August 31, 2017

September 2017 Library programs

From the Redmond Library,

Redmond Adult Events, September, 2017

Events

Music in Public Places: Enjoy a pop-up performance courtesy of Central Oregon Symphony. 
Saturday, September 9, 2 p.m.

Library Book Club: Discuss Home by Toni Morrison with a fun, casual group. 
Thursday, September 14, 12 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants: Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and learn to use the powerful grants database Foundation Directory Online. Registration is required. 
Tuesday, September 19, 10:30 a.m.

Know Industry - Empowering Your Resume and Cover Letter: Learn some of the common resume and cover letter pitfalls, as well as tangible ways to enhance your professional documents with Three Peaks Group. 
Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m.

Genealogy for Beginners: Interested in finding out about your family's history, but don't know where to start? Learn the basics of genealogy and find out what resources the library has to help you in your quest. 
Saturday, September 23, 10:30 a.m.

Know Industry - Gene Editing: Portland State's Dr. Bryan Cwik discusses gene editing and its potential impacts on biomedicine, agriculture, energy, and more. 
Saturday, September 23, 3 p.m.

Know Industry - Industrialization and Its Discontents: COCC history professor Murray Godfrey discusses how the industrialization process occurred in the United States and Pacific Northwest, and how it affected economic relationships across classes. 
Saturday, September 30, 3 p.m.

Computer Classes

Open Computer Lab: Practice or get help with tech questions. 
Tuesdays, 1:30—3 p.m.

Computers for Beginners: This basic class is designed for those with very little or no computer experience. 
Friday, September 15, 2—3:30 p.m.

Windows 10 for Beginners: A demonstration of the basics of Windows 10. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet with Windows 10. Registration required.
Friday, September 22, 2—3:30 p.m.

August 30, 2017

Information on area fires and how to protect yourself from smoke


From Central Oregon Fire Info:
Milli Fire
August 30, 2017 Daily Update
Yesterday afternoon, the fire became very active on the private land within the fire perimeter.  Crews worked through the night to monitor the area, backburning as needed to keep fire intensity down. With forecasted westerly winds today, crews will continue to focus work in this area, watching for spot fires and mopping up.

Taking advantage of a short period of clear skies yesterday, a reconnaissance helicopter flew the fire to look for possible spot fires outside the fireline. No spot fires were found. The south side of OR 242 was actively burning down slope and is expected to burn to OR 242 today. The southwest corner of the fire did have an active burn area putting up a smoke column.

The Southwest Area T1 Incident Management Team today is preparing to transition management of the Milli Fire to the Central Oregon Type 2 IMT8.The Oregon T2 IMT will be briefed this evening and assume command Thursday afternoon, August 31.

The Milli Fire Helibase moved locations yesterday, it is now located just outside of Sisters. The new location positions the aircraft closer to the fire and fire camp, will improve radio and phone communications, and places the aircraft inside the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area that is in place for the fire.

Very Unhealthy and Hazardous air quality was reported throughout the night. Expect similar air quality conditions today. High temperatures, low relative humidity with many fires in the area are contributing to the smoke in Central Oregon.

Good progress is being made on rehabilitation to the contained areas on the southeast side of the fire. Crews, dozers, excavators and wood chippers continue to work in the area beginning to return control lines to a more natural state.

Level 1 and 2 evacuation levels are still in place for some communities around the Milli Fire. Questions on evacuation levels need to be directed to the Deschutes County Sheriff's office at 541-693-6911.  Current evacuation levels: Level 2– Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences returned to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice on 8/23/17, allowing residents to return to their homes.  Level 1 – Tollgate subdivision, all areas between OR 242 and US 20, west of Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Road 1018) which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Links
Road Closures - US 20 is open east and westbound. However, single lane traffic with a pilot car will create significant delays. OR 242 is closed east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com
Forest Closures- For further information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring-  Information is available atoregonsmoke.blogspot.com

COIDC Morning Update, August 30
Redmond, OR – The McKay Fire, located east of Hwy 97 and north of County Road 21 near McKay Butte, is currently estimated at 1,364 acres. Last night, crews and operators were able to get a line around the entire fire and will work to hold and improve those lines today. Also, crews will be monitoring and patrolling for any spots across the line. Firefighters are requesting that the public stay out of the fire area between Forest Service roads 9735 and 9720.  There are currently 12 engines, 2 dozers, 2 IA Crews, and 2 water tenders working on this fire for a total of 110 personnel. Although aviation resources are available, the ability for these resources to be utilized may be limited due to visibility.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level One (pre-evacuation) notification for the Elk Lake Area due to the Nash Fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest. The following areas in the Level One are as follows: Elk Lake Resort, Elk Lake Campground (CG), Point CG, Little Fawn CG, Mallard Marsh CG, Sunset View Day Use Area, Beach Day Use Area, and Quinn Meadows Horse Camp. Currently, the Cascade Lakes Hwy, FS 46, remains open.

