Small Plane (Cessna 172) Slides Off Runway At Sunriver

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At approximately 12:45 this afternoon Sunriver Fire and Rescue and Sunriver Police responded to an aircraft accident at the Sunriver Airport. A Cesena 172 (single prop) plane with two on board slid into a snow bank while landing and came to rest on its roof. There were no injuries and extent of damage to plane is undetermined at this time. There was a minor fuel leak which was contained by SRFD Firefighters. The FAA has been contacted and will determine next steps. No specific cause of the accident has been determined. The airport is currently closed for other flight traffic.

Photo Credit: Sunriver Fire & Rescue

 

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Weather Outlook: Snow Expected In Mountains Tuesday

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Moderate to heavy snow is expected over Northern California Tuesday, generally above 4000 feet. Snowfall will begin late Monday night, but the bulk of it will fall between 4 AM and 10 AM PST. Be sure to check the latest road conditions before venturing out and stay up to date with the most recent forecasts.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued January 20 at 12:10PM PST until January 21 at 10:00AM PST by NWS Medford

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM PST TUESDAY…

* WHAT… Wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE… Klamath Basin and Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County. Including, Modoc Point and Chemult.

* WHEN… From 4 AM to 10 AM PST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS… Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. Heavy snow with gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Expecting snow levels to hover near 4000 feet, with the heaviest snow fall between 7 AM and 10 AM.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

* Carry tire chains and be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

* See https://www.tripcheck.com for latest road conditions.

* A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.

 

Suspect Arrested After Shooting At Deputies And Starting Fire To Evade Arrest

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Above: Scene photo from KCSO

Suspect in custody after hours long standoff near Chiloquin that closed Highway 97

On Sunday January 19, 2020 at approximately 1:30pm Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of shots fired in the 37000 block of highway 97 near Chiloquin. Upon arrival deputies were fired upon from a subject inside the residence.

Deputies made several unsuccessful attempts to encourage the suspect to give himself up and at approximately 9:30pm deputies prepared to make entry into the residence in order to take the subject into custody. The subject had started a fire in the residence in an attempt to evade arrest.

Arrested was Steven Earle White of Chiloquin and is being lodged at the Klamath County Jail. Law enforcement officers from Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, USFS Law Enforcement assisted KCSO in taking White into custody. There were no injuries sustained by responders or White and light damage to one KCSO patrol vehicle when it came under fire from the suspect. Highway 97 and side streets in the Chiloquin area were closed for several hours.

In addition, KCSO was assisted in the area by Chiloquin Fire & Rescue, Klamath County Emergency Management, Klamath County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Oregon Department of Transportation. KCSO wishes to thank all the agencies who assisted as well as the Chiloquin Community for their assistance and support.

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Arrested Suspect: Steven White

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Above: Highway 97 was closed for several hours Sunday during the incident and standoff.

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Dense Fog Advisory Issued Until 10am

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS MORNING…

* WHAT…VISIBILITY LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE IN DENSE FREEZING FOG.

* WHERE…IN AND AROUND KLAMATH FALLS TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF

HIGHWAYS 97 AND 140.

* WHEN…UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS MORNING.

* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO LOW VISIBILITY AND

DENSE FREEZING FOG MAKING SURFACES EXTRA SLIPPERY.

* VIEW THE HAZARD AREA IN DETAIL AT

HTTPS://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/MFR/HAZARD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF DRIVING, SLOW DOWN, USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS, AND LEAVE PLENTY OF

DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

Road Closure Updates: High Cascade Highway Open – 138 East and Highway 62 (Video)

DIAMOND LAKE – Oregon 138 East (North Umpqua Highway) and Oregon 62 (Crater Lake Highway) are now open. Sections of the two southern Oregon highways had been closed since Sunday due to heavy snow and falling trees.

Motorists visiting the High Cascades this weekend should prepare for possible delays, short-term closures and winter driving conditions.

Oregon 230, a key route between the Rogue Valley and the Bend, remains closed due to heavy snow and downed trees. Cleanup work will continue through the weekend. Workers must remove trees and debris from the snow berm before the blowers can widen the highway for travel.

“We’re glad to get the area back open. We hate to close highways but sometimes winter forces our hand,” said ODOT District Manager Jerry Marmon. “Crews worked tirelessly every day, only to be pushed back by more snow, hazardous high winds and falling trees.”

Visitors to the Cascades should visit Tripcheck.com before they go and be ready for winter driving conditions. Motorists should also:

  • Be prepared for delays and allow extra time to get to your destination;
  • Let someone know your destination and when you’ll arrive or be back;
  • Have chains and know how to put them on, and
  • Make sure you have water, snacks and blankets.

SNOW REMOVAL Downtown Update

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KLAMATH FALLS, OR, January 16, 2020 Snow removal crews will be pulling snow from the curbs and gutters and placing it in the center of the roadways in the downtown core. This work will start at midnight tonight. Downtown diagonal parking will become parallel parking until snow is removed from the center of the roadways. The purpose of loading the snow to the center of the roadways is for ease of subsequent snow removal.

Snow removal crews will begin removal of the snow from the center of the roads beginning the following evening on January 17th starting at midnight.

The City would like to thank citizens, in advance for proceeding with caution in these areas.

### Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Klamath Falls Public Works Department at (541) 883-5363.

 

Update On Cascade Highway Closures 1-16-20

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ODOT: SW Oregon:
High Cascade highways remain closed this afternoon due to additional snow and trees that fell overnight and today.
However, Oregon 138E is expected to open a limited distance tomorrow (Friday) by 2 p.m.
The highway will only be open from U.S. 97 west into Diamond Lake and Three Lakes SnoPark only.
No through traffic.
Crews are working on the Oregon 138 connection from Roseburg area, as well as Oregon 62 from Prospect north toward Union Creek and Crater Lake National Park boundary.
Photos from ODOT

Additional Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondot/albums/72157712162598348

Residential Fire Claims Life Of Klamath Falls Woman Early This Morning. Firefighter Injured

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Fatal Residential Structure Fire on Eberlein Ave 1/16/2020 At approximately 2:25 A.M. Firefighter taken to Sky Lakes for injuries. 

On Thursday January 16, 2020 Klamath County Fire District No. 1 received the report of a structure fire with a possible victim trapped inside at 2154 Eberlein Ave. The fire was reported by group passing by. They stopped and made attempts to get the victim out but were not successful due to the extent of the fire.

Law Enforcement Officers from Klamath Falls Police Department and fire personnel arriving on scene noted a large fire within the kitchen and living room area. Fire personnel simultaneously worked to locate the victim and extinguish the fire.

The victim, Madeline L. Murray, was located by fire crews in the living room area and found deceased. Klamath Falls Police Department has notified next of kin.

We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Murray.

Klamath County Fire District No. 1 responded with 15 fire personnel from four engines and two ambulances along with the Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, Division Chief and Fire Marshal. One firefighter was injured and transported to Skylakes Medical Center where they were treated and released. Damage to the home is estimated at $80,000.00.

The fire has been ruled accidental. We encourage all residents to have working smoke alarms and to change the batteries every six months.

Klamath Falls City Announces Office Closures

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KLAMATH FALLS, OR, January 16, 2020 Due to winter weather conditions and for the safety of our citizens, City of Klamath Falls Municipal Court, Administrative offices and Utility Billing offices will be closed to walk-in traffic. We are open for business and handling phone calls but would prefer our citizens stay home and off the roads if at all possible.

More snow and high winds are in the forecast in a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service at 2:48 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. The advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday.

City Streets crews are working diligently to maintain the roadways.

Please use caution when driving.

Winter Weather Update Thursday 1-16-20

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Based on the most recent weather forecast information, about 2-4 more inches of snow are possible in the local Klamath Falls area today. Steady snow is expected to change to snow showers later and the majority of the snow in the region should taper off by 6pm.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued January 16 at 2:48AM PST until January 16 at 4:00PM PST by NWS Medford

…Heavy precip brings lower elevation snow tonight…

.Storm reports and ODOT cameras are suggesting snow levels are crashing down to 1500 feet under some heavy precipitation this evening. Snow will likely continue to accumulate around 1500 feet this morning under the heavy precipitation.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON…

* WHAT… Snow expected. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE… In California, Northeast Siskiyou and Northwest Modoc Counties and Modoc County. In Oregon, Central and Eastern Lake County. This includes the cities of Klamath Falls, Chiloquin, Chemult, Lakeview, Beatty, Bly, Sprague River, Canby, and Adin. This also includes US Highway 97, OR 140, portions of US 395, and portions of OR 39 and CA 139 and 299 including at Cedar Pass.

* WHEN… Through 4 PM PST Thursday. Snow amounts will be decreasing through the day.

* IMPACTS… Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact morning or evening travel.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

* Carry tire chains and be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

* See https://www.tripcheck.com or http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov for latest road conditions.

* A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.

 

Another Snow Day In Klamath 1-16-20

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Due to current and forecast weather conditions, we have another snow day today!

We can confirm the following schools have announced a closure today:

  • All K.C. School District
  • All K.F. City School District
  • KCC
  • College of Cosmetology
  • Hosanna and Triad
  • New Horizon Christian
  • Shasta Way Christian Pre School
  • Tulelake Schools
  • Klamath KID Center
  • Klamath Family Head Start
  • Eagle Ridge High School

And….

  • Quail Trail Public Transit is closed
  • Klamath County Circuit Court is closed
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