operations, which focused on burning off dry fuel and creating defensible space around homes and outbuildings in the town of Rowena. Despite a Red Flag Warning and high winds, incident commanders are extremely pleased with the progress crews made on the fire lines today.

"We have gone hard at this fire for all the right reasons," said Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander John Buckman. "We turned the corner today and things are looking much better."

Structural protection
In an ongoing effort to protect structures, firefighters used thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to identify hot spots on properties where the fire has burned a path up to the structure and then extinguished them.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences remain threatened at this time. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office and incident commanders are evaluating the ongoing need for evacuations and will begin allowing residents back into their homes as soon as it is determined that it is safe for them to return.

Total residences impacted by the evacuation orders remain unchanged since this morning's release and include 143 Level 3 and 597 Level 1.

Level-3
4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.

Level-1
Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven Mile Road.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Fire Strategy for Tonight
Tonight, fire control work will focus on holding all constructed fire lines, continuing burnout operations, and conducting an infrared flight tonight over the fire. Temperatures are expected to begin rising into the 90's on Sunday, so crews will continue to take advantage of cooler temperatures tonight and tomorrow to contain the fire. Safety officers are urging caution as some firefighters are encountering poison oak during the course of firefighter operations.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.
Corrections Director named to National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/08/14
DOC Director Colette S. Peters
DOC Director Colette S. Peters
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Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Colette S. Peters was appointed as a member of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Advisory Board on June 27, 2014, by U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. The appointment is for a three-year term.

The NIC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies.

NIC also provides leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide in areas of emerging interest and concern to correctional executives and practitioners as well as public policymakers. As a corrections practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in public safety, Ms. Peters will bring a valuable perspective to the Advisory Board.

Ms. Peters was named DOC Director in February 2012. As Director, she oversees the operations and policies of a corrections agency responsible for managing approximately 14,600 incarcerated adults in 14 prisons across the state, as well as 31,500 offenders on community supervision. DOC has been recognized nationally as having one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country.

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Attached Media Files: DOC Director Colette S. Peters
Health advisory for water contact at Seal Rock Beach lifted August 8
Oregon Health Authority - 08/08/14
August 8, 2014

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Seal Rock Beach, located in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory August 6 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program's website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Rowena Fire update - Aug. 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander


Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 8, 2014

Summary
Both crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal worked throughout the night improving containment lines. Burnout operations were successful on the west flank of the fire. Containment improved from zero to 35 percent overnight.

More than 100 people attended Thursday night's public meeting at The Dalles High School. Questions centered around the evacuations, when residents will be able to return to their homes, and containment efforts. Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Commanders provided a current status of the fire and plans for its containment. Representatives of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Wasco County Sherriff's Office also spoke.

Structural protection
The fire is wind driven to the east with fire spread south and east of Rowena. Structure protection by six taskforces will continue throughout the day to improve defensible space around homes and outbuildings.

When the Foley Lakes and Country Club fires flared up, task forces assigned to night shift were activated to respond. Firefighting efforts will again be centered on this area today to protect homes and create defensible space.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences are threatened at this time.
Residences impacted include: 143 Level 3, and 597 Level 1.

Level-3: 4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.

Level-1: Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Fire Strategy for Today
Today, fire control work will focus on holding all constructed fire lines, continuing burnout operations and conducting an infrared flight tonight over the fire.

Warnings
High winds continue with a Red Flag Warning in effect through 12:00 pm Friday. Wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour are expected.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.
Fire Update - Friday, August 8, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)

Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,093 acres (reduced from the 8/6 report due to better mapping) (about 9,500 in California) is 50% contained. Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel and Equipment: 63 crews, 63 engines, 20 dozers, 27 water tenders, 13 helicopters, and 1,643 personnel
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level, while Siskiyou and Klamath Counties' Level 1 evacuation notices were lifted.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a

Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 25% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 365 personnel, 16 engines, 9 water tenders, 3 dozer, and 4 helicopters
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha near Freezeout Creek to 10 miles north of Imnaha near Fence Creek.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119

Central Oregon District:
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 41,807 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 49,390 acres and are 25% contained.
Personnel: 575
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff's Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A red flag warning (meaning - low humidity and high winds - make ripe conditions for the fire to spread rapidly) remains in effect through noon today for this 3,372 acre fire, currently 35% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5. Governor Kitzhaber will visit the fire team today at 10 a.m.
Structures: 740 homes threatened, 1 destroyed, 2 damaged, 5 out buildings destroyed.
Personnel and equipment: 659 personnel
Evacuations: Level 3- 143 homes, Level 1- 597 homes. Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Level-3: 4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.
Level-1: Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Shelters: American Red Cross evacuation shelter 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter - Dry Hollow Elementary, 1314 E19th, The Dalles.
Shelter services for dogs and cats if evacuated owners have no other option for their pets: Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, 541-296-5189 / http://homeatlasths.org/
Nan Wimmers is coordinating livestock sheltering, if needed by evacuated residents, 541-993-5510
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212 these phones will be staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014
Additional Contact Information:
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us
Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792
Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at www.tripcheck.com
American Red Cross: 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell (503) 508-4478
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Beaver Complex update Aug. 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message:
Today's morning shift briefing was held on the abnormally landlocked boat docks at the Howard Prairie Campground Marina. Incident Commander, Chris Cline, called special attention to this unusual situation and reminded crews that the lack of water in the lake is a clear representation of the difficulty of this fire season. Please be extra vigilant in fire prevention this year. The lack of moisture over the winter and spring has left conditions very dry resulting in a high risk of fire.

Current Situation (Oregon Gulch Fire):
Fire managers are pleased with progress so far. Yesterday's warm, dry and unstable weather served as a test to the fire containment lines which held up well. This success shows that the hard work is paying off. Most of the fire is currently in mop up. Today, firefighters will continue efforts to secure lines, finish the contingency lines and start repairing the fireline in some sections of the fire.

Today is the last day that the Oregon Department of Forestry and CalFire will be in unified command. CalFire Incident Commander, Phill Veneris, expressed his appreciation this morning for the positive partnership between the two organizations during this incident.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Temperatures for today are expected to between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 13 and 18%. Warm, dry and unstable conditions are expected again today. Low fire activity is expected today and will be isolated to unburned interior islands. A fire weather watch has been issued for Sunday through Monday for thunderstorms and lightning.

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 50%
Size: 35,093* acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14
* Acreage has been reduced from what was reported on 8/6/14 due to better mapping.

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 6 Type 1 crews, 51 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 58 engines, 19 dozers, 27 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 1 dozers, 5 engines, and 2 crews.

Air resources: 13 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1,643


Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road will remain at a Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Klamath County
All evacuation orders for Klamath County have been lifted, including the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks remain at Road 106 (Camp 4) south from Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Fire Update - Friday, August 8, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)


Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:

Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,093 acres (reduced from the 8/6 report due to better mapping) (about 9,500 in California) is 50% contained. Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel and Equipment: 63 crews, 63 engines, 20 dozers, 27 water tenders, 13 helicopters, and 1,643 personnel
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level, while Siskiyou and Klamath Counties' Level 1 evacuation notices were lifted.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


Northeast Oregon District:

5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 25% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 365 personnel, 16 engines, 9 water tenders, 3 dozer, and 4 helicopters
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha near Freezeout Creek to 10 miles north of Imnaha near Fence Creek.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119


Central Oregon District:

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 41,807 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 49,390 acres and are 25% contained.
Personnel: 575
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff's Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A red flag warning (meaning - low humidity and high winds - make ripe conditions for the fire to spread rapidly) remains in effect through noon today for this 3,372 acre fire, currently 35% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5. Governor Kitzhaber will visit the fire team today at 10 a.m.
Structures: 740 homes threatened, 1 destroyed, 2 damaged, 5 out buildings destroyed.
Personnel and equipment: 659 personnel
Evacuations: Level 3- 143 homes, Level 1- 597 homes. Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Level-3: 4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.
Level-1: Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Shelters: American Red Cross evacuation shelter 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter - Dry Hollow Elementary, 1314 E19th, The Dalles.
Shelter services for dogs and cats if evacuated owners have no other option for their pets: Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, 541-296-5189 / http://homeatlasths.org/
Nan Wimmers is coordinating livestock sheltering, if needed by evacuated residents, 541-993-5510
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212 these phones will be staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014

Additional Contact Information:
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us
Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792
Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at www.tripcheck.com
American Red Cross: 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell (503) 508-4478
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Health advisory lifted August 8 for Odell Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 08/08/14
August 8, 2014

Health advisory lifted August 8 for Odell Lake

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued July 21 for Odell Lake, located off Highway 58 in Klamath County, about 31 miles southeast of the Lane County city of Oakridge.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Forest Service at 541-433-3200. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom program website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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08/07/14
Rowena Fire Daily Evening Update - August 7, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Evening Information Update
August 7, 2014


Summary
Both crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal worked throughout the day to improve hand and dozer lines to prevent further fire travel. In the early afternoon wind speeds increased causing the fire to grow and travel toward the southwest more rapidly than expected. Both the Foley Lakes and Country Club areas experienced unfavorable wind conditions. In the Foley Lakes area, wind driven fire pushed back into the neighborhood that had just hours before had its evacuation level decreased from 3 to 1. Targeted evacuations were enacted to protect the residents in the area. In the Country Club area, fire was pushed across several lines and crossed the Rowena River Road near Adeline Road. Both fires received immediate response and were quickly mitigated.