Level One (pre-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. For information on these evacuation notifications, you can call the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.

Two fires yesterday south of Lava Butte triggered the evacuation of the Lava River Cave and Lava Lands Visitor Center in the Deschutes National Forest.  All containment lines held overnight and crews will continue to mop up these fires today. Those visitor facilities have reopened to the public today.

For information on air quality, visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/  orhttp://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

For road conditions and closures due to wildfires, visit tripcheck.com.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire. For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call541-316-7711.

From the Bend Fire Department:

Smoke from wildland fires across Oregon has created unhealthy air quality in Bend over the last few days, and we expect that these conditions may persist at least into next week, according to the Pendleton office of the National Weather Service. This level of air pollution is harmful to all, but here are a few ways to minimize the effects, from the Deschutes County Health Department and the Oregon Health Authority:

- Avoid areas of highest concentrations of smoke, if possible
- Keep indoor air as clean as possible by closing windows and doors to minimize smoke in your home
- If possible, use a high efficiency (HEPA) air filter
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions
- Reduce the amount of time spent outdoors
- People with asthma or other respiratory problems should carefully follow their breathing management
plans and stay in contact with their healthcare providers
- Call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing health symptoms due to smoke
- Paper or dust masks do not offer reliable respiratory protection from smoke: an N95 mask
(properly fitted, available at building supply and hardware stores) offers some protection from the
particulates in smoke, but may increase breathing effort.
- Drink plenty of water
- Consider leaving a very smoky area if you have health conditions that put you at higher risk for illness
from wildfire smoke
Your best information resource may be your own healthcare provider.
Again, if you experience serious health symptoms, call 9-1-1.
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Check out the Aug. 30 Spokesman!

A DeMolay Chapter is getting awards after nearly closing, the Redmond High football team takes the field and the Bend Burger Company comes to Redmond. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Buggy Stop, Circle K and Logan's Market.


No "significant" human injuries, but dog dies, in early Wednesday house fire in Redmond

From Redmond Police:

Redmond Police

REDMOND POLICE AND FIRE INVESTIGATING HOUSE FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Redmond Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 7:15 AM

Redmond, OR -- Shortly after
 3:00 AM, Redmond Police Department Officers and Redmond Fire & Rescue Firefighters responded to 702 NW Maple Ave after receiving a 911 call of a house fire. The house was occupied at the time, and all of the occupants evacuated on their own, with no significant injuries sustained. Redmond Fire & Rescue put out the fire and left the scene at approximately 5:30 AM. Redmond Fire has since returned to the location to continue mopping up the scene. 
At this time, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. It is too early to determine the cause of the fire. Redmond Police will work closely with fire investigators to determine if any crime has been committed.

There will be no further information shared until a cause of the fire can be determined.
From Redmond Fire and Rescue:
Type of incident: Structure Fire
Address of incident: 702 NW Maple Ave., Redmond Oregon
Incident date: 8/30/2017​​ Alarm Time: 03:11
Description of occupancy: Single Family Residence
Owner, occupant: Owner – SMALL PROPERTIES LLC, Art Willett.
Circumstances found on arrival, actions taken: On arrival found a one-story wood framed single family residence with smoke and fire extending through the roof and threating a structure to the South. The occupants of the structure had safely evacuated the building prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. A power line was down and arcing in the rear of the structure. Units on scene protected exposures then extinguished and overhauled the fire. Utilities were disconnected and an investigation into the cause of the fire was started.
Injuries, rescues and other information of interest: One civilian self-transported to hospital for smoke inhalation and one dog died in the fire.
Responding Apparatus: 3 - Engines, 0 – Tenders, 0 - Trucks, 2 - Medics, 1 – Support
Responding Personnel: 11 – Career, 0 – Volunteers
Mutual aid assistance by: Redmond Police, OSP and Pacific Power & Light
Estimated loss of building and contents: $200,000
Probable fire cause: Under investigation.

August 29, 2017

Milli Fire Update

From Central Oregon Fire Info, 

Submitted 

Fire Information Line: 541-719-8135
Email: millifireinfo@gmail.com 
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5517 
Blog: http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ 
Twitter: @CentralORFire
Youtube Channel: https://goo.gl/SRRAr3
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 21,100 acres 
Percent Contained: 32%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 528 personnel
Milli Fire
August 29, 2017 Morning Update
Crews worked overnight gain better access to a remote 2-3 acre spot fire. Today,  firefighters will use that access to mop-up the spot and patrol the area for any other spots.

Westerly winds yesterday drove the fire into remaining fuels near Black Crater and the  established containment lines. This was expected fire behavior and subsequently helps provide for a lower intensity burn. This was  the “glow” seen in the communities of Black Butte Ranch and Crossroads. Unburned fuel remains in the Wilderness area and close to OR 242 near the lava fields and will continue to produce smoke as it is consumed.

In the last segment of uncontained fire in the southeastern edge, a large hazardous tree finally fell. This tree’s falling gives crews safer access to build containment line on the last connecting segment on the eastern edge. Engine crews are continuing to pick up hose lays and are patrolling the southern and eastern edges of the fire.

Night operations concluded last night. Firefighters who previously worked the overnight shift will now be rolled into day operations.

Expect air quality tomorrow to decrease to unhealthy conditions in the AM hours in the areas surrounding the Milli Fire. Residents should avoid outdoor activity as much as possible. Afternoon winds out of the west may move smoke out of the area and will likely change air quality to moderate levels. The communities of Sisters, Bend, and Redmond should expect to see ash falling as the Milli Fire continues to burn near Black Crater.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with its partners on the Milli Fire, are continually evaluating the need for possible changes to evacuation notices.  Evacuation questions should be directed to the Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency number at 541-693-6911.  Current evacuation levels: Level 2– Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences returned to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice on 8/23/17, allowing residents to return to their homes.  Level 1 – The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between OR 242 and HWY 20 and
west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Road Closures:
OR 242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15.  For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: For further information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

Smoke monitoring information is available atoregonsmoke.blogspot.com
 

SW 35th Street access closed during Highway 126 turn lane construction

From the city of Redmond:

Redmond, OR – Crews are making good progress on the construction of new dedicated left turn lanes on Highway 126 near 35th St.  As part of this nearly $500,000 project, it is necessary to close access to SW 35th St. at the HWY 126 intersection to widen the right of way. The closure is expected to last until the end of September.  Installation of the turn lanes will improve traffic safety at the intersection by reducing the likelihood of rear-end collisions while maintaining the flow of east and westbound traffic. 

Detours are in place to divert motorists around the construction area.

“This intersection has a history of collisions and finding a solution to make it safer has been a high priority for Redmond City Council,” comments Mayor George Endicott. “With the addition of left turn lanes, I look forward to seeing a drastic reduction of accidents.”

Studies revealed both current and forecasted traffic counts do not meet the required thresholds to install a traffic signal at the intersection.  Further analysis recommended the best way to improve safety would be the construction of left turn lanes. 

On June 13, 2017 Redmond City Council approved a contract with Bar Seven A Companies Inc. for the construction of left turn lanes at the intersection of US HWY 126 and 35th Street.  Additional long-term safety improvement measures of widening US HWY 126 from SW Rimrock to 35th Street are included in the City’s Transportation System Plan (2016-2020).

A map of the closure site and proposed alternate routes of travel is available on the City of Redmond website http://www.redmond.or.us/government/departments/public-works/transportation-division/road-work-closures-and-lane-restrictions). The project is fully funded by System Development Charges. 

August 28, 2017

2017 state of the County luncheon hosted in Redmond

From Redmond Chamber of Commerce, 

Redmond Chamber to host County Commissioners at State of the County Luncheon

Deschutes County Commissioners will discuss local issues and answer questions during the Redmond Chamber of Commerce State of the County luncheon on August 31, 2017, at Juniper Golf Course in Redmond. The noon event is open to the public, with lunch costing $15 per person. RSVP’s are required.

Commissioners Tammy Baney, Tony DeBone and Phil Henderson will each take a turn speaking at the event, which will focus on the successes of the past year while addressing opportunities and challenges for the coming year. Topics will include growth, workforce housing, capital projects, and other issues relevant to Deschutes County in general and the Redmond area specifically.

Those in attendance will have an opportunity to address additional subjects, as well, during a question-and-answer session following the presentations.

“We’re honored to host our Deschutes County Commissioners in a forum that’s both open and informative – where citizens can learn about county topics relevant to the Redmond area while engaging in a dialog with our leaders,” said Eric Sande, Executive Director of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB. “I look forward to learning about Deschutes County’s vision for the future now that we’re once again facing growth.”

According to Tom Anderson, County Administrator, the Commissioners have been involved in similar events in the county, including a recent Bend Chamber of Commerce State of the Community event.

“The biggest piece of this is letting community members ask the tough questions and the transparent questions during the Q and A sessions toward the end,” Anderson said. He added that a humorous “Deschutes County Top 10 List” would round out the event.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP for the Redmond Chamber State of the County luncheon by Monday, August 28, 2017. Contact Karen Sande, Redmond Chamber Events Director, at 541-923-5191 or karen@visitredmondoregon.com.

August 25, 2017

Red Cross supports wildfire evacuees


RED CROSS CONTINUES TO PROVIDE SHELTER, FOOD, OTHER RESOURCES FOR WILDFIRE EVACUEES
Wildfire Safety Checklist

Sleeping areas, showers, food, water and other services available to wildfire evacuees at the Red Cross shelter, located in Gold Beach.

GOLD BEACH, Ore.,  -- The American Red Cross shelter set up for Chetco Bar Wildfire evacuees remains open in Gold Beach and continues to provide shelter and aid to people displaced from their homes.

The Red Cross shelter is located at Riley Elementary School, 94350 6th St, Gold Beach, OR 97444. Individuals and families in need of shelter assistance may simply show up at the shelter for help. People facing evacuations and in need of shelter assistance may call (888) 680-1455.

The following services are available at the shelter to people displaced by the Chetco Bar Wildfire:
* Shelter (sleeping area, cots, blankets)
* Food (hot meals and snacks)
* Water and coffee
* Shower facility
* Informational updates from the Fire Management Team (typically daily resident briefings)
* Other assistance (dependant on individual or community needs)
* Information on pet shelter assistance
* Information on livestock relocation

For information on the Chetco Bar wildfire:
* Residents in Curry County who have a landline will receive emergency notifications via that number.

* Residents in need of fire information may call the Chetco Bar Fire Information Line at: 541-247-3680 or 541-316-5816 or 541-414-4489.

* Residents facing evacuations should make arrangements to move property and livestock. Caged animals and livestock can relocate to the Curry County Fairgrounds (event center at the beach). For more info on livestock relocation to the fairgrounds, call 541-425-1821.

HOW TO HELP:
If people are interested in helping Chetco Bar Wildfire evacuees the best way to assist Red Cross efforts is to make a financial donation at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. A financial donation allows the Red Cross to mobilize quickly to aid people affected by disasters as well as to purchase supplies to address specific shelter resident needs.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.

August 24, 2017

Redmond Skatepark maintenance

Spokesman photo
The Redmond Skate Park recently reopened after maintenance and additions. The City of Redmond oversaw multiple area of care for the park. These included. 
For the repairs:
- Removed and replaced all pool coping.
- Cut out several patches of concrete that have become deteriorated and replaced rebar and concrete
- Filled cracks throughout the skate park
- Power washed and sealed the skate park
For the new feature:
- Connected the top portion of the “Start Deck” of the Snake Run to the new sidewalk and installed a new rail and jump to the new connection area.


For more information visit www.ci.redmond.or.us.

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Some statewide campfire bans lifted


OREGON STATE PARKS LIFTS STATEWIDE CAMPFIRE BAN IN PARKS: NOW ALLOWED IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUNDS, BUT LOCAL RESTRICTIONS REMAIN

Oregon State Parks lifts statewide campfire ban in parks: now allowed in designated campgrounds, but local restrictions remain

Salem OR --
A statewide ban on open fires in state park campgrounds has been lifted effective August 22, 2017. However, local and regional fire restrictions are still in effect in many state parks, and restrictions from other authorities often apply to state parks as well. Visitors planning a trip to a state park or the ocean shore during the rest of the fire season should check http://oregonstateparks.org and public fire restrictions at http://bit.ly/oregonfirerestrictions for updates before traveling.

