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Watson Creek Fire Update Friday, August 31, 2018

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Chipping operations continue in the northern portion of the Watson Creek Fire to reduce the concentration of roadside slash left over from suppression operations. Crews are watching for hot spots outside the lines while working to mop up 100 feet or more in from the perimeter in all areas. Some stumps are still burning and isolated tree torching is visible in the interior portion of the fire.

A weak cold front continued to push through the region yesterday resulting in scattered clouds, gusty winds and slightly cooler temperatures. A minor warming and drying trend is expected today as the cold front exits to the east. Northwest to north winds may develop today with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.

The Lakeview Estates neighborhood remains under a Level 2 evacuation notice. Areas previously at a Level 2 evacuation notice have been lowered to a Level 1.

The Fremont-Winema Forest emergency closure order for the Watson Creek Fire now allows access to some popular recreation sites in time for the Labor Day weekend.

The Gearhart Mountain Wilderness is open, as are Corral Creek, Clear Springs and Happy Camp Campgrounds, and the recreation sites at Fremont Point. The public is encouraged to check road closures online or by calling the fire information number as access to the sites may require a different route than planned.

The closure is formally referenced as Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-3 and can be seen in full at

Celebrate Labor Day by giving the Pacific Northwest a break from wildfire. Obey fire restrictions. Use campfire alternatives. Don’t drive or park on dry grass.

Size: 58,092 acres

Containment: 80%

Location: 6 miles southwest of Paisley, Oregon (Paisley Ranger District)

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Assigned Personnel: 666

Assigned Resources: 16 Crews  and 45 Engines


2 Type 1 helicopters

1 Type 2 helicopter

1 Type 3 helicopter


Recall Notice: Cybex Recalls Weight-Lifting Equipment Due to Serious Injury Hazards

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Cybex Recalls Weight-Lifting Equipment Due to Serious Injury Hazards

Recall Date: August 29, 2018
Recall Number: 18-211

Recall Summary
Name of Product: 

Cybex Smith Press plate-loaded weight-lifting equipment

The weight bar can fall, posing serious injury hazards to the user.
Remedy: Refund, Repair
Consumers should immediately stop using the weight-lifting equipment and contact Cybex for instructions on how to receive a free repair for model 5341 or a credit or refund of the current value for model 5340. All known purchasers are being contacted by the firm.
Consumer Contact: 
Cybex toll-free at 877-423-3253 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Support” for more information.
Recall Details
About 15,000

This recall involves the Cybex Smith Press model 5340, manufactured and distributed from 1989 through 1993, and model 5341, manufactured and distributed from 1993 through 2009. The models have a weight bar seated between two parallel vertical tracks on latch pins. The weight bar can be moved up and down to perform upper body and lower body exercises. The equipment is used primarily in fitness facilities. The weight bar was sold with the Smith Press, and the weights were sold separately. The model number is printed on the base of the frame of the Smith Press equipment.
The firm has received 27 reports of injuries, including serious injuries of paralysis and spinal fracture.
Sold At:
Through Cybex direct sales representatives and fitness equipment dealers to fitness facilities and gymnasiums and online at from 1989 through 2009 for between $1,000 and $3,400.

Cybex International Inc., of Owatonna, Minn.


Cybex International Inc., of Owatonna, Minn.

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Hutch’s Bicycles Closing Klamath Falls Store. Scheduled to close by Sept 22.


Hutch’s Bikes at 808 Klamath Ave is closing! The store will be open long enough to sell through existing stock and is scheduled to close by Sept 22nd.

This announcement was made a few days ago on the Hutch’s Bikes Facebook Page:

To Our Loyal Customers and Dear Friends,

Hutch’s Bicycles regrets to announce the closing of the Klamath Falls store. Our final day of business is slated for September 22nd, maybe sooner as stock allows.

Over the past 13 years, we have had the honor of getting to know the cycling community, watching it grow and prosper. We’ve met some of the finest individuals and craziest characters, developing strong bonds with so many of you.

The changing nature of the bike business demands big adjustments and tough choices. Hutch’s Bicycles is consolidating our stores to move forward in this evolving industry.

Jim and Susan Lewis are deeply saddened about parting ways with the community of Klamath Falls. It is a difficult and emotional process. As this shop has been a social hub for the cycling crowd, we feel we are saying good-bye to close family and great friends.

Please come see us to say farewell. Joey, Matt, Wes, Alicia, Brian, Peter, Ray, Kevin, Briggs and Jeff will still be active in the bike community. We will still share group rides, and we hope to continue to work with you all to build a bright future for cycling in Klamath Falls.

Best regards,

Jim and Susan Lewis
Joey Dust
The Hutch’s Team

by Klamath Alerts 

Back To School Safety From ODOT

Lawn Sign

If you’ve been lazily enjoying the dog days of summer when behind the wheel, well, perk up and pay attention: school’s getting back in session all across Oregon. Children are zipping around on bikes or skateboards, making their way to school on foot, hopping excitedly in and out of cars… and not necessarily paying attention – so it’s time for you, driver, to get back in the swing of safety around schools.

The rule of thumb when you are in an urban area near a school is slow down to a maximum speed of 20 mph. You’ll want to note the signs:

In areas adjacent to school ground:

  • Speed limits can be in effect “when flashing” OR
  • “School days 7AM to 5PM”

At school crosswalks away from school grounds:

  • Speed limits can be in effect “when flashing” OR
  • “When children are present”

NOTE: “when children are present” is defined as when children are occupying or waiting to cross in the crosswalk or when there is a traffic patrol member at the crosswalk. “When children are present” applies only at a crosswalk away from the school grounds and applies at any time and on any day. Read on for more tips.

For motorists

  • Watch for children walking, biking, scooting or skateboarding to school in the morning and from school in the afternoon. They may be inattentive and excited, or they may be learning a new route, so be prepared and on the lookout.
  • Remember speeds around school zones: 20 mph is the maximum in most cases. Slow speed = less distance to stop.
  • Stop and stay stopped for people in crosswalks (and keep an eye out for those who cross streets at other spots).
  • Be alert for school buses: when overhead lights flash yellow, prepare to stop. When they flash red, stop. Children may be crossing the street in front of the bus!
  • Obey school crossing guards, whose job it is to help students safely cross the street.
  • Avoid distractions. It is illegal to use a handheld mobile device while driving in Oregon, and you may be subject to criminal penalties.
  • Follow school parking lot circulation plans; these help provide safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

For students and parents/guardians

Walking to school is safer when children:

  • Walk with an adult, responsible older sibling or in a group.
  • Walk on the sidewalk, if there is one, or walk facing traffic; be extra careful around driveways or when passing through work zones.
  • Walk focused and alert, not using electronic devices.
  • Cross in a crosswalk and/or with the assistance of a crossing guard.
  • Cross with the signal, not against it, and only cross if all approaching cars have stopped.
  • Wear bright colors and reflective gear, especially as days get shorter.

 Biking and other types of rolling activity are safer when children and adults alike:

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet.
  • Wear bright colors and reflective gear, especially as days get shorter.
  • Follow all rules of the road: ride in the same direction as traffic, stop at all stop signs and signals, etc.
  • Communicate with drivers by using hand signals to indicate turns and stops.
  • Choose safe routes to schools, such as streets or trails with lower traffic volumes and speeds.
  • Ride focused and alert, and don’t use of electronic devices while riding.

 You can get back in the swing of school safety by being rested and putting away all distractions – including your phone. ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division offers a variety of posters, brochures and other items you can order or download and print, including the popular Oregonian Crossing material, featuring Bigfoot and the reminder that “all intersections are crosswalks” (whether marked or not). In addition, Safety is running a social media campaign that encourages everyone to “Say what you see.”

ODOT’s Traffic Roadway Section has a complete Guide to School Area Safety (PDF) with an overview of laws regarding crosswalks and school zones, information about school safety in rural areas and more.

Watson Creek Fire Update 8-29-18



Northwest Incident Management Team 6


Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander

Shane Theall, Deputy IC


Watson Creek Fire Update

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A spot fire near Buckaroo Springs and Forest Service Road 3510 was caught in the Watson Creek Fire area on Tuesday. All divisions working on the fire reported progress yesterday and will be mopping up, holding, and patrolling containment lines. Crews are gridding, looking for any areas of heat within 100 feet of the perimeter.


Following weaker winds and cooler temperatures overnight, today may be warmer than yesterday. Creeping and smoldering fire behavior is still anticipated. Today winds are projected to be out of the south in the morning, southwest in the afternoon and west in the evening. This may cause more smoke in the Paisley area.


Today the public is invited to visit the heli-base at the Paisley airport from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Much of South Central Oregon is very dry and receptive to fire. Remember to be careful if you are driving. Keep chains from dragging and creating sparks. Never throw a cigarette or other combustible material from a vehicle.


Evacuations & Closure:


In collaboration with Team 6 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has reduced evacuation levels.


As of 6:00 a.m. today, the Lakeview Estates neighborhood Level 3 evacuation has been lowered to a Level 2.


The areas previously at a Level 2 evacuation have been lowered to a Level 1.


The evacuation notice has been lifted for residents east of Highway 31.


Closure Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-02 for the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in effect.

Fire at a Glance


Size:  57,371 acres


Containment: 75%


Location: 6 miles southwest of Paisley, Oregon (Paisley Ranger District)


Cause: Under Investigation


Total Assigned Personnel: 931


Assigned Resources:

24 Crews          69 Engines



3 Type 1 helicopters

2 Type 2 helicopters

1 Type 3 helicopter


Structures Threatened:

212 Residences       300 Other



Fremont-Winema National Forest Roads & Recreation Sites








@scofmpfireinfo or @fremontwinemanf

Radio Updates: KPAI 103.1 FM

9:30 a.m. (online: Paisley School Radio)

Contractor spells “Klamamth” wrong on K.U. Pel Court Floor


From Klamath Falls City Schools:

“It has been brought to our attention that a floor painting subcontractor for our construction contractor made a painting error in Pel Court that will be fixed at their expense.”

Hopefully the contractor is not a K.U. Graduate? How did this work get signed off in the first place? Lots of questions and few answers.

by Klamath Alerts

8-28-18 Early morning fire near 7215 So. Sixth Street near K.C.C.


8-28-18 2:12pm Update

We have learned updated information about this fire. Lazy J. Spear Boots and Saddlery is right next door to the building where the fire is and was not affected. They are open as usual. One of their signs is on the building that burned but not the business. 

Original Post:

Above photo shows the building near 7215 So. Sixth Street Klamath Falls. The fire was in the vicinity of K.C.C. and the AMA station. Photo submitted by Klamath Alerts member Misty Phelps and used with permission.

Klamath County Fire Dist. 1 responded to a report of a structure fire just after 7am today. As seen from the photo the building sustained substantial damage. Reports indicate that a fire investigator was called to the scene after initial attack crews arrived.

Klamath Alerts has reached out to Fire District 1 for a press release, but has not yet responded with information as of time of this posting . We’ll update information if it becomes available.

This post was edited at 2pm 8-28-18 based on additional information received by Klamath Alerts. 

Watson Fire Update 8-28-18


Crews working on the Watson Creek Fire connected fire lines yesterday around the entire perimeter of the fire and are strengthening the lines to achieve full containment as soon as possible.  There will be continued work in and around the fire holding the lines, mopping up and patrolling.

Weather today in the fire area is predicted to be warmer and drier with light easterly winds.  Fire behavior along most of the perimeter will be creeping and smoldering.  Active fire behavior could occur in the interior areas of unburned fuels and the western flank of the fire could be affected by the easterly winds.

Today the public is invited to tour the fire camp in Paisley any time between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be tours of the Heli-base at the Paisley airport.

In collaboration with Team 6 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has reduced some evacuation levels.

The Lakeview Estates neighborhood Level 3 evacuation is still in effect.

The areas previously at a Level 2 evacuation have been lowered to a Level 1.

The evacuation notice has been lifted for residents east of Highway 31.

Closure Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-02 for the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in effect.

Hunters and other recreationists traveling in areas with high fire danger or closures from recent or ongoing wildfire are asked to use extreme caution and follow all fire restrictions while in the forest.

Fire at a Glance

Size:  56,695 acres

Containment:  65%

Location: 6 miles southwest of Paisley, Oregon (Paisley Ranger District)

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Assigned Personnel: 1,006

Assigned Resources:
27 Crews          63 Engines

5 Type 1 helicopters
2 Type 2 helicopters
1 Type 3 helicopter

Structures Threatened: 
212 Residences       300 Other

Fremont-Winema National Forest Roads & Recreation Sites

@scofmpfireinfo or @fremontwinemanf
Radio Updates: KPAI  103.1 FM
9:30 a.m., 5:45 p.m. (online: Paisley School Radio)




PROSPECT, Ore. – One woman is in jail and another is recovering from a stab wound after a fight in Prospect on Sunday afternoon.  Detectives say the altercation started outside the library, which was closed at the time.

On August 26, 2018, at 1:02 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a stabbing at the Prospect branch of the Jackson County Library, 150 Mill Creek Drive.  A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputy patrolling in the area arrived on scene within three minutes of the 911 call, but both the victim and suspect had already fled.

Detectives later learned that Melissa Renea Peck, 21, and Haylee Nicole Brewer, 19, both of the Prospect area, arrived at the library and began arguing about their romantic involvement with the same man.  The fight turned physical, and then Peck obtained a knife and stabbed Brewer in the chest.

Brewer fled to a nearby residence to get help.  Deputies noted that cell phone coverage is inconsistent in the area; nobody was able to call for help from the scene.

Medics from the Prospect Rural Fire Protection District responded to assist Brewer.  She was transported to the Prospect airport and then flown to Rogue Regional Medical Center by Mercy Flights helicopter.

Deputies found Peck hiding nearby and took her into custody without further incident.  She was uninjured.

Deputies transported Peck to the Jackson County jail for lodging on a charge of assault in the first degree.  Peck was also lodged for outstanding warrants for failing to appear on charges of menacing, harassment, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, giving false information to police, and resisting arrest.  Peck’s total bail at lodging was $112,500.

