NWS Issues Frost Advisory For Tonight. Heat Wave Is Expected To Begin Building Sunday into Next Week
A heat wave that will put parts of the local region into record temperature territory next week is expected to begin building Sunday. As of posting time, the hottest day looks to be Tuesday with highs in the low 90’s and a disturbance expected Wednesday that could produce thunderstorms. Temperatures are expected to remain warm in the high 80’s with possible cooling thunderstorms in the evenings Wednesday and beyond. Triple digit temperatures are expected in Medford during the heatwave.
Klamath Falls High Temp Records For Next Week: Monday, 96 in 1918; Tuesday, 95 in 1940; Wednesday, 94 in 1933.
We will likely see some heat warnings issued soon for some of our region to address the coming heat wave.
Frost Advisory For Tonight:
…FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 7 AM PDT SUNDAY…
…FREEZE WARNING HAS EXPIRED…
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Frost
Advisory…which is in effect from 2 AM to 7 AM PDT Sunday.
* Frost Advisory Low Temperatures: 33 to 36 degrees.
* Timing…Widespread frost is expected late tonight and into
* Locations in the Frost Advisory include: Most valley locations
in Klamath and Lake Counties, as well as in Modoc County and
northeast Siskiyou County. This includes areas in and around
Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, Summer Lake, Tulelake,
Chiloquin, and Silver Lake.
* Impacts…Sensitive vegetation could be damaged or killed by
frost or sub-freezing weather.
Streets Division crews will be performing work during the hours of 6:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. The Streets Staff would like to thank our citizens in advance for proceeding with caution in areas where crews are working. Work may be delayed due to weather, equipment break-down or unexpected emergencies.
Asphalt crew 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 – 13, 2019 June 10 – Asphalt repair Utility cut at Kane St. and S 6th St. (5300 blk). Lane closure and traffic delays are possible.
June 11 – 12 – General street maintenance city wide.
June 13 – Utility cut repairs, South Suburban Area.
Sign and Paint crew 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 11 – 14, 2019
Due to weather delays, paint crews will be re-striping legends, parking T’s and crosswalks in the downtown core. Crews and traffic gear (cones and signs) will be in place. Sign maintenance city wide and street sweeping.
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The FDA is alerting consumers to a hepatitis A virus (HAV) contamination of frozen blackberries under the Kroger grocery store “Private Selection” brand. This contamination was discovered by the FDA as a part of an ongoing frozen berry sampling assignment. The FDA is advising consumers not to eat and to throw away frozen fruit purchased from Kroger and other retail locations packaged under Kroger’s “Private Selection” brand. Here are the recalled products:
These products are available at Kroger and other retail locations and have a two-year shelf life. The FDA is working with the manufacturer on this matter. This posting will be updated with new information as it becomes available. The FDA is continuing to investigate to determine whether there are other implicated products.
At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A linked to the consumption of Kroger Private Selection brand frozen blackberries. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) can result in a liver infection that may be inapparent. However, when symptoms occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. HAV is found in the stool and blood of people who are infected. HAV is spread when someone ingests the virus, usually through person-to-person contact or from eating contaminated food or drink. Contamination of food with the hepatitis A virus can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even after cooking.
Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period and can have serious health consequences for some people, especially those who are immune-compromised. People infected with HAV may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure, which often makes it difficult to determine the exact exposure that led to illness. Symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes (known as jaundice), dark urine, and pale stool. Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection.
The FDA recommends that consumers who consumed the frozen berries listed above and have not been vaccinated for HAV consult with their healthcare professional to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated. PEP may be recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to HAV in the last two weeks; those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection do not require PEP.
Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating frozen blackberries, or if you believe that you have eaten any of the frozen blackberry products noted above within the last two weeks.
The FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern time, or to consult http://www.fda.gov.
Northeast Siskiyou and Northwest Modoc Counties-Modoc County- Klamath Basin- Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County- Central and Eastern Lake County- Including the cities of Dorris, Newell, Macdoel, Tulelake, Alturas, Canby, Likely, Altamont, Klamath Falls, Beatty, Bly, Chemult, Crescent, Gilchrist, Sprague River, Lakeview, and Valley Falls 322 AM PDT Thu Jun 6 2019
…FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM PDT FRIDAY… …FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM PDT FRIDAY… …FREEZE WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Freeze Warning and a Frost Advisory. Both are in effect from midnight tonight to 9 AM PDT Friday.