The now-expired statewide state park restriction affected all open flames--campfires, candles, charcoal briquettes, tiki-style torches--at every park. Even if a state park allows campfires and other open flames, every park patron should exercise extraordinary care with fire:

+ Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings only. All fires must be attended, and fully extinguished afterward.

+ Keep water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher, within reach of any campfire at all times.

+ Watch children and pets during and after a campfire. Metal fire rings retain heat long after the fire is out.

+ In state parks, smoking is allowed in designated campsites only, and butts must be fully extinguished and put in the trash.

+ Fires on the Oregon ocean shore must be made of natural materials only (no pallets or other assembled wood), kept 3'x3' or smaller, and placed more than 25' away and downwind from driftwood and grass. A full set of beach fire rules is online at http://bit.ly/oregonbeachfirerules.

+ Remember fireworks are prohibited year-round in Oregon state parks and on beaches.

Information is posted at oregonstateparks.org, and available through the state parks information line at 800-551-6949, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. The Oregon Department of Forestry Public Restrictions Map at http://bit.ly/oregonfirerestrictions has local restrictions and bans available by location. Other recreational fire safety tips are online at http://keeporegongreen.org/.

August 23, 2017

Central Oregon wildfire update

From Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center,

COIDC Evening Update, August 22

Crews have responded to two escaped human-caused fires in the past 24 hours, both of which were contained at less than a quarter acre. The weather forecast for tomorrow afternoon includes a red flag warning for the southern half of the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, which includes abundant lightning and gusty winds in excess of 20 mph. Gusty winds are forecast to continue through Thursday. Crews will be available to respond to any new fires that occur.

Air quality conditions are going to continue to be poor for most of central Oregon through Wednesday. This smoke is from fires burning across Oregon and from as far away as northern California. For information from air quality monitoring stations, visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/

Milli Fire – Smoke caused significant visibility issues today with fire suppression efforts. Aircraft were grounded as a result of the smoky conditions. Heavy smoke moderates fire behavior, so minimum spread is expected. Direct suppression occurred on the northeast and southeast side of the fire near FS 16 where firefighters widened dozer and hand lines. Crews on the northwest side of the fire near OR 242 continued fuel reduction work and may conduct a burnout this evening if conditions allow.

Evacuations:


Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.

Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between OR 242 and HWY 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Every effort is being made to return residents to their homes but this cannot be done until the safety of the public can be assured. For more information on the Milli Fire, call the information line at 541-719-8135 or visit inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5517

North Pole Fire –
Located NE of Shaniko, has crossed a containment line and five engines have responded.

Belknap Fire -
Located in the Ochoco National Forest, is 100% contained at 125 acres. There is still a temporary closure in the Mill Creek Wilderness of certain trails, including the Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

Whychus Fire –
Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, is 100% contained and 2030 acres.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire. For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.

Check out the Aug. 23 Spokesman!

Mayor George Endicott talks about his recent wedding, Ridgeview's football team gets ready for the 2017 season and the new Honey and Pine coffee stand brings Sisters Bakery to Redmond. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including US Market, Walgreens and Albertsons.


August 21, 2017

Dutch Bros. recalls eclipse glasses

From Dutch Bros. Coffee:

Spokesman file photo

GRANTS PASS, ORE. (August 20, 2017) - Today Dutch Bros Coffee handed out eclipse glasses at many of our stands. We are now issuing a full voluntary recall of these glasses.  We purchased these glasses after receiving certification of ISO compliance from the manufacturer. Further investigation has led us to question this certification. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we are issuing this voluntary recall.  
If you received a pair of these glasses, DO NOT USE THEM TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE. Please return these glasses to the Dutch Bros Coffee location where you received them for a FREE DRINK of your choice--any drink, any size. We apologize for your inconvenience.

August 18, 2017

Local fire districts ban recreational fires

From Deschutes County,

Recreational Fire & Campfire Ban to be Implemented Friday by Local Fire Districts

With increased fire activity and an influx of visitors coming to Central Oregon for the solar eclipse, the Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) will be banning recreational fires/campfires on private lands within all the fire districts in the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on August 11, campfires, including charcoal and pellet fires, will no longer be allowed. This is consistent with campfire restrictions on public lands. Portable cooking stoves or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.