Structural protection
Structure protection task forces worked throughout the day to improve defensible space around homes and outbuildings. When the Foley Lakes and Country Club fires flared up, task forces assigned to night shift were activated to respond.

Structural firefighters continued to create defensible space around structures in advance of the fire threat.

Evacuations
Level-3
4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.

Level-1
Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.

Fire Strategy for Tonight
Today, fire control work will focus on reinforcing containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire, securing the northwest end of the fire and continuing structural protection along Highway 30 and other residences.

Public Meeting
A public information meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm at The Dalles High School located 220 East 10th Street in The Dalles. This meeting is open to all members of the public and media. Fire managers will provide a current status update and be available to address questions and concerns.

Warnings
An urgent red flag fire weather warning was issued at about 3:00
p.m. on Thursday 8/7/2014 for winds gusting to 30 mph and relative humidity as low as 24 percent. Fires can grow much faster in these conditions and be hazardous for firefighters. The red flag warning is in effect through 11:00 p.m.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.


Fire-At-A-Glance

Size: 2,645 acres Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 0%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 431
Estimated Cost: $937,000
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-
2792
Closures/Restrictions: Hwy 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
For More Information: A fire information line is currently being set up, the number will be distributed via social media once it is established.
Fire safety rules tightened on state-protected lands in NE Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry announced today that additional restrictions on activities in the forest will take effect Aug. 9 on lands within the Northeast Oregon District. The tightened rules, known as a Regulated-Use Closure, include the following:

- Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the Regulated-Use Closure area can be found at the following State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam, and Unity Lake. Additional designated locations can be verified by calling local unit offices. Make sure campfires in these designated locations are DEAD OUT before leaving.
- Debris burning is prohibited, including the use of burn barrels.
- Non-industrial chainsaw use is prohibited.
- Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area free of flammable vegetation.
- Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), is prohibited except on improved roads, except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal are prohibited unless specifically waived by the State Forester.
- Mowing of dried and cured grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited.
- The use of exploding targets is prohibited.
- Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.
- Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2 ) Operated in compliance with manufacturer's instructions.
- Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

The Regulated-Use Closure affects private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant Counties. The Regulated-Use Closure is intended to protect natural resources and public health and safety.

Persistent hot, dry weather over the last several weeks has raised fire danger to extreme levels. The current weather pattern is expected to continue, with the possibility of more thunderstorms by this weekend or early next week.

"These additional restrictions are being implemented to help reduce the threat of human-caused fires," explained Dennis Perilli, Pendleton Unit Forester.

Numerous large fires throughout the region have diminished the number of resources that are available to respond to new fire starts.

Year-to-date fire information for lands protected by the Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District:
Lightning-caused fires: 40 fires burned 144 acres
Human-caused fires: 19 fires burned 39 acres

Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, land-use restrictions change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

More information for fire danger in Northeast Oregon can be found at http://bmidc.org/index.shtml.

Contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on ODF Restrictions:
La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

To report a fire, contact:
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch, (541) 963-7171
Or, call 9-1-1.
Health advisory issued August 7 for water contact at Mill Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 08/07/14
August 7, 2014

Health advisory issued August 7 for water contact at Mill Beach

A public health advisory is being issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Mill Beach, located in Curry County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Mill Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Red Cross Continues to Provide Disaster Relief to Communities Affected by the Rowena Wildfire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/07/14
The American Red Cross Cascades Region continues to provide support for people affected by the Rowena Wildfire, which still burns just west of The Dalles, Ore. Last night more than 20 local residents visited the Red Cross shelter, and 15 individuals spent the night. The shelter at Hallow Creek Elementary remains open and is located at 1314 East 19th Street in The Dalles. Red Cross volunteers from across Oregon and Southwest Washington are available to provide snacks, meals, water, comfort kits and disaster health and disaster mental health services.

In addition to providing disaster relief resources, Red Cross volunteers are actively out in the local community canvassing neighborhoods with disaster preparedness information, which includes important tips about what to do before, during and after a wildfire. To learn how to stay safe during a wildfire, people can find resources here (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire) or other useful information by downloading the free American Red Cross Wildfire App (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/wildfire-app).

Residents seeking additional information about the Rowena Wildfire are invited to attend a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School located at 220 E 10th Street. Red Cross volunteers will be providing water, preparedness information and answering questions about available Red Cross resources at tonight's meeting.
OSP announces Jim Walker appointed as Oregon's next State Fire Marshal (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/07/14
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Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans announced the appointment of JIM WALKER as the next State Fire Marshal for the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). WALKER's appointment was effective August 1, 2014.

WALKER, age 52, began his service as Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal in 2009 and has been serving as the interim state fire marshal since March 2014. In his role as State Fire Marshal, WALKER directs the agency's fire programs, including fire code development and enforcement, fire investigation, fire data collection and analysis, the Community Right to Know Program, Hazmat Response Teams, fire safety education and information, firesetter intervention, and regulation of the fireworks, explosives, propane, and non-retail gasoline dispensing industries. Other responsibilities include administration of the State Fire Service Mobilization Plan and the State Fire Marshal's structural overhead teams.

WALKER is a member of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association, Pacific Northwest Coordinating Group Steering Committee, Western Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, Oregon Fire Marshals Association, Governor's Fire Service Policy Council, International Fire Chiefs Association, and International Code Council.

Prior to joining OSFM in 2009, he was the Fire Operations Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and has experience managing ODF's statewide fire operations activities including directing aviation resources.

"I thank the fire service and Oregon State Police for their support and confidence in leading a high-quality organization into the future," said WALKER. "I look forward to continuing our great partnerships with the Oregon fire service in achieving our common goals of protecting Oregonians and their property from fire and hazardous materials."

WALKER is Oregon's 10th State Fire Marshal after C. Walter Stickney was officially appointed the first State Fire Marshal in 1963.

More information about the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is available on the agency's website at http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/index.aspx.

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Jim Walker Appointed as Oregon's Next State Fire Marshal (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/07/14
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Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans announced the appointment of JIM WALKER as the next State Fire Marshal for the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). WALKER's appointment was effective August 1, 2014.

WALKER, age 52, began his service as Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal in 2009 and has been serving as the interim state fire marshal since March 2014. In his role as State Fire Marshal, WALKER directs the agency's fire programs, including fire code development and enforcement, fire investigation, fire data collection and analysis, the Community Right to Know Program, Hazmat Response Teams, fire safety education and information, firesetter intervention, and regulation of the fireworks, explosives, propane, and non-retail gasoline dispensing industries. Other responsibilities include administration of the State Fire Service Mobilization Plan and the State Fire Marshal's structural overhead teams.

WALKER is a member of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association, Pacific Northwest Coordinating Group Steering Committee, Western Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, Oregon Fire Marshals Association, Governor's Fire Service Policy Council, International Fire Chiefs Association, and International Code Council.

Prior to joining OSFM in 2009, he was the Fire Operations Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and has experience managing ODF's statewide fire operations activities including directing aviation resources.

"I thank the fire service and Oregon State Police for their support and confidence in leading a high-quality organization into the future," said WALKER. "I look forward to continuing our great partnerships with the Oregon fire service in achieving our common goals of protecting Oregonians and their property from fire and hazardous materials."

WALKER is Oregon's 10th State Fire Marshal after C. Walter Stickney was officially appointed the first State Fire Marshal in 1963.

More information about the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is available on the agency's website at http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/index.aspx.

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Beaver Complex Fire Update - Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 9 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


August 7, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message:
Take action before fire season starts, make sure your property is prepared for wildfire. Learn about defensible space and fire-wise landscaping techniques by consulting your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry office. More resources can be found online at www.firewise.org or at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Prevention.
Current Situation (Oregon Gulch Fire): Fire managers are happy with the progress so far but reminded crews this morning that the hardest part of the work is starting now. Crews used infrared imaging overnight to identify hot spots and dig out smoldering roots. Today, crews will pick up where the night shift left off by working along the entire fireline to do a thorough job with mop up.

Acreage has been reduced through the use of GPS reconnaissance on the line. GPS tools help provide better mapping and determine accurate acreage consumed by the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Predicted weather today calls for unstable and dry conditions with temperatures between 85 and 90 degrees and relative humidity between 18 and 23%. Fire activity is expected to be low, but with the unstable conditions, crews were cautioned to take swift action on any starts should they arise.

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 42%
Size: 35,074* acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14
* Acreage has been reduced due to better mapping.

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 9 Type 1 crews, 51 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 74 engines, 22 dozers, 25 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 4 dozers, 25 engines, and 6 crews.

Air resources: 14 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1785

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road has been reduced from Level 2 Evacuation to Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 2 Evacuation to a Level 1 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are being removed from Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66 to Camp 4. Camp 4 Road remains restricted to fire personnel only. The Klamath River has been reopened for recreational use.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed (3 in Oregon and 3 in California).

