Monday, September 4, 2017

Clean Air Centers in Deschutes County

This morning, Monday September 4, smoke is again hanging heavy in the Central Oregon air. The Deschutes County Health Services Department has organized several cleaner air cooling centers around the county for residents to get some respite from smoke. These spaces include:
  • Bend Church of the Nazarene, 1270 NE 27th Street, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 4 pm). Closed Labor Day.
  • Deschutes County Fairgrounds – North Sister Building, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR.  Hours: 9/2, 9/3, 9/5, 9/6, 9/7 (8 am – 4 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Downtown Bend Library, 601 N.W. Wall Street, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Wednesday (10 am – 8 pm); Thursday through Friday (10 am – 6 pm); Saturday through Sunday (Noon – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend, OR. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (10 am – 6pm); Thursday (9 am – 8 pm); Saturday (9 am – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Eastmont Church – Downstairs Library, 62425 Eagle Road, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Father’s House Church, 61690 Pettigrew Road, Bend, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 2 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • La Pine Library, 16425 1st Street, La Pine, OR. Hours: Tuesday through Friday (10 am – 6pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).
  • La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way, La Pine, OR. Hours: Monday through Friday (9 am – 4 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Redmond Library, 827 Deschutes Ave, Redmond, OR. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (10 am – 6 pm); Tuesday (10 am – 8 pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm); Closed Labor Day.
  • Sisters Library, 110 N. Cedar Street, Sisters, OR. Hours: Tuesday through Friday (10 am – 6pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).
  • Sunriver Library, 56855 Venture Lane, Sunriver, OR. Hours: Tuesday through Friday (10 am – 6pm); Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).
To have your public location added to this list, please email morgan.feld@deschutes.org. Please note, pets cannot be accommodated at these locations unless otherwise noted. 

Please visit Deschutes County Public Health's Wildfire Smoke and Health page here

Additionally, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality maintains the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the state. Their page can be found here

Lastly, the Oregon Smoke Blog is a great resource with outlooks and smoke forecasts. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Missing Girls FOUND

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Re: Press Release UPDATE – For immediate distribution

Missing girls HAVE BEEN FOUND 

The two sisters one 18 and one 7 reported yesterday to the Crook Sheriff's office as being missing have been located.  They were at the Symbiosis Event in Big Summit Prairie and stayed longer than they first planned.  Once they left the event this morning they regained cell phone service and checked in with their parents and the Crook County Sheriff's office.  

At no time were they in any danger and they are on their way back home to South Lake Tahoe.

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In the event of an actual EMERGENCY:  Please Dial 911

For more information please contact:
Crook County Public Information Officer 
Crook County Health and Human Services / Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Morning Update for Aug 23



Milli Fire
August 23, 2017 Morning Update

Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wild Wing and Three Creeks Road residences returning to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice, allowing residents to return to their homes.

With changes in evacuation status the American Red Cross shelter at the Sisters Middle School will provide lunch and dinner to clients today and then is scheduled to close this evening.  The Red Cross will operate an Emergency Aid Station on Thursday at the Middle School location where the public is welcome to drop in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, snacks, to escape fire smoke, and to access current fire information.

Burnout activity was initiated overnight on the north side of the fire from the containment line along Forest Road 1018 and up to OR242. This work is being conducted as an offensive strategy to reduce the fuel load and build a line of defense between the fire and structures to the east should the fire make a run from the northwest. Burnout activity will continue today as conditions allow in the areas near 1018, as well as north of OR242. Mechanical vegetative removal work will continue in order to further prep these areas for future burnouts.

The northwest, west and southwest sides of the fire remain active. The fire grew near Black Crater Lake, but was moving slowly. On the southwest side, the fire came across Forest Road 1026 burning into old Pole Creek Fire burned area. The western side is in the wilderness and is expected to slowly move towards the lava fields where it will naturally stop.  Control lines on the northeastern and southeastern sides of the fire were further reinforced with wider lines and cooling off hot spots around the fire perimeter.

Structural task forces managed by the Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Green Team were out yesterday at the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities to evaluate homes and assist homeowners with making their property better prepared. Those crews have been and will continue to patrol the area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday, August 24, 6 p.m. at the Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures, and evacuations will be provided.
Evacuations:
Level 2 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, 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.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

For more information, visit:
Inciweb Information System - Milli Fire
Central Oregon Fire Information
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Milli Fire Evening Update for 8/22


Milli Fire
August 22, 2017 Evening Update

A public meeting is planned for Tuesday, August 22, 6 p.m. at the Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures, and evacuations will be provided.

Heavy smoke filled the air today as a result of multiple fires in the region. Winds from the southwest carried smoke from fires in southwest Oregon and northern California blanketing much of Oregon.