The tri-county Fire Chiefs carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture, and predicted weather before making the decision to ban open fires. With the heavy demand on our firefighting resources in addition to the hundreds of thousands of visitors projected to visit Central Oregon for the solar eclipse, every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.

“In an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires during the eclipse, the Fire Chiefs in the region feel banning recreational fires and campfires is the sensible thing to do”, said Matt Smith, Fire Chief, Crook County Fire & Rescue, and Chair of Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association. 

Residents are strongly encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations. All Central Oregon fire departments and rural fire districts will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in their districts and may make modifications on a day-to-day basis. Please call your local outdoor burning information line for your current conditions. If conditions become dryer, individual agencies may choose to close local burning sooner. Fire agencies will monitor fuels and fire conditions throughout the summer and anticipate the opening of burn season again in late fall.

For a full list of local Fire Districts, visit COFCA’s webpage.

For more information, please contact Alison Green, Project Wildfire Program Coordinator at 541-419-1116 or 541-322-7129.

Battle continues on the Nena Springs fire

From Oregon State Fire Marshal,
Oregon State Fire Marshal / Submitted
NENA SPRINGS FIRE UPDATE AUG. 18 

Warm Springs OR -- At approximately 3:20pm Thursday, an ember from the Nena Springs Fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk. Driven by high winds, the fire began running in grass and brush. Two helicopters, handcrews and at least 10 engines responded in addition to 150 firefighters that were already assigned to the fire. 

Winds pushed the fire over Indian Head Canyon and through Charlie Canyon, then continued move a mile east past the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. As was planned earlier in the week, in the event an evacuation notice was issued, visitors sheltered in place. Firefighters used Route 8 to burn from the road. This successfully removed grass from around the Resort and forced the fire to stay above and away from the area. While the Resort is still at a Level 3 evacuation, the immediate threat to it is gone. 

At approximately 10pm Thursday night, the fire jumped Hwy 3 at Fish Hatchery Grade. Firefighters' priority was to keep the fire from crossing the Warm Springs River and to prevent it from burning structures. As of midnight Thursday, these objectives had been met. 

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Red Team, commanded by Ian Yocum, was mobilized late Thursday night. Two task forces of engines from Marion and Multnomah Counties began working with the existing organization around midnight. Yamhill and Washington Counties engines and personnel arrived this morning. These task forces bring with them a total of 79 firefighters, 19 engines and four water tenders to assist with protecting structures and building upon the work firefighters have already completed. 

The fire has grown an estimated 6,000 acres bringing the total acres to approximately 46,000. A flight will occur this morning to get a more accurate account of the fire's size. It is 40% contained. 

Evacuation Notices: The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa received a Level 3 evacuation notice Thursday evening. As was planned this week, in the event of a wildfire, visitors will remain in place. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are now at a Level 3 Evacuation Notice. 

Evacuation Center: The Red Cross established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community Center for residents that have been evacuated. 

Road Closures: Hwy 3 to School Flats; Hwy 8 to Ka-Nee-Ta Village; Webster Flat Road, and Culpus Bridge are closed to all traffic.

State police seek assistance in poaching case

From Oregon State Police 
Oregon State Police / Submitted 
OREGON STATE POLICE SEEKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY POUCHING CASE 
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow elk in Douglas County. 

On the morning of August 12th, 2017, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The animal was located near the intersection of Deans Creek Road and Johanneson Creek Road. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found the dead elk in an open field approximately 75 feet from Deans Creek Road. The animal had been shot and the majority of it was left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Friday, August 12th, 2017 during the late evening hours. 

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Trooper Jay Evans through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-900-0447. (Case # SP17288134) (Email - JEvans@osp.state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous. 

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges. 

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds. 

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish. 

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers. 

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters 

Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program. 

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7) 

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM) 

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

August 17, 2017

Eclipse visitors, residents asked to be cautious of fire danger

From Central Oregon Fire Management:

The Milli Fire has obscured much of the view of the Three Sisters.
COIDC MORNING Update, August 17

Redmond, OR – As visitation into the central Oregon area is increasing daily, we are asking visitors and residents to use extra caution, follow fire bans, and be prepared during this time leading up to the eclipse. August is always fire season in central Oregon, but with such a large influx of visitors, the potential for human-caused wildfires is increased. Additionally, there are several closures of public lands due to fires in the area as well as the increased visitation of the eclipse, so please “Know Before You Go”, be patient, and stay safe.

Milli Fire – Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, partially burning in the 2006 Black Crater Fire scar. The fire is currently six miles west of Sisters, with the southeastern edge of the fire being the most active. The fire is currently estimated at 3,500 acres and 0% contained. There are 206 personnel assigned to the fire including three 5-person crews, six IA crews, seven helicopters, four dozers, four masticators, and a variety of overhead and support resources. 

Level One and Level Two evacuation notifications are in place for the following areas:
Level One (Ready) – Pre-evacuation notice for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 from the Cold Springs Campground to the city of Sisters, which include the Tollgate Subdivision. This does NOT include the city of Sisters or Black Butte Ranch.

Level Two (Set) – Be “set” to evacuate. All areas south of Hwy 242 (McKenzie Hwy) and west of Pole Creek Ditch (1-1.5 miles west of and parallel to FS Road 15/Three Creeks Rd.). This area includes the Crossroads Subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd. 

Structure protection assessments are ongoing in the areas under these evacuation notices. 

There is a public meeting in Sisters tonight at 6:00 P.M. to inform residents and visitors on the current status of the Milli Fire and strategies for managing the fire. Fire managers and emergency personnel will also be available to provide information on the evacuation notifications and answer any questions. The public meeting will be held at the Sisters High School (NEW LOCATION) at 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, OR 97759

The Willamette and Deschutes National Forests have implemented a closure order for a large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Willamette National Forest has closed all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open. Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/. 

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.

• Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.

• Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN. 

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire. Information on the TFR can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_1668.html. This TFR is in place for all aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS). 

Whychus Fire – Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, is currently 2030 acres and 90% contained. 

Belknap Fire – Located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, the Belknap Fire is estimated at 125 acres and 30% contained. There are 113 personnel assigned to the fire including three crews, three engines, and three dozers. Crews will continue working to reinforce the retardant line around the fire by constructing hand line using extra precautions due to hazard trees from the 2000 Hash Rock Fire. 

A trail closure has been put in place by the Ochoco National Forest for trails within the Mill Creek Wilderness. All hiking trails within Mill Creek Wilderness are temporarily closed to the public including Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A. 

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Information on the TFR can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_9749.html. This TFR is in place for all aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS). 

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire
For Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711. 

August 16, 2017

Travel advisory during #OReclipse

From ODOT, 
NASA / Submitted photo
ODOT urges travelers to not pop in and out of #OReclipse

It’s not a game day: Treat the 3-hour eclipse like a 3-DAY event


Experts say up to one million people may enter the path of totality across Oregon to view the Aug. 21 eclipse. Travelers who treat this once-in-a-generation event like a college football game day—arriving just beforehand and leaving immediately afterwards—might be in for some serious interstellar shock. There could be thousands—or tens of thousands—of other travelers doing the same thing.

Please don’t do that. Build breathing space into your travel plans.

Visit www.TripCheck.com to view about 400 highway cameras and check out your planned travel route in real time. Visithttp://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Pages/Eclipse.aspx for #OReclipse travel tips.

Arrive early: Don’t be late for your very important date.Stay put: Once you arrive, help other travelers by staying off the road.Leave late: ODOT predicts skyrocketing congestion immediately after the eclipse when many travelers head home. Beat the congestion somewhere cool and comfortable.This is not a game day: Treat this 3-hour event like a 3-DAY event.

ODOT will manage the state highway system as much as possible to try to accommodate the increased number of travelers. Incident response crews will park at strategic locations along many highways to help people and move vehicles causing backups. ODOT does not plan to close any state highway. But sheer traffic volume could still overwhelm the system.

You can help. Plan your journey to avoid the busiest expected periods of traffic (Sunday and Monday). If you’re on the road when the eclipse takes place, play it safe! Don’t stop on the highway or shoulder to view the eclipse. Don’t block traffic or walk into travel lanes. If another person’s eyes are on the sky, they won’t see you. And don’t wear your eclipse glasses while driving!

Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.