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


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Workgroup of Future of Public Health Task Force meets August 11
Oregon Health Authority - 08/07/14
August 7, 2014

What: A workgroup of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health will meet to discuss options for implementing the draft straw model of governmental public health services developed by the full task force. Implementation options developed during the workgroup meeting will be brought to the August 20 Task Force meeting for consideration.

When: Monday, August 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland

Who: This workgroup of Future of Public Health Task Force is composed of four current members of the full task force. The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Rowena Fire Daily Update - August 7, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 7, 2014

Based on infrared imaging, last night the fire grew from approximately 150 acres at about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday to its current size of approximately 2,645 acres. It made a significant run eastward from its point of origin west of Rowena towards The Dalles.

The flaming front was clearly visible to the community and from the Incident Command Post located at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue's station in The Dalles

Significant work was completed overnight, and dozer constructed containment line now confines the fires eastern edge in a rough line connecting Foley Lakes to 7 Hill Road. Incident Commander John Buckman commented on last night's action: "The integration between OSFM and ODF provided the needed resources to address both the wildland and structural protection components of the incident."

Structural protection
Three structure protection task forces from Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act arrived at the fire mid-morning yesterday and were assigned to relieve local firefighting crews in protecting the Level 3 evacuated homes along Highway 30. Those resources did a tremendous job saving homes while battling winds and heavy fire activity throughout the day and evening. It was quickly realized that additional resources were going to be needed so an additional three task forces were brought in from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Marion counties and were assigned to relieve the day shift task forces so that their good work could continue through the night.

During the blow-up yesterday evening, all task forces were immediately deployed to the Seven Mile area to help protect homes in conjunction with the evacuations that were taking place by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. Approximately 300 structures were protected by the six task forces. Crews are heading back out to the fire line this morning and will continue to evaluate and prioritize the most threatened ones while maintaining awareness of conditions forecasted to be similar to yesterday.

Evacuations
A Level 3 evacuation remains in effect for 275 dwellings as ordered by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their support and cooperation during the evacuations last night.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Today's fire strategy
Today, fire control work will focus on reinforcing containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire, securing the northwest end of the fire and continuing structural protection along Highway 30 and other residences.

Public Meeting
A public information meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., tonight, August 7, at The Dalles/Wahtonka High School located 220 East 10th Street in The Dalles. This meeting is open to all members of the public and media. Fire managers will provide a current status update and be available to address questions and concerns.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.


Fire-At-A-Glance
Size: 2,645 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 0%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 431
Estimated Cost: $937,000
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions: Highway 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
For More Information: A fire information line is current being set up, the number will be distributed via social media once it is established.
Contact Info:
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
Rowena Fire Evacuation Level Updates - August 7, 2014 @ 9:40 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
August 7, 2014


Level-3
4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way.

Level-1
Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Rowena Fire Q&A and Site Tour, August 11, 2014 @ 11 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
August 7, 2014

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the fire at 11am today, at the Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue Station located at 1400 W 8th Street.

After the meeting credentialed media is invited on a driving tour of the site.
Due to the dynamic nature of wildfires, anyone participating on the tour is required to have full personal protective equipment on including:

Leather boots
Leather gloves
Helmet
Eye Protection
Nomex Pants and Shirt
Fire Shelter

All equipment items are required, no exceptions. This equipment will NOT be provided.

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Rowena Fire Daily Update - Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 9 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 7, 2014

Based on infrared imaging, last night the fire grew from approximately 150 acres at about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday to its current size of approximately 2,645 acres. It made a significant run eastward from its point of origin west of Rowena towards The Dalles.

The flaming front was clearly visible to the community and from the Incident Command Post located at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue's station in The Dalles

Significant work was completed overnight, and dozer constructed containment line now confines the fires eastern edge in a rough line connecting Foley Lakes to 7 Hill Road. Incident Commander John Buckman commented on last night's action: "The integration between OSFM and ODF provided the needed resources to address both the wildland and structural protection components of the incident."

Structural protection
Three structure protection task forces from Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act arrived at the fire mid-morning yesterday and were assigned to relieve local firefighting crews in protecting the Level 3 evacuated homes along Highway 30. Those resources did a tremendous job saving homes while battling winds and heavy fire activity throughout the day and evening. It was quickly realized that additional resources were going to be needed so an additional three task forces were brought in from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Marion counties and were assigned to relieve the day shift task forces so that their good work could continue through the night.

During the blow-up yesterday evening, all task forces were immediately deployed to the Seven Mile area to help protect homes in conjunction with the evacuations that were taking place by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. Approximately 300 structures were protected by the six task forces. Crews are heading back out to the fire line this morning and will continue to evaluate and prioritize the most threatened ones while maintaining awareness of conditions forecasted to be similar to yesterday.

Evacuations
A Level 3 evacuation remains in effect for 275 dwellings as ordered by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their support and cooperation during the evacuations last night.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Today's fire strategy
Today, fire control work will focus on reinforcing containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire, securing the northwest end of the fire and continuing structural protection along Highway 30 and other residences.

Public Meeting
A public information meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., tonight, August 7, at The Dalles/Wahtonka High School located 220 East 10th Street in The Dalles. This meeting is open to all members of the public and media. Fire managers will provide a current status update and be available to address questions and concerns.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.


Fire-At-A-Glance
Size: 2,645 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 0%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 431
Estimated Cost: $937,000
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions: Highway 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
For More Information: A fire information line is current being set up, the number will be distributed via social media once it is established.
08/06/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update - August 6,2014 @ 9 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/06/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


August 6, 2014
9:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Please note that this will be the last evening update unless conditions change significantly. A morning update will continue to be released.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Crews have mopped up 100 to 200 feet along much of the western fire perimeter and continue to make significant progress along the rest of the fire. Crews have brought seven miles of hose into the north and northeastern edges of the fire to assist with mop up operations and contingency lines built outside the fire perimeter are being fortified. Crews are facing hazards including snags and poison oak.

Salt Creek Fire
Management of the Salt Creek Fire has transitioned back to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. This will be the last update on this fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: The weather over the fire area tonight is expected to be slightly cooler under mostly clear skies. Temperatures should range between 47 and 52 degrees with relative humidity between 55 and 65%. Downslope winds of 6 to 9 mph are expected.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 95%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 42%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 7 Type 1 crews, 54 Type 2 hand crews, 82 engines, 20 dozers, 28 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 12 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1720


Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road has been reduced from Level 2 Evacuation to Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 2 Evacuation to a Level 1 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed (3 in Oregon and 3 in California).

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


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Red Cross Shelter Open for Columbia Gorge Residents Evacuated Due to Wildfire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/06/14
The American Red Cross shelter that was opened at the Mosier Grange early this morning has been moved to a new location to accommodate additional residents who have been evacuated from their homes due to the Rowena wildfire. The new shelter location is Dry Hollow Elementary School, 1314 East 19th Street in The Dalles, OR 97058.
Health advisory issued for water contact at Seal Rock State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 08/06/14
August 6, 2014

Health advisory issued for water contact at Seal Rock State Park Beach

A public health advisory is being issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Seal Rock Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on these beaches because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Rowena Fire Update from the Wasco County Sheriff
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
Management of the Rowena Fire is now being conducted by a Unified Command between Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. The Incident Command post has been set up at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 West 8th Street, The Dalles, OR.

Highway 30 is now closed between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena; however, the closure could expand as the fire progresses. Citizens are asked to keep away from the area in order to avoid interfering with firefighting operations.

Currently, there are approximately 275 structures threatened by the fire's spread. A Level III (Go) evacuation notice has been issued for seventy five residences located between the 5500 block of Highway 30 west to the 6200 block of Highway 30. Approximately 200 residences located between the 4800 block of Highway 30 (Exit 82) west to the 5500 block of Highway 30, including Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, Simonelli Road, Tooley Terrace and Adeline Way have been placed on a Level I (Get Ready) evacuation notice. Evacuation notices are being conducted by Wasco County Sheriff's Office staff and via the Citizen Alert emergency notification program. Please register for Citizen Alert at www.co.wasco.or.us.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents displaced by the fire, located at the Mosier Grange, 900 4th Street, Mosier. For information related to the shelter, please contact the American Red Cross at 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter. Home at Last, 541-296-5189, is offering sheltering services for dogs and cats if owners have no other options for their pets. Livestock sheltering is being coordinated by Nan Wimmers, 541-993-5510.

Please refer to the official Rowena Fire Facebook page at "Rowena Fire Oregon - 2014" and Twitter feed @rowenafire2014 for current fire information. Questions can be directed to rowenafire@gmail.com.

For current road closures and evacuation notices, call the
Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire hotline at 541-506-2792.
Photo/Video Release: Oregon Army National Guard assists with state's fire fighting efforts (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/06/14
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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter awaits launch instructions at a helibase at the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter refuels at a helibase near the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Fires burn near Ashland, Ore., in this aerial view of the Oregon Gulch fire, Aug. 5. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter drops water on a portion of the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber briefs Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, emergency managers and other fire managers at a fire camp near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The Oregon Army National Guard is supporting firefighting efforts for the Oregon Gulch fire in the area. The Governor thanked all the workers, highlighting how important it is for Oregonians to be aware of the ongoing fire season. Fire managers have said this is the worst fire season to date. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter picks up a load of water from a river while assisting with the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


To see and download video b-roll of the Oregon Army National Guard's firefighting support, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQiyDSSBLV0&feature=youtu.be

To see and download more photos from our Flickr page, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/


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Oregon.gov Advisory Board Hosts Quarterly Meeting
State of Oregon - 08/06/14
Oregon Department of Administrative Services
155 Cottage Street NE, U20
Salem, Oregon 97301-3966

News Advisory
August 6, 2014

Oregon.gov Advisory Board Hosts Quarterly Meeting

Salem, Oregon-The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The meeting will take place in the Tillamook Room of the Department of Forestry, 2600 State St Bldg. C, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.

