New Policy Permits Public Safety Shut Downs Of Power During Extreme Fire Conditions
Pacific Power issues the following statement from Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Solutions:
As wildfires become more frequent and intense throughout the West, protecting the communities we serve from this increasing threat, while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. We are building on our work over past years to strengthen our system and implement additional safety measures to reduce wildfire risks.
As part of this effort, we are working with area emergency services agencies, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and community leaders across Oregon to expand and enhance existing emergency response plans and work in coordination with our communities. This includes some new actions we’re planning for this fire season.
We are enhancing vegetation inspections and vegetation clearance around our power lines or poles, increasing facilities inspections, making investments to improve equipment resiliency and fire-proofing, installing local weather stations, and training and equipping our field crews for wildfire suppression.
For areas at a higher risk of fast-spreading wildfires, we are establishing a new fire prevention measure called a Public Safety Power Shutoff. A Public Safety Power Shutoff is a new measure designed to help keep people and communities in high-risk areas safe, by proactively shutting off power during extreme and dangerous weather conditions that can result in catastrophic wildfires. This measure would only be taken as a last resort to help ensure customer and community safety.
Pacific Power is working with local governments and emergency services agencies to update them on the conditions when this protocol would be used and seek their input on coordination should we need to deploy a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
Pacific Power is also launching a public wildfire education and outreach campaignstarting June 24to share wildfire safety and prevention tips and to inform customers of the company’s Public Safety Power Shutoff measure. This will include public information workshops for communities in high-risk areas.
Customers can take steps now to prepare for emergencies by keeping vegetation around their homes trimmed and low and updating their emergency plans and supplies. Customers should also contact us to ensure their contact information is up-to-date, so we can keep provide updates about increased fire risk alerts, potential power outages and updates on power restoration.
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 a search warrant was executed at 1236 Owens Street, Klamath Falls, OR. The search warrant was the result of numerous investigations involving fraudulent transactions made at ten or more businesses within the community. Joshua Eli Epps was believed to have fraudulently ordered nearly $20,000 of merchandise using consumer credit accounts at local stores and stolen credit information. Earlier in the day, co-conspirator William Adams, was taken into custody while attempting to acquire merchandise which was fraudulently ordered by Joshua Epps.
Due to information that the suspect was in possession of a firearm, the Klamath County Special Response Team (SRT) served the warrant at the residence. During the execution of the search warrant Joshua Epps, along with two other occupants were detained after their surrender following two hours of negotiations. The two other occupants were released after questioning while Joshua Epps was taken into custody and lodged at the Klamath County Jail on authority of multiple felony warrants. Additional charges related to thefts are expected to be added in the next few days.
A large quantity of stolen property (tools and a stolen pistol) were recovered during the search of the residence.
Epps, Joshua Eli Charges: Theft I, Theft II, Parole Violation, Identification Theft
Adams, William Anthony Charges: Attempted Theft I, Criminal Conspiracy I
*No booking photo available at post time for Adams.
Woman Arrested For Attempting To Drown 9 Month Old Child
Davie Lamburth was arrested in the 100 block of East Lowell Street, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Klamath Falls Police Officer responded to Sky Lakes Medical Center on Tuesday, June 11th, at 1:12 a.m. Officers were requested by Sky Lakes Medical Center Staff when the infant arrived. The infant had been transported by family members to ensure the infant was medically stable. The infant was removed from the home and placed with a family member. Read more
Coast Guard rescues man 800 feet down Crater Lake caldera
The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell into the Crater Lake caldera, Monday afternoon, assisting the National Park Service and a District 3 Technical Rope Rescue Team.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Sector North Bend hoisted the man out of the caldera and transferred him to an AirLink Critical Care Transport team who flew the injured man to Bend for care and treatment.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a call at 3:47 p.m., from the Crater Lake National Park Service rangers requesting helicopter support for an injured man who fell into Crater Lake’s caldera near Rims Village.
The Coast Guard aircrew arrived on scene at 4:28 p.m. with the District 3 rope team already 600 feet down into the caldera. The District 3 team reported they could hear a man yelling from further down into the caldera.
The aircrew was hovering above the injured man within 15 minutes of arriving on scene and conducted the hoist before landing in a nearby parking lot and transferring the injured man to the AirLink helicopter crew. The aircrew departed Crater Lake at 5:27 p.m., stopped in Roseburg to refuel and returned to North Bend.
The condition of the injured man is unknown at this time.
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.
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: