Monthly Archives: July 2018

Accidental Shooting and Fatal Car Accident

On July 20th at 7:55pm, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the Cold Springs area west of Rocky Point, Oregon to the report of a man seriously injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting was accidental in nature as reported by witnesses. As a result of the incident Robert V. Huycke (58 years of age) was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center. When deputies later arrived at the hospital to conduct a follow-up to the investigation, they learned the subject had passed away as a result of a single gunshot injury.

There is no indication of foul play and the investigation was completed following notification of the victim’s family. Complications in locating Robert Huycke’s next of kin resulted in the delay of information regarding this incident being released to the public.

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In an unrelated investigation:

On July 20th, 2018 at 8:34pm, Klamath County Sheriff’s office deputies responded to a single ATV crash reported in the 26000 block of Rocky Point Road, Rocky Point, Oregon. Investigation revealed that a “side by side” Polaris ATV, operated by Allison J. Gorman (age 48) along with a female passenger, flipped during travel on the roadway near that location. The two ATV occupants were transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center where Allyson J. Gorman was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The passenger was treated for minor injuries and released.

No further investigation is anticipated.

New thunderstorm fire starts

Scattered Thunderstorms Produce Multiple Wildfires

 

Lakeview, Ore. –Scattered thunderstorms moved across the eastern portion of lands protected by the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) Monday night, sparking 10 confirmed ignitions for a total of about 2½ acres from Silver Lake southeast to Sheldon-Hart Mountain Refuge. The largest fire was about 1½ acres and was located on the refuge.

Depending on the amount of moisture associated with the thunderstorms and the vegetation types on the ground, it can take several days for smoke to become visible from a lightning-caused wildfire. Firefighters refer to these fires as “holdovers.” While lightning isn’t predicted, firefighters may be responding to holdovers throughout the week.

Firefighters Respond to Wildland Fire near the Town of Sprague River

SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. – Firefighters from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) are on-scene at a wildland fire approximately seven miles east of the town of Sprague River, adjacent to Drews Road.

The fire was reported at 12:15pm and is currently about 38 acres and has zero percent containment. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Multiple outbuildings and vehicles were destroyed in the fire. More accurate damage assessments are being performed regarding residences.

Currently, Drews Road is closed.

Responders from Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Klamath County Fire Districts 1, 3, and 5, Chiloquin Fire and Rescue, Keno, Merrill, Bonanza, Kingsley Field, and Bly Mountain Fire Departments, and private contractors are working with the Klamath County Sheriff’s Department, Oregon State Police and Pacific Power to combat the fire.

Community safety and that of our firefighters is the number one priority for all SCOFMP employees. Fire managers remind everyone to use extreme caution to prevent the ignition of more fires.

Klamath Alerts

Pepperidge Farm Announces Voluntary Recall of Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers

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Announcing a Voluntary Recall of Four Varieties of Goldfish® Crackers

Note: At this time only 4 flavors of the crackers are being recalled. The recall is nationwide.

Full details are available here at the Pepperidge Farm Website

The following four varieties with the indicated codes are subject to this recall:

  • Flavor Blasted® Xtra Cheddar
  • Flavor Blasted® Sour Cream & Onion
  • Goldfish® Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
  • Goldfish® Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel

By Klamath Alerts 

Hot Weather Continues

Hot weather is expected this week. Temperatures will reach the triple digits across the valleys west of the Cascades, while areas east of the Cascades rise into the 90s. Locations near the coast, however, will remain cooler. The map shows where the greatest impacts from the heat are expected.

Red indicates high risk areas where the heat will be dangerous for most people, but especially for those without adequate cooling and/or proper hydration.

Areas in orange indicate a moderate risk where the temperatures will be most dangerous for those sensitive to heat. People can easily take simple precautions to keep safe and not be affected.

Be sure to stay hydrated and drink water before you’re thirsty! Avoid being outdoors in the sun between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and if you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors if possible by seeking air-conditioned buildings. Help the elderly, kids, and pets stay cool and NEVER leave them in a closed vehicle!

Via NWS Medford

County Road Construction Update 7-22-18

ROAD MAINTENANCE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 23, 2018

Klamath County will have work crews at the following locations. Please use caution when in these areas and watch for flaggers. If you are able to avoid these work zones, please use alternate routes for your safety and the safety of Klamath County employees.

Chip Seal Crew

Modoc Point Road – July 23rd Day School Road – July 23rd South Chiloquin Road – July 24th Pine Cone Road – July 25th

Pine Ridge Road – July 25th

Chiloquin Ridge Road – July 25th

Sprague River Road – July 25th – July 26th

4:00 AM – Early Morning Broom Crew

Modoc Point Road – July 24th – July 25th Day School Road – July 24th – July 25th South Chiloquin Road – July 25th – July 26th Pine Cone Road – July 25th – July 26th

Pine Ridge Road – July 25th – July 26th Chiloquin Ridge Road –

July 25th – July 26th Sprague River Road – July 26th – July 27th

Paint Crew

Bonanza Area

Northern Klamath County Roads

In general, flagging stations will be set up at the end of the work zone and delays will be 0 to 20 minutes for the motoring public. Other minor work is occurring through the County but we are only listing the major items in this announcement.

There may be adjustments of work schedules due to weather or other items outside of the County’s control (breakdown of equipment, material/resource availability, etc.) Please do not contact the County if you do not see work occurring, it could be finished already or will be rescheduled.

Please drive slow through Chip Seal and Paint Stripe areas. This will reduce damage to the Chip Sealed and Painted areas. It will also reduce the probability of oil or paint getting on your vehicle. Klamath County Public Works and the Board of County Commissioners appreciate the motoring publics’ patience during the repair season for our local roads and bridges. If you have any questions regarding work, please contact the Public Works Department at (541) 883-4696.

SkyWatch Alert: ISS will make a bright visible pass over Klamath Falls area at 9:34pm 7-21-18

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The International Space Station will make a bright pass over the local area tonight at 9:34pm. Smoke may hinder the sighting some, but it is a very bright pass so we should be able to see it well.

Pass Details:

General Direction: From Southwest to Northeast

First visible at 9:34:29

Peak 9:37:48 (Will be 262 miles away at peak)

Disappears to the Northeast 9:43:03

Average Speed is 17,150mph (5 miles a second)

Feel free to post videos and or photos and let us know if you see it!

by Klamath Alerts

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