The legislature established the advisory board with enactment of ORS 182.126-132. The board will advise the Department of Administrative Services on key decisions and strategic choices about how DAS manages and operates the state's web portal services.

The Oregon.gov portal is the connection point for citizens to access state agency services and information on the Internet. "Web portal services" means providing the hosting, content management, electronic commerce, public collaboration and application development needed to operate and maintain Oregon.gov and make payments on the web.

With the board's advice, DAS aims to make the Oregon.gov portal and its operation as effective as it can be for citizens' interface with state government.

The agenda and handouts will be posted on the advisory boards' website, seven days prior to meeting. (http://www.oregon.gov/epab/Pages/agenda_minutes_handouts.aspx)

What: Meeting of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00am - 11:30am.

Where: Department of Forestry
Tillamook Conference Room
2600 State St., Bldg. C
Salem, Oregon 97310

Who: Members of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 6, 2014
12:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Governor John Kitzhaber visited the Oregon Gulch fire camp today and extended his appreciation for the efforts in extinguishing the Beaver Complex fires. The Governor encourages all Oregonians to be vigilant in preventing wildfires during this exceptionally active fire season. The slightest spark from a car idling over dry grass or a tossed cigarette can lead to disastrous results.

Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
The fire is now 100% lined and is 35% contained. Crews will be working today to continue to strengthen fire lines and mop up hot spots.

All structural task forces assigned to the fire have been released. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team will be demobilizing tomorrow.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire are working today to continue to mop up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Weather today will be mostly sunny and a few degrees warmer than yesterday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the area. Temperatures are expected to be between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 18 and 23%.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 95%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 35%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 7 Type 1 crews, 54 Type 2 hand crews, 82 engines, 20 dozers, 28 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 12 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1720

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Beaver Complex update - Aug. 6, noon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/06/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

August 6, 2014
12 p.m.

Special Message:
Governor John Kitzhaber visited the Oregon Gulch fire camp today and extended his appreciation for the efforts in extinguishing the Beaver Complex fires. The Governor encourages all Oregonians to be vigilant in preventing wildfires during this exceptionally active fire season. The slightest spark from a car idling over dry grass or a tossed cigarette can lead to disastrous results.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
The fire is now 100% lined and is 35% contained. Crews will be working today to continue to strengthen fire lines and mop up hot spots.

All structural task forces assigned to the fire have been released. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team will be demobilizing tomorrow.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire are working today to continue to mop up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Weather today will be mostly sunny and a few degrees warmer than yesterday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the area. Temperatures are expected to be between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 18 and 23%.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 95%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 35%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California) Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 7 Type 1 hand crews, 54 Type 2 hand crews, 82 fire engines, 20 bulldozers, 28 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 bulldozers, 10 fire engines, and 4 hand crews.

Air resources: 12 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1,720

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Oregon State Athletic Commission Seeking Ringside Physician Candidates
Oregon State Police - 08/06/14
The Oregon State Athletic Commission is conducting a statewide recruitment for interested, qualified candidates to serve as Ringside Physicians. The recruitment will close September 15, 2014.

The Oregon State Athletic Commission (OSAC) is charged with regulating professional boxing, mixed martial arts and entertainment wrestling in the State of Oregon. The Commission is comprised of five volunteer members and an Executive Director responsible for the program's administration. The Commission has a Medical Advisory Committee that recommends Ringside Physician applications under consideration.

Ringside Physicians must meet the following minimum qualifications, must be approved by the Medical Advisory Committee and consent to and pass a background investigation:

* Must be a medical doctor or osteopath licensed in the State of Oregon;
* Must be familiar with or willing to learn the physical standards for licensing boxers and mixed martial arts contestants as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rule 230 Section 20 and Oregon Revised Statute 463;
* Must be willing to provide pre and post-fight medical exams prior to and during events; and
* Must be willing to travel to and attend events on weekends when able.

Ringside Physicians receive payment for their services at OSAC sanctioned events. Interested persons should contact Sgt. Jeff Lewis of the Oregon State Athletic Commission, at (503) 378-3578, or email at jeffrey.lewis@state.or.us.

More information is available on the OSAC Commission website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/GAMING/pages/b_w_welcome.aspx

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Candidates Sought to Fill Vacancies on Oregon State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Committee
Oregon State Police - 08/06/14
A statewide recruitment is being conducted for interested, qualified candidates to serve as volunteers with the Oregon State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Committee. The recruitment will close September 15, 2014.

The Oregon State Athletic Commission (OSAC) is charged with regulating professional boxing, mixed martial arts and entertainment wrestling in the State of Oregon. The commission is comprised of five volunteer members and an Executive Director responsible for the program's administration.

The commission has a Medical Advisory Committee comprised of five individuals serving a four-year term that is appointed by the Superintendent of the Oregon State Police.

Members of the Medical Advisory Committee must be a physician licensed in the State of Oregon. A physician is defined as any person who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy under ORS 677.010. Committee members will attend both regular and irregular public meetings generally held in Salem and/or by teleconference. Travel and per diem expenses associated with the volunteer duties of this position are covered for committee members.

Duties of the Medical Advisory Committee include gathering, assessing and updating medical data for the purpose of recommending to the commission:

1. Fitness criteria for pre-fight medical examinations;
2. Medical procedures and substances allowed for use in the contestants corner;
3. Emergency procedures for ring injuries; and
4. Safety equipment required to promote the best interests of contestants.
5. Periodically the Committee will identify and nominate for approval by the commission a sufficient number of qualified licensed physicians to serve as ringside physicians for boxing and mixed martial arts events held throughout the State of Oregon.

Interested persons should contact Sgt. Jeff Lewis of the Oregon State Athletic Commission, at (503) 378-3578, or email at jeffrey.lewis@state.or.us.

More information is available on the Commission website at OSAC Commission website:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/GAMING/pages/b_w_welcome.aspx

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 6, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/06/14
Fire Update - Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires:

Central Oregon District:
Rowena Fire: an approximately 100 acre fire six miles west of The Dalles started about 9 p.m. August 5. The Incident Commander John Buckman and the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 will assume command of this fire today. Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Conflagration Act to authorize the State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
Structures: 70 homes threatened;
Personnel and equipment: 59 personnel and structural equipment in place. Three structural protection task forces have been requested. Task Force 1 from Washington County and Task Force 2 from Columbia County are on scene. Task Force 3 from Yamhill County is en route. Other personnel and equipment have been ordered.
Evacuations: Wasco County Sheriff's Office evacuated 7 homes as of last night. The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Mosier Grange Hall for those displaced by the fire.
Media: A media staging area has been established at Rowena River Road. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Justin DeRuyter will meet you there. Take the Rowena exit from I-84, take a left back under the I-84 freeway. You will see the staging area on the right.

Updates:

Southwest Oregon District:
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Yesterday, Initial Attack crews located and contained 3 lightning fires that started within the team's responsibility.
Salt Creek Fire: a 155 acre fire is 95% contained. This lightning caused fire 20 miles northwest of Medford started July 30.

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 36,723 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 35% contained. Lightning also caused this fire, 15 miles east of Ashland, on July 30.

Personnel and Equipment: 49 crews, 96 engines, 39 dozers, 23 water tenders, 20 helicopters, 2 air tankers, and 1,720 personnel
Evacuations: Level 2 evacuation in Klamath River Canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to California border.
Level 2 evacuation notice in place for the Copco road on the 6000 block south to the Oregon border.
Level 1 evacuation notice in place for Hwy 66 from the Green Springs Fire Station to the 2000 block on Hwy 66.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,500 acre fire is 20% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 256 personnel
Evacuations: Wallowa County Sheriff Office issued a Level 1 "Get Ready" evacuation notice to the Imnaha community at 6AM Aug. 5. The fire is about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.
Community Meetings are scheduled in Imnaha August 6th at 5 pm at the church and in Joseph on August 7th at 6 pm at the Community Center.

Central Oregon District:
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 35,965 acres are 15% contained.
Personnel: 528
Evacuations: The Grant County Sheriff's Department has issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River).
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com


Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Rowena Fire declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
Governor Kitzhaber has declared the Rowena Fire burning in the Columbia Gorge, about 6 miles west of the Dalles a conflagration. The conflagration request came from Wasco County Fire Defense Board Chief Robert Palmer. The fire started around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

Currently 70 homes are threatened and the fire is at approximately 200 acres.

The OSFM Green Incident Management Team lead by Incident Commander John Ingrao is managing the structural protection resources on the fire.

Three structural protection task forces have been requested. Task Force 1 from Washington County and Task Force 2 from Columbia County are on scene. Task Force 3 from Yamhill County is en route.

Total number of structural protection personnel currently involved is 59

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office is reporting that seven homes are under an evacuation order.
ODOT reports that Highway 30 between Mosier and Rowena is closed.Check ODOT tripcheck for continuous updates.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Mosier Grange Hall for those displaced by the fire.

Social Media @rowenafire2014
Media Fire Information email address: rowenafire@gmail.com
Press Advisory Re: Rowena Fire in the Columbia Gorge
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
A media staging area has been established at Rowena River Road. The OSFM Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Justin DeRuyter will meet you there. Take the Rowena exit from I-84, take a left back under the I-84 freeway. You will see the staging area on the right.

http://www.trulia.com/homes/Oregon/The_Dalles/sold/1000128039-5905-Rowena-River-Rd-The-Dalles-OR-97058
08/05/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/05/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 5, 2014
9:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Every second counts when it comes to wildfire. Take time to be prepared for a wildfire should one ignite near you. Make a plan for evacuation and assemble an emergency kit so that you and your family can be prepared to leave should an emergency arise. Suggestions for how best to prepare can be found on the Red Cross' website at: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Crews continue to make steady progress towards the goal of containing the fire, and have tied in the last remaining section of line along the southeast side of the fire. Priority work for overnight includes continuing to secure the fire lines and clearing brush to remove fuel. The addition of resources reassigned to the Oregon Gulch Fire from the Salt Creek Fire will help to accelerate progress.

Predicted lightning, which came into the area early Monday morning, ignited three new fires near the Oregon Gulch Fire. One, located near Parker Mountain approximately a mile north of the main Oregon Gulch Fire line, grew to about seven acres. Nightshift crews working nearby each new start were able to quickly respond and contain them in initial attack.

Structural task forces continue to assist with structure protection under the direction of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team. The Lane County task force was demobilized today.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire continue to make significant progress on mopping up the fire and a number of resources have been reassigned to assist with containing the Oregon Gulch Fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Thunderstorms in the area of the Oregon Gulch Fire should dissipate overnight, but could result in a stray lightning strike. There is a 20% chance of showers. Temperatures should be around 52 to 57 degrees with relative humidity around 65 to 75%. Rain received over the Oregon Gulch Fire last night was not enough to provide much assistance to firefighters, but tonight's weather should help to keep the fire activity low.


Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 3 Type 1 crews, 44 Type 2 hand crews, 86 engines, 30 dozers, 23 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 20 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total personnel: 1573

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Beaver Complex Fire Update - August 5, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/05/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 5, 2014
9:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Every second counts when it comes to wildfire. Take time to be prepared for a wildfire should one ignite near you. Make a plan for evacuation and assemble an emergency kit so that you and your family can be prepared to leave should an emergency arise. Suggestions for how best to prepare can be found on the Red Cross' website at: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Crews continue to make steady progress towards the goal of containing the fire, and have tied in the last remaining section of line along the southeast side of the fire. Priority work for overnight includes continuing to secure the fire lines and clearing brush to remove fuel. The addition of resources reassigned to the Oregon Gulch Fire from the Salt Creek Fire will help to accelerate progress.

Predicted lightning, which came into the area early Monday morning, ignited three new fires near the Oregon Gulch Fire. One, located near Parker Mountain approximately a mile north of the main Oregon Gulch Fire line, grew to about seven acres. Nightshift crews working nearby each new start were able to quickly respond and contain them in initial attack.

Structural task forces continue to assist with structure protection under the direction of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team. The Lane County task force was demobilized today.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire continue to make significant progress on mopping up the fire and a number of resources have been reassigned to assist with containing the Oregon Gulch Fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Thunderstorms in the area of the Oregon Gulch Fire should dissipate overnight, but could result in a stray lightning strike. There is a 20% chance of showers. Temperatures should be around 52 to 57 degrees with relative humidity around 65 to 75%. Rain received over the Oregon Gulch Fire last night was not enough to provide much assistance to firefighters, but tonight's weather should help to keep the fire activity low.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 3 Type 1 crews, 44 Type 2 hand crews, 86 engines, 30 dozers, 23 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 20 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total personnel: 1573

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


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Walterville Pond Health advisory issued due to blue-green algae
Oregon Health Authority - 08/05/14
HAB Advisory Issue

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us
Technical questions: Rebecca Hillwig, 971-673-0431, hab.health@state.or.us

Walterville Pond Health advisory issued due to blue-green algae

High toxin levels found at Lane County lake

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Walterville Pond, located off Oregon Route 126, five miles east of Springfield.

Walterville Pond is adjacent to the Eugene Water and Electric Board's (EWEB) Walterville Canal, a half mile northeast of the town of Walterville in Lane County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Walterville Pond is especially dangerous.

Oregon Public Health Division officials advise recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Walterville Pond are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, 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.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of 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.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Walterville Pond and enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact EWEB at 541-685-7471.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Fire Update - Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/05/14
Fire Update - Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires:
None reported.

Updates:

Southwest Oregon District:
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires):
The 155 acre Salt Creek Fire is 87% contained. This lightning caused fire 20 miles northwest of Medford started July 30.

The Oregon Gulch Fire covering 36,568 acres (9,464 in California) is 30% contained. Lightning also caused this fire, 15 miles east of Ashland, on July 30.

Personnel and Equipment: 61 crews, 37 dozers, 25 water tenders, and 1,573 personnel
Evacuations: Were reduced from level 3 "go" evacuate to level 2 "be set" to evacuate on a moment's notice or voluntarily evacuate now on some areas in Jackson and Klamath counties.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,000 acre fire is 5% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.

Personnel and Equipment: Oregon IMT 3, a Type II team, under Incident Commander Doug Johnson
took command of this and the Somers Fire at 0600 today.
Evacuations: Wallowa County Sheriff Office issued a Level 1 "Get Ready" evacuation notice to the Imnaha community at 6AM today. The fire is about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.

Central Oregon District:
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 28,800 acres are 15% contained (Murderers Creek covers over 23,000 acres.)

Personnel: 463
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Haystack Complex - 100% contained (included Haystack Fire, Throop Fire, Steet Fire, Hog Ridge Fire, School House Fire, Beard Canyon Fire, Stahl Fire)
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Workplace safety and health event coming to Bend/Former NASA astronaut featured as keynote speaker
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/05/14
(Salem) - The Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference is coming to Bend on Sept. 24-25, 2014, with the theme "Launch safety and health to greater heights." The conference is being held at the Riverhouse Convention Center.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages workers and employers to attend the event to help improve safety and health performance. The training can help organizations reduce injuries and accidents, and decrease workers' compensation costs.

Keynote speaker and retired NASA astronaut Mike Mullane will present "Stopping Normalization of Deviance," on Wednesday, Sept. 24. His program will focus on the lessons learned from the space shuttle Challenger tragedy, enlightening audience members on the dangers of an incremental "creep" away from best practices.

"Many people use the word accident to describe what are actually predictable surprises (the correct description of the Challenger disaster)," Mullane said. "In the autopsy of these surprises, there are always found to be long-term indications of imminent disaster. But, for various reasons, these warnings were normalized as acceptable to the team."

The event will also feature workshops specifically designed for fire and emergency services, created in partnership with the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Some of the other topics featured at this year's conference include:
* Job hazard analysis
* Confined space - regulatory update
* Safety communication
* Disaster preparedness and emergency planning

Registration for the two-day event is $135, with an optional pre-conference workshop for $65. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free), then option one or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the Central Oregon Safety and Health Association and Oregon OSHA, with additional support from the Oregon and Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Associations and Bend Fire and Rescue.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.
Update #2: Driver Dies From Injuries Sustained in July 24th Traffic Crash - Southside Bypass at Homedale Road in Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/05/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the reported death of a driver involved in a July 24, 2014 two-vehicle traffic crash on Southside Bypass (Highway 140 East) at Homedale Road in Klamath County. OSP was notified that JOHN GILMAN, age 41, from Klamath Falls, died August 3 at the hospital.

Previously released information indicated on July 24, 2014, at approximately 2:03 p.m., OSP troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a two car crash on Southside Bypass at Homedale Road. Emergency responders extricated both drivers and a passenger from the two vehicles, who were immediately transported to the Sky Lakes Medical Center by ambulance. GILMAN, was then transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with critical injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates a GMC pickup driven by GILMAN was eastbound on South Side Bypass and made a left turn in front of a westbound Dodge pickup with two occupants. The Dodge pickup driven by RANDALL M. DUVAL, age 61, from Tulelake, California, struck the passenger side of the GMC pickup.

GILMAN was listed in critical condition at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend until his death. He was not using safety restraints.

DUVALL and 65-year old female passenger, LYNN TANNER, received non-life threatening injuries. The driver was not using safety restraints and the passenger was using safety restraints. Both are from Tulelake, California. A dog in their vehicle was taken to a local veterinarian and later was euthanized because of its injury.

OSP Troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command Office are continuing the investigation. Klamath County Fire District #2, ODOT and Klamath County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.

South Side Bypass was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately four hours until investigators cleared the scene.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/05/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

August 5, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message: Level 3 evacuation levels in Jackson and Klamath Counties have been lowered to Level 2. Road Closures to the public are in place. Travel on closed roads will be available to residents only.