Smoke caused significant visibility issues today with fire suppression efforts. Aircraft were grounded as a result of the smoky conditions. Heavy smoke layers moderate fire behavior, so minimum spread is expected. Direct suppression occurred on the northeast and southeast side of the fire near Forest Service Road 16 where firefighters widened dozer and hand lines and, where possible, watered down lines to cool them off and prepare for mop-up in the coming days. 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 to better secure the area.

Air quality outlook through Wednesday, August 23rd is expected to be unhealthy in the Sisters area. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children, should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Periods of smoke and haze could reach hazardous levels particularly in the early morning, in which case everyone should avoid outdoor activity.

Sisters School District first day of school delayed due to poor air quality. School administrators found it necessary to move the start of school back a day in response to the lost staff workday. The first day for 1st through 9th grade will be Tuesday, August 29th, while 10th through 12th graders will start on August 30th. More information at: www.ssd6.org
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.  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.

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.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

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Amateur Radio Operators Thrive

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Amateur Radio Operators Thrive When All Else Fails

“We don’t do much until something goes really wrong.”
That’s how Donald Shurtleff describes the role of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a group of licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer their time and equipment to plan for and respond to disasters in Oregon. 
In an emergency, public safety responders need to prepare for the failure of communication devices and systems, including loss of internet connections, email and cell service. Amateur radio technology may not have the sophistication of most modern public safety communications devices, but they offer more reliability because they are less dependent on power grids and wireless networks, both of which can fail in a disaster.
“Public safety communication has become very sophisticated but also very complicated,” Shurtleff said. “That’s a good thing, but it’s also risky. When the ‘Big One’ hits, all that technology could stop working. That’s where we come in.”
ARES volunteers undergo emergency training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency so that they can operate seamlessly in the Incident Command System structure that is used by emergency response agencies across the country.
Deschutes County Emergency Manager Sgt. Nathan Garibay said the group provides a valuable service. “Our auxiliary communications volunteers provide countless hours of time to our local community,” Garibay said. “They epitomize the auxiliary communications motto of ‘when all else fails.’”

Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning Safety Tips

Compiled from information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

With scattered showers and thunderstorms forecasted for Wednesday in Oregon, here is some lightning safety information.

What to do when you hear thunder?

Get inside as soon as you hear thunder, to protect yourself from potential lightning strikes. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can. If you can’t get to a safe building or vehicle:

·       Avoid open areas. Don’t be the tallest object in the area.

·       Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects in an area.

·       Stay away from metal conductors such as wires or fences. Metal does not attract lightning, but lightning can travel long distances through it.

·       If you are with a group of people, spread out. While this actually increases the chance that someone might get struck, it tends to prevent multiple casualties, and increases the chances that someone could help if a person is struck.

·       Lying flat on the ground increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadline ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, keep moving toward safe shelter.

Am I safe in my car?

Most cars are safe from lightning but it’s the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells don’t offer protection from lightening. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on the doors during a thunderstorm.
 
What if someone gets struck?

Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need first aid immediately.

·       Call for help. Call 9-1-1.

·       Give first aid. Begin CPR if you are trained.

·       Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. These units are lifesavers!

·       Don’t be a victim. If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning CAN strike twice.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

Milli Fire - AM 8/22/17




Milli Fire
August 22, 2017 Morning Update

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 11,236  acres 
Percent Contained: 23%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 675 personnel

Fire Information number changed to 541-719-8135 effective 8 AM today.

The fire remained active yesterday as it burned in the Three Sisters Wilderness south of OR242.   The western edge of the fire was active on the north side of Black Crater and continued backing downslope on both flanks in the areas of Lava Lake Camp and North Matthieu Lake. Aircraft were used to monitor the fire in the Wilderness as crews continued indirect suppression actions.  Firefighters made good progress in the east and southeast portions of the fire and that area is now in patrol status. Many resources from the east side were moved to support the suppression efforts on the northwest portion of the fire. Level 1 evacuation was issued for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

The main concern is the active western edge of the fire. Fire managers are doing advance planning and closely looking at the potential for fire growth originating from the active western flank of the fire. It is recognized that this fire, pushed by the prevailing wind pattern, has the potential of moving north out of the Wilderness and then east toward populated areas. Fire crews are actively engaging in operations to contain the fire in this area thereby allowing residents to return to their homes.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, in consultation with its partners on the Millli Fire, are continually evaluating the need for possible changes to evacuation notices.  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.

Fire behavior is expected to increase today as temperature rise and relative humidity lowers. Aircraft are available to assist firefighters to slow the fire's growth.

Structural task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green team are patrolling neighborhoods in the Level 3 evacuation area and assessing the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities. Those crews will continue to patrol in the evacuated area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Evacuations:

Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, 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 Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes
National Forest, due to fire activity.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com


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