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.

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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

Weather Outlook: Isolated thunderstorms possible Sunday. Heat continues next week

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Weather Outlook Posted 7-21-18 

Some instability will pass through our region on Sunday 7-22-18. The NWS is reporting that we could see isolated thunderstorms (with possibly some areas of scattered storms) east of the Cascades as well as areas of northern California.

Because of the very dry conditions a Red Flag warning has been posted for dangerous fire conditions. Any lightning we do see could start a fire very easy. The thunderstorm activity is not forecast to be as active as it was last week. However, fire danger is at an all time high and even a few lightning strikes could cause new fire starts.

The heat is forecast to continue to stay with us as mid 90’s prevail through next week.

by Klamath Alerts

 

GARNER COMPLEX DECLARED A CONFLAGRATION

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Garner Complex Fire conflagration.  The Garner Complex Fire is composed of several fires in Jackson and Josephine County and has burned 6,382 acres and is 8% contained. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team, four structural task forces from Rogue Valley, Klamath, Lane, and Linn counties will arrive morning and began working to protect structures.  Two more structural task forces will be mobilized this evening.

Additional resources may be accessed at:

• Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/

• Wildfire…Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc

• After the Wildfire… http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

DOUBLE FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH AT THE JOSEPH CANYON VIEWPOINT NEAR ENTERPRISE – WALLOWA COUNTY

On Friday, July 20, 2018, at about 4:32 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle near milepost 13 on State Route 3. (Joseph Canyon Viewpoint).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a bronze 2013 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide motorcycle, operated by a male driver and a female passenger, was traveling northbound behind another motorcycle as a group when the lead motorcycle began to slow down and turn into the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint.

The driver of the Tri Glide steered around, lost control and overturned on the shoulder.  The passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver was transported by air ambulance to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

Driver: Galen Joseph ROTTINGHAUS, age 79, of Oak Harbor, Washington

Passenger: Patricia Ann EVANS, age 77, of El Cajon, California

The northbound lane of State Route 3 near milepost 13 was closed for about five hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, Enterprise Fire Department, Wallowa Memorial Hospital Ambulance, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OREGON NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED TO ASSIST WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS

Oregon Guard supports firefighting efforts

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon National Guard (ONG) has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018.

At the request of ODF, aviation assets will be made available to wildfire crews in Oregon. The Oregon Army National Guard will provide two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets. Other air assets include an additional HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to be on standby for medical evacuations and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to assist with aerial spotting.

Other ONG assets and personnel could be activated if needed, including teams of service members to provide traffic assistance points and firefighting ground crews. Oregon National Guard ground troops have not yet been requested but are available if wildfire conditions worsen.

Two teams (each with approximately 125 Soldiers and Airmen) have already been trained and are “Red Card” certified in preparation for wildfire season with an additional 125-person team scheduled to be certified by August 10. The teams are comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state.

The ONG has an ongoing agreement with ODF known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how ONG members and assets may be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, land a CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket at Davis helibase near Gates, Oregon, in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area, August 7, 2017. The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry with wildfire suppression efforts again this year following Governor Kate Brown’s emergency declaration. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Medford Fire Update: BODY FOUND IN FIRE PERIMETER

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are conducting a death investigation in an area burned in Tuesday’s Peninger Fire.  Investigators have not yet concluded whether the person died before or during the fire.

On the morning of Thursday, July 19, 2018, JCSO and Fire District 3 officials surveyed the fire area by helicopter.  The purpose of the flight was to survey the damage caused by the fire and to help assess needs for future law enforcement and fire suppression efforts along the Bear Creek Greenway.

During the flight, at 11:23 a.m., a body was spotted within the fire perimeter, next to Bear Creek.  Deputies cordoned off the area.  JCSO detectives, Fire District 3 personnel, and a medical examiner investigator responded to the scene.

The burned body was found to be that of a man.  The scene was located near a suspected transient camp.

At this time, detectives are working to identify the man.  An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.  No further information is available for release at this time.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-14794.