The Incident Command Post has moved to Howard Prairie Lake Resort. The phone number for fire information has changed. The new number is 541-488-7726. The public and media are asked to call back if the line is busy.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Hot areas along the west side of the fire are being mopped up. Fire line along the north and east will be strengthened today. The most active part of the fire is located in the east, above the Oregon border. In light of moderate weather conditions, fire personnel will have an opportunity to construct line directly along the fire to keep it from continuing to move east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties are assisting with structure protection.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have made significant progress on mopping up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Monsoonal moisture will linger this morning, but will begin to shift southeast of the Oregon Gulch Fire this afternoon. Scattered showers.


Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 1 Type Crew, 43 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 51 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 12 dozers, 10 engines, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1573

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's Notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
Contact Siskiyou County for more information.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/05/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 5, 2014
9:00 a.m.


Special Message: Level 3 evacuation levels in Jackson and Klamath Counties have been lowered to Level 2. Road Closures to the public are in place. Travel on closed roads will be available to residents only.

The Incident Command Post has moved to Howard Prairie Lake Resort. The phone number for fire information has changed. The new number is 541-488-7726. The public and media are asked to call back if the line is busy.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Hot areas along the west side of the fire are being mopped up. Fire line along the north and east will be strengthened today. The most active part of the fire is located in the east, above the Oregon border. In light of moderate weather conditions, fire personnel will have an opportunity to construct line directly along the fire to keep it from continuing to move east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties are assisting with structure protection.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have made significant progress on mopping up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Monsoonal moisture will linger this morning, but will begin to shift southeast of the Oregon Gulch Fire this afternoon. Scattered showers.


Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 30% Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California) Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14



Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 1 Type Crew, 43 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 51 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 12 dozers, 10 engines, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1573

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's Notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
Contact Siskiyou County for more information.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a






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08/04/14
BPA's credit ratings affirmed, bond sale will save BPA rate payers millions of dollars
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/04/14
Portland, Ore. - The three major credit rating agencies affirmed the ratings on BPA-backed debt last week, paving the way for Energy Northwest, with BPA's support and encouragement, to issue refinancing bonds that will result in substantial savings for the benefit of BPA's ratepayers.

Energy Northwest will refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding debt associated with Energy Northwest's never-completed nuclear Projects 1 and 3. That debt would otherwise be repaid in fiscal year 2014, but the repayment date is being extended by means of the new Energy Northwest Projects 1 and 3 bonds to more closely match the original expected useful lives of the projects.

This "regional cooperation debt" transaction will free-up funds that BPA expects to use to prepay equal amounts of higher-interest rate federal debt and thereby obtain approximately $130 million of present value savings. Regional cooperation debt refers to existing debt associated with the Columbia Generating Station and projects 1 and 3 that also serve as a regional financial resource, providing remarkable debt management opportunities to lower costs of power for the benefit of the Pacific Northwest.

This transaction is part of a larger debt restructuring proposal that could allow BPA to lower its Federal Columbia River Power System interest expense and reduce the weighted average maturity of BPA's overall debt portfolio -- which includes Energy Northwest bonds, BPA's appropriations repayment responsibilities and the bonds BPA issues to the United States Treasury, among other items. This transaction is expected to price on Aug. 5 and close on Aug. 21.

"Debt management measures such as this one have saved, and can continue to save, rate payer money," said Javier Fernandez, BPA acting Treasury manager. "They can also provide us capital spending flexibility, which is important as we undertake capital intensive efforts to preserve and enhance the value of our hydro and transmission infrastructure."

Similar efforts in the past helped BPA preserve and restore $2 billion in U.S. Treasury borrowing authority and saved $500 million in interest.

Energy Northwest, also with BPA's support, may in the future refinance approximately $1.4 billion aggregate principal amount of outstanding regional cooperation debt that would otherwise mature in fiscal years 2015-2018. These possible future transactions would be similar to the 2014 regional cooperation debt transaction and could provide similar economic benefits. If the entire proposal is implemented, the projected savings would reduce BPA's aggregate interest cost and restore valuable U.S. Treasury borrowing authority, an essential element in financing necessary capital investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System. Broad regional support led to the 2014 transaction and BPA believes that regional support appears to be building for the future possible regional cooperation debt transactions.

"BPA is extremely appreciative of the leadership of the Energy Northwest executive board and the management and staff of Energy Northwest for grappling with these refinancing efforts for the region," added Fernandez.

The three bond rating agencies affirmed ratings on BPA-backed debt include:
Standard & Poor's (AA-), Moody's (Aa1) and Fitch (AA).

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia Basin and power from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station. BPA also operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission line capacity in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Oregon National Guard to assist with fire-fighting efforts south of Grants Pass
Oregon Military Department - 08/04/14
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard's Aviation unit is scheduled to assist with the ongoing firefighting efforts south of Grants Pass.

The Beaver Complex fire is located about 21 miles southeast of Ashland.

Two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, two CH-47D Chinook helicopters, and a UH-72A Lakota have been committed to the mission. Aviation crews and support personnel have been mobilized to a helibase in the Beaver Complex area.

Weather forecasters call for hot conditions in the area of the fire. On-site incident commanders will determine how best to use Oregon National Guard assets and personnel.

For information and specifications on the aircraft being used for this mission, visit: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/rotary/a/uh60blackhawk.htm
http://www.boeing.com/boeing/rotorcraft/military/ch47d/
http://www.army-technology.com/projects/uh-72a-lakota/
ODF Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 4, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/04/14
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, August 4, 2014

FIRES
Lightning continues to move through parts of Oregon, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies are busy doing initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible fire starts. Lightning continues in the forecast in specific locations throughout today and tomorrow.

As fire starts continue on all jurisdictions, ODF is actively securing additional resources and engaging in aggressive initial attack on ODF-protected forestlands throughout the state, so that fire-starts can quickly be brought under control and resources can then be re-deployed where they are most needed next.

Fire season 2014 continues to be challenging and, particularly with the ever-present lightning, ODF appreciates the public's help in being fire-safe while recreating or working on any of Oregon's forestlands. Additional human-caused fire-starts will only result in taxing the already-challenged firefighting resources and agencies in Oregon - as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:
Northeast Oregon District - Wallowa Unit: The 5 Mile Fire, started on August 3, 2014 [lightning], is located 20 miles northeast of Enterprise [two miles south of the community of Imnaha] in the Imnaha River drainage. The fire is currently approximately 1,800 acres, burning in steep terrain in grass and timber, on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, as well as approximately 100 acres of ODF-protected private forestlands in the area. ODF assisted with initial attack on Sunday afternoon and evening, and continues to assist on this fire. Among the numerous Initial attack air resources is one VLAT (very large air tanker). The fire is burning in very rugged terrain and difficult to attack with ground crews. An interagency team, Oregon Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Doug Johnson), is arriving late today, Monday, August 4th, to assume command of the fire either this evening or Tuesday morning. Structures are potentially threatened in the town of Imnaha and in the Imnaha River drainage. In addition, the Idaho Power transmission line is imminently threatened. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/
Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The South Fork Complex [lightning] is located approximately 20 miles south of John Day, burning approximately 20,000 acres in the area of the South Fork of the John Day River. The Murderers Creek Fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management, Malheur National Forest, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and private forestlands. In addition to the ODF responsibility for the private forestlands affected by this fire, ODF is also the jurisdictional agency on the ODFW lands (of which approximately 1000 acres have been impacted by this fire), however, they are actually protected by the BLM under a formal agreement. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander Brian Watts) assumed command of this complex on August 2, and the Incident Command Post has been set up at Gander Ranch near Dayville. Additional resources have been ordered. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Southwest Oregon District: The Beaver Complex consists of two lightning-started fires: the Salt Creek Fire, 20 miles northwest of Medford, and the Oregon Gulch Fire, 15 miles east of Ashland in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. This fire is under Unified Command consisting of the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 - Chris Cline, Incident Commander, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander, and CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander.

* The Salt Creek Fire is 155 acres and 80 percent contained. Today, fire personnel will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

* The Oregon Gulch Fire is 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California) and 20 percent contained. Yesterday, fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east. It will be a few degrees cooler today with an elevated inversion remaining much of the day. Tonight, gusty winds are expected. Weather conditions are conducive to fireline construction and containment of the fire. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Evacuation notices remain in place at locations in Jackson and Klamath counties in OR, as well as Siskiyou County, CA. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the lightning-started fires in the Haystack Complex on July 31, 2014. The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires. Current status: Total of 1,814 acres in seven fires, 95 percent contained. Unless something unanticipated occurs, transfer of management of the complex back to the local district is planned for Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014. Today is the last planned big push day to complete mop-up on the Haystack, Steet, School House, Beard Canyon, and Stahl fires. Throop and Hog Ridge fires currently meet mop-up standards. The remaining five fires are expected to meet these standards by 6:00 p.m. today. Fires included within this complex are: The Haystack Fire, three miles northeast of Spray and mapped at 1,120 acres; the Throop Fire, three miles northeast of Dayville and mapped at 490 acres; the Steet Fire, seven miles northeast of Monument and mapped at 50 acres; the Hog Ridge Fire, nine miles northwest of Dayville and mapped at 55 acres; the School House Fire, six miles east of Monument and mapped at 73 acres; the Beard Canyon Fire, nine miles south of Fossil and mapped at 12 acres; and the Stahl Fire, 14 miles east of Fossil mapped at 14 acres. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
American Red Cross encourages blood donations leading into Labor Day weekend
American Red Cross Blood Services - 08/04/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.

