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 visitTripcheck.combefore 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;
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.
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
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, 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.
ODOT: SW Oregon: Oregon 138E: The highway is open from Roseburg up to MP 59 at the Tokatee Ranger Station and its employees. All other highways in the High Cascades area remain closed to the public until conditions improve, trees removed and highways plowed. Crews struggled today due to more snow last night and today. Continued snow, wind and falling trees continue to be a hazard for the crews working in various highway segments. Will update tomorrow. Continue to monitor Tripcheck. UPDATE
UPDATE: Due to heavy snow access roads to the park, OR 230 and OR 62, have been closed by the state. Parks roads are down to one lane in width in some locations due to heavy, blowing snow. The road to the Rim is closed until further notice. Snow continues to fall at a rate of 2″ per hour. Travel to the park is not advised on Wednesday, January 14, 2020. We will notify the public when conditions improve.
ODOT: SW Oregon: Oregon 138E closure, 30 miles east of Glide: Due to slides and fallen trees, the closure has moved west to MP 47 at Dry Creek . Crews are evaluating the corridorthis morning. As conditions permit, their plan is to shorten the closures and re-establish the connection between Diamond Lake and U.S. 97. and from Prospect to Union Creek. UPDATE