 

Area Wildfire Update 7-19-18 (PM)

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Wildfire Confirmed South of Klamath Falls

LAKEVIEW, Ore. –Wildland firefighters in south central Oregon are working to contain a fire three miles southeast of Midland that was reported at 9 a.m. today, while continuing to battle ongoing fires in the area.
The Klamath Hills Fire has grown to 75 acres, and was 10 percent contained at 5 p.m. Eleven engines, two hand crews, two water tenders, one bulldozer, one heavy air tanker, two single engine air tankers and two helicopters are supporting firefighting efforts.
Oregon Department of Forestry Klamath-Lake District is the lead agency responding to the fire. Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management, Fremont-Winema National Forest, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge are assisting in the firefighting efforts.
Klamath County Fire District 1, Klamath County Law Enforcement and Oregon State Police are supporting with structure protection and law enforcement.
The fire spread rapidly through grass during its initial stages. Fire managers are utilizing a full-suppression strategy to fight the fire, which has a significantly reduced fire activity. There are structures at risk, but no injuries or damage reported at this time.
The Secret Valley Fire, located approximately three miles south of Lofton Reservoir and 15 miles southeast of Bly, is now fully contained. Evacuation orders have been lifted and crews will continue to mop up over the next few days.
The Timber Crater Six Fire, located at the northeastern corner of Crater Lake National Park, one mile south of State Highway 138, has grown to 160 acres and is still zero percent contained.
Due to the fire’s continued growth and the large number of incidents on the park, a Type 2 incident management team has been called in to support local firefighting efforts. The team will assume responsibility for fighting the fire effective 6 p.m. this evening.
The park will continue to advise and assist the team, with additional support being provided by the Fremont-Winema National Forest. No personnel or structures are in danger. Travelers along State Highway 138 are advised to be aware of smoke in the area which may affect visibility.
The Blue Creek Fire, located at the southwestern base of Spodue Mountain, was kept at 40 acres and is 100 percent contained.
Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the fire on July 17 with assistance from the Fremont-Winema National Forest. One heavy air tanker, five SEATs, three helicopters, 10 engines, two water tenders and two bulldozers were used in the full-suppression response. Firefighters will continue to mop up over the next few days.
Firefighters continue to hold the Holbrook fire at 41 acres, which is now 90 percent contained.  The fire is located approximately eight miles southeast of Gerber Reservoir on the Klamath Falls Resource Area. Lakeview BLM is the lead agency. Firefighters continued their full suppression response today with assistance from the Fremont-Winema National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry.
The teamwork displayed by firefighters, dispatchers, fire managers, and support staff from all agencies over the past few days continues to play a major role in the successful response to the numerous lightning-caused fires throughout south central Oregon.
Public and firefighter safety is the top priority for all partner agency employees.

Northern Oregon Substation Fire Update: Now number one fire in Nation

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MORO, OR –  Day 3 of the Substation Fire brought high winds, with gusts up to 35-40 mph, making it a challenging day for firefighters.

The winds gave way to growth at the south end of the fire, near Deschutes river canyon, impacting both agricultural and wildland areas. Significant air assets continue to be used throughout the incident, in addition to dozers that helped firefighters make progress towards containment.

The Substation Fire is now considered the number one fire in the nation. Additional resources arrived Thursday afternoon in the form of a Pacific Northwest incident management team. These 60 team members add greater depth to the operational forces currently employed on the fire and will assist in managing all aspects of the fire. The additional resources complement the 217 firefighters, who represent 73 fire agencies across the state, currently assigned to the fire.

The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018. These assets include two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets.

Other air tankers known as “Super Scoopers” and “Fire Bosses” that can drop hundreds and thousands of gallons of water continue to be used, as well as single-engine air tankers that can disperse fire retardant. Aircraft in this fuel type are very useful; they can provide heavy drops on canyon ridges and precision attacks in steeper terrain.

Evacuation levels have been very fluid. Law enforcement and fire officials appreciate the community’s understanding and responsiveness regarding evacuations. Fire officials are working closely with the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Sherman County Sheriff’s Office to continually evaluate the risk to communities. Level 3 (“Go”) evacuations continue to be in place for Moro and Grass Valley. The communities of Wasco and Kent remain under Level 2 evacuation. Area residents are urged to heed local emergency notifications as well as check the local sheriff’s office Facebook page and the Substation Fire Facebook page (www.facebook.com/substationfire2018) for updates.

Segments 3 and 4 of the lower Deschutes River remain closed.

The American Red Cross shelter at The Dalles Middle School at 1100 E. 12th St remains available to residents impacted by the fire. In addition to sleeping accommodations, the shelter is a resource for meals, community updates, and a cool place to get out of the heat and smokey conditions.

Locally, smoke is in the moderate to unhealthy range. Sensitive groups, such as those with asthma, chronic respiratory disease or cardio vascular disease, are encouraged to avoid smoke exposure, reduce time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activity during smoky conditions.

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