To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood August 30 through September 1, will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1812/76551/American_Red_Cross_Blood_Drives_(Aug_16_-_Sept_1)_5.docx
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/04/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

August 4, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to be respectful of evacuation orders. The orders are in place for public and firefighter safety. Public entry into closed areas can hamper the firefighting effort by slowing response to the fire.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. this morning to 2 a.m. Tuesday morning for abundant lightning and dry fuels.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: It will be a few degrees cooler today with an elevated inversion remaining much of the day. Tonight, gusty winds are expected. Weather conditions are conducive to fireline construction and containment of the fire.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14



Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Beaver Complex Update - Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 9 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/04/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 4, 2014
9:00 a.m.


Special Message: The public is encouraged to be respectful of evacuation orders. The orders are in place for public and firefighter safety. Public entry into closed areas can hamper the firefighting effort by slowing response to the fire.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. this morning to 2 a.m. Tuesday morning for abundant lightning and dry fuels.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: It will be a few degrees cooler today with an elevated inversion remaining much of the day. Tonight, gusty winds are expected. Weather conditions are conducive to fireline construction and containment of the fire.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14



Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov


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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 211 north of Colton in Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/04/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a Sunday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 211 between Colton and Estacada that turned fatal after a passenger died at a Portland area hospital.

On August 3, 2014 at approximately 4:56 p.m., a 2006 Subaru Legacy driven by ALICE M. SCHWEITZER, age 81, from Boring, was traveling northbound on Highway 211 near milepost 26 when it went off the highway, onto a grassy embankment and then flipped onto its top. Both occupants were extricated by responding firefighters from Estacada and Colton.

ALICE SCHWEITZER was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Passenger/husband DONALD SCHWEITZER, age 86, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he later died. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Driver fatigued is identified as a contributing factor. Trooper Cameron Bailey is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Colton Rural Fire District #70, Estacada Rural Fire District #69, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73 ambulance, and AMR ambulance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Haystack Complex - Morning, Monday, August 4, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/04/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Haystack Complex
Morning Update
August 4, 2014, 8:00 a.m.


This will be the last update from Oregon Department of Forestry, Incident Management Team 1. The transfer of management of the fire to a Type 3 Team is planned for Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014.

Today is the last planned big push day to complete mop up on the Haystack, Steet, School House, Beard Canyon, and Stahl fires. The firefighters will searching out the remaining hot spots and constructing waterbars on containment lines to minimize the effect of seasonal precipitation. Rick Harvey, Operations Section Chief said "let's leave it in good shape for the District."

At this morning's briefing John Buckman, Incident Commander listed off the District's objectives when the team took over management of the fire and noted that they had all been met. Buckman added a hardy "thank you" for all the good work completed and finished wishing the firefighters "good luck and be safe as you move forward this summer."

Throop and Hog Ridge fires currently meet Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District mop up standards. The remaining five fires are expected to meet these standards by 6:00 p.m. today.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are:
* Haystack, 1,120 acres, three miles northeast of Spray
* Throop, 490 acres, three miles northeast of Dayville
* Steet, 50 acres, seven miles northeast on Monument
* Hog Ridge, 55 acres, nine miles northwest of Dayville
* School House, 73 acres, six miles east of Monument
* Beard Canyon,12 acres, nine miles south of Fossil
* Stahl, 14 acres, 14 miles east of Fossil

Cooperators on the fires are: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.


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Fire at a Glance

Size: 1,814 acres (7 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 98%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass
Personnel: 338
Crews: 11
Engines: 17
Dozers: 3
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: 2
Estimated Cost: $1,723,881
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
MEDIA ALERT - Statewide Starting Strong Conference Begins Today
ESD 123 - 08/04/14
KENNEWICK, WA - Over 500 early learning professionals will fill the Three Rivers Convention Center beginning at 8:30 AM today, August 4, as the 6th Annual Starting Strong P-3 Institute kicks off in Kennewick, WA. The Institute will include child care providers, Kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers, school superintendents, principals, parents, and community partners focused on helping children start strong from pre-school to third grade.

The 6th Annual Starting Strong P-3 Institute and Full-day Kindergarten Symposium take place from 8:30 AM to 5 PM each day August 4-6 at the Three Rivers Convention Center. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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08/03/14
Beaver Complex update - Aug. 3, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

August 3, 2014
9:30 p.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Fire spread was minimal. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Tonight's weather for the Oregon Gulch Fire will be similar to last night, with cooler temperatures and rising humidity. Weather for the Salt Creek Fire weather will show little change as well; however, winds will be gusty. On Monday, thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1,280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Full Statement by the Family of Greg Smith
FBI - Oregon - 08/03/14
Note to media: We are releasing this full statement at the request of the family of Greg Smith.

"We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support from Cannon Beach and the surrounding communities. We would also like to thank all the law enforcement agencies for their tireless efforts. Special thanks is given to the caregivers and other support individuals for their empathy and skilled care of our whole family.


Our family is working through a very difficult time, and we would request that our privacy be respected. If, in the future, any member of the family wishes to speak with media, we will reach out directly or through police officials.

Thank you."
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/03/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 3, 2014
9:30 p.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Fire spread was minimal. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Tonight's weather for the Oregon Gulch Fire will be similar to last night, with cooler temperatures and rising humidity. Weather for the Salt Creek Fire weather will show little change as well; however, winds will be gusty. On Monday, thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/.Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Haystack Complex update - Aug. 3, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Haystack Complex
Evening Update
August 3, 2014, 8 p.m.

Tonight is the last planned night shift for Haystack Complex fire personnel. "Be thorough," said John Flannagan, Night Operations Chief, adding "down to the last little ember." Infrared cameras will again be used assist the firefighters to see the "invisible" heat, focusing on the School House and Beard Canyon fires. Haystack resources will be available to assist local resources with the initial attack of newly detected fires.

The Throop and Hog Ridge fires were checked by infrared cameras today and have met Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District mop-up standards.

This is the first day in the past three that a new fire was not detected in the initial attack assistance area for the Complex. Without a new fire meeting, the mop-up standards on the remaining fires in the complex are anticipated by the end of day shift on Monday, August 4, 2014.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are:

* Haystack, 1,120 acres, three miles northeast of Spray
* Throop, 490 acres, three miles northeast of Dayville
* Steet, 50 acres, seven miles northeast on Monument
* Hog Ridge, 55 acres, nine miles northwest of Dayville School House, 73 acres, six miles east of Monument
* Beard Canyon,12 acres, nine miles south of Fossil
* Stahl, 14 acres, 14 miles east of Fossil

Cooperators on the fires are: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 1,814 acres (7 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 98%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass
Personnel: 338
Hand crews: 11
Fire engines: 17
Bulldozers: 3
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: 2
Estimated Cost: $1,723,881
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - addition
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
The following is additional information to the Aug. 3 evening update:

Northeast Oregon District - Wallowa Unit: The Five Mile Fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. today burning on Wallowa Whitman National Forest and scattered private ODF-protected forestlands. ODF Wallowa Unit did Initial Attack on this fire, estimated at approximately 900 acres (approximately 50-75 acres on ODF protection). The fire is turned over to the forest, with ODF continuing to provide mutual aid, and an interagency Incident Management Team has been ordered and will assume command of this fire, day/time still TBD.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 3, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
FIRES
Lightning continues to move through parts of Oregon, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies are busy doing initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible fire starts. Lightning continues in the forecast throughout this evening and into next week.

As fire starts continue on all jurisdictions, ODF is actively securing additional resources and engaging in aggressive initial attack on ODF-protected forestlands throughout the state, so that fire-starts can quickly be brought under control and resources can then be re-deployed where they are most needed next.

Fire season 2014 continues to be challenging and, particularly with the ever-present lightning, ODF appreciates the public's help in being fire-safe while recreating or working on any of Oregon's forestlands. Additional human-caused fire-starts will only result in taxing the already-challenged firefighting resources and agencies in Oregon - as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:
Northeast Oregon District: The Buckaroo Flats Fire started on August 2, 2014 (lightning), and burned approximately 12 acres in timber and grass approximately 5 miles south of Ukiah. This fire is dozer-lined and in mop-up status.
Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The South Fork Complex [lightning] is located approximately 20 miles south of John Day, burning in the area of the South Fork of the John Day River. The Murderers Creek Fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management, Malheur National Forest, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and private forestlands. In addition to the ODF responsibility for the private forestlands affected by this fire, ODF is also the jurisdictional agency on the ODFW lands, however, they are actually protected by the BLM under a formal agreement. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander Brian Watts) assumed responsibility for management of this complex at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, and the Incident Command Post has been set up at Gander Ranch near Dayville. Additional resources have been ordered. The South Fork Complex grew to 16,581 acres yesterday due to gusty winds and dry fuels and is 0 percent contained. The fire crossed Murderer's Creek, and is actively burning to the north and northeast. Warm moist air will remain over the fire region today allowing afternoon thunderstorms to develop. Local heavy rains with gusty outflow winds are possible. Down drainage flow may be enhanced tonight as the thermal trough is expected to remain east of the fire area. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Southwest Oregon District: The Beaver Complex consists of two lightning-started fires: the Salt Creek Fire, 20 miles northwest of Medford, and the Oregon Gulch Fire, 15 miles east of Ashland in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. This fire is under Unified Command consisting of the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 - Chris Cline, Incident Commander, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander, and CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander.