* Freeze Warning Temperatures: 25 to 32 degrees.
* Frost Advisory Temperatures: 33 to 36 degrees.
* Timing…Freezing temperatures are expected Thursday night into Friday morning, with another widespread damaging freeze possible Friday night into Saturday morning.
* Locations in the Freeze Warning include: Most valley locations in northern Klamath and Lake Counties. This includes Chiloquin, Chemult, Sprague River, Bly, Silver Lake, and Beatty. Tulelake and Macdoel are also in the Freeze Warning.
* Locations in the Frost Advisory include: Most valley locations in southern Klamath and Lake Counties as well as in Modoc County. This includes Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Summer Lake.
* Impacts…Sensitive vegetation could be damaged or killed by unusually cold weather.
* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD
A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.
A Freeze Watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
Update 6/5/19 at 10:50 a.m. (updated to correct typo on day):
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials are releasing additional details about the family missing Tuesday night in the forest southeast of Ruch.
According to JCSO Sergeant Shawn Richards, Cameron Cutler and her three children left home on the morning of June 4, 2019, to go hiking in the Tunnel Ridge Trail area. Cutler used Apple Maps to navigate to the destination from Talent. The suggested route included unpaved and unmaintained forest roads in the Anderson Creek area.
After driving several miles, Cutler decided to go back. The vehicle became wedged between a tree and a ditch when she tried to turn around at a spur road (GPS coordinates for the location are as follows: 42.154328, -122.839782). There is no cell phone coverage in the area, so Cutler was unable to call for help. Cutler spent the rest of the day entertaining her children with short walks in the area, but stayed near the vehicle to await rescuers.
Cutler’s husband called for help at 6:12 p.m. Deputies and SAR personnel responded to assist. Approximately 150 citizen volunteers arrived in the area to help with the search.
A team of SAR volunteers located the family and their vehicle at approximately 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5. They transported the Cutlers to the SAR command post in Ruch to reunite with family and friends. Nobody was injured.
Sergeant Richards says Cutler did some things right: she was prepared with clothing, food, and water; she kept everyone in one location instead of wandering off; she worked to keep her children in good spirits.
But, he says there are lessons to be learned from this incident. Sergeant Richards reminds people of the following safety tips for travelers:
Stick to familiar routes
Let someone know where you’re going and the route you will take
Don’t rely on electronic navigation devices or apps; carry paper maps
Ensure you carry enough food and water for 48 hours
Carry warm clothing and blankets in your vehicle
Update 6/5/19: As of 1:00 am Wednesday, June 5, 2019, all four were located safe. Thank you to everyone who helped with the search and shared information.
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) personnel are searching for a Medford woman and her three children. The four were reported missing Tuesday evening after not returning home from a planned hike.
On June 4, 2019, at 6:12 p.m., dispatch received a call from the woman’s husband. Cameron Cutler, 35, and three of her children – 5-year-old twins (boy and girl), and a 4-year-old boy, reportedly left home that morning to go hiking on the Tunnel Ridge Trail. They had not returned home.
Cutler was reportedly driving a silver Honda Odyssey minivan with Oregon license plate 752 JUY. The vehicle has not yet been located.
SAR teams are checking trailheads in the Applegate and Ruch areas where the family may have been hiking. Dozens of citizens also turned out to assist.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Cameron Cutler and her children is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206. Refer to case #19-11153.
On Wednesday morning (06/05/19) at7:59am, Klamath 911 Dispatch was notified that a home invasion robbery had just occurred on Vincent Drive. The victimtold 911 he had just been robbedminutes earlier,at gunpoint,by two unknown men who had displayed a handgun after knocking on his front door.
According to the victim the two men demanded money and forced him to lay on the floor until they left. The victim was able to provide a vehicle description as the mendrove fromhis property. Minutes later, OSP Trooper Van Domelen was responding to the area to assist Sheriff’s Office deputies when he observed a vehicle matching the description provided by the victim.
Trooper Van Domelen conducted a vehicle stop and held the suspects at gunpoint until other responding officers arrived and took two male suspects into custody. An air soft handgun was located in the vehicle along with several hundred dollars in cash taken from the victim.
The two suspects haveeachbeen lodged in the Klamath County Detention Center on the listed charges:
A breach was discovered by a homeowner in a levee between Lakeshore Drive and Klamath Lake late Tuesday afternoon, June 4. Responders, volunteers, and homeowners worked to fill the large crater with sandbags, concluding operations just before dark. The levee held overnight and additional crews will be working today with heavy equipment, sand, and rock to fully repair the levee.
Responders consisted of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, and Public Works; Klamath County Fire District 1; the City of Klamath Falls Public Works and Police Departments; and volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Dive Rescue, and Community Emergency Response Teams. Personnel filled, transported, and placed sandbags to stop lake water from further washing out the large crater in the levee, and also went door to door to notify potentially affected residents. “Our trained volunteer programs are absolutely vital to the success of disaster response operations in Klamath County,” said Emergency Manager Morgan Lindsay. The bulk of last night’s response efforts were conducted by Sheriff’s Office volunteers.
While this levee is owned and maintained by a local special district comprised of the area’s homeowners, the Klamath County Board of Commissioners assessed the situation and authorized the county’s response. A small budget and a decades-old structure have made maintenance and repairs difficult for the special district. The repairs today will be accomplished by privately-hired contractors and homeowners.
On Sunday June 2, 2019 at approximately 5:00 PM, Oregon State Police was notified of a water rescue in the Pacific Ocean near Cape Lookout State Park.
The preliminary investigation revealed Gary B Mudrow, 44, from Beaverton, Oregon had been paragliding from the Cape Lookout State Park. Witnesses (and Mudrow’s friend) indicated when Mudrow took off he appeared to be too low and tried to radio Mudrow. The witness observed Mudrow’s paraglide crash into the ocean. Mudrow was seen attempting to use the paraglide as a floatation device. The witness landed on the beach but could no longer see Mudrow.
Netarts Oceanside Fire District and the US Coast Guard were called to assist with the water rescue. Mudrow was located and brought to shore by Netarts Oceanside Fire. Mudrow was not breathing and unconscious. CPR was started and Mudrow was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:00PM.
Just before noon Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Kenworthy on Crater Lake Parkway after it made an illegal U-turn. The SUV fled onto Shasta Way, where it collided with another vehicle. The SUV continued on and crashed into a second vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to Sherm’s Thunderbird.
Sheriff’s deputies were then able to extricate and arrest Kenworthy. None of the vehicles’ occupants reported any injuries, and all parties denied medical care. The pursuit lasted less than three minutes. The Sheriff’s Office was in the process of notifying local schools to take lock-out precautions, but the pursuit ended before protective measures could be enacted.
The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Klamath Falls Police Department during the arrest. Kenworthy was booked in the Klamath County Jail.
Arrested: Kenworthy, Jr., Thomas Lee DOB: 12-6-1975 Charges: Resisting Arrest Hit and Run Felony Attempt to Elude
Parts of Oregon are already heading into wildfire season and given the serious season that Oregon, and other parts of the West Coast, experienced last year, Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management offers an important reminder about evacuation levels. The statewide “Ready, Set, Go” system is used to notify communities that they are facing a threat and are used for floods, fires and other hazards.
“An important part of wildfire preparedness is familiarity with statewide evacuation levels,” says OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “Wildfires can come without warning and move quickly, so residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home.”
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. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.
Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate. You should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as 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 may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” Evacuate NOW– leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
OEM partners with the Department of Forestry, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Keep Oregon Green and other state agencies each year to promote wildfire awareness and preparedness, and urges all Oregon communities to always follow directions of emergency officials during evacuations.
“We want to make sure every Oregonian is safe this fire season and that you are prepared for any hazard we face,” says Phelps.
From The NWS Medford:
Fire season begins for the southwest Oregon fire district today! Siskiyou County declared fire season on May 20th, and Modoc County declared on May 27th. So most of our entire forecast area has now entered fire season. There are three things you should do as soon as possible:
2.) Identify multiple evacuations routes in case you need to evacuate with a moment’s notice. You’ll be glad you already know where you’re going and how to get there instead of having no idea where to go when you’re panicked.