Lehman Louis Adams III, 24, of Prospect, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and a contempt charge for violation of a no-contact release agreement.  His bail at lodging was $12,500.

The case has been forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  The case will be reviewed to determine whether additional charges are warranted.

Deputies and detectives spoke with several people during the investigation, but they believe there may be others who have not yet provided statements.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-17958.

Watson Creek Fire Update 8-26-18


Northwest Incident Management Team 6

Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander

Shane Theall, Deputy IC

Watson Creek Fire Update

Sunday, August 26, 2018


The Watson Creek Fire was subdued overnight, according to night operations chief Vince Grace.  However, light winds from the southwest this morning are expected to increase in velocity and vary in direction throughout the day.  Fire lines on the east side may be tested by the wind and engines will patrol as a precaution.

A slight southerly flow is predicted to pick up in the fire area, becoming westerly around noon then northwesterly in the evening.  Winds of 8 to 13 mph could gust up to 25 to 30 mph in places.  Temperatures will remain cool in the fire area from the upper 60s to low 70s.

A drone flown by Lakeview Crew 7 from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) detected a two-acre spot fire near where Forest Roads 28 and 33 join.  The spot fire was contained and a precautionary Level 2 evacuation order was issued for the area south and southwest of the Watson Creek Fire.

Evacuation notices coordinated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Level 3 (GO): Lakeview Estates neighborhood just north of Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes in the Fremont-Winema National Forest is still in effect. Lake County Sheriff’s Office evacuated area residents August 19.
  • Level 2 (Be Set):
    • Residents west of Highway 31 from Beachler’s Corner (Mile Post 105) north on Highway 31 to Forest Road 29, also known as Government Harvey Pass Road.  This includes the town of Paisley west of Highway 31.
    • Residents south of Forest Road 3510 from Forest Road 33 to the west side of Forest Road 3509 and the east side of Forest Road 28.  Properties on both sides of Forest Road 3428 from Dairy Point Campground to Forest Road 34.  Both sides of Forest Road 34 north of Forest Road 3428 to the junction of Forest Roads 33 and 28.
  • Level 1 (Be Ready): Residents east of Highway 31.

Closure Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-02 for the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in effect.

Klamath County Road Construction Update 8-26-18


ROAD MAINTENANCE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 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 Keno area – August 27th Green Wing, Red Wing, White Goose, Sprig Ct, Cackler Ct, River St, McCormick Rd City of Klamath Falls

August 28 thru August 29th California Ave, Lakeport Ave, Hanks St, Harvard Ave, Harbor Isle Blvd, Front St, West Oregon Ave Crack Seal Crew Hill Road

August 30th Misc County Roads

August 30th 4:00 AM – Early Morning Broom Crew Keno area

August 28th Keno area, City of Klamath Falls

August 29th City of Klamath Falls

August 30th City of Klamath Falls

August 31th Paint Crew North County Crescent, Cascade Lakes, Beal Rd, Crescent (city streets), Chemult, Depot St.

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.

Recall Alert: Vornado Space Heaters

Vornado Air Reannounces Recall of Electric Space Heaters Following Report of Death; Fire and Burn Hazards: 

1. Vornado Air Reannounces Recall of Electric Space Heaters Following Report of Death; Fire and Burn Hazards:
Recall Date: August 22, 2018
Recall Number: 18-199

Recall Summary

Name of Product: VH101 Personal Space Heater



The electric space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Refund, Replace

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Vornado for instructions on how to receive a full refund or a free replacement unit.

Consumer Contact:

Vornado toll-free at 855-215-5131 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Recalls” in the lower right corner of the homepage or and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button for more information.

Pictures available here:

Recall Details


About 350,000 (This recall was first announced in April 2018.)


This recall involves Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters sold in the following colors: black, coral orange, grayed jade, cinnamon, fig, ice white and red. The heaters measure about 7.2 inches long by 7.8 inches wide by 7.10 inches high and have two heat settings (low and high) and a fan only/no heat setting. “Vornado” with a “V” behind it is printed on the front of the unit. The model/type “VH101,” serial number and ETL mark are printed on a silver rating label on the bottom of the unit.


In December 2017, a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minnesota died as a result of a fire involving the recalled heater. Vornado has received a total of 19 reports of the heaters catching on fire.

Sold At:

Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply, Target and other stores nationwide and online at,, and other websites from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30.


Vornado Air LLC, of Andover, Kan.

Klamath County 911 Dispatcher Graduates from Academy



Dispatcher Danise Brakeman

Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Danise graduated from the academy today. Being a dispatcher is no easy job and we appreciate your service to our community. Congrats to all of the other students in the class as well!

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 110th Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT110 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100.  The guest speaker is Tammy Shaver, of the Oregon State Police.


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