* The Salt Creek Fire is 155 acres and 30 percent contained. Today, fire personnel will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

* The Oregon Gulch Fire is 32,477 acres (9,109 acres in California) and 10 percent contained. Today's activities include constructing fireline on the northeast side of the fire. Contingency lines will also be constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. The structural protection is being provided by agencies from across the state. High pressure remains over the region, with a weather system moving into the area bringing with it a chance of moisture with a possibility of lightning. The fire will also generate erratic winds that may develop late this afternoon. In Jackson County, evacuation notices in effect include a Level 1 Evacuation ("Get Ready") for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. [This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno.] A Level 3 ["Go"] Evacuation is in effect for portions of Copco Road. In Klamath County, Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 ["Go"] evacuation order for the Klamath River Canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. In Siskiyou County, CA, mandatory evacuations are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek on the north side of Copco Lake. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the lightning-started fires in the Haystack Complex on July 31, 2014. The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires. Current status: Late Saturday, August 2, the Stahl Canyon fire was detected about 14 miles east of Fossil - the fourth new fire where resources from the Haystack Complex assisted the local Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters. The fire is burning in standing and down timber and, fortunately, gusty winds associated with thunderstorms did not develop over the area as predicted. Aggressive initial attack with the pre-designated initial attack task from the Complex stopped the fire at 14 acres. Today the fire will be staffed by 24 firefighters to secure the fire line. Mop up continues on the Haystack and Steet fires, and infrared cameras continue to pinpoint hot spots within the fire perimeter. Meeting mop-up standards on these fires may be delayed due to initial attack actions taken to assist local firefighting resources. Given the past three days with four new fires the goal today will be, according to John Buckman, Incident Commander "take care of the ones (fires) we know of and be ready to respond to new ones." The Haystack Fire is located three miles northeast of Spray and is currently mapped at 1,155 acres. The Throop Fire, located about three miles northeast of Dayville, is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located, seven miles northeast of Monument, is mapped at 50 acres. The Hog Ridge Fire, located nine miles northwest of Dayville, is mapped at 55 acres. The School House Fire, located six miles east of Monument, is mapped at 73 acres. The Beard Canyon Fire, nine miles south of Fossil, is mapped at 12 acres. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
Correction: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 at Myrtle Creek in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 08/03/14
Note: Correction to location. Exit 110 is about two miles north of Myrtle Creek at Boomer Hill Road interchange, not at Myrtle Creek.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 22-year old Myrtle Creek man at the southbound off-ramp from Interstate 5 about two miles north of Myrtle Creek. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox, on August 3, 2014 at approximately 3:45 a.m., a 1993 Acura Integra operated by JOSEPH ROBERT MARTIN, age 22, from Myrtle Creek, was southbound on Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed when it struck the guardrail attenuator at exit 110. The vehicle split apart on impact and the operator was ejected.

Myrtle Creek Police Department was first on scene and found MARTIN deceased. The victim was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Mark Moore is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Myrtle Creek Police Department and Douglas County Fire District #2.

No photographs for release.

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Beaver Complex Fire Update - Aug. 3, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

August 3, 2014, 8 a.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel have constructed fireline around the south and west sides of the fire. Today's activities will include constructing fireline on the northeast side of the fire. Contingency lines will also be constructed to follow road systems with an aim to prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office has structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area.The structural protection is being provided by agencies from across the state.

High pressure remains over the region with a weather system moving into the area bringing with it a chance of moisture with a possibility of lightning. The fire will also generate erratic winds that may develop late this afternoon.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service are monitoring air quality in the area. Smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, continuing a northerly direction. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained:30%
Complex Size:155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 10%
Complex Size: 32,477 acres (9,109 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 07/30/14

Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 camp crews, 15 fire engines, 25 bulldozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead (fire management) personnel.

California Resources Include: 13 bulldozers, 10 fire engines, 6 Type 1 hand crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1,041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/03/14
August 3, 2014
8:00 a.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.

Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel have constructed fireline around the south and west sides of the fire. Today's activities will include constructing fireline on the northeast side of the fire. Contingency lines will also be constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. The structural protection is being provided by agencies from across the state.

High pressure remains over the region with a weather system moving into the area bringing with it a chance of moisture with a possibility of lightning. The fire will also generate erratic winds that may develop late this afternoon.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service are monitoring air quality in the area. Smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, continuing a northerly direction. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14




Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 10%
Complex Size: 32,477 acres (9,109 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 15 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 13 dozers, 10 engines, 6 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Haystack Complex fires - update Aug. 3, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Haystack Complex
Morning Update
August 3, 2014, 8 a.m.

Late in the evening of Saturday, August 2nd the Stahl Canyon fire was detected about 14 miles east of Fossil. This is the fourth new fire where resources from the Haystack Complex were asked to assist the local Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters. The fire is burning in standing and down timber and fortunately gusty winds associated with thunderstorms did not develop over the area as predicted. Aggressive initial attack with the pre-designated initial attack task from the Complex stopped the fire at 14 acres. Today the fire will be staffed by 24 firefighters to secure the fire line.

The other new fires now being managed by the Complex are:
* Hog Ridge, 55 acres, nine miles northwest of Dayville, staffed with 12 firefighters
* School House, 73 acres, six miles east of Monument, staffed with 26 firefighters
* Beard Canyon,12 acres, nine miles south of Fossil, staffed with 40 firefighters

Mop up continues on the Haystack and Steet fires and infrared cameras continue to pinpoint hot spots within the fire perimeter. Meeting mop up standards on these fires may be delayed due to initial attack actions taken to assist local firefighting resources.

A "Red Flag" was in effect for thunderstorms with abundant lightning over the fire area though 11:00 p.m. Saturday. Given the past 3 days with four new fires the goal today will be, according to John Buckman, Incident Commander "take care of the ones (fires) we know of and be ready to respond to new ones."

Cooperators on the fires are: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 1,835 acres (7 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 95%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass
Total personnel: 344
Hand crews: 11
Fire engines: 17
Bulldozers: 3
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: 2
Estimated Cost: $1,400,835
Evacuations: None
Structures lost: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
08/02/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update - Aug. 2, 10 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 2, 2014
10:00 p.m.

Special Message: Fire behavior for the Oregon Gulch Fire was extreme with rapid rates of spread. The fire has moved east, deeper into Klamath County. Klamath County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation order for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road in Oregon. Siskiyou County Sherrif's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation from Copco Dam north to the state line on the Klamath River.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused the fire to move east. Fire personnel are contending with a moderately high Haines Index and critically low fuel moisture. The Haines Index is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the atmospheric stability, including the dryness of the air over a fire. The Haines Index can range between 2 and 6. The drier and more unstable the lower atmosphere is, the higher the index. The Haines Index today was 5.

Haines 5 conditions will persist through Sunday and significant smoke column development could be enough to generate some lightning in the afternoon through early evening hours. Temperature and humidity values will be very similar Sunday to the conditions from today, except for slight upper level moisture which is sufficient for a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have completed line construction around the fire and have started mopping up 50 feet from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials for air quality with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service have monitored air quality in the area. Air quality monitors in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene were showing moderate air quality this afternoon, with smoke moving to the north during the day. Tomorrow, smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, returning to a northerly direction on Sunday. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings, in the valleys. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 146 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 10% Complex Size: 31,918 acres (4645 acres of total in California) Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14 ,

Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 15 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 14 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/02/14
August 2, 2014
10:00 p.m.

Special Message: Fire behavior for the Oregon Gulch Fire was extreme with rapid rates of spread. The fire has moved east, deeper into Klamath County. Klamath County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation order for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road in Oregon. Siskiyou County Sherrif's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation from Copco Dam north to the state line on the Klamath River.

Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused the fire to move east. Fire personnel are contending with a moderately high Haines Index and critically low fuel moisture. The Haines Index is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the atmospheric stability, including the dryness of the air over a fire. The Haines Index can range between 2 and 6. The drier and more unstable the lower atmosphere is, the higher the index. The Haines Index today was 5.

Haines 5 conditions will persist through Sunday and significant smoke column development could be enough to generate some lightning in the afternoon through early evening hours. Temperature and humidity values will be very similar Sunday to the conditions from today, except for slight upper level moisture which is sufficient for a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have completed line construction around the fire and have started mopping up 50 feet from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials for air quality with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service have monitored air quality in the area. Air quality monitors in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene were showing moderate air quality this afternoon, with smoke moving to the north during the day. Tomorrow, smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, returning to a northerly direction on Sunday. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings, in the valleys. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 146 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 10%
Complex Size: 31,918 acres (4645 acres of total in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14 ,

Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 15 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 14 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/