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08/20/14
OSP Central Point Fish & Wildlife Trooper Receives Shikar-Safari Club International Award (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/20/14
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Conservation-based organization, Shikar-Safari Club International, honored a Central Point-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper today as the State's top wildlife enforcement officer for 2013. The award was presented in Salem with the OSP's leadership staff in attendance.

On August 20, 2014, Shikar-Safari Club International representative Lynn Loacker presented Senior Trooper James Collom with the Shikar-Safari Club International "Wildlife Officer of the Year" award, placing him in a distinguished group of officers who have earned recognition for their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement and protection of natural resources. The award has been given annually for more than 25 years to honor outstanding wildlife enforcement officers whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel.

In presenting the award, Lynn Loacker noted that wildlife enforcement officers rarely receive the recognition and encouragement they so greatly deserve for protecting our wildlife and natural resources.

"We congratulate Senior Trooper Collom on being our selection for the Shikar Safari Club International's 'Wildlife Officer of the Year' award. This award puts him in a very distinguished group who has earned this recognition for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty," said Loacker.

Senior Trooper Collom has been involved with enforcing fish and wildlife laws for about 22 years including fourteen years with OSP following nine years as a game warden in Idaho. Passionate about his job, Collom is known to be a top performer on his Fish & Wildlife team including the number of field contacts, investigations, and enforcement activities. He has a high number of field contacts, written the majority of search warrants for his team, and assists Patrol Division troopers in handling crashes and other calls for rural law enforcement services.

As the Department's statewide coordinator for the "Turn-in-Poachers" (TIP) program, Collom administers rewards given by the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) to tipsters for information on fish and wildlife cases. He also writes articles for the OHA magazine, works closely with local ODFW biologists, is a speaker at hunter education classes, and helps organize OSP's booth each year at the Sportsmen's Show.

Some recent cases worked by Collom include:

* The investigation of an Eagle Point-area deer poaching ring that led to the service of seven search warrants and the charging of eight suspects for crimes including 23 felony counts.
* The investigation of the poaching of a trophy class buck that was shot and left to waste in a field in the Eagle Point area. A difficult case to solve with little evidence, Collom had a news release issued and solicited funding for a $3,000 reward. The investigation also identified the unlawfully shooting of three large bucks and led to charges for a husband and his wife.

In May, Senior Trooper Jim Collom also received the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division's 2013 "Trooper of the Year" award.

Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Left to right: Lynn Loacker and Senior Trooper Collom)

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

The primary responsibility of the Fish and Wildlife Division is enforcement of fish, wildlife, and commercial fishing laws and protection of Oregon's natural resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Fish and Wildlife Division officers are fully trained State Troopers who also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock, and environmental protection laws and respond to emergency incidents.

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Finley High School Students Welcome Hoan Do
Finley Sch. Dist. - 08/20/14
FINLEY, WA - Students at River View High School in Finley, WA will start the school year with some encouragement from motivational speaker, Hoan Do. The first day of school for Finley's kids is Tuesday, August 26, and WSU GEAR UP is partnering with the high school to start the year off on a positive note.

WSU GEAR UP partners with schools to prepare students to enter and succeed in college. The program is responsible for bringing a variety of motivational speakers to school sites, and Hoan Do came highly recommended to Finley's site coordinator, Amandalyn Rubio. After last year's successful start-of-the-year presentation from speaker Brad Barton, RVHS Principal, Bryan Long, was eager for Ms. Rubio to continue the tradition.

"It's important to start a year with motivation, a goal, and a plan for what you want to accomplish," says Principal Bryan Long. "It really helps when speakers with real life experience share their story. We are excited to have him come."

Hoan Do currently lives in Federal Way, WA and is the founder and author of "Succeeding in the Real World." While students may not know Hoan Do as a student success coach, they are likely to have seen him compete recently on NBC's hit show, American Ninja Warrior.

Hoan will present to Finley students at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 26 in the gymnasium at River View High School, located at 36509 S. Lemon Drive. More information about Hoan Do can be found on his website at http://hoando.com. For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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08/19/14
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet August 22 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/14
Contact: Alissa Robbins, 503-490-6590 (media inquiries)

Milena Malone, 971-673-3392 (meeting information or accommodations)

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet August 22 in Wilsonville

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville this Friday, August 22. The primary focus of the meeting will to select CCO incentive measures for 2015. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

When: Friday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room #211
29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Directions and parking information at: http://www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville/

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line:
1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042

Agenda:
-- Welcome and Consent Agenda
-- Updates
-- Public testimony
-- Select CCO incentive measures for 2015

For more information, please visit: the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Lincoln County District Attorney Honored as "2013 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year" (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/19/14
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The Lincoln County District Attorney was selected recently to receive the seventh presentation of an award to a prosecutor in Oregon for their support, hard work, dedication, and efforts in enforcing fish and wildlife laws and commitment to the preservation of Oregon's natural resources.

On August 14, 2014, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam was presented with the "2013 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award" in front of her peers at the Oregon District Attorneys Association summer conference held last week in Bend. The award sponsored by the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, was presented by Captain Jeff Samuels, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division Director, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Watershed Manager Chip Dale, and Ty Stubblefield, Field Administrator for the Oregon Hunters Association.

Michelle Branam has served for almost ten years as a Deputy and Chief Deputy for the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office before being appointed District Attorney by Governor John Kitzhaber earlier this year.

Through her hard work and partnership with area law enforcement, she has garnered a great deal of respect for her commitment to consistently prosecuting fish and wildlife crimes. The South Coast Team of the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division has a great working relationship with DA Branam who shows support for the protection of natural resources. On her own time, Branam even attended Marine Board training to better understand recreational boating enforcement and completed both drift boat and jet boat operation training.

As Lincoln County Chief Deputy, Branam was responsible for prosecuting the bulk of serious criminal cases in the county. She was also instrumental in prosecuting several environmental cases where actions resulted in local habitat restoration projects, including a high profile water pollution case involving a local sand and gravel company which received a misdemeanor conviction of Water Pollution in the Second Degree and a $10,000 fine.

"It was a pleasure to present DA Michelle Branam with the wildlife prosecutor of the year award for her dedication and commitment to the criminal justice system and wildlife prosecution. I appreciate her willingness to work closely with local fish and wildlife troopers and to prosecute those responsible for wildlife offenses and environmental degradation," said Captain Jeff Samuels.

Recent wildlife cases successfully prosecuted by DA Branam include:

Hunting on the Enclosed or Cultivated Land of Another/Unlawful Possession of Big Game

Disposition:
* 10 days in jail
* Three year hunting license suspension and two years' probation
* $1,400 fines
* $400 restitution to taxidermist
* $15,000 restitution to ODFW for 7x7 bull elk
* Forfeit elk mount, meat and archery equipment

Unlawful Take of Osprey

Disposition:
* Three years hunting license suspension
* $5,000 restitution to ODFW for Osprey

Waste of Cow Elk

Disposition:
* Remington 7mm forfeited to state
* Three year hunting license suspension
* $810 in fines
* $500 restitution to Oregon Hunter's Association for TIP reward
* $1,500 restitution to ODFW for elk

Unlawful Take of Black Bear

Disposition:
* Three years' probation
* Forfeit bear and Remington 270 rifle
* $1,633 in fines
* $1,000 restitution to ODFW for the bear

Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Left to right: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Manager Chip Dale, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam, and Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Director Captain Jeff Samuels)

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Successful Energy Northwest bond sale benefits BPA ratepayers
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/19/14
Portland, Ore. - Energy Northwest and the Bonneville Power Administration took the first step in an effort that could save BPA ratepayers as much as $1.8 billion in gross interest savings and restore up to $1.2 billion of BPA's U.S. Treasury borrowing authority through 2044.

In particular, Energy Northwest sold BPA-supported bonds on Aug. 5 to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest and associated with the never-completed nuclear Projects 1 and 3. This is the first of several potential bond sales that could lead to the refinancing of Energy Northwest nuclear assets that could yield the savings mentioned above.

"This agreement offers unique opportunities for savings," said Nancy Mitman, BPA acting chief financial officer. "The net effect of refinancing through regional cooperation bonds is that both the weighted average interest rate and maturity of BPA's overall debt portfolio will be reduced over the life of the proposal, thereby lowering interest costs by hundreds of millions of dollars and increasing U.S Treasury borrowing capacity for making much-needed investments in our infrastructure."

Regional cooperation debt refers to existing debt associated with the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash., and Projects 1 and 3 that also serves as a regional financial resource, providing remarkable debt management opportunities to lower costs of power for the benefit of the Pacific Northwest.

Similar efforts in the past helped BPA preserve and restore approximately $2 billion in U.S. Treasury borrowing authority and saved approximately $500 million in interest under BPA's Debt Optimization Program.

The bond proceeds will be used to pay off Energy Northwest debt that is due to mature in 2014. The new bonds will be paid prior to the end of BPA's existing regional power sales agreements in 2028. More particularly, the bond sale allows Energy Northwest to extend regional cooperation debt that was due in 2014 into the period between 2025 and 2028, a period that more closely matches the useful lives of the Energy Northwest facilities expected at the time the related facilities were initially financed.

The Energy Northwest bond sale is set to close Aug. 21, 2014. The bond sale means that amounts recovered in BPA's rates to pay Energy Northwest principal will instead be available to pay off like amounts of more expensive federal debt. The new Energy Northwest regional cooperation bonds have a true interest cost of 3.17 percent. The resulting availability of additional amounts in the BPA fund will help assist in the prepayment of a like principal amount of BPA's federal debt bearing interest rates of 7.15 to 7.19 percent. The present value of the interest savings to the region will therefore be $135 million. The savings also will help BPA hold down rates in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

"Energy Northwest and BPA worked closely to establish and implement a broad view of the regional debt portfolio as a crucial tool for providing the region with prudent, long-term value," said Brent Ridge, Energy Northwest vice president, Corporate Services/chief financial officer.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia Basin and power from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station. BPA also operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission line capacity in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.
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Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross
American Red Cross Blood Services - 08/19/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

Portland, Ore. (Aug. 19, 2014) -- The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1812/77008/American_Red_Cross_Blood_Drives_(Sept_2_-_Sept_15)_5.docx
Telephone scams targeting Oregon taxpayers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 08/19/14
SALEM -- After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to take measures to protect their personal identifying information.

Taxpayers have reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Revenue representatives or IRS agents. The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire transfer or credit card. The caller may threaten legal action in an effort to coerce taxpayers to disclose personal identifying information such as Social Security or credit card numbers.

"Revenue employees may ask you to verify some personal information, but they won't threaten you or demand personal or financial information," explained Ken Ross, Revenue's Personal Tax program manager. "If you think you're being scammed, end the call and contact us directly. We encourage the public to protect themselves by verifying they're speaking with legitimately authorized representatives of the Department of Revenue." Direct contact information for Revenue and its field offices is available online or in government directories.

Revenue offers a few tips to help taxpayers protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.

* Taxpayers may contact Revenue directly at 1-800-356-4222 to check the validity of any tax-related phone calls.
* Taxpayers will always receive a billing notice by mail prior to receiving any calls from Revenue.
* Revenue will never ask a taxpayer to wire money.
* Electronic payments to Revenue don't have to be made over the phone. If you're more comfortable paying online, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/payments.
* Revenue maintains a list of official mailing addresses for all offices in the Contact Us section of www.oregon.gov/dor. We will not ask taxpayers to send information or payments to any addresses that aren't on this list.

Taxpayers can report incidences where the caller identifies themselves as an agent of the state to Revenue's Tax Services at 1-800-356-4222. Fraudulent calls where the IRS is mentioned can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. For more information on scams and fraud being tracked by the IRS, visit www.irs.gov.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.

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08/18/14
Oregon Veterans' Home Earns Top Distinction for Excellence in Quality Care (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 08/18/14
The national Gold Excellence in Quality Award has been awarded to the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
The national Gold Excellence in Quality Award has been awarded to the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
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THE DALLES, Ore. - The Oregon Veterans' Home, located in The Dalles, has been recognized as the first and only state veterans' home nationally to ever earn the highest Excellence in Quality Award - Gold - for superior performance in the long-term and post-acute care profession. The award is one of three distinct awards possible. The National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The competitive award program recognizes centers across the nations that have earned this award have not only demonstrated superior quality outcomes but who continue to strive for excellence. Since the program's inception in 1996, AHCA/NCAL has issued only 24 organizations with awards at the Gold level, the final and most rigorous level of the National Quality Award Program.

Oregon's Veterans' Home had previously earned one silver award.

"I am honored to congratulate the Oregon Veterans' Home for their dedication and commitment to improving the lives of those who rely on their services every day." said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.

The Gold - Excellence in Quality Award has only been presented 24 times since 1996. Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Cameron Smith said this outstanding high level national recognition the Home and its staff have earned indicates they have become a true leader in caring for veterans.

"The team at the Oregon Veterans' Home is second to none and dedicated to providing exceptional care for veterans and their families. This award recognizes the staff's commitment to excellence and confirms that the Oregon Veterans Home is indeed the place where honor lives," Smith said.

Opened in the fall of 1997, the facility is located just outside the city. The staff is able to care for as many as 151 residents who need long-term care in a facility that provides skilled nursing, Alzheimer's and dementia-related care, plus inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to veterans, their spouses and parents who have lost a child to wartime service.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The award will be presented to the Oregon Veterans' Home during AHCA/NCAL's 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.


Attached Media Files: The national Gold Excellence in Quality Award has been awarded to the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. , On the grounds at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles. , Oregon Veterans' Home resident Thomas Love relaxes near the main entrance of the home.
State denies Coyote Island Terminal permit application
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 08/18/14
Salem - The Department of State Lands (DSL) today announced the removal-fill permit for the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman was rejected. The decision was communicated to the applicant in a letter sent by email.

"As many people know, this permit application has taken hundreds of staff hours to review," said Mary Abrams, DSL director. "From reading more than 20,000 public comments to carefully analyzing technical documents and plans, this application has been scrutinized for months. We believe our decision is the right one, considering our regulatory parameters laid out in Oregon law, and the wealth of information we have received from the applicant and the public."

DSL regulates filling and removing material from "waters of the state" which include wetlands, rivers and streams. The Coyote Island Terminal removal-fill permit application proposes 572 cubic yards of permanent fill (in the form of pilings) in the Columbia River on submerged land owned by the Port of Morrow.

Elements of the proposed work include construction staging; construction of an elevated, fixed dock and conveyor system; construction of an elevated, fixed-operation walkway with 12 supports; and construction of nine multi-pile structures ('dolphins') installed adjacent to the walkway for vessel mooring.

DSL first received the permit application for the terminal in February 2012. Three public review periods and eight decision deadline extensions occurred over the two-and a-half-year process. In general, the extensions allowed the applicant, Ambre Energy, to respond to issues raised in public comment periods, and to the state's questions and requests for clarification.

Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 196.825 directs the DSL director to "issue a permit..... if the director determines that the project described in the application: (a) Is consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the water resources of this state as specified in ORS 196.600 to 196.905; and (b) Would not unreasonably interfere with the paramount policy of this state to preserve the use of its waters for navigation, fishing and public recreation."

The department also uses a set of criteria that includes, but is not limited to: what alternatives were considered in the project planning (avoiding waterway impacts); economic, social and other public benefits of the proposed project; if the project is consistent with existing local land-use plans and adjacent land and waterway uses; and what the applicant proposes to mitigate unavoidable waterway impacts.

In reviewing this application and supporting materials, DSL considered the above factors and determined that while the proposed project has independent utility, it is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the state's water resources, and that the applicant did not provide sufficient analysis of alternatives that would avoid construction of a new dock and impacts on tribal fisheries.

In the department's decision to deny the permit, Director Abrams stressed that the decision was reached after extensive deliberation, research and legal advice. "We used data provided by a wide array of parties, and weighed this information against what Oregon law says we must take into consideration in making removal-fill permit decisions. We fully believe that our conclusion to deny the Coyote Island Terminal permit is the right one."

Abrams also noted that the department's removal-fill regulatory authority is vested in the agency director, not the State Land Board.

The applicant may appeal the decision, which would include a hearing before an administrative law judge through the contested case process.

More information: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/PERMITS/Pages/cit_permit_application.aspx


The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Head Start slot available
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/18/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools Head Start/ECEAP preschool invites families to apply for the 2014-2015 school year! If your child will be three or four-years-old by August 31, he/she may have the opportunity to have fun while learning and preparing for Kindergarten, at no cost to you.

Classes are held 3 ?1/4 hours, four days a week, with meals provided. The program is focused on school readiness in all areas of development and provides comprehensive family support. Special education, counseling and limited busing services are available to qualified families. Space is limited and acceptance is based on eligibility. Visit www.wwps.org/programs/head-start-eceap or call (509) 527-3066 for more information. Applications always available and accepted at Blue Ridge.

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Walla Walla Public Schools to notify parents district schools did not meet federal academic progress targets
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/18/14
WALLA WALLA - Thousands of Walla Walla Public Schools parents will receive letters in the mail this week informing them their child's school did not meet federal academic progress targets. This action stems from the U.S. Department of Education's denial of a state waiver to ease No Child Left Behind Adequate Year Progress (AYP) requirements which lists most schools in the state as failing.

"For schools to meet AYP this year, 100 percent of all students - regardless of special needs or English Language proficiency - must meet proficiency standards," said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs who manages the district's Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department. "We feel these unrealistic requirements are overly demanding and regressive as we know not all schools in our state are failing."

The loss of the waiver has a significant economic impact on the district as well. In order to receive the $1.4 million in Title I funding, Walla Walla Public Schools must set aside 20 percent of these funds to pay for students to transfer to a school that meets the federal requirements or pay for private tutoring. Title I funds were established by the federal government to be used at schools with high poverty rates.

Edison and Blue Ridge Elementary and Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools and Lincoln High School families are receiving letters this week. The others schools escaped receiving notifications due to complex federal and state rules.

"While not all students have reached proficiency, we are proud of the academic growth our students are making," Boggs said. "Our use of target resources to assist struggling students and schools has made a significant difference in their academic achievement."

Parents are encouraged to talk to their school principal for more information.

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America's favorite bear turns 70!
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/18/14
In an effort to educate Oregonians about how to prevent accidental wildfires, representatives with the Keep Oregon Green Association, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior agencies are inviting Oregon State Fair attendees to join them in celebrating Smokey Bear, the famous icon who turns 70 this year.

Keep Oregon Green will host a birthday party for Smokey Bear, complete with cake on Saturday, August 23 between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. There will be Smokey Bear story-time for children at 11 and 3 every day, and Smokey Bear will be available to greet and take 'selfies' with his fans all day, every day. The public programs and the cake-cutting celebration will take place in the Keep Oregon Green booth, located in the Natural Resource Area next to the poultry and horse barns. Keep Oregon Green's displays will feature historic Smokey Bear images and memorabilia that made him famous.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, last year nearly 2,000 acres were burned by human-caused wildfires. The most common sources of human-caused wildfires are debris burning on windy days, operating equipment that emits or causes sparks, and campfires left unattended. There are several entities that offer information on wildfire prevention practices. Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group are great places to start.

First introduced in 1944, Smokey Bear has become the recognized symbol of wildfire prevention all across America. His image and message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires," is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in our nation's history.

Send Smokey a birthday wish, and he will write you back! Send it to Smokey Bear, Washington, D.C. 20252.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 18
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/18/14
>LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
Gulch Fire (NE Oregon): reported yesterday (Sunday) five miles south of Wallowa at 46 acres. The fire is mostly contained and currently in mop-up. Crews will continue to monitor throughout the week.

>UPDATES
Southwest Oregon
· Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 492 acres, and 70% contained. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Central Oregon
· South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning-caused fires cover 64,990 acres and are 72% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | Twitter @SouthForkInfo | Facebook: South Fork Complex | southforkcomplex@gmail.com

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS
# of lightning-caused fires YTD & acreage on ODF protected lands: 347 fires/47,709 acres
# of human-caused fires YTD & acreage on ODF protected lands: 457 fires/9,505 acres
Total # & acres on ODF protected lands: 804 fires/57,215 acres
Total # and acres in 2013 on ODF protected lands: 852 fires/103,450 acres
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
08/17/14
Update: Name Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of La Grande in Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle injury traffic crash that occurred along Interstate 84 east of La Grande in Union County. The operator and only occupant received serious injuries as a result of the crash. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a main factor in the crash.

On August 17, 2014 at approximately 6:08 a.m., a 2006 Kia Spectra operated by MARK HOWLAND, age 23, from West Valley, Utah, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 282 when it traveled off the freeway onto the left shoulder. The Kia then traveled back across both lanes of traffic and the right shoulder, rolling over off the traffic lanes where it came to rest along the side of the eastbound lanes.

HOWLAND was transported by LifeFlight to Providence St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington with serious injuries. He was using safety restraints.

The eastbound lanes were closed for about 20 minutes for air ambulance transport.

OSP troopers from the La Grande Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Robert Routt is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff's Office, La Grande City Fire Department, North Powder Quick Response Team, LifeFlight and ODOT.

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08/16/14
Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 213 in Oregon City
Oregon State Police - 08/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Oregon City Police Department, are continuing the investigation into early Saturday morning's pedestrian-involved fatal crash on Highway 213 near Meyers Road in Oregon City. The highway was closed for the investigation with a detour in place until 7:00 a.m. The names of the deceased pedestrian and driver are released in this update.

On August 16, 2014 at approximately 1:06 a.m., OSP was notified that Oregon City Police Department was on scene of a fatal pedestrian-involved crash on Highway 213 at Meyers Road. The initial report was made to 9-1-1 at 12:46 a.m.

Preliminary investigation indicates KAREN EDNA ERIE, age 44, from Oregon City, was lying in the right southbound lane of Highway 213 just south of Meyers Road when she was run over by a southbound 2007 Hyundai passenger car driven by CASSANDRA L. KIELING, age 22, from Milwaukie. KAREN ERIE died at the scene before she was able to be transported to a hospital.

The investigation is continuing to determine KAREN ERIE's activities prior to being struck. There is no evidence of impairment involving KIELING.

OSP troopers and detectives from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Clackamas County CRAFT interagency team, Oregon City Police Department, Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, and Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office.

Investigators are asking to hear from anyone who traveled in the area prior to 12:46 a.m. and saw anything or has information that may have been connected with this incident. If you have information regarding this investigation please call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Detective Alex Monarch is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene was also provided by Clackamas Fire District 1, AMR ambulance, and ODOT.

No photographs provided for this release.

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08/15/14
Walla Walla School District/School Board Public Work Session: August 20, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/15/14
Walla Walla School District/School Board Public Work Session: August 20, 2014
As per the attached media memo ~


Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1288/76934/08.20.14_SB__00_Media_Memo.pdf
Walla Walla School District School Board Meeting & Public Work Session: August 19, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/15/14
Walla Walla School District School Board Meeting & Public Work Session: August 19, 2014
As per the attached media memo and agenda ~


Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1288/76932/08.19.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf , 2014-08/1288/76932/08.19.14_SB__00_Media_Memo.pdf
OSP Recruit Trooper Receives Recruit Class' Highest Honor During Interagency Basic Police Training Program Graduation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/14
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Twelve Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers graduated today along with 22 recruit officers from other law enforcement agencies from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) 16-week Basic Police Training program. An OSP recruit trooper received the graduating class's highest honor, the Victor G. Atiyeh Award.

The "Victor G. Atiyeh Award" is named in honor of the former distinguished governor of the state of Oregon, in whose term of office the current academy became a reality. This prestigious award is presented to the outstanding student of each basic class as selected by their fellow students and the academy staff. The student selected must display exceptional professionalism by demonstrating an exemplary attitude and outstanding achievement in leadership, academics, health & fitness and survival skills.

Selected from the graduating Basic Police Class 344 to receive the "Victor G. Atiyeh Award" was OSP Recruit Trooper Kyson Culp, who is assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Klamath Falls Area Command office. The other 9 men and two women OSP recruit troopers graduating today were:

* Recruit Trooper Ami Angell - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Vadim Bogdanov - The Dalles Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Sherron Deberry - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper James Eslinger - Pendleton Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Jacob Fough - Tillamook Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Nate Harris - Coos Bay Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Michael Lopez - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Anna Lukiyanchuk - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Justin Morgan - St. Helens Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Thomas Nelson - Newport Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Scott Wilson - Central Point Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)

The twelve graduating OSP recruit troopers, along with 4 other new recruits hired as lateral entry troopers who came from other law enforcement agencies, began their academy-based training March 16, 2014. Previously released information related to today's graduating ceremony is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/08_11_2014_recruit_graduation.aspx

The Basic Police Class No. 344 graduation ceremony marks the completion of the Basic Police training for the multi-agency integrated class facilitated by DPSST, which provides statutorily-required basic training to newly hired city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and OSP troopers.

Information about the Oregon State Police, different opportunities available, how our hiring process works and updates about future hiring opportunities can be found on our recruiting website, www.osptrooper.com, or call the OSP Training / Sworn Applicant Processing Section at (503) 378-4175.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Innovations Fund Awards Announced to test new ideas for improved services to seniors, people with disabilities
OR Department of Human Services - 08/15/14
Oregon--long a national leader in services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities - has taken its next steps to improve these services and supports. The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently awarded nine grants to Oregon organizations to test new ideas for improved services through innovative projects and pilots.

These awards are supported by DHS' Aging and People with Disabilities Innovations Fund, which was approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2013. The large-scale grants include:
* Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians, which will pilot a program of volunteers to monitor guardianship's of vulnerable adults. $242,846.
* Volunteers of America Oregon, which will pilot day services for individuals with advanced dementia. $350,000.
* Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, which will pilot services to vulnerable, hard to reach consumers with very high medical and social service needs. $350,000.
The small-scale grants include:
* Rogue Valley Council of Governments, which will pilot a certification program for housing accessible to older adults and people with disabilities. $50,000.
* Clackamas County Social Services, which will pilot a Ride Sharing application to serve transportation needs. $49,960.
* Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, which will pilot services aimed at preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department use. $50,000.
* City of Sandy, which will pilot dental and oral health services to older adults and people with disabilities without dental insurance. $50,000.
* Community Action Team, which will pilot a volunteer program for home repairs and accessibility upgrades for consumers. $50,000.
* Oral Health Coalition, which will pilot a program of oral health training for long term service and supports providers. $50,000.
As the testing begins, the Department will review progress reports for these pilots and projects on a quarterly basis. If a project or pilot is successful, it may be considered for further expansion.

The Innovations Fund supports projects and pilots that test ideas to improve quality and/or cost effectiveness of services for older adults and people with disabilities. A consumer Innovations Fund Board evaluated many proposals before awarding nine grants - three on a large scale and six on a smaller scale.

The Innovations Fund will be seeking another round of applications for projects and pilots, and the notice for Request for Grant Proposals will be posted the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) at http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome.
Fire restrictions ease on private lands in NE Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/14
Rain and cooler temperatures have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to ease fire restrictions on private forestlands in the Northeast Oregon District, effective Aug. 15. ODF removed additional restrictions added Aug. 9 to an existing regulated-use closure. Areas affected by the change include private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and small portions of Grant, Malheur and Morrow.

The original regulated-use closure, enacted July 15 to limit human-caused fires, remains in place.

Cooler weather may give a false sense of security which can result in a higher occurrence of human-caused fires. The public's cooperation over the last week during a period of high fire danger and intense thunderstorms is appreciated by firefighters who have worked long hours to contain numerous fires ignited by lightning.

Limiting human-caused fires within the Northeast Oregon District is the objective of the regulated-use closure, which includes the following restrictions:

* Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the regulated-use closure area include but are not limited to the following Oregon State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam and Unity Lake. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

* Debris burning is prohibited, except in burn barrels for which a Burning Permit has been issued.

* Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area free of flammable vegetation.

* Non-Industrial chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one 1 hour following the use of each saw.

* Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.

* Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

* Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2 ) Operated in compliance with manufacturer's instructions.

* Use of fireworks is prohibited.

* Use of sky lanterns is prohibited.

* Use of exploding targets is prohibited.

* Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.

Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

"The recent wetting rains from passing thunderstorms have provided us some relief from the extreme fire danger we were experiencing. We don't want people to become complacent with the current conditions, since our forest fuels will dry out quickly, keeping the fire danger at High levels," cautioned Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland Fire Supervisor.

Year to date fire information for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District:
Lightning Caused: 52 Acres Burned: 191
Human Caused: 22 Acres Burned: 457


Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, land use restrictions change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.
For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml. Look under fire restrictions.

Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
FBI Media On-Call
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/14
Beth Anne Steele will be on leave from 8/16/14 - 9/2/14. During this time, please utilize the media pager at (503) 208-6241 for immediate media needs. Thanks.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/14
>LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
There are no new large fires to report in the past 24 hours. This will be the final update until Monday, August 18, pending any new fire activity over the weekend.

>UPDATES
Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated fire temperature this week.

Southwest Oregon
· Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 492 acres, and 50% contained. Today's priority includes continued mop-up of the area. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Northeast Oregon
· 5 Mile Fire: this will be the final update for the 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 95% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119.

Central Oregon
· South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning-caused fires cover 64,809 acres and are 50% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS

Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
08/14/14
Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 197 south of The Dalles in Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's two vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to his wife and daughter on Highway 197 about five miles north of Dufur. The names of the victim and this injured wife and daughter are released in this update.

On August 14, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., a 1992 Chevrolet Blazer driven by LINDA GIRTZ, age 59, from Wamic, was traveling northbound on Highway 197 near milepost 8 approaching the intersection with Ward Road. A 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by PETER D. KELLY, age 73, from The Dalles, was westbound on Ward Road and turned in front of the northbound sport utility vehicle which struck the pickup's left side. After impact, the pickup came to rest off the side of the highway and the sport utility vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane.

The Blazer's 72-year old male right front passenger, HENRY JACOB GIRTZ, was pronounced deceased at the scene. LINDA GIRTZ was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries. The 17-year old right rear passenger, MARINA GIRTZ, was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with non-life threatening injuries. All three were using safety restraints.

KELLY was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are investigating the fatal crash. Trooper Jason Walters is the lead investigator. Enforcement action is pending.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Dufur Fire Department, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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DOC announces superintendent changes at two state prisons (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/14/14
Kimberly Hendricks
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Colette S. Peters, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced the appointment of two new superintendents to lead two Oregon state prisons, effective Sept. 1, 2014.

Named was John Myrick as superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla, and Kimberly Hendricks as superintendent of Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend.

Myrick has been the assistant superintendent of security at TRCI since March 2014. A 25-year DOC veteran employee, Myrick began his career as a correctional officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution after serving five years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked his way up through the DOC ranks to assistant superintendent prior to this appointment.

Hendricks has been the hearings administrator at DOC headquarters in Salem since 2009. She has spent the past 13 years with the department, starting as safety manager at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in 2001. Hendricks holds a Certificate in Public Management (CPM) from Willamette University.

"These professionals bring a collective wealth of experience and skills that will benefit our prisons and the agency," said DOC Director Peters. "They have proven leadership skills, are dedicated to the department's mission, and value partnerships that bolster our accountability and rehabilitation efforts."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of more than 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, direct supervision of 2,500 offenders on felony supervision in the community, and indirect supervision of another 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. Its mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.

TRCI is a medium and minimum-security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

SCCI is a minimum-security prison located on the Oregon Coast at North Bend. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990. SCCI houses approximately 300 men in custody who are within four years of release. It provides education, transitional services, and work opportunities, including outside fire crews.

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Insurance Division bulletin to clarify coverage of autism treatment
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/14/14
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division announced today it will begin drafting a bulletin to clarify insurers' responsibility to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a treatment for autism.

"Recent court decisions have brought clarity that coverage for ABA therapy should be required of all insurers," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "After evaluating the latest ruling made in Oregon last week, we have determined there are limited circumstances in which denial of coverage for ABA therapy as a treatment for autism may be reasonable. We hope the bulletin will provide more certainty to Oregon families who seek this treatment."

The Insurance Division has the authority to issue bulletins to clarify requirements of insurance companies under the Oregon Insurance Code and other state and federal laws. This bulletin will explain that insurers cannot exclude coverage of ABA therapy for autism from their policies. As with other types of medical services, insurers can make coverage decisions based on whether the therapy is deemed appropriate and medically necessary for an individual patient, but they cannot broadly deny payment for ABA therapy. Consumers can appeal medical necessity denials to the company - and ultimately through the Insurance Division - via an independent review organization.

The division will begin drafting the bulletin immediately and share the draft with stakeholders, including consumers, advocates, insurers, and other interested parties, for comment and feedback. The division also will develop a transparent and consistent approach for resolving current and future consumer complaints and enforcing the bulletin.

"We understand this has been a long-standing, complex issue, and we look forward to working with a variety of stakeholders to help carry out our mission of protecting Oregon policyholders," Cali said.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/14/14
>LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
There are no new large fires to report in the past 24 hours.

>UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)

Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated fire temperature slightly this week.

>Southwest Oregon

· Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 600-700 acres. Evacuation levels have lessened, with all affected areas now at a level 1 (get ready) evacuation notice status. The threat to structures has lessened enough to demobilize local task forces. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

>Northeast Oregon

· 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 90% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119.

· Broady Creek: started Tuesday, this fire is located in steep inaccessible terrain within Joseph Canyon on ODF protected lands. The fire is staffed with rappellers and smoke jumpers, and has been boxed in with retardant. At this time the fire is estimated at 20 acres, resources have checked the spread and are continuing mop-up operations.

>Central Oregon

· South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,767 acres and are 40% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com

· Rowena Fire: This is the last update for the Rowena Fire. A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, and is 100% contained. More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: ODF The Dalles Unit Office 541-296-4626 | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS

Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Business Oregon Brings Together State Agencies to Study Endangered Plant and Promote Economic Growth
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 08/14/14
Klamath Falls - After hearing the concerns of elected officials, business leaders, and citizens, Business Oregon and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) have teamed up to advance a native plant study as part of a larger effort to improve infrastructure at the Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Airport. Business Oregon identified this collaborative opportunity during the first of its 11 Regional Economic Forums being held across the state.

At the request of the Governor's South Central Regional Solutions Team and local officials, including State Senator Doug Whitsett, Business Oregon will provide $18,000 to fund the environmental study, which is a key component of the overall airfield improvement project. The scheduled taxiway construction and related improvements are designed, in part, to better enable takeoffs and landing for air tankers fighting forest fires.

"The Crater Lake-Klamath Airport Regional Airport is a critical driver of the Klamath Basin economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "After our recent visit and the July 16 community forum in Klamath Falls, it was clear the best way we could help in the near-term was to meet the funding gap for this conservation study. I'm pleased we could respond so quickly with a signed agreement to move forward."

Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Regional Airport is home to the largest remaining population in the world of Applegate's milkvetch, a rare plant that is both state- and federally-listed as endangered. The consultation work, supervised by the ODA, will help craft a management solution that facilitates the essential infrastructure upgrades while preserving the integrity of the milkvetch population and its airport habitat. A mitigation plan that meets state and federal conservation guidelines is required before Federal Aviation Administration funding of as much as $7.7 million to support the new taxiway can be released.

"This is a great example of successful collaboration at the state level to address important local and regional issues," said ODA Director Katy Coba. "We were able to align funding from one agency with the subject matter expertise of another through coordination provided by the Regional Solutions Team. This is the type of teamwork Oregonians want to see as part of good government."

The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport is home to the 173rd Fighter Wing of Oregon's Air National Guard, the second-largest employer in Klamath Falls, with approximately 900 workers at the adjacent Kingsley Field. The Guard provides an estimated annual economic impact of roughly $118 million and the proposed taxiway development will allow the Guard to safely continue operations.

According to the City of Klamath Falls, the airport provides 750 jobs either at the site, or within the community, in aviation-related businesses and industries located on or adjacent to the field. In addition, the airport produces an estimated $85 million more in positive economic impacts for the Klamath Basin region.

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
08/13/14
Rogue River Drive Fire structural threat eases
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/13/14
The structural threat on the Rogue River Drive Fire has reduced enough to demobilize both the Lane and Linn county task forces. The task forces are returning to their home stations today.

Elements of the OSFM Red Incident Management Team have also been demobilized and will be returning to home stations today and tomorrow.

The fire started Monday, August 11th and is currently 600 - 700 acres.

Evacuation levels for all areas affected are at Evacuation Level I which means "Be Ready."

No structures have been lost.

The OSFM appreciates the efforts of all the local responders.

"It was due to the great coordinated initial attack efforts from Jackson and Josephine counties and the cooperation with Oregon Department of Forestry, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Emergency Management, and the Jackson County commissioners that enabled the OSFM Red Incident Management Team and task forces to be successful," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

"It's very obvious that all of the emergency response agencies in Jackson and Josephine counties have established a great mutual response system and they use it well."
Motorhome Fire Briefly Closes Westbound Lanes of Interstate 84 east of Mosier (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/14
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The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Mosier was briefly closed Wednesday morning while firefighters extinguished a motorhome fire that spread to a grassy area adjacent to the freeway.

According to Sergeant Les Kipper, on August 13, 2014 at approximately 11:10 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife from The Dalles Area Command office came upon a motorhome on fire along the westbound shoulder of Interstate 84 near milepost 72. The motorhome's sole occupant, a 57-year old Hermiston man, had gotten out of the motorhome safely. The fire spread to a grassy area next to the freeway lanes.

Fire personnel from Mosier Fire & Emergency Services and Oregon Department of Forestry responded and quickly extinguished the fire. The motorhome was a total loss.

OSP and ODOT provided traffic control. Both WB lanes of I-84 were closed for about 30 minutes. One lane remained closed for about 2 hours while fire personnel mopped up the area.

Cause of the motorhome fire is unknown.

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Oregon students honored with Workers' Memorial Scholarships
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/13/14
(Salem) - Many children in Oregon have faced losing a parent to a workplace death or a life-altering injury. The loss can have a profound effect on a family's ability to finance higher education. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) Workers' Memorial Scholarship program provides an opportunity to help surviving family members reach their educational goals.

Oregon OSHA, a division of DCBS, will honor recipients of the Workers' Memorial Scholarship during a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

The recipients include:

Marissa Parr, Jefferson
A 2011 graduate of Jefferson High School, Parr is studying social sciences at Willamette University.

Parr's father is wheelchair bound after suffering a debilitating back injury in 1991. Parr is receiving a $1,000 award and is a past scholarship recipient.

Kassandra McCabe, Eugene
McCabe is a 2014 graduate of Marist High School and plans to attend Oregon State University this fall. She hopes to become a surgeon or physical therapist and is majoring in pre-medicine.

McCabe's father became paralyzed and later blind following a logging accident in 2002. She is receiving a $1,250 award.

Two other award recipients want to remain anonymous.

"The award can never replace their loss but it is nice to provide some support to individuals who have suffered a family tragedy," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood.

Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers. The 1991 Legislature established the Workers' Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries.

The Workers' Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job.

Applicants must be a dependent or spouse of a fatally injured worker, or the dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has incurred a permanent total disability and whose claim for workers' compensation benefits has been accepted.

Interest earned on a DCBS fund derived from Oregon OSHA civil fines and penalties funds the awards.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.
Rogue River Drive Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/13/14
Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Rogue River Drive Fire burning between Eagle Point and Shady Cove in Jackson County. The OSFM went into unified command with Oregon Department of Forestry at 8:00 a.m. this morning.

The fire started Monday, August 11th and is currently 600 acres.

The OSFM activated elements of the Red Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Scott Magers) and two task forces, Lane County Task Force 1 and Linn-Benton County Task Force 2. Total number of structural resources on-scene or en-route is 37.

OSFM resources are working in partnership with an Oregon Department of Forestry Type III Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Derek Johnson.

There is a Level III evacuation notice for the Dry Creek area which consists of three homes and two out buildings.

A Level I evacuation notice has been established for the Rogue River Drive area which consists of approximately 115 homes.

More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Oregon_Mob_Plan.shtml.
Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_WUI.shtml
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 13
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/13/14
LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

>NEW LARGE FIRES
* Rogue River Drive (SW Oregon): started Monday, the Rogue River Drive fire, located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), has grown to 600 acres. Nearly 130 structures are currently threatened. Erratic winds in the area have been reported, and Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response. Cause is under investigation.
* Broady Creek (NE Oregon): started yesterday, this fire is located in steep inaccessible terrain within Joseph Canyon on ODF protected lands. The fire is staffed with rappellers and smoke jumpers, and has been boxed in with retardant. At this time the fire is estimated at 20 acres, resources have checked the spread and are beginning mop-up operations.
* Deer Creek (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). No additional fire growth from yesterday.
* Deep Canyon (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to WDNR. No additional fire growth. Resources are engaged in full scale mop-up.

>UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)

>Southwest Oregon
* Beaver Complex: This is the last update on this fire. Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort. The fire received some rain from the thunderstorms that passed over yesterday afternoon.
* Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,147 acres (about 9,500 in California) 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, and is 90% contained. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/ | Fire Information Number: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

>Northeast Oregon
* 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 85% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

>Central Oregon
Rain moderated fire behavior yesterday, and firefighters worked to take advantage of wetter conditions.
* South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,883 acres and are 30% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com
* Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, currently 90% contained. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Total estimated ODF/OSFM cost: $4.3 million.
More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of McMinnville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal bicycle-involved traffic crash that occurred along Highway 47 about two miles north of McMinnville. The names of the involved persons and other information is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Brad Hessel, on August 12, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., JUAN HUAPEO GARCIA, age 56, from Carlton, was riding a bicycle along the paved northbound shoulder of Highway 47 near milepost 41. A 1999 Chevrolet van driven by RICHARD KING, age 45, from Carlton, was traveling northbound when KING reportedly fell asleep and struck the bicycle from behind.

HUAPEO GARCIA was ejected from the bike and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

KING was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. Upon completion of the investigation, OSP will review the details with the Yamhill County District Attorney's office prior to an enforcement decision being made. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor. Trooper Nic Cederberg is the lead investigator.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are investigating the fatal crash. OSP is assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Carlton Police Department, McMinnville Fire Department, and ODOT.

The highway was closed about four hours.

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Mill Creek Correctional Facility inmate Jerry Teixeira back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/13/14
Lacy Evans
Lacy Evans
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An inmate who walked away August 9, 2014, from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem is now in custody in the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Law enforcement officials arrested Jerry Teixeira and his accomplice Lacy Evans on Tuesday evening at approximately 10:38 p.m. in Stayton.

Teixeira entered DOC custody on October 1, 2013, on two counts of burglary in the second degree, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of delivering methamphetamine, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm out of Marion County. His earliest release date is September 5, 2015.

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08/12/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 12
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/12/14
Large Fires within ODF protection

>NEW LARGE FIRES
* Rogue River Drive: a 100 acre fire in southwest Oregon.
* Deer Creek: a 50 acre fire was stopped near the Washington/Oregon border in SE Washington through a cooperative initial attack with Washington Dept. of Natural Resources and ODF. ODF is coordinating with WDNR on extended attack efforts. The fire burned on rugged slopes in grass, brush and timber stringers.
* Deep Canyon: located east of the Deer Creek Fire, this fire is approximately 160 acres and has burned 10 acres into NE Oregon. Cooperative initial attack with WDNR continues.
* Dexter Creek: a 20-25 acre fire started yesterday morning. No threats to communities, homes, or structures currently. It is more than 50% lined.

>UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)

>Southwest Oregon
* Beaver Complex: Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning through 11:00 pm Tuesday.
* Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, and is 82% contained. Personnel: 1,154 | Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/ Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

>Northeast Oregon
There will be a community meeting in Imnaha this evening (8/12) at 5 p.m. at the Imnaha Christian Fellowship Church for updates and Q & A. A Level 1 evacuation (get ready) remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along Imnaha River Road.
* 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 80% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. Personnel: 292. | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

>Central Oregon
A public meeting will be held in Dayville tonight from 6-7 p.m. at the Dayville Community Center.
* South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,272 acres and are 30% contained. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday. Murderer's Creek and Deer Creek recreation facilities have been evacuated. Personnel: 798 | More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com
* Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, currently 90% contained. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Total estimated ODF/OSFM cost: $4.3 million.
More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

>FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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OMSI's Reel Science Showing Dinosaurs 13
OMSI - 08/12/14
MEDIA ALERT
Discovery, Intrigue, and Dinosaurs Take Over the Giant Screen
OMSI's "Reel Science" Theater Speaker Series to Show Dinosaurs 13 with Expert Guest

WHAT:
A monthly series focused on the science behind movies to show Dinosaur 13 with Edward Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon and Fossil Collections Manager, Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

DETAILS:
Watch and learn at the new Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.

Join OMSI for a not-so-typical dinosaur movie and one of the greatest discoveries in history--the largest, most complete T. rex skeleton ever uncovered. Based on Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life by Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan, Dinosaur 13 will take you through the paleontologists' ten-year battle with powerful museums, the government, competing paleontologists, and more.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 6:30pm

WHO: Open to all ages, No RSVP or scientific background required.

WHERE: The Empirical Theater at OMSI, located inside OMSI at 1945 SE Water Ave.

COST: $7 non-members; $6 members

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon July 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 08/12/14
Oregon's Employment Situation Changed Little in July

Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Payroll employment was essentially unchanged in July. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a revised loss of 3,000 in June. Three major industries expanded substantially in July: manufacturing (+1,600 jobs), health care and social assistance (+1,300) and other services (+1,400). Meanwhile, two major industries contracted substantially: retail trade (-1,400 jobs) and private educational services (-1,300).

Manufacturing has been on a steady expansionary trend over the past four years. Seasonally adjusted employment in the industry bottomed at 162,500 in October 2009. Since then the industry added back 17,900 jobs, reaching a total of 180,400 in July.

Gains within durable goods manufacturing were noteworthy over the past 12 months.

Wood products grew by 1,000 jobs since July 2013, machinery added 800, and transportation equipment added 1,200. Within the nondurable goods component, food manufacturing added 1,000 during that time.

Health care and social assistance accelerated its pace of hiring in recent months. The 1,300 seasonally adjusted job gain in July was more than the average monthly gain of the past 12 months. Since July 2013 the industry added 8,100 jobs, which equaled 3.9 percent growth and was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Oregon. All of its component industries added substantially during that time, with social assistance growing the fastest by adding 2,500 jobs to reach 31,900 in July.

Retail trade contracted for the second consecutive month, following strong gains earlier in the year. This put retail up only 2,000 jobs, or 1.0 percent, since July 2013. Nationally, surveys suggest that overall retail store visits are down since last summer. Some retailers are reporting slower sales growth even as total consumer spending continues to expand. In Oregon, the only published retail industry which grew by more than 1,000 jobs over the year was motor vehicle and parts dealers, which added 1,300 jobs since July 2013.

Unemployment
(Household Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in July and 6.8 percent in June. Oregon's unemployment rate was between 6.8 and 6.9 percent in each month between February and July. Despite the flat trend in recent months, the rate has fallen from a year ago when Oregon's unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in July 2013.

Oregon's labor force expanded over the year, totaling 1,965,255 in July, which was nearly 22,000 more individuals than in July 2013. The growth in the labor force was roughly consistent with the growth in the population, as the seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate, at 61.2 percent in July, changed little over the year.

Hours and Earnings
(Establishment Survey Data)
The average workweek for Oregon manufacturing production workers decreased from 40.7 hours in June to 40.0 in July. This put the manufacturing workweek back to where it was in April and May when it was also 40.0 hours. The manufacturing workweek dropped 0.3 hour since last year. In July 2013, this workweek averaged 40.3 hours.

In July, the average wage was $22.80 per hour for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees, down from $22.82 in June. Wages increased 46 cents, or 2.1 percent, from July 2013 when the average was $22.34.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, August 18th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 16th.


The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


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State Historic Cemteries Commission seeks new members
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/12/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill two open positions.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; to make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and to assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking representatives from the northeast part of the state and the Portland area, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before Sept. 15.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org . Please send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to their work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. If you have further questions email Gill or call her at 503-986-0685.

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American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations
American Red Cross Blood Services - 08/12/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 12, 2014) - The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month.

Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.

To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross especially needs platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

"The Red Cross is grateful for those who stepped up to give this lifesaving gift and reminds eligible donors that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve," said Jared Schultzman, communications manager for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "As summer draws to a close, you still have the chance to give hope to patients in need."

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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08/11/14
Nurse of the Year Award Nominations Close August 19th
March of Dimes - 08/11/14
The call for nominations for the fourth annual Nurse of the Year Awards ends on August 19th. With just a week until the deadline, 350 nurses from across the Oregon and SW Washington have been nominated. Awards honoring outstanding nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients will be given in 17 categories.

Nominations may be submitted online at marchofdimes.com/oregon through August 19th. There is no fee to submit a nomination and you may submit multiple nominations. Award recipients will be determined by a selection committee comprised of healthcare professionals. Winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards breakfast on October 24, 2014, at The Sentinel Hotel (formally The Governor Hotel) in downtown Portland.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Platinum sponsors include Legacy Health and Providence Health and Services. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Kaiser Permanente. The event is chaired by Dr. William Johnson, President of Moda Health. "This is a great opportunity to honor outstanding nurses in Oregon and SW Washington and to celebrate the vital role of the nursing profession," said Dr. Johnson.

Nominations for outstanding nurses in 17 categories are closing August 19th. The nominating categories are:

* Adult Acute Care
* Advance Practice
* Ambulatory/Clinic Care
* Case Management/Utilization Review
* Community Health
* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
* Emergency
* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
* Nurse Educator
* Nurse Leader
* Nurse Specialty
* Pediatric Acute Care
* Rising Star
* Small Hospital
* Student Nurse
* Surgical Services
* Women's Health

For more information about the awards, how to submit a nomination, descriptions of each category, or to register for the event, visit marchofdimes.com/Oregon.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. With chapters nationwide, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find out what is going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins Statement on Intel's Announcementof Future Investment in Oregon
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 08/11/14
HILLSBORO - Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by Intel officials that they will invest up to $100 billion in their Washington County operations:

"Intel is a global icon that could focus future investment anywhere in the world, and they are choosing Oregon. A planned $100 billion investment represents an unprecedented commitment and it speaks volumes about where Oregon's economy is headed and our state's increasingly competitive role on the global stage. This announcement also showcases the ability of the city, county, state and private sector in Oregon to collaborate and get things done."

http://www.co.washington.or.us/cao/proposed-2014-intel-sip-agreement.cfm

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
Future of Public Health Task Force meets August 20
Oregon Health Authority - 08/11/14
August 11, 2014

What: The ninth public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

Confirm final changes for straw model;

Discuss workgroup options putting the Framework for Governmental Public Health Services into operation;

Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, August 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577.

Future meeting dates currently scheduled:

September 10, 2014, Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Title Correction: Twelve OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating Friday, August 15, From Basic Police Training Program in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/11/14
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Twelve Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers along with 22 recruit officers from other law enforcement agencies are graduating Friday, August 15, 2014, from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Police Training program. The graduation ceremony for the Basic Police Class 340 will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy Hall of Heroes located at 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.

The thirty-four graduating recruit officers include 12 OSP recruit troopers, 16 city police recruit officers, 5 county sheriffs recruit deputies, and one University of Oregon recruit officer. The 10 men and two women OSP recruit troopers are scheduled for assignments at the following locations:

* Recruit Trooper Ami Angell - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Vadim Bogdanov - The Dalles Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Kyson Culp - Klamath Falls Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Sherron Deberry - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper James Eslinger - Pendleton Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Jacob Fough - Tillamook Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Nate Harris - Coos Bay Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Michael Lopez - Salem Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Anna Lukiyanchuk - Portland Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Justin Morgan - St. Helens Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Thomas Nelson - Newport Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Scott Wilson - Central Point Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)

The twelve graduating OSP recruit troopers, along with 4 other new recruits hired as lateral entry troopers who came from other law enforcement agencies, began their academy-based training March 16, 2014. They brought with them a wide range of life experience and backgrounds. Eight served in the military, eight have college degrees including one person with a PhD in International Public Law, and three are bilingual in Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian languages. The sixteen hired recruit troopers reported for an initial 3-week OSP pre-academy training program after which the lateral entry hired officers reported to their assigned OSP offices in Bend, North Plains, Pendleton and Tillamook. The remaining twelve recruit troopers joined other law enforcement recruit officers for the 16-week Basic Police training program from which they are graduating.

The Basic Police Class No. 340 graduation ceremony marks the completion of the Basic Police training for the multi-agency integrated class facilitated by DPSST, which provides statutorily-required basic training to newly hired city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and OSP troopers.

Information about the Oregon State Police, different opportunities available, how our hiring process works and updates about future hiring opportunities can be found on our recruiting website, www.osptrooper.com, or call the OSP Training / Sworn Applicant Processing Section at (503) 378-4175.

Questions regarding DPSST training and services can be directed to DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks at (503) 378-2332.

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 11
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/11/14
Fire Update - Monday, August 11, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)

Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:

Beaver Complex: Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning through 11:00 pm Tuesday.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 74% contained.
Personnel: 1,435
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Northeast Oregon District:

5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 65% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel: 386
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Central Oregon District:

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork (7,583 acres)): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 62,476 acres and are 30% contained.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday.
Personnel: 798
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire, currently 68% contained. This fire started August 5.
Personnel: 402
Evacuations: Evacuation levels ended, except for 5220-6464 Highway 30 Rowena addresses. Highway 30 re-opened.
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us
Rowena Fire update - Aug. 11, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/11/14
Rowena Fire
Morning Information Update
August 11, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Summary
A small spot fire flared up in grass and scrub oak on McCall Point (the SW corner of the fire) at approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday. It was quickly knocked down at approximately 7 acres by using water bucket drops from a helicopter, engines, and crew personnel already on the fire. Control action on the spot fire continued through the remainder of the day shift. Line was constructed and hose lay installed.

Following work with helicopter bucket drops, snags were felled and mop up continued on the steep slopes above the homes along Highway 30.

During the night shift, infrared cameras were used to locate remaining hot spots in the spot fire on McCall Point and around structures in Divisions A and B.

Five Department of Corrections crews were utilized in the spot fire during the night shift, to further improve the line and mop up.

The remainder of the fire looks very good. Crews are close to meeting mop-up objectives.

Structural protection
Structure protection is provided by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue through the 911 system. Wildland resources remain on the fire for mop-up.

Evacuations / Road Closures
Evacuation levels were dropped for all areas except Rowena from addresses 5220-6464 on Highway 30 to the west.

Highway 30 is now open.

Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal's website: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.pdf

Fire strategy for today
Aggressive mop up will continue on McCall Point with engines and crews. Helicopter bucket drops will be made on the steep inaccessible slopes to cool hot spots. Roads accessing the McCall Point area will be improved. Some contingency lines will be constructed. Firefighters will continue to secure fireline and areas around homes and structures with a minimum 300 foot objective.

Warnings
The public is urged to be mindful of personal safety around ongoing firefighting operations. Aerial work with helicopters and fire related traffic increase hazards in the area.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 3,680 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 68%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 402
Estimated ODF/OSFM Cost: $3,680,553

Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792

Closures/Restrictions:
Hwy 30 W between 5220 and 6464

Media Only Contact Phone: 971-701-4193

For More Information: Information phones are staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
971-701-4186
971-701-4212
Beaver Complex update - Aug. 11, 2014, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/11/14
Monday, August 11, 2014



Beaver Complex update - Aug. 11, morning

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander

Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Aug. 11, 2014, 10 a.m.

Special Message:
Lightning predicted for yesterday did not materialize in the area directly around the Oregon Gulch Fire, but impacted other areas of the state. 1,700 lightning strikes hit in the state of Oregon yesterday, largely impacting Lane and Klamath counties. Thunderstorms are predicted again today creating the potential for hazardous conditions.

Current Situation:
Yesterday's weather gave crews the ability to make continued progress on mop up operations. Today, crews will continue to extinguish any hot spots that are detected within the 500 foot boundary on the interior of the fire. Due to predicted lightning in the area, crews will also remain available for initial attack on any new fires that may start.

The fire is nearing full containment and resources will start to be released later today if conditions hold. Fire managers are developing a transition plan in anticipation of returning responsibility for the fire to the local districts in the next few days.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Thunderstorms with gusty winds will be in the area again today creating the potential for erratic winds, lightning and potentially new fire starts. The red flag warning continues through 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Yesterday's thunderstorms came within 15 miles of the fire and brought wind gusts around 20 mph in the afternoon; however, lightning did not develop. Fire behavior within the burned area is expected to be limited to smoldering stumps and larger fuels. Temperatures today are forecast to be between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 15 and 20 percent

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch Fire

Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR

Percent Contained: 74%
Size: 35,129 acres (9,464 acres in California)

Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 48 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 44 engines, 12 dozers, 29 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

Air resources: 7 helicopters

Total personnel: 1,435

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road remains at a Level 1. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. 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.

Klamath County
Currently roadblocks remain at Road 106 (Camp 4) south from Highway 66.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
This week in Pendleton: Make plans to attend the DHS Town Hall meeting on Friday
OR Department of Human Services - 08/11/14
DHS has added a new Town Hall Meeting in Pendleton with DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel.

Please join us on Friday, August 15
Vert Club Room (345 SW 4th Street)
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community

You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, DHS agency operations, and other human services issues. We need your help and ideas to ensure the safety, health and independence of all Oregonians!

Hope to see you there.
Media Advisory: Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released Tomorrow
Oregon Employment Dept. - 08/11/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for July 2014 will be released tomorrow, August 12, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
Media availability - working safely in the heat
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/11/14
With a heat advisory in effect for much of Oregon, Oregon OSHA is encouraging employers and workers to take precautions around heat illness today. Labor-intensive activities such as construction, landscaping, and agricultural work can expose workers to dangerous heat. Heavy work outdoors can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating and may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Oregon OSHA Public Information Officer Melanie Mesaros is available today to do interviews about working safely in the heat.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
* Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
* Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
* Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
* Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as cotton).
* Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas - allow your body to cool down.
* Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
* Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

Oregon OSHA has a pocket-sized booklet available, in both English and Spanish, with more tips for working in the heat: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/4926.pdf (English version).

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer & Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
08/10/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 10
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/10/14
Fire Update - Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)

Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:

Beaver Complex: Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning from 11:00 am today through 11:00 pm Tuesday. The forecast for the Beaver Complex area calls for thunderstorms with dry lightning this afternoon. Any new fire starts may grow rapidly due to the dry conditions. This forecast creates good potential for extreme fire behavior.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,129 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 64% contained. Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel: 1,458
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Northeast Oregon District:

5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 50% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel: 412
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119


Central Oregon District:

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 52,437 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 60,020 acres and are 25% contained.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning through Tuesday. (Increasing risk of thunderstorms through Tuesday.)
Personnel: 692
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff's Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A 3,673 acre fire, currently 65% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5.
Structure/home fire protection: The Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has resumed primary home protection through the 911 system.
Personnel and equipment: 610 personnel
Evacuations: Evacuation levels remain at a Level I (Get Ready) for all residents living on Highway 30 West.
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us
Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792
Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at www.tripcheck.com

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us
08/09/14
Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 126E east of Vida in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's motorcycle-involved fatal traffic crash along Highway 126E about ten miles east of Vida in Lane County. The crash resulted in the death of a 58-year old Vida man.

On August 9, 2014 at approximately 9:52 a.m., a 1986 Harley Davidson operated by MARK FREDERICK RICKMAN, age 58, from Vida, was traveling on Highway 126E near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve too fast. The motorcycle traveled off the highway into a ditch, struck a road side reflector and returned back onto the highway where it crashed.

RICKMAN was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Speed is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Kyle Bachmeier is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by McKenzie Fire & Rescue and ODOT. The highway was closed for an hour and then opened to one lane for the next three hours.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Rowena Fire Update August 9, 2014
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/09/14
Summary
Despite strong winds and low humidity, burnout operations yesterday and through last night were successful. Fire containment has increased from 35 to 55 percent.

Containment lines are in place and the fire threat to the Adeline Way, Simonelli Road, and Foley Lakes communities is diminishing. Incident Commanders and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office evaluated the evacuation order and have determined that all 740 residences that have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order will be at Level 1. All residents may return to their homes. Please read below for specific information on roadblocks.

Today, firefighters will continue to focus on removing unburned fuel and holding containment lines.

Structural protection
Burnout operations took place along the slopes above the affected communities and were successful, taking out unburned fuel from Old Highway 30 to the flame front. There was no report of structural loss overnight.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level I (Get Ready) for all residents living on Highway 30 West. Residents may return home at this time, but are asked to be alert for changing conditions and cautious of firefighting efforts.

Roadblocks on Highway 30 West have been reduced and there will be no through traffic on Highway 30 between the addresses of 4877 and 5220.

Residents living to the east of 4877 Highway 30, the intersection with Adeline Way, should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 82. This includes Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way, and Simonellli Road.

Residents living to the west of 5220 Highway 30 should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 76.

Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal's website: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.pdf

The evacuation shelter, which has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR, remains open at this time.

Fire strategy for today
Some crews will be demobilized today while other crews will be engaged with mop-up and watching for any additional hotspots. Today's objectives will be to continue burning off unburned fuel and holding established containment lines.

Warnings
This weekend a high level of public traffic is expected in and through The Gorge area. The public is urged to be mindful of personal safety and ongoing firefighting operations, use caution when traveling near or around the fire, and to not stop along Interstate 84 to take photos or observe firefighting operations.

Governor's visit
On Friday, Governor Kitzhaber visited the Rowena Fire area and the Incident Command Post. He called this year's fire efforts "exceptional," and expressed thanks for the fire suppression efforts to date.

Unified command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 3,565 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 55%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 832
Estimated Cost: $2,122,066
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions: Hwy 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena

For More Information: Information phones will be staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
971-701-4186
971-701-4212
Rowena Fire update - Aug. 9
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/09/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 9, 2014

Summary
Despite strong winds and low humidity, burnout operations yesterday and through last night were successful. Fire containment has increased from 35 to 55 percent.

Containment lines are in place and the fire threat to the Adeline Way, Simonelli Road, and Foley Lakes communities is diminishing. Incident Commanders and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office evaluated the evacuation order and have determined that all 740 residences that have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order will be at Level 1. All residents may return to their homes. Please read below for specific information on roadblocks.

Today, firefighters will continue to focus on removing unburned fuel and holding containment lines.

Structural protection
Burnout operations took place along the slopes above the affected communities and were successful, taking out unburned fuel from Old Highway 30 to the flame front. There was no report of structural loss overnight.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order. Evacuation levels have been reduced to a Level I (Get Ready) for all residents living on Highway 30 West. Residents may return home at this time, but are asked to be alert for changing conditions and cautious of firefighting efforts.

Roadblocks on Highway 30 West have been reduced and there will be no through traffic on Highway 30 between the addresses of 4877 and 5220.

Residents living to the east of 4877 Highway 30, the intersection with Adeline Way, should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 82. This includes Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way, and Simonellli Road.

Residents living to the west of 5220 Highway 30 should access their homes via Interstate 84 exit 76.

Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal's website: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.pdf

The evacuation shelter, which has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR, remains open at this time.

Fire strategy for today
Some crews will be demobilized today while other crews will be engaged with mop-up and watching for any additional hotspots. Today's objectives will be to continue burning off unburned fuel and holding established containment lines.

Warnings
This weekend a high level of public traffic is expected in and through The Gorge area. The public is urged to be mindful of personal safety and ongoing firefighting operations, use caution when traveling near or around the fire, and to not stop along Interstate 84 to take photos or observe firefighting operations.

Governor's visit
On Friday, Governor Kitzhaber visited the Rowena Fire area and the Incident Command Post. He called this year's fire efforts "exceptional," and expressed thanks for the fire suppression efforts to date.

Unified command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 3,565 acres
Location: The Dalles, Oregon
Containment: 55%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 832
Estimated Cost: $2,122,066

Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792

Closures/Restrictions: Hwy 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena

For more information: Information phones will be staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
971-701-4186
971-701-4212
5-Mile and Somers Fires update - Aug. 9
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/09/14
Saturday, August 9, 2014
5-Mile and Somers Fires - Joseph, Oregon

Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119

Location: Two fires near Imnaha, Oregon.

The park and grounds of the Chief Joseph Rodeo Grounds are closed to public camping due to use by incident personnel for the 5 Mile and Somers Fires.

Current situation:
5 Mile Fire -The weather yesterday provided firefighters with an opportunity to fight fire directly. The cooler weather tempered the fire behavior allowing firefighters to construct direct containment lines on the south side of the fire. Helicopters were used to cool areas with increased intensity.

Yesterday, firefighters began to burn along the south containment line when winds increased and shifted directions. Given those conditions, the remainder of the burnout was postponed. This morning, if weather conditions are appropriate, the operation will proceed and finish tying this containment line together. Hot spots over the ridge will be mopped-up and secured. The east, north and west flanks are all in mop-up and rehabilitation. If the south flank holds the need for the Level 1 Evacuation Notice will be reviewed.

The operational priority remains to secure the town of Imnaha and keep the fire from the Oregon Department of Forestry-protected private lands, ranches and homes along the Imnaha River Road. Structure protection at College Creek Guard Station and at Cayuse Flats has been completed. A weed washing station has been set-up for use by incident vehicles to reduce the potential spread of noxious weeds. An initial attack group has been identified to respond to any new fire starts within the local vicinity.

Start Date-August 3
Cause-Under investigation
Size- 4,700 acres
Percent Contained-35%
Total Personnel-383
Crews-9
Engines-13
Water Tenders-9
Dozers-3
Helicopters-5


Somers Fire - The fire continued to grow laterally north and south. Firefighters are working to secure the historical Tryon Creek and Temperance and Ranches. Preparations include constructing fire line, removing receptive fuels around infrastructure, setting up sprinkler systems, and wrapping buildings in fire resistant foil. The priority continues to be point protection of the radio repeater at Somers Point, and additional sites located in the canyon. The rappellers staffing this fire have been removed and replaced with a helitack crew.



Additional firefighters will be scouting potential containment lines with resources transitioning from 5 Mile Fire to Somers Fire to begin suppression actions. Firefighters are being shuttled by jet boat and helicopters. Heavy helicopters will continue with bucket drops of water to cool the fire's edge on the north and south flanks.



Boaters on the Snake River need to be aware of water dipping activities and use caution while in the area. A new Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Closure has been implemented closing the use of the Oregon and Idaho river frontage for ?1/4 mile inland along the Snake River. See Closures below for more information.


Start Date-August 3

Cause-Lightning

Acres- 15,000

Percent Contained-0%

Total Personnel-13


Weather:

Continued hot and dry weather will persist with temperatures in the upper 90s to 100 degrees with relative humidity of 9-15%.


Evacuations:

A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha near Freezeout Creek to 10 miles north of Imnaha near Fence Creek.


Closures:

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has closed Hat Point Road FR4240. Wallowa County has closed the Upper Imnaha Road; private landowners will be allowed access. Two new Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Closure orders are being implemented that will close the Oregon and Idaho river frontage of the Snake River ?1/4 mile inland. The river will be closed on the Oregon side from Copper Creek to Rush Creek and on the Idaho side from the Forest Boundary to the north and the mouth of the Salmon to the south. For a full listing of the closures please see the following links:


http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3812310.pdf

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3812309.pdf

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Two TFRs are in place over the two fires. The TFR over the Somers Fire is being expanded due to the perimeter growth. Please check the NOTAM for current information. TFR are in place for safety to restrict other aircraft from entering the fire area while incident aircraft are working.


For more information on the 5-Mile and Somers Fires visit:


Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4053/


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Beaver Complex update - Aug. 9
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/09/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander

Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


August 9, 2014
9 a.m.

Special Message:
Unified command with CAL FIRE ended yesterday at 6:00 pm. The Oregon Department of Forestry would like to thank both CAL FIRE and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office for the fantastic cohesive and collaborative effort during this incident. We could not serve the citizens of Oregon and California to the level they deserve without these partnerships in place.

Current Situation (Oregon Gulch Fire):
Winds over the fire were lighter than expected yesterday which kept fire activity calm over the majority of the fire. These conditions gave firefighters the opportunity to continue progress towards full containment. Crews are identifying and extinguishing pockets of burning embers and working towards having the fire mopped up 500 feet in from the fireline along the entire perimeter.

Currently, fuels are as dry as they would normally be in mid to late-September making conditions ripe for a large fire. With the expected lightning event and red flag warning coming in the next few days, firefighters were reminded to keep their situational awareness about changing fire conditions. Crews are on standby to respond to any new fire starts that may occur.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Today's weather is expected to be warmer and drier with unstable conditions. Temperatures are expected to be between 88 and 93 degrees with relative humidity between 15 and 20%. A red flag warning has been issued starting at 11:00 am on Sunday extending to 5:00 am on Tuesday. Forecasters are calling for abundant lightning during that time.

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 58%
Size: 35,093 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 48 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 59 engines, 12 dozers, 29 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

Air resources: 11 helicopters

Total personnel: 1,442

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road remains at a Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. 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.

Klamath County
Current roadblocks remain at Road 106 (Camp 4) south from Highway 66.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
08/08/14
Rowena Fire update Aug. 8, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander


Rowena Fire
Daily Evening Information Update
August 8, 2014

Summary
Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office worked throughout the day to conduct burnout operations and improve containment lines.

No structures were lost during today's operations, which focused on burning off dry fuel and creating defensible space around homes and outbuildings in the town of Rowena. Despite a Red Flag Warning and high winds, incident commanders are extremely pleased with the progress crews made on the fire lines today.

"We have gone hard at this fire for all the right reasons," said Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander John Buckman. "We turned the corner today and things are looking much better."

Structural protection
In an ongoing effort to protect structures, firefighters used thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to identify hot spots on properties where the fire has burned a path up to the structure and then extinguished them.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences remain threatened at this time. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office and incident commanders are evaluating the ongoing need for evacuations and will begin allowing residents back into their homes as soon as it is determined that it is safe for them to return.

Total residences impacted by the evacuation orders remain unchanged since this morning's release and include 143 Level 3 and 597 Level 1.

Level-3
4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.

Level-1
Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven Mile Road.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Fire Strategy for Tonight
Tonight, fire control work will focus on holding all constructed fire lines, continuing burnout operations, and conducting an infrared flight tonight over the fire. Temperatures are expected to begin rising into the 90's on Sunday, so crews will continue to take advantage of cooler temperatures tonight and tomorrow to contain the fire. Safety officers are urging caution as some firefighters are encountering poison oak during the course of firefighter operations.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.
Corrections Director named to National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/08/14
DOC Director Colette S. Peters
DOC Director Colette S. Peters
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Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Colette S. Peters was appointed as a member of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Advisory Board on June 27, 2014, by U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. The appointment is for a three-year term.

The NIC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies.

NIC also provides leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide in areas of emerging interest and concern to correctional executives and practitioners as well as public policymakers. As a corrections practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in public safety, Ms. Peters will bring a valuable perspective to the Advisory Board.

Ms. Peters was named DOC Director in February 2012. As Director, she oversees the operations and policies of a corrections agency responsible for managing approximately 14,600 incarcerated adults in 14 prisons across the state, as well as 31,500 offenders on community supervision. DOC has been recognized nationally as having one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country.

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Attached Media Files: DOC Director Colette S. Peters
Health advisory for water contact at Seal Rock Beach lifted August 8
Oregon Health Authority - 08/08/14
August 8, 2014

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Seal Rock Beach, located in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory August 6 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program's website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Rowena Fire update - Aug. 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander


Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 8, 2014

Summary
Both crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal worked throughout the night improving containment lines. Burnout operations were successful on the west flank of the fire. Containment improved from zero to 35 percent overnight.

More than 100 people attended Thursday night's public meeting at The Dalles High School. Questions centered around the evacuations, when residents will be able to return to their homes, and containment efforts. Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Commanders provided a current status of the fire and plans for its containment. Representatives of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Wasco County Sherriff's Office also spoke.

Structural protection
The fire is wind driven to the east with fire spread south and east of Rowena. Structure protection by six taskforces will continue throughout the day to improve defensible space around homes and outbuildings.

When the Foley Lakes and Country Club fires flared up, task forces assigned to night shift were activated to respond. Firefighting efforts will again be centered on this area today to protect homes and create defensible space.

Evacuations
A total of 740 residences are threatened at this time.
Residences impacted include: 143 Level 3, and 597 Level 1.

Level-3: 4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.

Level-1: Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Fire Strategy for Today
Today, fire control work will focus on holding all constructed fire lines, continuing burnout operations and conducting an infrared flight tonight over the fire.

Warnings
High winds continue with a Red Flag Warning in effect through 12:00 pm Friday. Wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour are expected.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.
Fire Update - Friday, August 8, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)

Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,093 acres (reduced from the 8/6 report due to better mapping) (about 9,500 in California) is 50% contained. Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel and Equipment: 63 crews, 63 engines, 20 dozers, 27 water tenders, 13 helicopters, and 1,643 personnel
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level, while Siskiyou and Klamath Counties' Level 1 evacuation notices were lifted.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a

Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 25% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 365 personnel, 16 engines, 9 water tenders, 3 dozer, and 4 helicopters
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha near Freezeout Creek to 10 miles north of Imnaha near Fence Creek.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119

Central Oregon District:
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 41,807 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 49,390 acres and are 25% contained.
Personnel: 575
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff's Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A red flag warning (meaning - low humidity and high winds - make ripe conditions for the fire to spread rapidly) remains in effect through noon today for this 3,372 acre fire, currently 35% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5. Governor Kitzhaber will visit the fire team today at 10 a.m.
Structures: 740 homes threatened, 1 destroyed, 2 damaged, 5 out buildings destroyed.
Personnel and equipment: 659 personnel
Evacuations: Level 3- 143 homes, Level 1- 597 homes. Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Level-3: 4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.
Level-1: Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Shelters: American Red Cross evacuation shelter 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter - Dry Hollow Elementary, 1314 E19th, The Dalles.
Shelter services for dogs and cats if evacuated owners have no other option for their pets: Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, 541-296-5189 / http://homeatlasths.org/
Nan Wimmers is coordinating livestock sheltering, if needed by evacuated residents, 541-993-5510
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212 these phones will be staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014
Additional Contact Information:
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us
Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792
Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at www.tripcheck.com
American Red Cross: 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell (503) 508-4478
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Beaver Complex update Aug. 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message:
Today's morning shift briefing was held on the abnormally landlocked boat docks at the Howard Prairie Campground Marina. Incident Commander, Chris Cline, called special attention to this unusual situation and reminded crews that the lack of water in the lake is a clear representation of the difficulty of this fire season. Please be extra vigilant in fire prevention this year. The lack of moisture over the winter and spring has left conditions very dry resulting in a high risk of fire.

Current Situation (Oregon Gulch Fire):
Fire managers are pleased with progress so far. Yesterday's warm, dry and unstable weather served as a test to the fire containment lines which held up well. This success shows that the hard work is paying off. Most of the fire is currently in mop up. Today, firefighters will continue efforts to secure lines, finish the contingency lines and start repairing the fireline in some sections of the fire.

Today is the last day that the Oregon Department of Forestry and CalFire will be in unified command. CalFire Incident Commander, Phill Veneris, expressed his appreciation this morning for the positive partnership between the two organizations during this incident.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Temperatures for today are expected to between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 13 and 18%. Warm, dry and unstable conditions are expected again today. Low fire activity is expected today and will be isolated to unburned interior islands. A fire weather watch has been issued for Sunday through Monday for thunderstorms and lightning.

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 50%
Size: 35,093* acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14
* Acreage has been reduced from what was reported on 8/6/14 due to better mapping.

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 6 Type 1 crews, 51 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 58 engines, 19 dozers, 27 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 1 dozers, 5 engines, and 2 crews.

Air resources: 13 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1,643


Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road will remain at a Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. 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.

Klamath County
All evacuation orders for Klamath County have been lifted, including the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks remain at Road 106 (Camp 4) south from Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/08/14
Fire Update - Friday, August 8, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)


Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:

Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,093 acres (reduced from the 8/6 report due to better mapping) (about 9,500 in California) is 50% contained. Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel and Equipment: 63 crews, 63 engines, 20 dozers, 27 water tenders, 13 helicopters, and 1,643 personnel
Evacuations: Some Jackson county areas remain at Level 1 evacuation notice level, while Siskiyou and Klamath Counties' Level 1 evacuation notices were lifted.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


Northeast Oregon District:

5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 25% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 365 personnel, 16 engines, 9 water tenders, 3 dozer, and 4 helicopters
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha near Freezeout Creek to 10 miles north of Imnaha near Fence Creek.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119


Central Oregon District:

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 41,807 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 49,390 acres and are 25% contained.
Personnel: 575
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff's Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Rowena Fire: A red flag warning (meaning - low humidity and high winds - make ripe conditions for the fire to spread rapidly) remains in effect through noon today for this 3,372 acre fire, currently 35% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5. Governor Kitzhaber will visit the fire team today at 10 a.m.
Structures: 740 homes threatened, 1 destroyed, 2 damaged, 5 out buildings destroyed.
Personnel and equipment: 659 personnel
Evacuations: Level 3- 143 homes, Level 1- 597 homes. Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Level-3: 4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.
Level-1: Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Shelters: American Red Cross evacuation shelter 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter - Dry Hollow Elementary, 1314 E19th, The Dalles.
Shelter services for dogs and cats if evacuated owners have no other option for their pets: Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, 541-296-5189 / http://homeatlasths.org/
Nan Wimmers is coordinating livestock sheltering, if needed by evacuated residents, 541-993-5510
More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212 these phones will be staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014

Additional Contact Information:
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us
Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792
Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at www.tripcheck.com
American Red Cross: 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell (503) 508-4478
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Health advisory lifted August 8 for Odell Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 08/08/14
August 8, 2014

Health advisory lifted August 8 for Odell Lake

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued July 21 for Odell Lake, located off Highway 58 in Klamath County, about 31 miles southeast of the Lane County city of Oakridge.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Forest Service at 541-433-3200. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom program website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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08/07/14
Rowena Fire Daily Evening Update - August 7, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Evening Information Update
August 7, 2014


Summary
Both crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal worked throughout the day to improve hand and dozer lines to prevent further fire travel. In the early afternoon wind speeds increased causing the fire to grow and travel toward the southwest more rapidly than expected. Both the Foley Lakes and Country Club areas experienced unfavorable wind conditions. In the Foley Lakes area, wind driven fire pushed back into the neighborhood that had just hours before had its evacuation level decreased from 3 to 1. Targeted evacuations were enacted to protect the residents in the area. In the Country Club area, fire was pushed across several lines and crossed the Rowena River Road near Adeline Road. Both fires received immediate response and were quickly mitigated.

Structural protection
Structure protection task forces worked throughout the day to improve defensible space around homes and outbuildings. When the Foley Lakes and Country Club fires flared up, task forces assigned to night shift were activated to respond.

Structural firefighters continued to create defensible space around structures in advance of the fire threat.

Evacuations
Level-3
4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.

Level-1
Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.

Fire Strategy for Tonight
Today, fire control work will focus on reinforcing containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire, securing the northwest end of the fire and continuing structural protection along Highway 30 and other residences.

Public Meeting
A public information meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm at The Dalles High School located 220 East 10th Street in The Dalles. This meeting is open to all members of the public and media. Fire managers will provide a current status update and be available to address questions and concerns.

Warnings
An urgent red flag fire weather warning was issued at about 3:00
p.m. on Thursday 8/7/2014 for winds gusting to 30 mph and relative humidity as low as 24 percent. Fires can grow much faster in these conditions and be hazardous for firefighters. The red flag warning is in effect through 11:00 p.m.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.


Fire-At-A-Glance

Size: 2,645 acres Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 0%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 431
Estimated Cost: $937,000
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-
2792
Closures/Restrictions: Hwy 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
For More Information: A fire information line is currently being set up, the number will be distributed via social media once it is established.
Fire safety rules tightened on state-protected lands in NE Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry announced today that additional restrictions on activities in the forest will take effect Aug. 9 on lands within the Northeast Oregon District. The tightened rules, known as a Regulated-Use Closure, include the following:

- Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the Regulated-Use Closure area can be found at the following State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam, and Unity Lake. Additional designated locations can be verified by calling local unit offices. Make sure campfires in these designated locations are DEAD OUT before leaving.
- Debris burning is prohibited, including the use of burn barrels.
- Non-industrial chainsaw use is prohibited.
- Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area free of flammable vegetation.
- Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), is prohibited except on improved roads, except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal are prohibited unless specifically waived by the State Forester.
- Mowing of dried and cured grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited.
- The use of exploding targets is prohibited.
- Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.
- Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2 ) Operated in compliance with manufacturer's instructions.
- Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher.

The Regulated-Use Closure affects private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant Counties. The Regulated-Use Closure is intended to protect natural resources and public health and safety.

Persistent hot, dry weather over the last several weeks has raised fire danger to extreme levels. The current weather pattern is expected to continue, with the possibility of more thunderstorms by this weekend or early next week.

"These additional restrictions are being implemented to help reduce the threat of human-caused fires," explained Dennis Perilli, Pendleton Unit Forester.

Numerous large fires throughout the region have diminished the number of resources that are available to respond to new fire starts.

Year-to-date fire information for lands protected by the Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District:
Lightning-caused fires: 40 fires burned 144 acres
Human-caused fires: 19 fires burned 39 acres

Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, land-use restrictions change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

More information for fire danger in Northeast Oregon can be found at http://bmidc.org/index.shtml.

Contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on ODF Restrictions:
La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

To report a fire, contact:
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch, (541) 963-7171
Or, call 9-1-1.
Health advisory issued August 7 for water contact at Mill Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 08/07/14
August 7, 2014

Health advisory issued August 7 for water contact at Mill Beach

A public health advisory is being issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Mill Beach, located in Curry County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Mill Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Red Cross Continues to Provide Disaster Relief to Communities Affected by the Rowena Wildfire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/07/14
The American Red Cross Cascades Region continues to provide support for people affected by the Rowena Wildfire, which still burns just west of The Dalles, Ore. Last night more than 20 local residents visited the Red Cross shelter, and 15 individuals spent the night. The shelter at Hallow Creek Elementary remains open and is located at 1314 East 19th Street in The Dalles. Red Cross volunteers from across Oregon and Southwest Washington are available to provide snacks, meals, water, comfort kits and disaster health and disaster mental health services.

In addition to providing disaster relief resources, Red Cross volunteers are actively out in the local community canvassing neighborhoods with disaster preparedness information, which includes important tips about what to do before, during and after a wildfire. To learn how to stay safe during a wildfire, people can find resources here (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire) or other useful information by downloading the free American Red Cross Wildfire App (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/wildfire-app).

Residents seeking additional information about the Rowena Wildfire are invited to attend a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School located at 220 E 10th Street. Red Cross volunteers will be providing water, preparedness information and answering questions about available Red Cross resources at tonight's meeting.
OSP announces Jim Walker appointed as Oregon's next State Fire Marshal (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/07/14
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Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans announced the appointment of JIM WALKER as the next State Fire Marshal for the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). WALKER's appointment was effective August 1, 2014.

WALKER, age 52, began his service as Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal in 2009 and has been serving as the interim state fire marshal since March 2014. In his role as State Fire Marshal, WALKER directs the agency's fire programs, including fire code development and enforcement, fire investigation, fire data collection and analysis, the Community Right to Know Program, Hazmat Response Teams, fire safety education and information, firesetter intervention, and regulation of the fireworks, explosives, propane, and non-retail gasoline dispensing industries. Other responsibilities include administration of the State Fire Service Mobilization Plan and the State Fire Marshal's structural overhead teams.

WALKER is a member of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association, Pacific Northwest Coordinating Group Steering Committee, Western Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, Oregon Fire Marshals Association, Governor's Fire Service Policy Council, International Fire Chiefs Association, and International Code Council.

Prior to joining OSFM in 2009, he was the Fire Operations Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and has experience managing ODF's statewide fire operations activities including directing aviation resources.

"I thank the fire service and Oregon State Police for their support and confidence in leading a high-quality organization into the future," said WALKER. "I look forward to continuing our great partnerships with the Oregon fire service in achieving our common goals of protecting Oregonians and their property from fire and hazardous materials."

WALKER is Oregon's 10th State Fire Marshal after C. Walter Stickney was officially appointed the first State Fire Marshal in 1963.

More information about the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is available on the agency's website at http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/index.aspx.

Photograph - Office of State Fire Marshal

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Jim Walker Appointed as Oregon's Next State Fire Marshal (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/07/14
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Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans announced the appointment of JIM WALKER as the next State Fire Marshal for the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). WALKER's appointment was effective August 1, 2014.

WALKER, age 52, began his service as Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal in 2009 and has been serving as the interim state fire marshal since March 2014. In his role as State Fire Marshal, WALKER directs the agency's fire programs, including fire code development and enforcement, fire investigation, fire data collection and analysis, the Community Right to Know Program, Hazmat Response Teams, fire safety education and information, firesetter intervention, and regulation of the fireworks, explosives, propane, and non-retail gasoline dispensing industries. Other responsibilities include administration of the State Fire Service Mobilization Plan and the State Fire Marshal's structural overhead teams.

WALKER is a member of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association, Pacific Northwest Coordinating Group Steering Committee, Western Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, Oregon Fire Marshals Association, Governor's Fire Service Policy Council, International Fire Chiefs Association, and International Code Council.

Prior to joining OSFM in 2009, he was the Fire Operations Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and has experience managing ODF's statewide fire operations activities including directing aviation resources.

"I thank the fire service and Oregon State Police for their support and confidence in leading a high-quality organization into the future," said WALKER. "I look forward to continuing our great partnerships with the Oregon fire service in achieving our common goals of protecting Oregonians and their property from fire and hazardous materials."

WALKER is Oregon's 10th State Fire Marshal after C. Walter Stickney was officially appointed the first State Fire Marshal in 1963.

More information about the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is available on the agency's website at http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/index.aspx.

Photograph - Office of State Fire Marshal

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Beaver Complex Fire Update - Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 9 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


August 7, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message:
Take action before fire season starts, make sure your property is prepared for wildfire. Learn about defensible space and fire-wise landscaping techniques by consulting your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry office. More resources can be found online at www.firewise.org or at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Prevention.
Current Situation (Oregon Gulch Fire): Fire managers are happy with the progress so far but reminded crews this morning that the hardest part of the work is starting now. Crews used infrared imaging overnight to identify hot spots and dig out smoldering roots. Today, crews will pick up where the night shift left off by working along the entire fireline to do a thorough job with mop up.

Acreage has been reduced through the use of GPS reconnaissance on the line. GPS tools help provide better mapping and determine accurate acreage consumed by the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Predicted weather today calls for unstable and dry conditions with temperatures between 85 and 90 degrees and relative humidity between 18 and 23%. Fire activity is expected to be low, but with the unstable conditions, crews were cautioned to take swift action on any starts should they arise.

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 42%
Size: 35,074* acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14
* Acreage has been reduced due to better mapping.

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 9 Type 1 crews, 51 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 74 engines, 22 dozers, 25 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 4 dozers, 25 engines, and 6 crews.

Air resources: 14 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1785

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road has been reduced from Level 2 Evacuation to Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. 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.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 2 Evacuation to a Level 1 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are being removed from Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66 to Camp 4. Camp 4 Road remains restricted to fire personnel only. The Klamath River has been reopened for recreational use.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed (3 in Oregon and 3 in California).

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


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Workgroup of Future of Public Health Task Force meets August 11
Oregon Health Authority - 08/07/14
August 7, 2014

What: A workgroup of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health will meet to discuss options for implementing the draft straw model of governmental public health services developed by the full task force. Implementation options developed during the workgroup meeting will be brought to the August 20 Task Force meeting for consideration.

When: Monday, August 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland

Who: This workgroup of Future of Public Health Task Force is composed of four current members of the full task force. The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Rowena Fire Daily Update - August 7, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 7, 2014

Based on infrared imaging, last night the fire grew from approximately 150 acres at about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday to its current size of approximately 2,645 acres. It made a significant run eastward from its point of origin west of Rowena towards The Dalles.

The flaming front was clearly visible to the community and from the Incident Command Post located at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue's station in The Dalles

Significant work was completed overnight, and dozer constructed containment line now confines the fires eastern edge in a rough line connecting Foley Lakes to 7 Hill Road. Incident Commander John Buckman commented on last night's action: "The integration between OSFM and ODF provided the needed resources to address both the wildland and structural protection components of the incident."

Structural protection
Three structure protection task forces from Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act arrived at the fire mid-morning yesterday and were assigned to relieve local firefighting crews in protecting the Level 3 evacuated homes along Highway 30. Those resources did a tremendous job saving homes while battling winds and heavy fire activity throughout the day and evening. It was quickly realized that additional resources were going to be needed so an additional three task forces were brought in from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Marion counties and were assigned to relieve the day shift task forces so that their good work could continue through the night.

During the blow-up yesterday evening, all task forces were immediately deployed to the Seven Mile area to help protect homes in conjunction with the evacuations that were taking place by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. Approximately 300 structures were protected by the six task forces. Crews are heading back out to the fire line this morning and will continue to evaluate and prioritize the most threatened ones while maintaining awareness of conditions forecasted to be similar to yesterday.

Evacuations
A Level 3 evacuation remains in effect for 275 dwellings as ordered by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their support and cooperation during the evacuations last night.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Today's fire strategy
Today, fire control work will focus on reinforcing containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire, securing the northwest end of the fire and continuing structural protection along Highway 30 and other residences.

Public Meeting
A public information meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., tonight, August 7, at The Dalles/Wahtonka High School located 220 East 10th Street in The Dalles. This meeting is open to all members of the public and media. Fire managers will provide a current status update and be available to address questions and concerns.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.


Fire-At-A-Glance
Size: 2,645 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 0%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 431
Estimated Cost: $937,000
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions: Highway 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
For More Information: A fire information line is current being set up, the number will be distributed via social media once it is established.
Contact Info:
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
Rowena Fire Evacuation Level Updates - August 7, 2014 @ 9:40 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
August 7, 2014


Level-3
4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way.

Level-1
Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Rowena Fire Q&A and Site Tour, August 11, 2014 @ 11 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
August 7, 2014

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the fire at 11am today, at the Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue Station located at 1400 W 8th Street.

After the meeting credentialed media is invited on a driving tour of the site.
Due to the dynamic nature of wildfires, anyone participating on the tour is required to have full personal protective equipment on including:

Leather boots
Leather gloves
Helmet
Eye Protection
Nomex Pants and Shirt
Fire Shelter

All equipment items are required, no exceptions. This equipment will NOT be provided.

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Rowena Fire Daily Update - Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 9 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/07/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
August 7, 2014

Based on infrared imaging, last night the fire grew from approximately 150 acres at about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday to its current size of approximately 2,645 acres. It made a significant run eastward from its point of origin west of Rowena towards The Dalles.

The flaming front was clearly visible to the community and from the Incident Command Post located at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue's station in The Dalles

Significant work was completed overnight, and dozer constructed containment line now confines the fires eastern edge in a rough line connecting Foley Lakes to 7 Hill Road. Incident Commander John Buckman commented on last night's action: "The integration between OSFM and ODF provided the needed resources to address both the wildland and structural protection components of the incident."

Structural protection
Three structure protection task forces from Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act arrived at the fire mid-morning yesterday and were assigned to relieve local firefighting crews in protecting the Level 3 evacuated homes along Highway 30. Those resources did a tremendous job saving homes while battling winds and heavy fire activity throughout the day and evening. It was quickly realized that additional resources were going to be needed so an additional three task forces were brought in from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Marion counties and were assigned to relieve the day shift task forces so that their good work could continue through the night.

During the blow-up yesterday evening, all task forces were immediately deployed to the Seven Mile area to help protect homes in conjunction with the evacuations that were taking place by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. Approximately 300 structures were protected by the six task forces. Crews are heading back out to the fire line this morning and will continue to evaluate and prioritize the most threatened ones while maintaining awareness of conditions forecasted to be similar to yesterday.

Evacuations
A Level 3 evacuation remains in effect for 275 dwellings as ordered by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their support and cooperation during the evacuations last night.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles, OR.

Today's fire strategy
Today, fire control work will focus on reinforcing containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire, securing the northwest end of the fire and continuing structural protection along Highway 30 and other residences.

Public Meeting
A public information meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., tonight, August 7, at The Dalles/Wahtonka High School located 220 East 10th Street in The Dalles. This meeting is open to all members of the public and media. Fire managers will provide a current status update and be available to address questions and concerns.

Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.


Fire-At-A-Glance
Size: 2,645 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 0%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 431
Estimated Cost: $937,000
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions: Highway 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
For More Information: A fire information line is current being set up, the number will be distributed via social media once it is established.
08/06/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update - August 6,2014 @ 9 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/06/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


August 6, 2014
9:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Please note that this will be the last evening update unless conditions change significantly. A morning update will continue to be released.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Crews have mopped up 100 to 200 feet along much of the western fire perimeter and continue to make significant progress along the rest of the fire. Crews have brought seven miles of hose into the north and northeastern edges of the fire to assist with mop up operations and contingency lines built outside the fire perimeter are being fortified. Crews are facing hazards including snags and poison oak.

Salt Creek Fire
Management of the Salt Creek Fire has transitioned back to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. This will be the last update on this fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: The weather over the fire area tonight is expected to be slightly cooler under mostly clear skies. Temperatures should range between 47 and 52 degrees with relative humidity between 55 and 65%. Downslope winds of 6 to 9 mph are expected.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 95%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 42%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 7 Type 1 crews, 54 Type 2 hand crews, 82 engines, 20 dozers, 28 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 12 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1720


Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road has been reduced from Level 2 Evacuation to Level 1 Evacuation. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This does not impact people living in Keno. 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.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 2 Evacuation to a Level 1 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed (3 in Oregon and 3 in California).

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


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Red Cross Shelter Open for Columbia Gorge Residents Evacuated Due to Wildfire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/06/14
The American Red Cross shelter that was opened at the Mosier Grange early this morning has been moved to a new location to accommodate additional residents who have been evacuated from their homes due to the Rowena wildfire. The new shelter location is Dry Hollow Elementary School, 1314 East 19th Street in The Dalles, OR 97058.
Health advisory issued for water contact at Seal Rock State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 08/06/14
August 6, 2014

Health advisory issued for water contact at Seal Rock State Park Beach

A public health advisory is being issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Seal Rock Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on these beaches because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Rowena Fire Update from the Wasco County Sheriff
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
Management of the Rowena Fire is now being conducted by a Unified Command between Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. The Incident Command post has been set up at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 West 8th Street, The Dalles, OR.

Highway 30 is now closed between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena; however, the closure could expand as the fire progresses. Citizens are asked to keep away from the area in order to avoid interfering with firefighting operations.

Currently, there are approximately 275 structures threatened by the fire's spread. A Level III (Go) evacuation notice has been issued for seventy five residences located between the 5500 block of Highway 30 west to the 6200 block of Highway 30. Approximately 200 residences located between the 4800 block of Highway 30 (Exit 82) west to the 5500 block of Highway 30, including Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, Simonelli Road, Tooley Terrace and Adeline Way have been placed on a Level I (Get Ready) evacuation notice. Evacuation notices are being conducted by Wasco County Sheriff's Office staff and via the Citizen Alert emergency notification program. Please register for Citizen Alert at www.co.wasco.or.us.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents displaced by the fire, located at the Mosier Grange, 900 4th Street, Mosier. For information related to the shelter, please contact the American Red Cross at 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter. Home at Last, 541-296-5189, is offering sheltering services for dogs and cats if owners have no other options for their pets. Livestock sheltering is being coordinated by Nan Wimmers, 541-993-5510.

Please refer to the official Rowena Fire Facebook page at "Rowena Fire Oregon - 2014" and Twitter feed @rowenafire2014 for current fire information. Questions can be directed to rowenafire@gmail.com.

For current road closures and evacuation notices, call the
Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire hotline at 541-506-2792.
Photo/Video Release: Oregon Army National Guard assists with state's fire fighting efforts (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/06/14
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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter awaits launch instructions at a helibase at the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter refuels at a helibase near the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Fires burn near Ashland, Ore., in this aerial view of the Oregon Gulch fire, Aug. 5. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter drops water on a portion of the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber briefs Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, emergency managers and other fire managers at a fire camp near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The Oregon Army National Guard is supporting firefighting efforts for the Oregon Gulch fire in the area. The Governor thanked all the workers, highlighting how important it is for Oregonians to be aware of the ongoing fire season. Fire managers have said this is the worst fire season to date. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter picks up a load of water from a river while assisting with the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


To see and download video b-roll of the Oregon Army National Guard's firefighting support, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQiyDSSBLV0&feature=youtu.be

To see and download more photos from our Flickr page, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/


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Oregon.gov Advisory Board Hosts Quarterly Meeting
State of Oregon - 08/06/14
Oregon Department of Administrative Services
155 Cottage Street NE, U20
Salem, Oregon 97301-3966

News Advisory
August 6, 2014

Oregon.gov Advisory Board Hosts Quarterly Meeting

Salem, Oregon-The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The meeting will take place in the Tillamook Room of the Department of Forestry, 2600 State St Bldg. C, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.

The legislature established the advisory board with enactment of ORS 182.126-132. The board will advise the Department of Administrative Services on key decisions and strategic choices about how DAS manages and operates the state's web portal services.

The Oregon.gov portal is the connection point for citizens to access state agency services and information on the Internet. "Web portal services" means providing the hosting, content management, electronic commerce, public collaboration and application development needed to operate and maintain Oregon.gov and make payments on the web.

With the board's advice, DAS aims to make the Oregon.gov portal and its operation as effective as it can be for citizens' interface with state government.

The agenda and handouts will be posted on the advisory boards' website, seven days prior to meeting. (http://www.oregon.gov/epab/Pages/agenda_minutes_handouts.aspx)

What: Meeting of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00am - 11:30am.

Where: Department of Forestry
Tillamook Conference Room
2600 State St., Bldg. C
Salem, Oregon 97310

Who: Members of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 6, 2014
12:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Governor John Kitzhaber visited the Oregon Gulch fire camp today and extended his appreciation for the efforts in extinguishing the Beaver Complex fires. The Governor encourages all Oregonians to be vigilant in preventing wildfires during this exceptionally active fire season. The slightest spark from a car idling over dry grass or a tossed cigarette can lead to disastrous results.

Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
The fire is now 100% lined and is 35% contained. Crews will be working today to continue to strengthen fire lines and mop up hot spots.

All structural task forces assigned to the fire have been released. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team will be demobilizing tomorrow.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire are working today to continue to mop up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Weather today will be mostly sunny and a few degrees warmer than yesterday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the area. Temperatures are expected to be between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 18 and 23%.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 95%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 35%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 7 Type 1 crews, 54 Type 2 hand crews, 82 engines, 20 dozers, 28 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 12 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1720

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. 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 choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Beaver Complex update - Aug. 6, noon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/06/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

August 6, 2014
12 p.m.

Special Message:
Governor John Kitzhaber visited the Oregon Gulch fire camp today and extended his appreciation for the efforts in extinguishing the Beaver Complex fires. The Governor encourages all Oregonians to be vigilant in preventing wildfires during this exceptionally active fire season. The slightest spark from a car idling over dry grass or a tossed cigarette can lead to disastrous results.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
The fire is now 100% lined and is 35% contained. Crews will be working today to continue to strengthen fire lines and mop up hot spots.

All structural task forces assigned to the fire have been released. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team will be demobilizing tomorrow.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire are working today to continue to mop up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Weather today will be mostly sunny and a few degrees warmer than yesterday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the area. Temperatures are expected to be between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 18 and 23%.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 95%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 35%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California) Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 7 Type 1 hand crews, 54 Type 2 hand crews, 82 fire engines, 20 bulldozers, 28 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 bulldozers, 10 fire engines, and 4 hand crews.

Air resources: 12 helicopters.

Total personnel: 1,720

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. 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 choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Oregon State Athletic Commission Seeking Ringside Physician Candidates
Oregon State Police - 08/06/14
The Oregon State Athletic Commission is conducting a statewide recruitment for interested, qualified candidates to serve as Ringside Physicians. The recruitment will close September 15, 2014.

The Oregon State Athletic Commission (OSAC) is charged with regulating professional boxing, mixed martial arts and entertainment wrestling in the State of Oregon. The Commission is comprised of five volunteer members and an Executive Director responsible for the program's administration. The Commission has a Medical Advisory Committee that recommends Ringside Physician applications under consideration.

Ringside Physicians must meet the following minimum qualifications, must be approved by the Medical Advisory Committee and consent to and pass a background investigation:

* Must be a medical doctor or osteopath licensed in the State of Oregon;
* Must be familiar with or willing to learn the physical standards for licensing boxers and mixed martial arts contestants as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rule 230 Section 20 and Oregon Revised Statute 463;
* Must be willing to provide pre and post-fight medical exams prior to and during events; and
* Must be willing to travel to and attend events on weekends when able.

Ringside Physicians receive payment for their services at OSAC sanctioned events. Interested persons should contact Sgt. Jeff Lewis of the Oregon State Athletic Commission, at (503) 378-3578, or email at jeffrey.lewis@state.or.us.

More information is available on the OSAC Commission website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/GAMING/pages/b_w_welcome.aspx

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Candidates Sought to Fill Vacancies on Oregon State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Committee
Oregon State Police - 08/06/14
A statewide recruitment is being conducted for interested, qualified candidates to serve as volunteers with the Oregon State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Committee. The recruitment will close September 15, 2014.

The Oregon State Athletic Commission (OSAC) is charged with regulating professional boxing, mixed martial arts and entertainment wrestling in the State of Oregon. The commission is comprised of five volunteer members and an Executive Director responsible for the program's administration.

The commission has a Medical Advisory Committee comprised of five individuals serving a four-year term that is appointed by the Superintendent of the Oregon State Police.

Members of the Medical Advisory Committee must be a physician licensed in the State of Oregon. A physician is defined as any person who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy under ORS 677.010. Committee members will attend both regular and irregular public meetings generally held in Salem and/or by teleconference. Travel and per diem expenses associated with the volunteer duties of this position are covered for committee members.

Duties of the Medical Advisory Committee include gathering, assessing and updating medical data for the purpose of recommending to the commission:

1. Fitness criteria for pre-fight medical examinations;
2. Medical procedures and substances allowed for use in the contestants corner;
3. Emergency procedures for ring injuries; and
4. Safety equipment required to promote the best interests of contestants.
5. Periodically the Committee will identify and nominate for approval by the commission a sufficient number of qualified licensed physicians to serve as ringside physicians for boxing and mixed martial arts events held throughout the State of Oregon.

Interested persons should contact Sgt. Jeff Lewis of the Oregon State Athletic Commission, at (503) 378-3578, or email at jeffrey.lewis@state.or.us.

More information is available on the Commission website at OSAC Commission website:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/GAMING/pages/b_w_welcome.aspx

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 6, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/06/14
Fire Update - Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires:

Central Oregon District:
Rowena Fire: an approximately 100 acre fire six miles west of The Dalles started about 9 p.m. August 5. The Incident Commander John Buckman and the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 will assume command of this fire today. Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Conflagration Act to authorize the State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
Structures: 70 homes threatened;
Personnel and equipment: 59 personnel and structural equipment in place. Three structural protection task forces have been requested. Task Force 1 from Washington County and Task Force 2 from Columbia County are on scene. Task Force 3 from Yamhill County is en route. Other personnel and equipment have been ordered.
Evacuations: Wasco County Sheriff's Office evacuated 7 homes as of last night. The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Mosier Grange Hall for those displaced by the fire.
Media: A media staging area has been established at Rowena River Road. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Justin DeRuyter will meet you there. Take the Rowena exit from I-84, take a left back under the I-84 freeway. You will see the staging area on the right.

Updates:

Southwest Oregon District:
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Yesterday, Initial Attack crews located and contained 3 lightning fires that started within the team's responsibility.
Salt Creek Fire: a 155 acre fire is 95% contained. This lightning caused fire 20 miles northwest of Medford started July 30.

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 36,723 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 35% contained. Lightning also caused this fire, 15 miles east of Ashland, on July 30.

Personnel and Equipment: 49 crews, 96 engines, 39 dozers, 23 water tenders, 20 helicopters, 2 air tankers, and 1,720 personnel
Evacuations: Level 2 evacuation in Klamath River Canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to California border.
Level 2 evacuation notice in place for the Copco road on the 6000 block south to the Oregon border.
Level 1 evacuation notice in place for Hwy 66 from the Green Springs Fire Station to the 2000 block on Hwy 66.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,500 acre fire is 20% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 256 personnel
Evacuations: Wallowa County Sheriff Office issued a Level 1 "Get Ready" evacuation notice to the Imnaha community at 6AM Aug. 5. The fire is about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.
Community Meetings are scheduled in Imnaha August 6th at 5 pm at the church and in Joseph on August 7th at 6 pm at the Community Center.

Central Oregon District:
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 35,965 acres are 15% contained.
Personnel: 528
Evacuations: The Grant County Sheriff's Department has issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River).
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com


Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Rowena Fire declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
Governor Kitzhaber has declared the Rowena Fire burning in the Columbia Gorge, about 6 miles west of the Dalles a conflagration. The conflagration request came from Wasco County Fire Defense Board Chief Robert Palmer. The fire started around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

Currently 70 homes are threatened and the fire is at approximately 200 acres.

The OSFM Green Incident Management Team lead by Incident Commander John Ingrao is managing the structural protection resources on the fire.

Three structural protection task forces have been requested. Task Force 1 from Washington County and Task Force 2 from Columbia County are on scene. Task Force 3 from Yamhill County is en route.

Total number of structural protection personnel currently involved is 59

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office is reporting that seven homes are under an evacuation order.
ODOT reports that Highway 30 between Mosier and Rowena is closed.Check ODOT tripcheck for continuous updates.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Mosier Grange Hall for those displaced by the fire.

Social Media @rowenafire2014
Media Fire Information email address: rowenafire@gmail.com
Press Advisory Re: Rowena Fire in the Columbia Gorge
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/06/14
A media staging area has been established at Rowena River Road. The OSFM Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Justin DeRuyter will meet you there. Take the Rowena exit from I-84, take a left back under the I-84 freeway. You will see the staging area on the right.

http://www.trulia.com/homes/Oregon/The_Dalles/sold/1000128039-5905-Rowena-River-Rd-The-Dalles-OR-97058
08/05/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/05/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 5, 2014
9:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Every second counts when it comes to wildfire. Take time to be prepared for a wildfire should one ignite near you. Make a plan for evacuation and assemble an emergency kit so that you and your family can be prepared to leave should an emergency arise. Suggestions for how best to prepare can be found on the Red Cross' website at: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Crews continue to make steady progress towards the goal of containing the fire, and have tied in the last remaining section of line along the southeast side of the fire. Priority work for overnight includes continuing to secure the fire lines and clearing brush to remove fuel. The addition of resources reassigned to the Oregon Gulch Fire from the Salt Creek Fire will help to accelerate progress.

Predicted lightning, which came into the area early Monday morning, ignited three new fires near the Oregon Gulch Fire. One, located near Parker Mountain approximately a mile north of the main Oregon Gulch Fire line, grew to about seven acres. Nightshift crews working nearby each new start were able to quickly respond and contain them in initial attack.

Structural task forces continue to assist with structure protection under the direction of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team. The Lane County task force was demobilized today.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire continue to make significant progress on mopping up the fire and a number of resources have been reassigned to assist with containing the Oregon Gulch Fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Thunderstorms in the area of the Oregon Gulch Fire should dissipate overnight, but could result in a stray lightning strike. There is a 20% chance of showers. Temperatures should be around 52 to 57 degrees with relative humidity around 65 to 75%. Rain received over the Oregon Gulch Fire last night was not enough to provide much assistance to firefighters, but tonight's weather should help to keep the fire activity low.


Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 3 Type 1 crews, 44 Type 2 hand crews, 86 engines, 30 dozers, 23 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 20 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total personnel: 1573

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. 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 choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Beaver Complex Fire Update - August 5, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/05/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 5, 2014
9:00 p.m.

Special Message:
Every second counts when it comes to wildfire. Take time to be prepared for a wildfire should one ignite near you. Make a plan for evacuation and assemble an emergency kit so that you and your family can be prepared to leave should an emergency arise. Suggestions for how best to prepare can be found on the Red Cross' website at: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Crews continue to make steady progress towards the goal of containing the fire, and have tied in the last remaining section of line along the southeast side of the fire. Priority work for overnight includes continuing to secure the fire lines and clearing brush to remove fuel. The addition of resources reassigned to the Oregon Gulch Fire from the Salt Creek Fire will help to accelerate progress.

Predicted lightning, which came into the area early Monday morning, ignited three new fires near the Oregon Gulch Fire. One, located near Parker Mountain approximately a mile north of the main Oregon Gulch Fire line, grew to about seven acres. Nightshift crews working nearby each new start were able to quickly respond and contain them in initial attack.

Structural task forces continue to assist with structure protection under the direction of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Blue Team. The Lane County task force was demobilized today.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire continue to make significant progress on mopping up the fire and a number of resources have been reassigned to assist with containing the Oregon Gulch Fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Thunderstorms in the area of the Oregon Gulch Fire should dissipate overnight, but could result in a stray lightning strike. There is a 20% chance of showers. Temperatures should be around 52 to 57 degrees with relative humidity around 65 to 75%. Rain received over the Oregon Gulch Fire last night was not enough to provide much assistance to firefighters, but tonight's weather should help to keep the fire activity low.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 3 Type 1 crews, 44 Type 2 hand crews, 86 engines, 30 dozers, 23 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California resources include: 9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources: 20 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total personnel: 1573

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. 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 choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


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Walterville Pond Health advisory issued due to blue-green algae
Oregon Health Authority - 08/05/14
HAB Advisory Issue

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us
Technical questions: Rebecca Hillwig, 971-673-0431, hab.health@state.or.us

Walterville Pond Health advisory issued due to blue-green algae

High toxin levels found at Lane County lake

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Walterville Pond, located off Oregon Route 126, five miles east of Springfield.

Walterville Pond is adjacent to the Eugene Water and Electric Board's (EWEB) Walterville Canal, a half mile northeast of the town of Walterville in Lane County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Walterville Pond is especially dangerous.

Oregon Public Health Division officials advise recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Walterville Pond are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Walterville Pond and enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact EWEB at 541-685-7471.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Fire Update - Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/05/14
Fire Update - Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires:
None reported.

Updates:

Southwest Oregon District:
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires):
The 155 acre Salt Creek Fire is 87% contained. This lightning caused fire 20 miles northwest of Medford started July 30.

The Oregon Gulch Fire covering 36,568 acres (9,464 in California) is 30% contained. Lightning also caused this fire, 15 miles east of Ashland, on July 30.

Personnel and Equipment: 61 crews, 37 dozers, 25 water tenders, and 1,573 personnel
Evacuations: Were reduced from level 3 "go" evacuate to level 2 "be set" to evacuate on a moment's notice or voluntarily evacuate now on some areas in Jackson and Klamath counties.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

More information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,000 acre fire is 5% contained. It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.

Personnel and Equipment: Oregon IMT 3, a Type II team, under Incident Commander Doug Johnson
took command of this and the Somers Fire at 0600 today.
Evacuations: Wallowa County Sheriff Office issued a Level 1 "Get Ready" evacuation notice to the Imnaha community at 6AM today. The fire is about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.

Central Oregon District:
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 28,800 acres are 15% contained (Murderers Creek covers over 23,000 acres.)

Personnel: 463
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
southforkcomplex.blogspot.com
southforkcomplex@gmail.com

Haystack Complex - 100% contained (included Haystack Fire, Throop Fire, Steet Fire, Hog Ridge Fire, School House Fire, Beard Canyon Fire, Stahl Fire)
More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Workplace safety and health event coming to Bend/Former NASA astronaut featured as keynote speaker
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/05/14
(Salem) - The Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference is coming to Bend on Sept. 24-25, 2014, with the theme "Launch safety and health to greater heights." The conference is being held at the Riverhouse Convention Center.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages workers and employers to attend the event to help improve safety and health performance. The training can help organizations reduce injuries and accidents, and decrease workers' compensation costs.

Keynote speaker and retired NASA astronaut Mike Mullane will present "Stopping Normalization of Deviance," on Wednesday, Sept. 24. His program will focus on the lessons learned from the space shuttle Challenger tragedy, enlightening audience members on the dangers of an incremental "creep" away from best practices.

"Many people use the word accident to describe what are actually predictable surprises (the correct description of the Challenger disaster)," Mullane said. "In the autopsy of these surprises, there are always found to be long-term indications of imminent disaster. But, for various reasons, these warnings were normalized as acceptable to the team."

The event will also feature workshops specifically designed for fire and emergency services, created in partnership with the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Some of the other topics featured at this year's conference include:
* Job hazard analysis
* Confined space - regulatory update
* Safety communication
* Disaster preparedness and emergency planning

Registration for the two-day event is $135, with an optional pre-conference workshop for $65. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free), then option one or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the Central Oregon Safety and Health Association and Oregon OSHA, with additional support from the Oregon and Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Associations and Bend Fire and Rescue.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.
Update #2: Driver Dies From Injuries Sustained in July 24th Traffic Crash - Southside Bypass at Homedale Road in Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/05/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the reported death of a driver involved in a July 24, 2014 two-vehicle traffic crash on Southside Bypass (Highway 140 East) at Homedale Road in Klamath County. OSP was notified that JOHN GILMAN, age 41, from Klamath Falls, died August 3 at the hospital.

Previously released information indicated on July 24, 2014, at approximately 2:03 p.m., OSP troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a two car crash on Southside Bypass at Homedale Road. Emergency responders extricated both drivers and a passenger from the two vehicles, who were immediately transported to the Sky Lakes Medical Center by ambulance. GILMAN, was then transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with critical injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates a GMC pickup driven by GILMAN was eastbound on South Side Bypass and made a left turn in front of a westbound Dodge pickup with two occupants. The Dodge pickup driven by RANDALL M. DUVAL, age 61, from Tulelake, California, struck the passenger side of the GMC pickup.

GILMAN was listed in critical condition at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend until his death. He was not using safety restraints.

DUVALL and 65-year old female passenger, LYNN TANNER, received non-life threatening injuries. The driver was not using safety restraints and the passenger was using safety restraints. Both are from Tulelake, California. A dog in their vehicle was taken to a local veterinarian and later was euthanized because of its injury.

OSP Troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command Office are continuing the investigation. Klamath County Fire District #2, ODOT and Klamath County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.

South Side Bypass was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately four hours until investigators cleared the scene.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/05/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

August 5, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message: Level 3 evacuation levels in Jackson and Klamath Counties have been lowered to Level 2. Road Closures to the public are in place. Travel on closed roads will be available to residents only.

The Incident Command Post has moved to Howard Prairie Lake Resort. The phone number for fire information has changed. The new number is 541-488-7726. The public and media are asked to call back if the line is busy.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Hot areas along the west side of the fire are being mopped up. Fire line along the north and east will be strengthened today. The most active part of the fire is located in the east, above the Oregon border. In light of moderate weather conditions, fire personnel will have an opportunity to construct line directly along the fire to keep it from continuing to move east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties are assisting with structure protection.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have made significant progress on mopping up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Monsoonal moisture will linger this morning, but will begin to shift southeast of the Oregon Gulch Fire this afternoon. Scattered showers.


Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 1 Type Crew, 43 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 51 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 12 dozers, 10 engines, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1573

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's Notice. 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, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
Contact Siskiyou County for more information.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/05/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 5, 2014
9:00 a.m.


Special Message: Level 3 evacuation levels in Jackson and Klamath Counties have been lowered to Level 2. Road Closures to the public are in place. Travel on closed roads will be available to residents only.

The Incident Command Post has moved to Howard Prairie Lake Resort. The phone number for fire information has changed. The new number is 541-488-7726. The public and media are asked to call back if the line is busy.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Hot areas along the west side of the fire are being mopped up. Fire line along the north and east will be strengthened today. The most active part of the fire is located in the east, above the Oregon border. In light of moderate weather conditions, fire personnel will have an opportunity to construct line directly along the fire to keep it from continuing to move east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties are assisting with structure protection.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have made significant progress on mopping up the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Monsoonal moisture will linger this morning, but will begin to shift southeast of the Oregon Gulch Fire this afternoon. Scattered showers.


Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR Percent Contained: 87%
Size: 155 acres Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 30% Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California) Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14



Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 1 Type Crew, 43 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 51 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 12 dozers, 10 engines, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1573

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment's Notice. 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, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

Klamath County
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County
Contact Siskiyou County for more information.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a






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08/04/14
BPA's credit ratings affirmed, bond sale will save BPA rate payers millions of dollars
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/04/14
Portland, Ore. - The three major credit rating agencies affirmed the ratings on BPA-backed debt last week, paving the way for Energy Northwest, with BPA's support and encouragement, to issue refinancing bonds that will result in substantial savings for the benefit of BPA's ratepayers.

Energy Northwest will refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding debt associated with Energy Northwest's never-completed nuclear Projects 1 and 3. That debt would otherwise be repaid in fiscal year 2014, but the repayment date is being extended by means of the new Energy Northwest Projects 1 and 3 bonds to more closely match the original expected useful lives of the projects.

This "regional cooperation debt" transaction will free-up funds that BPA expects to use to prepay equal amounts of higher-interest rate federal debt and thereby obtain approximately $130 million of present value savings. Regional cooperation debt refers to existing debt associated with the Columbia Generating Station and projects 1 and 3 that also serve as a regional financial resource, providing remarkable debt management opportunities to lower costs of power for the benefit of the Pacific Northwest.

This transaction is part of a larger debt restructuring proposal that could allow BPA to lower its Federal Columbia River Power System interest expense and reduce the weighted average maturity of BPA's overall debt portfolio -- which includes Energy Northwest bonds, BPA's appropriations repayment responsibilities and the bonds BPA issues to the United States Treasury, among other items. This transaction is expected to price on Aug. 5 and close on Aug. 21.

"Debt management measures such as this one have saved, and can continue to save, rate payer money," said Javier Fernandez, BPA acting Treasury manager. "They can also provide us capital spending flexibility, which is important as we undertake capital intensive efforts to preserve and enhance the value of our hydro and transmission infrastructure."

Similar efforts in the past helped BPA preserve and restore $2 billion in U.S. Treasury borrowing authority and saved $500 million in interest.

Energy Northwest, also with BPA's support, may in the future refinance approximately $1.4 billion aggregate principal amount of outstanding regional cooperation debt that would otherwise mature in fiscal years 2015-2018. These possible future transactions would be similar to the 2014 regional cooperation debt transaction and could provide similar economic benefits. If the entire proposal is implemented, the projected savings would reduce BPA's aggregate interest cost and restore valuable U.S. Treasury borrowing authority, an essential element in financing necessary capital investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System. Broad regional support led to the 2014 transaction and BPA believes that regional support appears to be building for the future possible regional cooperation debt transactions.

"BPA is extremely appreciative of the leadership of the Energy Northwest executive board and the management and staff of Energy Northwest for grappling with these refinancing efforts for the region," added Fernandez.

The three bond rating agencies affirmed ratings on BPA-backed debt include:
Standard & Poor's (AA-), Moody's (Aa1) and Fitch (AA).

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia Basin and power from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station. BPA also operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission line capacity in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Oregon National Guard to assist with fire-fighting efforts south of Grants Pass
Oregon Military Department - 08/04/14
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard's Aviation unit is scheduled to assist with the ongoing firefighting efforts south of Grants Pass.

The Beaver Complex fire is located about 21 miles southeast of Ashland.

Two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, two CH-47D Chinook helicopters, and a UH-72A Lakota have been committed to the mission. Aviation crews and support personnel have been mobilized to a helibase in the Beaver Complex area.

Weather forecasters call for hot conditions in the area of the fire. On-site incident commanders will determine how best to use Oregon National Guard assets and personnel.

For information and specifications on the aircraft being used for this mission, visit: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/rotary/a/uh60blackhawk.htm
http://www.boeing.com/boeing/rotorcraft/military/ch47d/
http://www.army-technology.com/projects/uh-72a-lakota/
ODF Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 4, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/04/14
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, August 4, 2014

FIRES
Lightning continues to move through parts of Oregon, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies are busy doing initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible fire starts. Lightning continues in the forecast in specific locations throughout today and tomorrow.

As fire starts continue on all jurisdictions, ODF is actively securing additional resources and engaging in aggressive initial attack on ODF-protected forestlands throughout the state, so that fire-starts can quickly be brought under control and resources can then be re-deployed where they are most needed next.

Fire season 2014 continues to be challenging and, particularly with the ever-present lightning, ODF appreciates the public's help in being fire-safe while recreating or working on any of Oregon's forestlands. Additional human-caused fire-starts will only result in taxing the already-challenged firefighting resources and agencies in Oregon - as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:
Northeast Oregon District - Wallowa Unit: The 5 Mile Fire, started on August 3, 2014 [lightning], is located 20 miles northeast of Enterprise [two miles south of the community of Imnaha] in the Imnaha River drainage. The fire is currently approximately 1,800 acres, burning in steep terrain in grass and timber, on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, as well as approximately 100 acres of ODF-protected private forestlands in the area. ODF assisted with initial attack on Sunday afternoon and evening, and continues to assist on this fire. Among the numerous Initial attack air resources is one VLAT (very large air tanker). The fire is burning in very rugged terrain and difficult to attack with ground crews. An interagency team, Oregon Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Doug Johnson), is arriving late today, Monday, August 4th, to assume command of the fire either this evening or Tuesday morning. Structures are potentially threatened in the town of Imnaha and in the Imnaha River drainage. In addition, the Idaho Power transmission line is imminently threatened. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/
Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The South Fork Complex [lightning] is located approximately 20 miles south of John Day, burning approximately 20,000 acres in the area of the South Fork of the John Day River. The Murderers Creek Fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management, Malheur National Forest, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and private forestlands. In addition to the ODF responsibility for the private forestlands affected by this fire, ODF is also the jurisdictional agency on the ODFW lands (of which approximately 1000 acres have been impacted by this fire), however, they are actually protected by the BLM under a formal agreement. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander Brian Watts) assumed command of this complex on August 2, and the Incident Command Post has been set up at Gander Ranch near Dayville. Additional resources have been ordered. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Southwest Oregon District: The Beaver Complex consists of two lightning-started fires: the Salt Creek Fire, 20 miles northwest of Medford, and the Oregon Gulch Fire, 15 miles east of Ashland in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. This fire is under Unified Command consisting of the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 - Chris Cline, Incident Commander, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander, and CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander.

* The Salt Creek Fire is 155 acres and 80 percent contained. Today, fire personnel will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

* The Oregon Gulch Fire is 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California) and 20 percent contained. Yesterday, fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east. It will be a few degrees cooler today with an elevated inversion remaining much of the day. Tonight, gusty winds are expected. Weather conditions are conducive to fireline construction and containment of the fire. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Evacuation notices remain in place at locations in Jackson and Klamath counties in OR, as well as Siskiyou County, CA. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the lightning-started fires in the Haystack Complex on July 31, 2014. The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires. Current status: Total of 1,814 acres in seven fires, 95 percent contained. Unless something unanticipated occurs, transfer of management of the complex back to the local district is planned for Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014. Today is the last planned big push day to complete mop-up on the Haystack, Steet, School House, Beard Canyon, and Stahl fires. Throop and Hog Ridge fires currently meet mop-up standards. The remaining five fires are expected to meet these standards by 6:00 p.m. today. Fires included within this complex are: The Haystack Fire, three miles northeast of Spray and mapped at 1,120 acres; the Throop Fire, three miles northeast of Dayville and mapped at 490 acres; the Steet Fire, seven miles northeast of Monument and mapped at 50 acres; the Hog Ridge Fire, nine miles northwest of Dayville and mapped at 55 acres; the School House Fire, six miles east of Monument and mapped at 73 acres; the Beard Canyon Fire, nine miles south of Fossil and mapped at 12 acres; and the Stahl Fire, 14 miles east of Fossil mapped at 14 acres. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
American Red Cross encourages blood donations leading into Labor Day weekend
American Red Cross Blood Services - 08/04/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.

To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood August 30 through September 1, will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1812/76551/American_Red_Cross_Blood_Drives_(Aug_16_-_Sept_1)_5.docx
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/04/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

August 4, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to be respectful of evacuation orders. The orders are in place for public and firefighter safety. Public entry into closed areas can hamper the firefighting effort by slowing response to the fire.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. this morning to 2 a.m. Tuesday morning for abundant lightning and dry fuels.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: It will be a few degrees cooler today with an elevated inversion remaining much of the day. Tonight, gusty winds are expected. Weather conditions are conducive to fireline construction and containment of the fire.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14



Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Beaver Complex Update - Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 9 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/04/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 4, 2014
9:00 a.m.


Special Message: The public is encouraged to be respectful of evacuation orders. The orders are in place for public and firefighter safety. Public entry into closed areas can hamper the firefighting effort by slowing response to the fire.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. this morning to 2 a.m. Tuesday morning for abundant lightning and dry fuels.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: It will be a few degrees cooler today with an elevated inversion remaining much of the day. Tonight, gusty winds are expected. Weather conditions are conducive to fireline construction and containment of the fire.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14



Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov


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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 211 north of Colton in Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/04/14
2014-08/1002/76540/080314.fatal.hwy211_mp26.2.jpg
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http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-08/1002/76540/thumb_080314.fatal.hwy211_mp26.2.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a Sunday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 211 between Colton and Estacada that turned fatal after a passenger died at a Portland area hospital.

On August 3, 2014 at approximately 4:56 p.m., a 2006 Subaru Legacy driven by ALICE M. SCHWEITZER, age 81, from Boring, was traveling northbound on Highway 211 near milepost 26 when it went off the highway, onto a grassy embankment and then flipped onto its top. Both occupants were extricated by responding firefighters from Estacada and Colton.

ALICE SCHWEITZER was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Passenger/husband DONALD SCHWEITZER, age 86, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he later died. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Driver fatigued is identified as a contributing factor. Trooper Cameron Bailey is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Colton Rural Fire District #70, Estacada Rural Fire District #69, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73 ambulance, and AMR ambulance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1002/76540/080314.fatal.hwy211_mp26.2.jpg
Haystack Complex - Morning, Monday, August 4, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/04/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Haystack Complex
Morning Update
August 4, 2014, 8:00 a.m.


This will be the last update from Oregon Department of Forestry, Incident Management Team 1. The transfer of management of the fire to a Type 3 Team is planned for Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014.

Today is the last planned big push day to complete mop up on the Haystack, Steet, School House, Beard Canyon, and Stahl fires. The firefighters will searching out the remaining hot spots and constructing waterbars on containment lines to minimize the effect of seasonal precipitation. Rick Harvey, Operations Section Chief said "let's leave it in good shape for the District."

At this morning's briefing John Buckman, Incident Commander listed off the District's objectives when the team took over management of the fire and noted that they had all been met. Buckman added a hardy "thank you" for all the good work completed and finished wishing the firefighters "good luck and be safe as you move forward this summer."

Throop and Hog Ridge fires currently meet Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District mop up standards. The remaining five fires are expected to meet these standards by 6:00 p.m. today.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are:
* Haystack, 1,120 acres, three miles northeast of Spray
* Throop, 490 acres, three miles northeast of Dayville
* Steet, 50 acres, seven miles northeast on Monument
* Hog Ridge, 55 acres, nine miles northwest of Dayville
* School House, 73 acres, six miles east of Monument
* Beard Canyon,12 acres, nine miles south of Fossil
* Stahl, 14 acres, 14 miles east of Fossil

Cooperators on the fires are: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.


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Fire at a Glance

Size: 1,814 acres (7 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 98%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass
Personnel: 338
Crews: 11
Engines: 17
Dozers: 3
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: 2
Estimated Cost: $1,723,881
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
MEDIA ALERT - Statewide Starting Strong Conference Begins Today
ESD 123 - 08/04/14
KENNEWICK, WA - Over 500 early learning professionals will fill the Three Rivers Convention Center beginning at 8:30 AM today, August 4, as the 6th Annual Starting Strong P-3 Institute kicks off in Kennewick, WA. The Institute will include child care providers, Kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers, school superintendents, principals, parents, and community partners focused on helping children start strong from pre-school to third grade.

The 6th Annual Starting Strong P-3 Institute and Full-day Kindergarten Symposium take place from 8:30 AM to 5 PM each day August 4-6 at the Three Rivers Convention Center. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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08/03/14
Beaver Complex update - Aug. 3, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

August 3, 2014
9:30 p.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Fire spread was minimal. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Tonight's weather for the Oregon Gulch Fire will be similar to last night, with cooler temperatures and rising humidity. Weather for the Salt Creek Fire weather will show little change as well; however, winds will be gusty. On Monday, thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1,280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Full Statement by the Family of Greg Smith
FBI - Oregon - 08/03/14
Note to media: We are releasing this full statement at the request of the family of Greg Smith.

"We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support from Cannon Beach and the surrounding communities. We would also like to thank all the law enforcement agencies for their tireless efforts. Special thanks is given to the caregivers and other support individuals for their empathy and skilled care of our whole family.


Our family is working through a very difficult time, and we would request that our privacy be respected. If, in the future, any member of the family wishes to speak with media, we will reach out directly or through police officials.

Thank you."
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/03/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 3, 2014
9:30 p.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.
Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire. Fire spread was minimal. Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Tonight's weather for the Oregon Gulch Fire will be similar to last night, with cooler temperatures and rising humidity. Weather for the Salt Creek Fire weather will show little change as well; however, winds will be gusty. On Monday, thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/.Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 80%
Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 20%
Size: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Haystack Complex update - Aug. 3, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Haystack Complex
Evening Update
August 3, 2014, 8 p.m.

Tonight is the last planned night shift for Haystack Complex fire personnel. "Be thorough," said John Flannagan, Night Operations Chief, adding "down to the last little ember." Infrared cameras will again be used assist the firefighters to see the "invisible" heat, focusing on the School House and Beard Canyon fires. Haystack resources will be available to assist local resources with the initial attack of newly detected fires.

The Throop and Hog Ridge fires were checked by infrared cameras today and have met Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District mop-up standards.

This is the first day in the past three that a new fire was not detected in the initial attack assistance area for the Complex. Without a new fire meeting, the mop-up standards on the remaining fires in the complex are anticipated by the end of day shift on Monday, August 4, 2014.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are:

* Haystack, 1,120 acres, three miles northeast of Spray
* Throop, 490 acres, three miles northeast of Dayville
* Steet, 50 acres, seven miles northeast on Monument
* Hog Ridge, 55 acres, nine miles northwest of Dayville School House, 73 acres, six miles east of Monument
* Beard Canyon,12 acres, nine miles south of Fossil
* Stahl, 14 acres, 14 miles east of Fossil

Cooperators on the fires are: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 1,814 acres (7 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 98%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass
Personnel: 338
Hand crews: 11
Fire engines: 17
Bulldozers: 3
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: 2
Estimated Cost: $1,723,881
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - addition
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
The following is additional information to the Aug. 3 evening update:

Northeast Oregon District - Wallowa Unit: The Five Mile Fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. today burning on Wallowa Whitman National Forest and scattered private ODF-protected forestlands. ODF Wallowa Unit did Initial Attack on this fire, estimated at approximately 900 acres (approximately 50-75 acres on ODF protection). The fire is turned over to the forest, with ODF continuing to provide mutual aid, and an interagency Incident Management Team has been ordered and will assume command of this fire, day/time still TBD.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 3, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
FIRES
Lightning continues to move through parts of Oregon, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies are busy doing initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible fire starts. Lightning continues in the forecast throughout this evening and into next week.

As fire starts continue on all jurisdictions, ODF is actively securing additional resources and engaging in aggressive initial attack on ODF-protected forestlands throughout the state, so that fire-starts can quickly be brought under control and resources can then be re-deployed where they are most needed next.

Fire season 2014 continues to be challenging and, particularly with the ever-present lightning, ODF appreciates the public's help in being fire-safe while recreating or working on any of Oregon's forestlands. Additional human-caused fire-starts will only result in taxing the already-challenged firefighting resources and agencies in Oregon - as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:
Northeast Oregon District: The Buckaroo Flats Fire started on August 2, 2014 (lightning), and burned approximately 12 acres in timber and grass approximately 5 miles south of Ukiah. This fire is dozer-lined and in mop-up status.
Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The South Fork Complex [lightning] is located approximately 20 miles south of John Day, burning in the area of the South Fork of the John Day River. The Murderers Creek Fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management, Malheur National Forest, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and private forestlands. In addition to the ODF responsibility for the private forestlands affected by this fire, ODF is also the jurisdictional agency on the ODFW lands, however, they are actually protected by the BLM under a formal agreement. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander Brian Watts) assumed responsibility for management of this complex at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, and the Incident Command Post has been set up at Gander Ranch near Dayville. Additional resources have been ordered. The South Fork Complex grew to 16,581 acres yesterday due to gusty winds and dry fuels and is 0 percent contained. The fire crossed Murderer's Creek, and is actively burning to the north and northeast. Warm moist air will remain over the fire region today allowing afternoon thunderstorms to develop. Local heavy rains with gusty outflow winds are possible. Down drainage flow may be enhanced tonight as the thermal trough is expected to remain east of the fire area. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Southwest Oregon District: The Beaver Complex consists of two lightning-started fires: the Salt Creek Fire, 20 miles northwest of Medford, and the Oregon Gulch Fire, 15 miles east of Ashland in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. This fire is under Unified Command consisting of the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 - Chris Cline, Incident Commander, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander, and CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander.

* The Salt Creek Fire is 155 acres and 30 percent contained. Today, fire personnel will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

* The Oregon Gulch Fire is 32,477 acres (9,109 acres in California) and 10 percent contained. Today's activities include constructing fireline on the northeast side of the fire. Contingency lines will also be constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. The structural protection is being provided by agencies from across the state. High pressure remains over the region, with a weather system moving into the area bringing with it a chance of moisture with a possibility of lightning. The fire will also generate erratic winds that may develop late this afternoon. In Jackson County, evacuation notices in effect include a Level 1 Evacuation ("Get Ready") for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. [This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno.] A Level 3 ["Go"] Evacuation is in effect for portions of Copco Road. In Klamath County, Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 ["Go"] evacuation order for the Klamath River Canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. In Siskiyou County, CA, mandatory evacuations are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek on the north side of Copco Lake. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the lightning-started fires in the Haystack Complex on July 31, 2014. The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires. Current status: Late Saturday, August 2, the Stahl Canyon fire was detected about 14 miles east of Fossil - the fourth new fire where resources from the Haystack Complex assisted the local Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters. The fire is burning in standing and down timber and, fortunately, gusty winds associated with thunderstorms did not develop over the area as predicted. Aggressive initial attack with the pre-designated initial attack task from the Complex stopped the fire at 14 acres. Today the fire will be staffed by 24 firefighters to secure the fire line. Mop up continues on the Haystack and Steet fires, and infrared cameras continue to pinpoint hot spots within the fire perimeter. Meeting mop-up standards on these fires may be delayed due to initial attack actions taken to assist local firefighting resources. Given the past three days with four new fires the goal today will be, according to John Buckman, Incident Commander "take care of the ones (fires) we know of and be ready to respond to new ones." The Haystack Fire is located three miles northeast of Spray and is currently mapped at 1,155 acres. The Throop Fire, located about three miles northeast of Dayville, is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located, seven miles northeast of Monument, is mapped at 50 acres. The Hog Ridge Fire, located nine miles northwest of Dayville, is mapped at 55 acres. The School House Fire, located six miles east of Monument, is mapped at 73 acres. The Beard Canyon Fire, nine miles south of Fossil, is mapped at 12 acres. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
Correction: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 at Myrtle Creek in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 08/03/14
Note: Correction to location. Exit 110 is about two miles north of Myrtle Creek at Boomer Hill Road interchange, not at Myrtle Creek.

***

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 22-year old Myrtle Creek man at the southbound off-ramp from Interstate 5 about two miles north of Myrtle Creek. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox, on August 3, 2014 at approximately 3:45 a.m., a 1993 Acura Integra operated by JOSEPH ROBERT MARTIN, age 22, from Myrtle Creek, was southbound on Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed when it struck the guardrail attenuator at exit 110. The vehicle split apart on impact and the operator was ejected.

Myrtle Creek Police Department was first on scene and found MARTIN deceased. The victim was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Mark Moore is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Myrtle Creek Police Department and Douglas County Fire District #2.

No photographs for release.

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Beaver Complex Fire Update - Aug. 3, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

August 3, 2014, 8 a.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel have constructed fireline around the south and west sides of the fire. Today's activities will include constructing fireline on the northeast side of the fire. Contingency lines will also be constructed to follow road systems with an aim to prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office has structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area.The structural protection is being provided by agencies from across the state.

High pressure remains over the region with a weather system moving into the area bringing with it a chance of moisture with a possibility of lightning. The fire will also generate erratic winds that may develop late this afternoon.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service are monitoring air quality in the area. Smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, continuing a northerly direction. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained:30%
Complex Size:155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 10%
Complex Size: 32,477 acres (9,109 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 07/30/14

Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 camp crews, 15 fire engines, 25 bulldozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead (fire management) personnel.

California Resources Include: 13 bulldozers, 10 fire engines, 6 Type 1 hand crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1,041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/03/14
August 3, 2014
8:00 a.m.

Special Message: The public is encouraged to use extra precautions when traveling on narrow, fire access roads. Fire engines, bulldozers and tenders will be in the area. At times it may be safest to pull over or stop to allow fire traffic to pass. Use headlights at all times. Roads are narrow, dusty and smoky.

Highway 66 is open. Green Springs can be accessed by the public.

Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Fire personnel have constructed fireline around the south and west sides of the fire. Today's activities will include constructing fireline on the northeast side of the fire. Contingency lines will also be constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office have structural task forces protecting homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. The structural protection is being provided by agencies from across the state.

High pressure remains over the region with a weather system moving into the area bringing with it a chance of moisture with a possibility of lightning. The fire will also generate erratic winds that may develop late this afternoon.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service are monitoring air quality in the area. Smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, continuing a northerly direction. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 155 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14




Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 10%
Complex Size: 32,477 acres (9,109 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 15 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 13 dozers, 10 engines, 6 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Haystack Complex fires - update Aug. 3, morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Haystack Complex
Morning Update
August 3, 2014, 8 a.m.

Late in the evening of Saturday, August 2nd the Stahl Canyon fire was detected about 14 miles east of Fossil. This is the fourth new fire where resources from the Haystack Complex were asked to assist the local Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters. The fire is burning in standing and down timber and fortunately gusty winds associated with thunderstorms did not develop over the area as predicted. Aggressive initial attack with the pre-designated initial attack task from the Complex stopped the fire at 14 acres. Today the fire will be staffed by 24 firefighters to secure the fire line.

The other new fires now being managed by the Complex are:
* Hog Ridge, 55 acres, nine miles northwest of Dayville, staffed with 12 firefighters
* School House, 73 acres, six miles east of Monument, staffed with 26 firefighters
* Beard Canyon,12 acres, nine miles south of Fossil, staffed with 40 firefighters

Mop up continues on the Haystack and Steet fires and infrared cameras continue to pinpoint hot spots within the fire perimeter. Meeting mop up standards on these fires may be delayed due to initial attack actions taken to assist local firefighting resources.

A "Red Flag" was in effect for thunderstorms with abundant lightning over the fire area though 11:00 p.m. Saturday. Given the past 3 days with four new fires the goal today will be, according to John Buckman, Incident Commander "take care of the ones (fires) we know of and be ready to respond to new ones."

Cooperators on the fires are: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 1,835 acres (7 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 95%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass
Total personnel: 344
Hand crews: 11
Fire engines: 17
Bulldozers: 3
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: 2
Estimated Cost: $1,400,835
Evacuations: None
Structures lost: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
08/02/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update - Aug. 2, 10 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 2, 2014
10:00 p.m.

Special Message: Fire behavior for the Oregon Gulch Fire was extreme with rapid rates of spread. The fire has moved east, deeper into Klamath County. Klamath County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation order for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road in Oregon. Siskiyou County Sherrif's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation from Copco Dam north to the state line on the Klamath River.

Current Situation:

Oregon Gulch Fire
Erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused the fire to move east. Fire personnel are contending with a moderately high Haines Index and critically low fuel moisture. The Haines Index is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the atmospheric stability, including the dryness of the air over a fire. The Haines Index can range between 2 and 6. The drier and more unstable the lower atmosphere is, the higher the index. The Haines Index today was 5.

Haines 5 conditions will persist through Sunday and significant smoke column development could be enough to generate some lightning in the afternoon through early evening hours. Temperature and humidity values will be very similar Sunday to the conditions from today, except for slight upper level moisture which is sufficient for a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have completed line construction around the fire and have started mopping up 50 feet from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials for air quality with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service have monitored air quality in the area. Air quality monitors in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene were showing moderate air quality this afternoon, with smoke moving to the north during the day. Tomorrow, smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, returning to a northerly direction on Sunday. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings, in the valleys. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 146 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 10% Complex Size: 31,918 acres (4645 acres of total in California) Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14 ,

Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 15 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 14 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/02/14
August 2, 2014
10:00 p.m.

Special Message: Fire behavior for the Oregon Gulch Fire was extreme with rapid rates of spread. The fire has moved east, deeper into Klamath County. Klamath County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation order for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road in Oregon. Siskiyou County Sherrif's Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation from Copco Dam north to the state line on the Klamath River.

Current Situation:
Oregon Gulch Fire
Erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused the fire to move east. Fire personnel are contending with a moderately high Haines Index and critically low fuel moisture. The Haines Index is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the atmospheric stability, including the dryness of the air over a fire. The Haines Index can range between 2 and 6. The drier and more unstable the lower atmosphere is, the higher the index. The Haines Index today was 5.

Haines 5 conditions will persist through Sunday and significant smoke column development could be enough to generate some lightning in the afternoon through early evening hours. Temperature and humidity values will be very similar Sunday to the conditions from today, except for slight upper level moisture which is sufficient for a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have completed line construction around the fire and have started mopping up 50 feet from the outer perimeter of the fire.

Smoke Forecast: Officials for air quality with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service have monitored air quality in the area. Air quality monitors in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene were showing moderate air quality this afternoon, with smoke moving to the north during the day. Tomorrow, smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, returning to a northerly direction on Sunday. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings, in the valleys. For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 146 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 10%
Complex Size: 31,918 acres (4645 acres of total in California)
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14 ,

Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 15 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

California Resources Include: 14 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel: 1041

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County
There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means "Be Ready" for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County
Klamath County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order. The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 2, noon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/14
FIRES
Lightning continues to move through parts of Oregon, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies continue to be busy doing initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible fire starts. Lightning continues in the forecast through the week-end and into next week.

As fire starts continue on all jurisdictions, ODF is actively securing additional resources and engaging in aggressive initial attack on ODF-protected forestlands throughout the state, so that fire-starts can quickly be brought under control and resources can then be re-deployed where they are most needed next.

Fire season 2014 continues to be challenging and, particularly with the ever-present lightning, ODF appreciates the public's help in being fire-safe while recreating or working on any of Oregon's forestlands. Additional human-caused fire-starts will only result in taxing the already-challenged firefighting resources and agencies in Oregon - as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The South Fork Complex is burning around the South Fork of the John Day River. It consists of two fires, Murderers Creek and Buck Fork. The Murderers Creek Fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management, Malheur National Forest, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and private forestlands. In addition to the ODF responsibility for the private forestlands affected by this fire, ODF is also the jurisdictional agency on the ODFW lands, however, they are actually protected by the BLM under a formal agreement. Today, Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander Brian Watts) assumes management of this complex. Approximate fire acreages for Murderers Creek (which merged with what was initially a third fire, Placer Gulch), is 9,000 acres; Buck Fork is estimated at 80 acres and 80 percent contained.

Southwest Oregon District - The Beaver Complex consists of two fires: the Salt Creek Fire, 20 miles northwest of Medford, and the Oregon Gulch Fire, 15 miles east of Ashland in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. Yesterday, erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire, approximately 21,088 acres and 5 percent contained, caused extreme fire behavior and rapid fire spread. The fire has consumed a total 3 homes, 5 outbuildings, and multiple vehicles. There are 270 structures threatened in Oregon and California. The Salt Creek Fire had little fire activity yesterday, increasing from 108 acres to 146 acres, and is 30 percent contained, as fire personnel were able to complete line construction around the fire perimeter. Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and CAL FIRE has been established. The unified command will host a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Green Springs Fire Station. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit - Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the Haystack Complex on July 31, 2014 The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires. Current status: Today's goal is to establish and reinforce a control line around the School House Fire, detected yesterday and included within the complex. Mop up continues on the Haystack, Steet, and Hog Ridge fires. Meeting mop up standards is anticipated within 24 hours. The remaining objectives of the Complex are completing the suppression work on existing fires and being ready to support the local District with initial attack of new fires. A recognition of the current fire situation was shared by Incident Commander, John Buckman at the morning briefing, and he also emphasized safety. The Haystack Fire is located three miles northeast of Spray and is currently mapped at 1,155 acres. The Throop Fire, located about three miles northeast of Dayville, is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located, seven miles northeast of Monument, is mapped at 50 acres. The Hog Ridge Fire, located nine miles northwest of Dayville, is mapped at 55 acres. The School House Fire, located six miles east of Monument, is mapped at 73 acres. Information on this complex: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

As management of these fires continues to result in Incident Management Teams transitioning them back over to local units, they will be removed from this list; information may still be found on the Inciweb site (URL above).

Sniption Fire: 25,000 acres; 60 percent contained. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4026/ .

Pumice Complex: More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4014/.

Hurricane Creek Fire: [No new report received today.] 1,018 acres, 20 percent contained. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is monitoring the fire, burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and evaluating the potential for increased activity, ready to respond if the fire moves north and threatens ODF-protected forestlands. The forest has successfully secured in the northwest corner of the fire, strengthening the line nearest ODF-protected private lands. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3966/ .

Logging Unit Fires:10,447 acres, 70 percent contained. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3973/ .
Beaver Complex fires update - Aug. 2, noon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Jim Walker, Interim Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-2266
Info desk hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Special Message: Oregon Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act yesterday, recognizing that a life safety and property threat exists that exceeds the firefighting capability of local structural agencies.

Current Situation: The Beaver Complex consists of two fires: Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires. The largest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. Yesterday, erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused extreme fire behavior and rapid fire spread. The fire has consumed a total 3 homes, 5 outbuildings, and multiple vehicles. An infrared flight revealed an accurate location of the fire perimeter with acreage reported at 21,088. There are 270 structures threatened in Oregon and California.

The Salt Creek Fire had little fire activity yesterday and increased from 108 acres to 146 acres. Fire personnel were able to complete line construction around the fire perimeter.

Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and CAL FIRE has been established.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is maintaining a Level 3 evacuation order for homes in close proximity to the Oregon Gulch Fire. The identified area is Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border). In addition, a Level 1 evacuation order for the area will be in effect as of 9:00 a.m. this morning. Level 1 is an awareness level, alerting residents to be prepared in the event an evacuation is necessary. The Level 1 area affected is the junction of Highway 66 and Hyatt Lake Road to the 22,000 block of Highway 66. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be administering the evacuation alert.

Evacuation levels are established as "Be Ready, Be Set, Go!" For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_wui.aspx.

Weather: Little change in the pattern is expected today. It will be hot and dry today with light and variable winds becoming west to northwest. The humidity will fall below 25% around 2:00 p.m. and remain low until 8:00 p.m. It will be sunny and then become partly cloudy in the afternoon. The temperature will reach 97 degrees.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 146 acres
Cause: Lightning
Fire start date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 5%
Complex Size: 21,088 acres
Cause: Lightning
Fire start Date: 7/30/14

Resources Include: 22 Type 2 hand crews, 6 camp crews, 50 fire engines, 17 bulldozers, 9 water tenders, and overhead personnel, 14 helicopters and air tankers on request. Total Personnel: 788.

Places to get information:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
Beaver Complex Morning Update, Saturday, August 2, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Jim Walker, Interim Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-8866
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 2, 2014
8:00 a.m.


Special Message: Oregon Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act yesterday, recognizing that a life safety and property threat exists that exceeds the firefighting capability of local structural agencies.

Current Situation: The Beaver Complex consists of two fires: Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires. The largest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. Yesterday, erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused extreme fire behavior and rapid fire spread. The fire has consumed a total 3 homes, 5 outbuildings, and multiple vehicles. An infrared flight revealed an accurate location of the fire perimeter with acreage reported at 21,088. There are 270 structures threatened in Oregon and California.

The Salt Creek Fire had little fire activity yesterday and increased from 108 acres to 146 acres. Fire personnel were able to complete line construction around the fire perimeter.

Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and CAL FIRE has been established.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is maintaining a Level 3 evacuation order for homes in close proximity to the Oregon Gulch Fire. The identified area is Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border). In addition, a Level 1 evacuation order for the area will be in effect as of 9:00 a.m. this morning. Level 1 is an awareness level, alerting residents to be prepared in the event an evacuation is necessary. The Level 1 area affected is the junction of Highway 66 and Hyatt Lake Road to the 22,000 block of Highway 66. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be administering the evacuation alert.

Evacuation levels are established as "Be Ready, Be Set, Go!" For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_wui.aspx.

Weather: Little change in the pattern is expected today. It will be hot and dry today with light and variable winds becoming west to northwest. The humidity will fall below 25% around 2:00 p.m. and remain low until 8:00 p.m. It will be sunny and then become partly cloudy in the afternoon. The temperature will reach 97 degrees.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 146 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14



Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 5%
Complex Size: 20,942 acres Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14
Resources Include: 22 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 50 engines, 17 dozers, 9 water tenders, and overhead personnel. Total Personnel is 788.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and air tankers on request.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx


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Haystack Complex Morning Update, Saturday, August 2, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander


Haystack Complex
Morning Update
August 2, 2014, 8:00 a.m.



Today's goal is to establish and reinforce a control line around the School House fire. The fire was detected yesterday and is now mapped at 73 acres. Three crews, three engines and a water tender are assigned to the fire for a total of 70 personnel.

Mop up continues on the Haystack, Steet, and Hog Ridge fires. Work on the Hog Ridge fire will be aided by "helicopterable water tanks" also known as a blivit. When these tanks are combined with a small pump and hose it makes a very efficient way to deliver water to the firefighter for mop up. On the Haystack Fire Night Operations Chief, John Flannigan, reported that the infrared cameras "found the fires still hot, with most of the smokes under big junipers". About 20 of these smokes were reported and all were extinguished by the night shift. Meeting mop up standards is anticipated within 24 hours.

The remaining objectives of the Complex are completing the suppression work on existing fires and being ready to support the local District with initial attack of new fires. A recognition of the current fire situation was shared by Incident Commander, John Buckman at the morning briefing "how soon can we complete our job here and be ready to move on." Buckman also emphasized safety and asked everyone not to take it for granted, on the fire, driving, and at the Incident Command Post in Spray. To date there have been no reportable accidents.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are; the Haystack Fire, located three miles northeast of Spray and mapped at 1,155 acres; Throop Fire located about three miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres; Steet Fire located seven miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres; Hog Ridge fire located nine miles northwest of Dayville mapped at 55 acres; and the Schoolhouse Fire located six miles east of Monument, mapped at 73 acres.

Cooperators on the fires are: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management

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Fire at a Glance:

Size: 1,740 acres (3 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 80%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 498
Crews: 18
Engines: 17
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 1 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $1,006,600
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/02/14
August 2, 2014
8:00 a.m.

Special Message: Oregon Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act yesterday, recognizing that a life safety and property threat exists that exceeds the firefighting capability of local structural agencies.

Current Situation: The Beaver Complex consists of two fires: Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires. The largest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. Yesterday, erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused extreme fire behavior and rapid fire spread. The fire has consumed a total 3 homes, 5 outbuildings, and multiple vehicles. An infrared flight revealed an accurate location of the fire perimeter with acreage reported at 21,088. There are 270 structures threatened in Oregon and California.

The Salt Creek Fire had little fire activity yesterday and increased from 108 acres to 146 acres. Fire personnel were able to complete line construction around the fire perimeter.

Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and CAL FIRE has been established.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is maintaining a Level 3 evacuation order for homes in close proximity to the Oregon Gulch Fire. The identified area is Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border). In addition, a Level 1 evacuation order for the area will be in effect as of 9:00 a.m. this morning. Level 1 is an awareness level, alerting residents to be prepared in the event an evacuation is necessary. The Level 1 area affected is the junction of Highway 66 and Hyatt Lake Road to the 22,000 block of Highway 66. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be administering the evacuation alert.

Evacuation levels are established as "Be Ready, Be Set, Go!" For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_wui.aspx.

Weather: Little change in the pattern is expected today. It will be hot and dry today with light and variable winds becoming west to northwest. The humidity will fall below 25% around 2:00 p.m. and remain low until 8:00 p.m. It will be sunny and then become partly cloudy in the afternoon. The temperature will reach 97 degrees.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 146 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 5%
Complex Size: 20,942 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Resources Include: 22 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 50 engines, 17 dozers, 9 water tenders, and overhead personnel. Total Personnel is 788.

Air Resources: 14 helicopters and air tankers on request.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
08/01/14
Beaver Complex Fire Evening Update, Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 10 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/14
Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team - Jim Walker, Interim Incident Commander
CAL FIRE - Phill Veneris, Incident Commander
Oregon Fire Information Number: 541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number: 530-842-8866
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 1, 2014
10:00 p.m.


Special Message: Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act today, recognizing that a life, safety and property threat exists that exceeds the firefighting capability of local structural agencies.

Current Situation: The Beaver Complex now consists to two fires: Salt Creek Fire and Oregon Gulch Fire. The newest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. Erratic winds caused the fire to move east in the northeast and southeast corners of the fire. Approximate acreage of 11,000 acres is still valid. The Salt Creek Fire had little fire activity today. Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, CAL FIRE, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office has been established.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office is maintaining a Level 3 evacuation order in place for homes in close proximity to the Oregon Gulch Fire, near Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border). Twenty-three homes are impacted by the order. All of the residents in the affected area have been contacted.

Salt Creek Fire
Fire personnel were able to work directly along all sides of the fire and hope to have fireline built completely around the fire during tonight's shift.

Oregon Gulch Fire
Erratic winds caused extensive fire activity. Two distinctive columns formed today, one in north and one in south, causing the fire to push east. Current mapping shows the fire size to be under 11,632 acres. An infrared flight is scheduled tonight which will produce locations of where heat is within the fire perimeter. The number of additional structures threatened is 170; three dwellings, five outbuildings and multiple vehicles have been lost.

Weather: Breezy with clear skies are expected tonight. A moderate increase in humidity is expected. This will reduce fire behavior throughout Beaver Complex.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR Percent Contained: 30% Complex Size: 108 acres Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 5% Complex Size: 11,632 acres Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Resources Include: 6 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Camp Crews, 27 engines, 17 dozers, 8 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

Air Resources: 11 helicopters and air tankers on request.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/
NWCC - http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
Haystack Fire Evening Update, Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander


Haystack Complex
Evening Update
August 1, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

A new start, the School House Fire was detected at 11:30 a.m. today and an aggressive initial attack with pre-identified resources assisted by helicopters held its growth to 40-50 acres. This fire is located about 6 miles due east of Monument now joins the initial fires of the Complex; Haystack, Steet, and Throop and the Hog Ridge fire detected July 31. Without the task force of a crew, engines, and dozer along with helicopter support it would have likely grown much larger. This fire like the other ones in the Complex was started by lightning.

Mop-up work continues on the Haystack and Steet fires, the Throop fire has been contained. Tonight firefighters will be assisted by hand held infrared cameras on the Haystack Fire capable of seeing heat invisible to the eye. Situation Unit Leader, Jasen McCoy describes the IR cameras benefiting work two ways "focusing the fire fighters work on where it's needed and making sure the job is done right". Meeting the mop up standard set by Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District continues to be an objective of the Haystack Complex.

Another objective is supporting the initial attack efforts on fires within the Haystack Complex area. This may happen day or night and firefighters heading to the line tonight and were asked to stay flexible and respond to new fires if needed. Tomorrow three task forces, each comprised of a crew, two engines, and a dozer will be pre-identified to respond to new fires.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are; the Haystack Fire, located three miles northeast of Spray and mapped at 1,155 acres; Throop Fire located about three miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres; Steet Fire located seven miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres; Hog Ridge fire located nine miles northwest of Dayville mapped at 55 acres; and the Schoolhouse Fire.

Cooperators on the fires include: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Grant County Sheriff's Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.

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Fire at a Glance:

Size: 1,740 acres (3 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 80%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 498
Crews: 18
Engines: 17
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 1 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $1,006,600
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
Health advisory issued for Devils Lake due to blue-green algae
Oregon Health Authority - 08/01/14
August 1, 2014
HAB Advisory Issue

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us
Technical questions: David Farrer, 971-673-0971, hab.health@state.or.us

Health advisory issued for Devils Lake due to blue-green algae
High toxin levels found at Lincoln County lake

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae and toxins in Devils Lake, located just south of Lincoln City in Lincoln County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Devils Lake is especially dangerous.

Oregon Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Devils Lake are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Devils Lake and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Devils Lake Water Improvement District at 541-944-5330.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/HarmfulAlgaeBlooms/Pages/index.aspx
and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Most wildfires can be prevented
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/14
While firefighters continue to battle dozens of wildfires throughout the Northwest, there's one thing they don't need: Help from careless people.

Many of the large, difficult-to-fight wildfires have been caused by lightning. One cell, generally moving from northern California up through the Cascades across Oregon and Washington, can leave multitudes of fire starts in its wake. But most fires are still caused by people.

Lightning accounts for 20-30 percent of all fires, while 70-80 percent of wildfires are human-caused.

Oregon and Washington have already had 1,642 fires (835 human-caused) that have collectively burned more than 485,000 acres. So how can the public lend a hand in the fight? Simple, don't be part of the problem.

"We always remind forest visitors and residents to do all they can to prevent wildfires," said Nancy Hirsch, chair of the Pacific Northwest Coordinating Group and fire protection division chief with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "But this is paramount--for everyone--right now. We're working hard to control many lightning-caused fires across the region, and more are expected. Resources are stretched very thin, and we can ill afford to divert them to fight human-caused fires that could have been prevented."

Leading the way in human-caused fires is debris burning.

"Even during the most severe fire danger, we continue to see illegal burning take place in backyards," says Oregon Department of Forestry's Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "When these fires escape, they not only threaten and burn homes and our natural resources; they also cost a lot of money to put out."

Anyone responsible for starting a fire, accidental or not, is potentially liable for those fire suppression costs, not to mention the civil liability for damages to neighboring property owners. Combined, these costs could run into the millions. If burning is prohibited where you live, and you witness someone burning, call 911 immediately.

"Some of the largest fires we have fought this summer have been human-caused," adds Hirsch. "This is disconcerting, and all the more reason to reiterate a call for care and caution."

Outdoor debris burning is one of many fire related activities that is prohibited throughout much of the region.

There have also been a number of abandoned campfires left to go out on their own, but don't. Campfires, warming fires, and cooking fires are not allowed throughout much of the region as well, unless conducted in an approved location, such as a designated campground. Campers and visitors should check on the restrictions in place at individual parks.

Be sure and check fire season regulations where you live or where you may be going. There are several resources on the internet to gain additional information and to learn more about fire prevention practices. Keep Oregon Green, Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the offices of the state fire marshal for both Oregon and Washington are great places to start.
Mother & Daughter Join OSP Bend Fish & Wildlife Trooper For Presentation of Department's Lifesaving Award (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/01/14
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A Bend-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper received the Department's "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" for his heroic, lifesaving action responding to a fiery injury traffic crash east of Bend. The trooper's actions, assisted by an off-duty Oregon National Guard member, saved the lives of a mother and her 6-year old child.

On August 1, 2014, Major Travis Hampton presented the "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" to Trooper Travis Ring at the Bend Area Command office. In attendance for the presentation was the mother and child saved following the February 2014 traffic crash. The lifesaving award is presented to OSP employees who distinguish themselves by performing or reacting to a situation in a positive and professional manner which saves, or reduces the risk of loss of life of another person; and, where a strong possibility existed that if such action wasn't taken, loss of life or serious injury would have resulted.

On February 21, 2014 at approximately 5:10 p.m., OSP Trooper Travis Ring witnessed a two-vehicle injury traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 20 and Ward Road east of Bend. A fire was immediately visible starting in the engine compartment of a vehicle occupied by SHANNON JACKMAN, age 50, from Bend, and her 6-year old daughter, KENDALL.

As the fire grew in intensity, Trooper Ring, with the assistance of Oregon National Guard Staff Sergeant Joshua Mosley, broke out a window. Ring and Mosley removed the woman and the child before the fire spread into the passenger compartment prior to Bend firefighters arrival. Both were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

During the frightening scenario, Ring exhibited extraordinary leadership and courage that helped the woman and child be confident that they would be rescued. Afterward, SHANNON JACKMAN told OSP that the smoke was suffocating and her daughter was screaming at her, telling her not to die when she overheard the trooper say he would take care of them. She said that without their help, she would not have been able to get out of the car.

Captain Jeff Samuels, director of the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division, praised the trooper for his professionalism and calm in the face of danger.

"Trooper Ring took control of a life-threatening situation, provided clear direction to assisting citizens and was a calming reassurance to the mother and her daughter while rescuing them from their burning vehicle. He is a dedicated member of the Fish & Wildlife Division who is not only responsible for protecting our natural resources, but, like all of our troopers, he is devoted to serving the public and protecting lives. I am very proud of him and admire his lifesaving actions," said Samuels.

Trooper Ring, age 36, joined OSP on May 1, 2006, with an initial assignment to the Fish & Wildlife Division at the Arlington office. In September 2009, he transferred to the Bend Area Command office.

The "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" is named after Lieutenant Harold R. Berg who died May 10, 1975. Berg, while off duty at a family outing near Tillamook, was contacted by a citizen who informed him that a boy scout was missing at Cape Lookout State Park. While attempting to search a cave near the water's edge, he was washed out to sea. (http://www.oregon.gov/osp/pages/harold_berg.aspx)

Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Left to right: Shannon Jackman, Kendall, & Trooper Ring)

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Beaver Complex Update, Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 12 noon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Phone Numbers: 541-826-1599
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 1, 2014
12:00 p.m.


Special Message: The public is asked to use caution while driving near the vicinity of the Salt Creek Fire. Vehicles cutting corners while traveling the roads in the area of East Evans Road, West Evans Road, and Antioch Road have been reported.

Current Situation: The Beaver Complex now consists to two fires: Salt Creek Fire and Oregon Gulch Fire. The newest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. The fire grew rapidly and is approximately 11,000 acres. Salt Creek Fire had moderate fire growth yesterday and is currently 108 acres. Both fires were caused by lightning from thunderstorms that moved through the area over the last few days. Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command management structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, CalFire, and Oregon State Fire Marshall's office will be established.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order yesterday for homes near Oregon Gulch fire, near Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border). All of the people in the affected area have been contacted.

Salt Creek Fire
The east side of the fire has been lined using a bulldozer. Also, hose used to transport water to the fireline will be installed and mop up will begin. The west side of the fire is more problematic for fire personnel due to the steep terrain, making it difficult for personnel to work along the fireline directly. Roads near the west side of the fire will be cleared to help create better access.

Oregon Gulch Fire
This fire was integrated into Beaver Complex yesterday afternoon. The fire is burning in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The fire grew rapidly, crossing into Klamath County in Oregon and crossing over the Oregon-California border early last evening. Resource advisors from Bureau of Land Management have been dispatched to the fire to assist with minimizing the effects of fire suppression activity within the Monument. Fire growth is expected to move in a southeast direction. The number of structures threatened is 170. Multiple outbuildings were destroyed. Fire personnel from California, Bureau of Land Management, and various structural fire departments are assisting with fire suppression and structural protection.

Weather: Sunny skies are expected with a chance of isolated thunderstorms by evening. The temperature is expected to reach 98 degrees with light winds from the north and west, becoming northeast and northwest.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek
Location: 20 miles northwest of Medford, OR
Percent Contained: 30%
Complex Size: 108 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR
Percent Contained: 5%
Complex Size: 11,000 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14


Resources Include: 6 T2 hand crews, 4 Camp Crews, 12 engines, 10 dozers, 8 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

Air Resources: 11 helicopters and air tankers on request.

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
DEQ - http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff



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Haystack Fire Udpate, Friday, August 1, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander


Haystack Complex
Morning Update
August 1, 2014, 8:00 a.m.


"There is still a lot of work to be done on these fires" said Operations Section Chief Rick Harvey during the morning briefing. Firefighting resources will be actively mopping up the three original fires that made up the Complex, Haystack, Throop, and Steet. Extinguishing all fire within 300 feet of the fire edge has been the mop-up standard set by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District as sufficient to ensure that these fires will not threaten their containment lines.

A new fire, the 55 acre Hog Ridge Fire will be managed by resources from the Haystack Complex. First job on this incident will be reinforce the established fire line and then to begin mopping up to secure these lines. Today 48 firefighters are assigned to this fire.

Two initial attack task forces have been identified to assist local firefighters as new fires show themselves from yesterday's lightning. Any new fire has a chance to grow big fast as Fire Behavior Analyst, Boone Zimmerlee noted the "aggressive fire behavior, like Hog Ridge, these fires can really get up and run." Task forces will be made up of a crew, dozer, and two engines. A Red Flag Warning continues over the fire area until Saturday at 11 p.m. for thunderstorms with abundant lightning and hot and dry conditions.

The Haystack Fire is located 3 miles northeast of Spray and is currently mapped at 1,155 acres. The Throop Fire located about 3 miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located 7 miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres.

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Fire-At-A-Glance:

Size: 1,695 acres (3 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 50%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 498
Crews: 18
Engines: 17
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 2 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $630,274
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Friday, August 1, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/14
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Friday, August 1, 2014

FIRES
Lightning continued to move through most of Oregon last night, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies continue to be busy doing initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible fire starts. Lightning continues in the forecast through the week-end and into next week.

As fire starts continue on all jurisdictions, ODF is actively securing additional resources and engaging in aggressive initial attack on ODF-protected forestlands throughout the state, so that fire-starts can quickly be brought under control and resources can then be re-deployed where they are most needed next.

Fire season 2014 continues to be challenging and, particularly with the ever-present lightning, ODF appreciates the public's help in being fire-safe while recreating or working on any of Oregon's forestlands. Additional human-caused fire-starts will only result in taxing the already-challenged firefighting resources and agencies in Oregon - as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Southwest Oregon District: As fire starts continued to be identified and lightning resulted in several fire starts on ODF's Southwest Oregon District, ODF Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) assumed command on Thursday, July 31, of what is now called the Beaver Complex.

Current Situation: The Beaver Complex now consists of two fires: the Salt Creek Fire, 20 miles northwest of Medford, and the Oregon Gulch Fire, 15 miles east of Ashland. The newest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness, and grew rapidly yesterday, now estimated at approximately 11,000 acres. The Salt Creek Fire had moderate fire growth yesterday and is currently 108 acres. Both fires were caused by lightning from thunderstorms that moved through the area over the last few days. The Oregon Gulch Fire started in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and moved quickly, crossing into Klamath County and over the Oregon-California border early last evening. Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command management structure with ODF, CalFire, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office will be established. ODF Incident Management Team 3 was also dispatched to assist ODF IMT 2 with this incident. Jackson County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order yesterday for homes affected by the Oregon Gulch Fire, near Copco Road (6000 block to the Oregon border). The number of structures threatened is 170. Multiple outbuildings were destroyed. Fire personnel from California, Bureau of Land Management, and various structural fire departments are assisting with fire suppression and structural protection. Fire growth is expected to move in a southeast direction. Resource advisors from the Bureau of Land Management have been dispatched to the fire to assist with minimizing the effects of fire suppression activity within the National Monument.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the Haystack Complex on July 31, 2014 The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires. Current status: Firefighting resources will be actively mopping up the three original fires that made up the Complex: Haystack, Throop, and Steet. Extinguishing all fire within 300 feet of the fire edge has been the mop-up standard set by ODF's Central Oregon District as sufficient to ensure that these fires will not threaten their containment lines. In addition, the team assisted with initial attack and assumed command of a new fire, the 55-acre Hog Ridge Fire, and that will also be managed by resources from the Haystack Complex. The first job on this new fire start is reinforcing the established fire line and then to begin mopping up to secure these lines. Two initial attack task forces have been identified to assist local firefighters as new fires show themselves from yesterday's lightning, that are each made up of a crew, a dozer, and two engines. A Red Flag Warning continues over the fire area until Saturday at 11 p.m. for thunderstorms with abundant lightning and hot and dry conditions. The Haystack Fire is located three miles northeast of Spray and is currently mapped at 1,155 acres. The Throop Fire, located about three miles northeast of Dayville, is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located, seven miles northeast of Monument, is mapped at 50 acres. Information on this complex is available on the Inciweb site at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.
As management of these fires continues to result in Incident Management Teams transitioning them back over to local units, they will be removed from this list; information may still be found on the Inciweb site (URL above).

Sniption Fire: 25,000 acres; 20 percent contained. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4026/ .

Pumice Complex: [No new information yet reported on Friday, August 1, 2014] Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, the Pumice Flat Fire was reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before). The local South Central Oregon Incident Management Team (IC Leyland Hunter) assumed command of the fire earlier in the week, and that fire remains 100 percent lined, 25 acres, 75 percent containment. However, last night additional lightning strikes resulted in 16 known additional fire starts within the park, so the team is now working on that complex of fires, with a strategy of 100 percent suppression. More information on this fire can be found on the fire's Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4014/.

Launch Fire: Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (IC Brett Fillis) assumed command of this fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area on the Fremont-Winema National Forest on July 31. The fire, approximately 42 acres and now 75 percent contained, will be turned over to the local unit tomorrow morning. More information on this fire can be found on the fire's Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4018/ .

Hurricane Creek Fire: 1,018 acres, 20 percent contained. The Wallowa-Whitman National Fire is monitoring the fire, burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dropping water on hot spots, and evaluating the potential for increased activity, ready to respond if the fire moves north and threatens ODF-protected forestlands. The fire remains active on the south end, and burn-out operations yesterday successfully secured in the northwest corner of the fire, strengthening the line nearest ODF-protected private lands. More information on this fire can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3966/ .

Logging Unit Fires: 10,447 acres, 70 percent contained. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3973/ .

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold monthly meeting August 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/01/14
Media contacts: Alissa Robbins, 503-490-6590 (media inquiries)
Technical questions: Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

Oregon Health Policy Board to hold monthly meeting August 5 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) will hold its monthly meeting August 5 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive updates on the Transition Project that is responsible for managing the changes in eligibility for the next open enrollment period in November, 2014 and activities related to the 2013 OHPB recommendations to the Governor. They will also hear about policy options for increasing primary care medical residencies, aligning provider incentive programs, a Medicaid Advisory Committee Report on strategies to mitigate and reduce Churn, and a presentation from the InterCommunity Health Network. Other brief presentations will include: a Sustainable Health Expenditures workgroup information session, an update on high cost prescriptions, and information on the Oregon Insurance Division (OID) rate review process for 2015. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

When: Tuesday, August 5, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: New location! OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., 3rd Floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx

Agenda:
* Transition project update;
* Update on activities related to the 2013 OHPB recommendations to the Governor;
* Workforce Committee Update;
o Policy Options memo for increasing primary care medical residencies
o Aligning provider incentive programs;
* Medicaid Advisory Committee Report on strategies to mitigate churn;
* CCO Presentation: InterCommunity Health Network;
* Sustainable health expenditures workgroup Information session;
* Affording high cost prescriptions;
* OID rate review Update for 2015;
* Public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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OMSI Update: August-September Exhibits, Events and Shows
OMSI - 08/01/14
OMSI HOURS
Summer (through September 1): Monday - Sunday; 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fall (effective September 2): Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

Dinosaurs Unearthed
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On view through September 2

Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at OMSI--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history. Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages.

Local Supporting Sponsors of Dinosaurs Unearthed includes Chevron, Baird Private Wealth Management and in memory of Judy Forster, OMSI Trustee 1955-1959.

NEW INFO
Animation
In OMSI's Featured Hall
Opening September 27

Step into the exciting and visually rich world of animation. From concept to finished product, visitors explore the science behind storyboarding, character design, voice acting, sound effects, and video editing while larger-than-life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit.

ANIMATION was created and is circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Oregon (TM) and (C) 2013 Cartoon Network. All rights reserved.

EXHIBITIONS

Mind to Hand: Art, Science, and Creative Collision!
In Turbine Hall
On view through September 28

What sparks creativity? What does art have to tell us about science? How does science inspire artistic decisions? In the hands of eleven talented master artists 60+ years old, materials become objects of beauty, whimsy and wit. Mind to Hand explores the benefits, exciting outcomes and new ways to see our world when art and science collide!

Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.
In Earth Hall
On view through December 8

Native American and native Hawaiian communities face many challenges to their ecosystems and their health. By drawing from traditional knowledge and science, native communities are developing innovative solutions to tackle current ecological and health challenges. Roots of Wisdom is the result of collaboration between OMSI, Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) with four native community partners.

EVENTS

NEW INFO
Behind the Scenes of The Digits
In the OMSI Auditorium
August 9, 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. (Approximately 45-minute performances)
Cost: FREE

The Digits is the world's first interactive educational kids show. Using a kid-tested, teacher-approved curriculum, The Digits teach children all about math and science, while fighting an evil corporation that is out to make the galaxy stupid. Be treated to a staged reading of the first script for the television series where the audience gets a say in what happens. Then stay for a Q&A session with the cast and creative team, plus a meet and greet with the characters from the show.

Reel Science
Watch and learn at the Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
Cost: $7 for non-members & $6 for members.

August 13, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Jaws
With Wade D. Smith, Ph.D., Research Associate at Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU.

NEW INFO
August 19, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Dinosaur 13
Speaker information coming soon

OMSI Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
August 12, approx. 9:00 p.m.
Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking per vehicle fee
Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park to watch and enjoy the wonder of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The event, also sponsored by Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers, will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI staff will present informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations and the summer sky.

On the day of each OMSI Star Party, visitors should call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI website for possible weather-related cancellations.

NEW INFO
Opera on Screen
In The Empirical Theater
Cost: $14 Adults (13-63), $8 Youth (3-13), $12 Seniors (63+). $2 off for Portland Opera subscribers and OMSI members. A subscription package for all four operas is available.

Portland Opera and OMSI are collaborating to present "Opera on Screen," a series of film screenings featuring recent productions from the San Francisco Opera. Each screening will be preceded by a special introduction given by a Portland Opera staff member.

September 5, 7 p.m.
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Bishop Who Birthed Butterfly"
September 7, 4 p.m.
Don Giovanni with introduction talk "Innovation & Technology in Opera"
September 19, 7 p.m.
La Rondine (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Operetta Tradition"
September 21, 4 p.m.
Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saens) with introduction talk "Femmes Fatale in Opera"

NEW INFO
Portland Mini Maker Faire 2014
September 13-14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Early bird pricing (before September 10): Adults $13, Youth (3-17)/Seniors (63+) $8, Regular pricing: Adults $15, Youth (3-17)/Seniors (63+) $10. Two day passes available. Tickets sold at makerfaireportland.com
Let your inner tinkerer run free in the third running of the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Portland, and maybe the world--a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This event demonstrates the use of modern technologies like 3D printing and photography production along with ancient techniques like sword-forging and survival skills.

NEW INFO
OMSI Star Party: Autumnal Equinox Celebration
September 20, at approx. 7:00 p.m. at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking per vehicle fee
OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free star party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 7:00 p.m. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Mars and more!

On the day of each OMSI Star Party, visitors should call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI website for possible weather-related cancellations.

Theory Eatery

Food Luminary
Foodies and science lovers, dinner is served! Taste the best of the PDX food scene without the lines, but with the science, of course. From the delectable four-course meal to the food-science demonstrations, Food Luminary puts a twist on your typical restaurant experience. 21+ years only.
Cost: $60 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)

Thursday, August 21, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Crown Paella
Executive Chef Scott Ketterman
Stir things up for dinner--with a giant wok on the Theory patio! Learn the secrets behind his challenging and delicious dishes.

Thursday, August 28, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blind Tasting Bingo
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI is hosting Blind Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. Players--eyes covered--will try to match the flavors from 14 small plates with the ingredients listed on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!

OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month. omsi.edu/afterdark
Cost: $13 regular admission; $6.50 for OMSI members; FREE for OMSI After Dark members.

Get a head start on the science fun--drink up at happy hour starting at 5 p.m. in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine.

August 27, 7 - 11 p.m.
Under the Sea
Getting to the bottom of the ocean with OMSI.

NEW INFO
September 24, 6 - 10 p.m.
Brewfest. Don't just drink beer, learn beer at our 4th annual tasting!

OMSI Science Pub
Science Pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Science Pub Portland - Hollywood Theater
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland

August 4, 7 - 9 p.m.
Drones, Big Data, and the Next Agricultural Revolution
With Ryan Jenson, MS, mechanical engineer, CEO & Co-Founder, HoneyComb Corporation

NEW INFO
September 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
Panda Speed-dating: Helping an Endangered Species through Captive Breeding
With Megan Martin, Director and Staff Scientist at PDXWildlife

Science Pub Portland - Crystal Ballroom
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St, Portland
Note: Due to programming changes at the Mission Theater, this series of Science Pub relocated to the Crystal Ballroom starting in June.
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.

August 19, 7 - 9 p.m.
Creating Digital Worlds: The Tech Behind the Pixels
With Cooper Johnson (Cardboard Castle), Damon Redmond (CCC DMC), and J Bills (VFX/PDX)

NEW INFO
September 16, 7 - 9 p.m.
Forensic Science: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist
With Rod Englert, retired Chief Deputy and Owner of Englert Forensic Consultants

Science Pub Hillsboro
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.

August 25, 7 - 9 p.m.
Winemaking: Art Versus Science
With James Frey, winemaker and owner at Trisaeturn Winery

NEW INFO
September 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
Stop Motion Animation with LAIKA
Details coming soon!

Science Pub Eugene
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI (omsi.edu), The Science Factory (sciencefactory.org) and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences (cas.uoregon.edu). Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.

August 14, 7 - 9 p.m.
Astronomy in Oregon: Boldly Going Where Few Astronomers Dare to Tread
With Scott Fisher, Ph.D., astronomy lecturer in the Department of Physics, U of O

NEW INFO
September 18, 7 - 9 p.m.
Jammed Particulate Systems
With Eric Corwin, Ph.D., astronomy professor in the Department of Physics, U of O

$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month.

August 3
September 7

THE EMPIRICAL THEATER AT OMSI
Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a new giant screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater is expanding the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality informative and entertaining films for all ages. omsi.edu/empirical-theater

NEW INFO
Maleficent
Coming Soon
Starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic Disney villainess, Maleficent is a live-action re-imagining of Disney's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. The film explores the untold story of Maleficent's transformation from beautiful, pure-hearted young woman to vengeful protector of her realm. Ruthlessly betrayed by the leader of an invading human army, Maleficent places a curse on the newborn infant of the human king only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the kingdom--and to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

NEW INFO
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Coming Soon
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.

NEW INFO
Edge of Tomorrow
Coming Soon
In the near future, a seemingly unbeatable alien race invades earth. Major William Cage, an officer who has never experienced combat, is unceremoniously dropped into the midst of battle and is killed within minutes. However, Cage finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop--forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage his adversaries with increasing skill, allowing him and his special forces partner Rita Vrataski to get one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Bears
An epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop, Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses.

Dinosaurs Alive 3D
A global adventure of science and discovery featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous Period "reincarnated" life-sized for the giant screen. Narrated by Michael Douglas, the film uses state-of-the-art CGI to bring dinosaurs, their behaviors, and their ancient environments to life. Witness dinosaurs locked in mortal combat, nesting in colonies, protecting their young and facing catastrophic forces of nature. Interwoven is a real-life scientific adventure that looks at the field of paleontology and the discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of these creatures that once dominated the Earth.

Flying Monsters 3D
220 million years ago, dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth, but another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction. Sir David Attenborough, the world's leading naturalist, sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane. Audiences of all ages will be in awe as never before.

Sea Monsters 3D
Sea Monsters 3D brings to life the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit Earth's oceans, from saber-toothed fish to ancient sharks and giant squid. Combining state-of-the-art animation with exciting paleontological discoveries, this National Geographic production will take you on an unforgettable journey to an era when reptiles ruled the oceans as well as the land.

Great White Shark
Unraveling the mystery of a creature that haunts our imaginations, Great White Shark explores this iconic predator's much maligned reputation as it takes viewers around the world to tell the true story of the great white's threatened role atop the oceanic food chain.

Mysteries of the Unseen World
In the National Geographic tradition of powerful natural-history images and storytelling, Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals once-invisible dimensions of nature that are filled with beauty and wonder-- and hold secrets crucial to our survival.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

For more information, visit: omsi.edu/planetarium

To Space and Back
Now Showing Daily at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:30 a.m.
To Space and Back, narrated by James May, takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

Perfect Little Planet
Now Showing Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:30 p.m.
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes--a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:00 p.m.
Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. starting June 14 Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS

August

Laser Movie Madness
Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
Music from the movies is brought to life in Laser Movie Madness, featuring a compilation of soundtrack favorites set to spectacular lasers.
Song List: "Circle of Life" from The Lion King (Carmen Twillie), Theme from Jurassic Park (John Williams), "Derezzed" from Tron: Legacy (Daft Punk), "The Galaxy Song" from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Eric Idle), "Imperial March" from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams),"Conversation" from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (John Williams), "Danger Zone" from Top Gun (Kenny Loggins), Theme from Lone Ranger (William Tell Overture) Gioachino Rossini)

September

NEW INFO
Laser Galactic Odyssey
Showing Daily at 3:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
A musical tour of the galaxy that mixes stellar lasers with science fiction themes, rock and electronic music.
Song List: Galaxy Song - Monty Python, Major Tom - Peter Schilling, Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai, Cotton Eye Joe - Rednexx, Lost in Space - Apollo 440, Fire on High - ELO

EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)

August

8:15 p.m.
Beatles - Rock and Roll Music, Twist and Shout, Drive My Car, All Together Now, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Octopus's Garden, Get Back, The End

9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Vision Bell - Keep Talking, One Slip, Astronomy Domine, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Have A Cigar, Wish you Were Here, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Day of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2), Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Pigs on the Wing (Pt. 2)

September

8:15 p.m.
Beatles - Rock and Roll Music, Twist and Shout, Drive My Car, All Together Now, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Octopus's Garden, Get Back, The End

9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon - Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse.

OMSI CONTACT INFO
Phone: 503.797.4000 or 800.955.6674
Website: www.omsi.edu

PRICING
Museum Admission: $13.00 Adults, $9.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, FREE for members Submarine: $6.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above) Empirical Theater Before 6pm: $8.50 Adults, $6.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members Empirical Theater 6pm and After: $7 Adults, $6 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members Planetarium: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members Matinee Laser Light Shows: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members Evening Laser Light Shows: $7.50
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Average health insurance rates lower in 2015
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/01/14
Salem - The Department of Consumer and Business Services' Insurance Division has approved rates for 2015 individual and small employer health insurance plans, and on average, they are lower than 2014 rates.

Although the rate changes vary by insurer, the average monthly premium for an individual standard plan for a 40-year-old in Portland in 2015 is estimated at $250, compared to $262 in 2014. For a similar small employer plan, the average 2015 premium is an estimated $308 per month, compared with $327 in 2014. A table showing sample 2015 premiums can be found here: http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/docs/Rate_filing_decision.pdf.

"Our rigorous review included public hearings and analysis to ensure rates are reasonable and support a sustainable market," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Ultimately, the approved rates are lower on average than in 2014, reflecting the effect of competition and Oregonians' expanded access to health coverage."

The rates, which affect about 10 percent of Oregonians, are for plans for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. The Insurance Division must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders. The review included plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act, as well as "transitional" and "grandfathered" plans that existed before Jan. 1, 2014. Along with 14 insurers, two Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPS) filed proposed rates with the division.

During the review, the division's actuarial staff analyzed the justifications that insurers provided to support their proposed rates. Some insurers lowered their claims cost projections because of reductions in uncompensated care. Uncompensated care is a term for medical services that go unpaid by patients without insurance or who can't afford to pay their portion of the cost. With more Oregonians covered by insurance with enhanced benefits, providers are reporting less uncompensated care. If insurers did not account for this change in their rate proposal, the Insurance Division lowered their projected claims costs and factored it into the approved rate.

The issue of uncompensated care was also a focal point of analysis provided by Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG). The division uses federal grant dollars to contract with OSPIRG to represent consumers and participate in the rate review process.

"OSPIRG's role - as well as the comments we receive from the public - are very important in helping the division better understand the impact of rate changes on consumers," Cali said.

The division will provide more information on the reasoning behind each rate decision by mid-August when it posts decision summaries on www.oregonhealthrates.org. Premium examples by region also will be available on www.oregonhealthrates.org by mid-August. Changes to people's monthly premiums will vary depending on age, location, how many family members are on the plan, and plan choice.
MEDIA ALERT - Hundreds of Early Learning Professionals Gather for Statewide Conference
ESD 123 - 08/01/14
KENNEWICK, WA - Over 500 participants will gather for the 6th Annual Starting Strong P-3 Institute on August 4-6 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. The Institute will include early learning professionals, child care providers, Kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers, school superintendents, principals, parents, and community partners focused on helping children start strong from pre-school to third grade. This year's event is sponsored by Educational Service District (ESD) 123, the Gates Foundation, Boeing, Child Care Aware, Thrive by Five Washington, and other partners.

Day one of the three-day event kicks off on August 4 with a Full-day Kindergarten Symposium, providing valuable information to kindergarten teachers, elementary school principals, and other school district staff. The two-day Starting Strong Institute occurs August 5 and 6 and features national keynote speakers, Dr. John Medina and Doug Clements, along with numerous breakout sessions and early learning vendors.

The 6th Annual Starting Strong P-3 Institute and Full-day Kindergarten Symposium take place from 8:30 AM to 5 PM on August 4-6 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. See the attached event program for complete details, presenter information, and more. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: 2014 Starting Strong Event Program
07/31/14
Haystack Fire Evening Update, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander


Haystack Complex
Evening Update
July 31, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

This afternoon firefighting resources responded to a new fire, Hog Ridge, located about 9 miles northwest of Dayville. It was initially reported at 5 acres and grew rapidly to approximately 55 acres before resources were able to slow it's growth about 4:00 p.m. Responding to the fire were firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry's John Day Unit, a pre-identified initial attack task force from the Haystack Complex, 6 single engine air tankers, and 6 helicopters. Work will continue on this fire overnight and the new fire will be managed as part of the Haystack Complex beginning August 1, 2014.

The most challenging of the existing fires is the Haystack Fire located 3 miles northeast of Spray. This fire does not currently have an active fire perimeter by is still requiring quite a bit of attention. According to John Flannigan night Operations Chief "it is still hot under the junipers, and that heat looks hidden but can take off on us". Crews and engines worked today to extinguish the heat remaining in this 1,200 acre fire.

The other two fires are currently in mop up after their initial runs though mixed conifer and grass fuels. The Throop Fire, located about 3 miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located 7 miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres.

Tomorrow two task forces consisting of a handcrew, two engines, and a dozer will be made available from Haystack Complex resources to assist local firefighters if needed to respond to new fires within the general vicinity.


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Fire-at-a-Glance:

Size: 1,740 acres (3 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 50%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 498
Crews: 18
Engines: 17
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 2 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $630,000
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None
For More Information: 503-758-8253
Fun Is Affordable at the Oregon State Fair: Adult Admission reduced this year with early-bird discounts available until Aug. 21
Amber Lindsey PR - 07/31/14
SALEM, OR - July 31, 2014 - A family day at the Oregon State Fair is a better value than ever in 2014! Adult admission is reduced to $8, down from $11 last year, and includes limited first-come admission to daily headlining concerts in the L.B. Day Amphitheater, as well as the state's best in entertainment, animals, arts and exhibits. Those who plan their trip in advance can save even more on admission at participating Safeway stores and on carnival rides at Portland Perks and participating Walgreens stores.

Participating Safeway stores will sell $5 tickets for adults, children and seniors Aug. 1-21, representing a $3 savings for adults and a $1 savings for children and seniors.

The Comcast Blast Pass provides unlimited carnival rides plus three free games for just $35 through Aug. 21 at http://oregonstatefair.org, at participating Walgreens stores and through Portland Perks: http://www.getmyperks.com/deal/portland. At the fair, the carnival pass will cost $50 and will include a free corndog, soft drink or popcorn.

New this year: Admission ticket includes limited free concert seating for big-name acts comprising rock, country and comedy in the L.B. Day Amphitheater. Limited VIP Experience concert tickets - available now at www.oregonstatefair.org - include premium reserved seating, fair admission, preferred access to concessions and a chance to win backstage access if purchased prior to the day of the show.

Daily deals and discounts - posted at http://oregonstatefair.org/special-days-promotions/ - continue through the duration of the fair. Highlights include:


FRIDAY, August 22: Food Bank Friday - Bring two or more cans of food for $5 admission. Donations support the Marion-Polk Food Share and Oregon Food Bank.

SATURDAY, August 23: Les Schwab Kids Day - Free admission for kids 11 and younger; coupons available at participating Les Schwab stores.

SUNDAY, August 24: Sleep Country Family Day - Four admission tickets of any combination for $16 - up to a 50 percent savings; coupons available at participating Sleep Country stores.

WEDNESDAY, August 27: Hump Day BOGO - Receive another admission ticket for free admission to be used Thursday through Labor Day.

THURSDAY, August 28: Celebrate Freedom Day - Veterans receive free fair admission, which includes special veterans programming and free seating for the Charlie Daniels Band, playing at 7 p.m. in the L.B. Day Amphitheater.

SUNDAY, August 31: Sleep Country Family Day - Four admission tickets of any combination for $16 - up to a 50 percent savings; coupons available at participating Sleep Country stores.


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About the Oregon State Fair
Named one of Huffington's Posts top ten state fairs, the 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Thursday, July 31, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/14
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update - REVISED - for Thursday, July 31, 2014.

FIRES
Lightning continued to move through southwest/southern Oregon, the Cascades, and central Oregon yesterday afternoon and evening, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies are busy doing reconnaissance and initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible strikes. Lightning continues in the forecast for the remainder of the week and through the week-end.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Southwest Oregon District: Last night's lightning storms in the area resulted in several fire starts on ODF's Southwest Oregon District, with the largest being the 80-100-acre Salt Creek Fire, north of Sprignett Butte near Salt Creek Road, approximately 10 miles west of Shady Cove, and two other 10-acre fires Round Top Butte in the same general vicinity. ODF Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) has been dispatched to assist the district with these and other fire starts as needed.

For the second time this fire season, ODF is initiating Operations Plan Smokey to deploy National Guard Helicopters to support the wildland fire-fighting effort. The Governor's prior declaration covers this as it was to remain in effect until the fire threat is significantly relieved or the fire season ends. Today's request for resources include two heavy helicopters (Chinooks) and one light helicopter (Lakota) in support of the "Beaver Complex Fire" just north of Medford Oregon. The Medivac ship for state-wide mobilization is also under consideration today.

Southwest Oregon District - Grants Pass Unit: The Reeves Creek Fire, that was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m., burning on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry south of Selma ((25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County), is reported today as 75 percent contained, at 204 acres and in mop-up. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the Haystack Complex at 6:00 a.m. on July 31, 2014 The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires. Current status: Haystack Fire: ODOT opened State Route 207 the afternoon on July 30, 2014 after fire activity slowed in the area. The fire is located approximately three miles northeast of Spray and is now estimated at approximately 890 acres; Steet Fire, located in the Monument vicinity, and is currently mapped at approximately 50 acres; Throop Fire: located three miles north of Dayville and currently mapped at approximately 490 acres. All these fires are burning in a mixed fuel type comprised of scattered conifers, brush and grasses. Firefighting resources continue to arrive at the incident and current resources working on the incident include 10 crews, 6 dozers, 12 engines, 3 tenders, and 300 personnel. Air resources are available from the John Day Helibase and include three air tankers and four helicopters. Information on this complex will be available on the Inciweb site at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.
As management of these fires continues to result in Incident Management Teams transitioning them back over to local units, they will be removed from this list; information may still be found on the Inciweb site (URL above).

Pumice Complex: Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, the Pumice Flat Fire was reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before). The local South Central Oregon Incident Management Team (IC Leyland Hunter) assumed command of the fire earlier in the week, and that fire remains 100 percent lined, 25 acres, 75 percent containment. However, last night additional lightning strikes resulted in 16 known additional fire starts within the park, so the team is now working on that complex of fires, with a strategy of 100 percent suppression. More information on this fire can be found on the fire's Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4014/.

Launch Fire: Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 began managing operations on this fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area on the Fremont-Winema National Forest this morning, July 31. The fire, approximately 75 acres, has resulted in special restrictions and prohibitions to roads, trails, and specific areas of the Fremont-Winema National Forest's Klamath Ranger District. More information on this fire can be found on the fire's Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4018/ .

Kitten Complex: 22,700 acres, 90 percent contained. Management of these fires (Brogan Hill, Kitten Canyon, North Juniper, and Stemler) is being turned back of to the local unit (BLM Vale District) tonight.

Bridge 99 Complex: 5,699 acres, 95 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex: 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained. Management of this complex transitioned to a small team on July 30, 2014.

Bingham Complex: 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire: 900 acres, 20 percent contained. The Wallowa-Whitman National Fire is monitoring the fire, burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dropping water on hot spots, and evaluating the potential for increased activity, ready to respond if the fire moves north and threatens ODF-protected forestlands. Yesterday, the fire was active on the south end, and crews also conducted burn-out on the northwest corner of the fire, strengthening the line nearest to private lands.

Buzzard Complex: 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire: 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires: 10,447 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire: 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
07/30/14
It's summer! When watering trees, remember to water them deeply
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/14
The weather forecast is calling for high temperatures around much of the state through the weekend. Unfortunately, signs of tree stress caused by lack of water are already observable in some Oregon communities.

"Summer temperatures can be hard on trees, especially landscape trees in our urban areas," says Kristin Ramstad, an urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "If trees aren't well-watered, warm weather and prolonged drought eventually make trees more susceptible to insect and disease problems," adds Ramstad.

Seems like a good time to remember that when temperatures in Oregon get warm and stay warm, it can take a toll on trees as well as people. In other words, summer is both a time people need shade from trees, and when trees really need people to care for them.

The Oregon Department of Forestry suggests a few tips for keeping your trees healthy during times of heat stress.

Symptoms of drought
One of the first signs that a deciduous tree (i.e., a tree that loses its leaves in the winter) needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull, and sometimes, limp. More advanced symptoms of needing water are browning of leaves, wilting, and curling at the edges.

Leaves may also develop a scorched or burned look, turning yellow or brown on outside edges, or between leaf veins. Leaves may even appear smaller than usual, drop prematurely, or turn brown but remain on the tree.

Conifers are evergreen trees such as Ponderosa Pine or Douglas-fir. When drought-stressed, their needles may turn yellow, red, purple or brown.

Watering do's and don'ts

Given their benefits, longevity, and contributions to the environment, give your trees higher watering priority than lawns. Keep in mind that if trees are only provided with shallow water every day, they're probably only getting a fraction of what they need. Watering trees for short periods of time encourages shallow rooting, which can lead to future health problems for the tree.

To make sure your tree gets the water it needs, saturate the soil within the drip line - that's the circle that could be drawn on the soil around the tree directly under the tips of its outermost branches. Using a regular hose or a soaker hose, water deeply and slowly - slowly is important, so the water doesn't run-off. To make sure it gets enough water, keep moving the hose around different areas under the tree.

For conifers, water 3 to 5 feet beyond the drip line on all sides of the tree. Also, if you have a choice, water trees during the cooler part of the day. Another way to water trees slowly is to put a nail hole in the bottom (near the edge) of a five gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with water, and leave the slowly leaking bucket under the canopy of the tree. Do this twice or three times per tree, moving the bucket each time.

Other tips: consider a water probe, and use mulch

Sometimes a tree's roots dry out even though it appears the soil around the roots is moist; this occasionally happens with recently-planted trees whose roots were wrapped in burlap. One way around this is to use a water miser probe, or water probe. These devices work like a long needle and basically pump water into the ground, and are available at your local hardware store or through your landscaper or arborist.

Using mulch is an excellent way to care for trees in warm weather, as it helps the soil below trees retain moisture and stay cool. Mulch can be made of bark, wood chips, leaves and evergreen needles. Apply mulch within the drip line, at a depth of four inches, leaving a six-inch space between the mulch and tree trunk. Mulch will also help discourage weeds.

Lastly, don't plant annual flowers or other groundcovers under the canopy of your tree, as they'll compete with the tree's roots for moisture and nutrients.


Good tree care = a good investment

Trees and forests enhance quality of life in many ways, providing shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, wood and other products, raising property values, and providing clean, healthy streams. What's more, on hot days, we all rely on the respite we get from the shade of the trees in our yards and communities. Therefore, it is a really good idea to keep our trees healthy and watered.

Proper tree care - including deep watering of trees during hot summer and warm fall months - pays big dividends in the long run.

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For more information about trees and tree care:
www.isa-arbor.com/
www.treesaregood.com/treecare/treecareinfo.aspx
Return from the Burn is Aug. 15-17 at Tillamook Forest Center (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/14
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You are invited to attend the free 8th annual "Return from the Burn" event at the Tillamook Forest Center Friday, August 15th through Sunday, August 17th, from 10am to 5pm each day.

Join us for three days of fun celebrating the unique Tillamook State Forest. Throughout the weekend we will host engaging activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during and after the fires. Thanks to the generous support of the Tillamook Forest
Heritage Trust, this year's event will include new activities. On Saturday we are featuring the band Timberbound, who will offer two sets of old logger's songs, including their rendition of "Tillamook Burn." Also, we will have a special steam donkey presentation that will showcase how this 1880s machine became the workhorse of the woods. At the event you can:

* Meet Smokey Bear & his firefighting friends - receive a free goodie bag!
* Have fun during children's story time and puppet show
* Eat yummy BBQ available for purchase from the Coyote's Grill
* Visit with wildland firefighters and see their gear
* Drop a smoke jumper from the lookout tower
* Tap your feet while listening to Timberbound's old logger's songs (Saturday at 12:30 & 3 pm)
* Get wet exploring the Wilson River with Tillamook Estuaries Partnership staff on Saturday
* Watch a special steam donkey presentation
* Check out unique seasonal displays, face painting and much more!
* Enjoy free admission, events, and activities. Your generous donations to the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust help support programs and events like this.

This year's Tillamook Forest Center "Return from the Burn" event is offered in conjunction with Tillamook County's "A Step Back in Time" which offers visitors an opportunity to visit several other museums and take a scenic train ride for an all-inclusive $15.00 pass. For more information on "A Step Back in Time", please call the Garibaldi Maritime Museum at (503) 322-8411.

We hope you'll join us for the "Return from the Burn" event this year for some free family fun!

LOCATION, DAYS AND HOURS
The Tillamook Forest Center is located on Highway 6 at milepost 22; approximately one hour from Portland and 20 minutes from the city of Tillamook. Summer hours (7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm) continue through September 7. Fall hours (Wednesday - Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm) begin on September 8, 2014. For more information about the Tillamook Forest Center, visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org or call toll free (866) 930-4646.


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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/14
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

FIRES
Lightning moved through southwest Oregon, the Cascades, and central, southeast Oregon last night igniting fires across the state on all ownerships. Firefighting agencies are busy doing reconnaissance and initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible strikes. Lightning continues in the forecast for the remainder of the week.

Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Southwest Oregon District - Grants Pass Unit: The Reeves Creek Fire, that was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m., burning on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry south of Selma ((25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County), is reported today as 50 percent contained, at 232 acres. The fire had previously, yesterday, evening, been reported at 90 percent contained, but that has been reduced because of weather concerns, including a Red Flag Warning in effect for much of the district and that the area may receive strong, erratic winds, 100-degree temperatures, and vegetation in the fire area being extremely dry. The cause is under investigation.

Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: Lightning yesterday afternoon and last night caused several fires in an area of the communities of Dayville, Spray, and Monument. A local Incident Management Team was dispatched and has made good progress controlling two of the three major fires on ODF forestlands. These fires are the 100-acre Street Fire, burning six miles northeast of Monument, which poses the most serious control issues at this time; the Haystack Fire, burning four miles northeast of Spray - 800 acres, and the Troop Fire, the biggest of three fires burning three miles north of Dayville, at approximately 250 acres.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Pumice Flat - Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, this fire was reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before). The local South Central Oregon Incident Management Team (IC Leyland Hunter) has assumed command of the fire which is 100 percent lined today, but still at 25 acres and now at 75 percent containment. There continues to be spot fires and isolated torching to the north end, and, as elsewhere, red flag warnings remain in effect and last night's thunderstorms brought multiple lightning strikes to the area that are being investigated.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 85 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,699 acres, 95 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex - 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained. Management of this fire is being transitioned to a small team today, July 30, 2014.

Bingham Complex - 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire - 502 acres, 20 percent contained. The Wallowa-Whitman National Fire is monitoring the fire, burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dropping water on hot spots, and evaluating the potential for increased activity, ready to respond if the fire moves north and threatens ODF-protected forestlands.

Buzzard Complex - 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire - 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires - 10,447 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire - 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
Oregon State Fair Entry Deadline for Creative and Artistic Competitions Approaches
Amber Lindsey PR - 07/30/14
SALEM, OR - July 30, 2014 - Oregonians still have time to enter Creative and Artistic competitions at the 149th Oregon State Fair, which will be held August 22 through September 1. Competition participation is more convenient than ever this year, thanks to online registration and remote intake and pickup sites located throughout Oregon.

The online registration deadline for all Creative and Artistic Competitions is Thursday, August 7, 2014. As in years past, participants may register and deliver items in person to the fairgrounds located at 2330 17th St. NE in Salem. Deliveries will be accepted daily from noon to 8pm, August 9 through 12. Some departments have different deadlines: Baked Foods are due August 19; entries for Floral and Farm & Garden will be accepted on August 21.

Participants also have the option of dropping off nonperishable items to locations in Bend, Medford, Portland, Hillsboro, Gresham, Springfield and Pendleton, as well as other areas. For a complete list of remote intake locations and details, visit the Oregon State Fair website at: www.oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/general-information/.
Items submitted at remote locations will be returned to those same locations.

Oregon artisans may enter as many creative departments as their time and skills allow. With exceptions noted below, there is no fee to participate in Creative and Artistic competitions, and handbooks detailing drop-off dates and participation guidelines for each department are available online at www.oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/. This year's Creative and Artistic competition departments include the following:

* Arts (fine art, photography, poetry) (*fee to participate)
* Baked Foods
* Decorated Cakes
* Farm and Garden
* Floral Hobbies and Collectibles
* Honey and Products of the Hive
* Needlework and Clothing
* Paper Arts
* Preserved Foods
* Quilting (*fee to participate)
* Spinning and Weaving
* Table Decorating
* Woodworking

Questions about the Creative and Artistic competitions can be asked via email sent to OSF.2014@oregon.gov or by calling 503-881-3594. Additional information is available online at www.oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/.

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The 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.
Special Board Meeting - Kiona-Benton City School District
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 07/30/14
Aug 6 2014 the board will meet at 5:00 p.m. to look at storage areas in the District.
07/29/14
PSE, Habitat for Humanity, BPA showcase new, super-efficient manufactured home (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/29/14
New high-performance manufactured home delivers big energy savings.
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BOTHELL, Wash. - Puget Sound Energy, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and Bonneville Power Administration are hosting a tour of a new, high-performance manufactured home, July 31, in Bothell, just north of Seattle. The prototype home incorporates some of the latest energy-saving features and technology, including a ductless heat pump, heat pump water heater, efficient lighting, triple-glazed windows, foam sheathing on exterior walls and added insulation.

What: Tour new, super-efficient manufactured home
When: Thursday, July 31 at 10 a.m.
Where: 18903 129th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 (Holly Hills Area)
Who: Meet the new homeowners, project sponsors, builder and vendors

"Manufactured homes built to this new high-performance spec have durability and performance features that could change opinions about factory-built homes and be an integral part of our super-efficient 21st century utility system," says Christopher Dymond, senior product manager with Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations.

While the prototype may represent the manufactured home of the future, the Norahun family is simply excited to call it home. "We can't wait to see our new home for the first time and learn more about its unique features," says Tesfaye Norahun. "We're so happy that we'll finally have a home to call our own, but also that it won't cost us a lot of money to run and maintain."

The Norahuns are purchasing the home through Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County's affordable homeownership program. "We are excited to be a part of this project as is fits very closely with our commitment to being a responsible, sustainable and affordable home builder," says Kirk Utzinger, Habitat Seattle-King County CEO.

BPA, NEEA, Northwest electric utilities and other partners are collaborating with nine Northwest-based manufactured home builders to demonstrate the benefits of a higher standard for newly constructed manufactured homes and assist each manufacturer in their design. A manufactured home built to an advanced high-performance specification can save up to 50 percent on heating and cooling costs when compared to typical manufactured homes.

"Beyond more affordable electric bills for the homeowner, the goal is to establish a new minimum building standard for manufactured homes," says Bob Stolarski, director Customer Energy Management, Puget Sound Energy. "Which means buyers will get a higher quality, more comfortable and more energy efficient home."

There are about a half a million manufactured homes in the Northwest and more than 200,000 in Washington state. Since about 20 percent were made before the current construction standards (pre-1994 HUD), a more energy-efficient option could help PSE, BPA and other Northwest electric utilities meet future energy conservation goals. Estimates suggest that an uptake of high-performance manufactured homes in the thousands could translate to long-term energy savings of 20 average megawatts -- enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 Northwest homes for an entire year.

"This new high-performance home creates a "good/better/best" option in the manufactured home market," says Mark Johnson, residential energy conservation specialist at BPA. "And a new minimum building standard could deliver tremendous energy savings for decades to come."

The entry of new, super-efficient models could also reinvigorate a relatively stale manufactured home market. "Manufacturers and retailers are excited about these new homes," says Brady Peeks with Northwest Energy Works, Inc., an organization under contract with BPA that's helping manufacturers systemize their building process of new high-performance homes. "And we expect consumers will be too, especially those who want to conserve energy and are concerned about their carbon footprint."

The Bothell home is one of four completed prototypes. Three others have been sited in Toledo, Wash. (Lewis County Public Utility District), Pullman, Wash. (Avista Corp.) and Otis, Ore. (PacifiCorp). And another four homes are expected to be sited throughout the region in the next few months.

The project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's "Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction" program. Other partners include: Community Frameworks, Ecotope, Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star New Homes Program, Manufactured Housing Associations and Washington State University.


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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/14
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Reeves Creek Fire - The fire was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m. Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire's perimeter. Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire's footprint, but none was burned. Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from Illinois Valley Fire Dept., Rural-Metro Fire Dept., Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, and a task force from Jackson County fire districts. No evacuations were necessary. Six fire suppression crews, five wildland fire suppression engines, two bulldozers and three helicopters will be used to fight the fire today. An air tanker is also available. The Reeves Creek Fire is burning on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit. The cause is under investigation.

Ferguson Fire - Currently 200 acres in size and 100 percent contained, the fire burned on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 transferred management of the fire back to ODF's Klamath-Lake District this morning, July29. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last update on this fire.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

Pumice Flat - Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, this fire reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before). Currently 25 acres, burning in mixed conifer forests, aggressive suppression action being taken; all park facilities remain open.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 80 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,699 acres, 88 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex - 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained.

Bingham Complex - 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire - 502 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex - 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire - 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires - 10,440 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire - 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us
07/28/14
Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Baker City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/28/14
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UPDATE: Investigators confirmed following an examination of the pickup and follow up interview with a passenger that the pickup struck and elk causing the operator to lose control before crashing in the center median.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday night's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Interstate 84 west of Baker City in Baker County. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female and serious injury to three other adults.

According to Sergeant Kyle Hove, on July 26, 2014 at approximately 10:38 p.m., a 2010 Ford F350 pickup driven by TODD B. PRATT, age 30, from Blackfoot, Idaho, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled off the freeway lanes into the median. The pickup and 2001 Xtreme camper trailer rolled into the median where both vehicles came to rest.

The vehicle's four occupants, all from Idaho, were seriously injured. TODD PRATT and rear passenger JOE L. PRATT, age 61, from Blackfoot, Idaho, were transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Right front passenger AUSTIN B. PARKER, age 23, from Pocatello, Idaho, and rear passenger TANDA KAY PRATT, age 60, from Blackfoot, Idaho, were transported by ground ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. TANDA PRATT was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

OSP troopers from the La Grande Area Command office, with the assistance of OSP Baker City troopers, are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Tim Schuette is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City Police Department, Baker City Fire Department, Baker Rural Fire/Rescue, Haines Fire Protection District, LifeFlight, and ODOT.

The westbound lanes were closed temporarily for emergency ground and air transported response.

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Update: Victim Identified, Photos - Driver Arrested for Allegedly Causing Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 6 in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/28/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 6 east of Lees Camp in Tillamook County. The initial investigation led the arrest of a Portland woman located and stopped in Washington County whose vehicle was identified by witnesses as causing the crash.

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., a 2001 Chrysler Sebring driven by RUSSEL JOHN FALOTICO, age 56, from Beaverton, was eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 27 when a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle attempted to pass the Chrysler in a no passing zone. A witness traveling westbound said the Hyundai attempted to move back into the eastbound lane to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle, forcing the Chrysler off the roadway into a gravel pullout. The Chrysler's driver lost control, slid into the westbound lane and collided with a westbound 2004 Jeep Wrangler driven by SHILO MARIE WALTERS, age 36, from Newberg.

The Hyundai continued eastbound from the scene without stopping.

Upon arrival of emergency responders, the Chrysler's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The passenger in the Jeep Wrangler identified as RICHARD R. WALTERS, age 43, from Newberg, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious, non-life threatening injuries. SHILO WALTERS was transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators received information from witnesses at the scene that prior to the crash the operators of the Chrysler and Hyundai were involved in "road rage" behavior. This information led OSP to request law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the Hyundai.

At approximately 5:04 p.m., information from Washington County Sheriff's Office and Beaverton Police Department led to the driver being stopped by Beaverton police eastbound on Highway 26 near Cedar Hills Boulevard. An OSP trooper responded from the crash scene as part of the ongoing investigation and subsequently arrested the Hyundai's driver, TRISHA JO HOMAN, age 45, from Portland, on the following charges:

* Criminally Negligent Homicide
* Assault in the Third Degree
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Felony Hit & Run

The trooper transported HOMAN to Tillamook County Jail where she was lodged on the charges. According to jail staff, she posted bail and was released to appear at a date and time to be set.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene and during the initial investigation by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Department of Forestry, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Department, and ODOT. The highway was closed approximately 4 hours.

Homan Photograph - Tillamook County Sheriff's Office
Crash Scene Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Oregon Students Compete in National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C. (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/28/14
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Portland, OR - After months of intensive research and success at the state level competition, Olivia Winter, a student who is home schooled in Timber, Oregon, presented her project at the annual National History Day competition, held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C. area June 11-15.

"I was proud to be one of the finalists at National History Day," stated Olivia. "I think National History Day is a valuable experience because I can test my skills against many other people. It helped me to become more confident when presenting, gave me the chance to study the things that fascinate me, and to study them in more depth than I would have otherwise. Researching my project this year helped me to understand my world better.

Continued Olivia, "I think that students benefit from National History Day because it helps kids to see a story in history, and to learn from it. It makes history relevant and important."

Along with Olivia, twenty other students representing Jefferson, Washington, and Multnomah counties traveled across the country to compete in the 25th annual National History Day contest. Although no Oregonians took home cash awards, Olivia's entry, a documentary on the infamous Tillamook Burn of 1933-1951 entitled, "Out of the Ashes: The Inferno That Changed the Heart of Oregon" won honorable mention.

The Oregon Historical Society offers cash prizes to three students at the local Oregon History Day competition, which took place at Concordia University on April 12, 2014. All students between the ages of 12-17 across our state are encouraged to enter the competition for the 2014-15 school year, where the theme will be "Leadership and Legacy in History." Oregon History Day will take place this coming year at the Oregon Historical Society on Saturday, April 18. Those who qualify will be invited to the national competition June 14-18 in Washington, D.C.

For more information on how to get involved in Oregon History Day, as well as the access materials for students and teacher, visit http://www.ohs.org/education/oregon-history-day.cfm.


About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.


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Crowd-sourced survey seeks African American historic sites
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/28/14
A crowd-sourced project to identify Oregon's African American historic sites and places has uncovered locations in Pendleton, Hayesville, Salem, Westport, Portland and other communities. Project leaders are asking the public to continue submitting information about potential sites.

"These places can be buildings anywhere in Oregon where African Americans worked, sites where important events happened, or objects created, installed, or inspired by African Americans," said project manager Kim S. Moreland.

The Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, launched the property survey project "Preserving Oregon's African American Historic Places" in May. Working with community partners and volunteers, the organizations want to protect and preserve Oregon's African American historic sites and places from 1844 to 1984.

Preserving Oregon African American Historic Places project is a crowd-sourced project that encourages the public to contribute information online that pertains to existing structures with any African American association in their histories and cemeteries with African American burials.

The discoveries so far include black pioneer burials in the historic Hayesville, Salem Pioneer, Westport, and Lone Fir cemeteries are just a few of the data submissions we already received. Additional data has been submitted on two Pendleton structures: one is related to the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the "Triple Nickles") and the other with George Fletcher, the Pendleton Round Up rodeo champion. Other recent documentation includes a 114-year-old wooden structure which served as the residence of suffrage and civic leader Kathryn Gray. Another building, commonly referred to as the Burger Barn, is associated with the infamous "possum Incident" in Portland.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 28. You may submit your information online at www.makeoregonhistory.com or at www.oregonblackpioneers.org. Provide as much information as you can, but it is OK to leave blanks if you do not know the particular information requested. Go to www.makeoregonhistory.com to submit online. The information will be added to the collections of the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historic Sites Database.

"Our ultimate goal is to create a multiple property document that identifies sites for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places," said Moreland.

If you have any questions about the survey project you may email Moreland at historic_places@qwestoffice.net or Kuri Gill, Oregon Heritage, Grants and Outreach Coordinator at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.


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Portland to host national health care ergonomics conference
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/28/14
(Salem) - Best practices around ergonomics in the health care field will be highlighted at the fifth National HealthCare Ergonomics Conference in Portland. The event is scheduled for Sept. 8-11, 2014, at the Oregon Convention Center and will highlight a variety of evidence-based topics for health care workers.

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, keynote speaker William Marras, a professor at Ohio State University, will present "Low Back Pain Causation and Prevention in Patient Handling Activities."

"Patient handling represents one of the greatest occupational threats to back health in the U.S.," said Marras. "Through an understanding of the process of disc degeneration, we can associate specific patient handling activities and tasks with an elevated risk of accelerating this process. It turns out that these risks are more than just physical and we are beginning to understand how these risks interact."

On Wednesday, keynote Casey Chosewood, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, Total Worker Health program, will share his presentation "Healthier, Safer, and More Engaged: Unlocking the Potential of Total Worker Health."

"Increasingly, today's workers face challenges to their health and well-being both on and off the job," said Chosewood. "Addressing them comprehensively is critical if we want to maintain healthier communities and families - and sustain a thriving personal and national economy. A total worker health perspective integrates health protection and health promotion interventions to address these challenges."

Other conference topics include:
* The link between patient and worker safety featuring panelists from the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Nurses Association
* Safe patient handling (equipment, technology, and program development)
* Designing safe and lean workplaces using ergonomics
* Effective workplace wellness programs
* Tours of Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) hospital and Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in ergonomics, safe patient handling, and safety and wellness products and services.

Conference registration is $250, which includes session handouts and lunch. Pre-conference workshops and post-conference tours are available. For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247, then select option one or visit the Conferences webpage at www.orosha.org/conferences.

The conference is a joint effort of the Oregon Coalition for HealthCare Ergonomics, Oregon OSHA, and the American Association for Safe Patient Handling and Movement.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
07/27/14
Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 6 east of Lees Camp in Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - 07/27/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is beginning an investigation into Sunday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 6 about two miles east of Lees Camp in Tillamook County. The crash has the highway blocked with detours being established for traffic. Travelers are urged to use alternative routes for travel to and from the north Oregon coast.

Preliminary information indicates on July 27, 2014 at approximately 4:19 p.m., a report was received of a two-vehicle head-on crash with injuries on Highway 6 near milepost 27. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed one person was deceased and others were injured. Two people reportedly have been transported by air ambulance to an unknown hospital with serious injuries.

The highway will be closed for several hours for the investigation into the cause of the crash. ODOT is responding with personnel and traffic updates can be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Information will be released later tonight when available. No photographs for release.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 27, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/27/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - July 27, 2014



FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:


Ferguson Fire - Currently 200 acres in size and 50 percent contained, the fire is burning on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. Two structures have been lost. There are six structures still threatened, but the evacuation status was reduced earlier to Level 1 ("ready"). Hand crews will continue to work at the fire line to bring it to a minimum of 100 feet into the fire's interior and 300 feet around structures. Thunderstorms are forecast for today and throughout the week. Today's storm will be dry with moisture increasing through Friday. Resources assigned to the fire include: five hand crews, 15 fire engines, five water tenders, three bulldozers and four helicopters. Total Personnel at the fire: 225. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. The Ferguson Fire was reported July 25. Cause is under investigation.


Waterman Complex - Consists of multiple lightning-caused fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the complex is now 100 percent contained and in full mop-up. No spread is expected. A total of 400 personnel remain at the complex. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.


Pine Creek Fire - Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. The lightning-caused fire is currently 97 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team transferred command to a Type 3 team this morning.


Sunflower Fire - The lightning-caused fire is 7,175 acres and 90 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. Firefighters continue to secure fire lines and complete restoration work. Command was transferred to a Type 3 team on July 26.


Rye Valley Fire - The lightning-started fire is 1,434 acres and 75 percent contained. Reported July 24 burning on Bureau of Land Management lands near the community of Huntington, Oregon, near the Idaho border, the fire soon spread to private lands. ODF Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. Today firefighters will complete direct fire line where possible and burn out unburned fuels where indirect line is constructed. Mop-up and rehabilitation work will continue.


Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)


Kitten Complex - 22,685 acres, 45 percent contained.


Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 95 percent contained.


Pine Creek Fire - 30,245 acres, 97 percent contained.


Black Rock Fire - 35,938 acres, 95 percent contained.


Donnybrook Fire - 22,763 acres, 97 percent contained.


Bridge 99 Complex - 5,084 acres, 81 percent contained.


Ochoco Complex - 10,004 acres, 79 percent contained.


Bingham Complex - 452 acres, 50 percent contained.


Hurricane Creek Fire - 645 acres, 20 percent contained.


Buzzard Complex - 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained.


Center Fire - 2,515 acres, 75 percent contained.


Logging Unit Fires - 10,480 acres, 80 percent contained.


Shaniko Butte Fire - 42,044 acres, 90 percent contained.


Gumboot Fire - 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.
07/26/14
Rye Valley Fire update - July 26, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/26/14
Rye Valley Fire - Update July 26, 2014



Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Fire crews assigned to the Rye Valley Fire are beginning to prepare for their next assignment as the status of the fire continues to improve. The fire now stands at 1,434 acres and is 75 percent contained.

Mop-up objectives are beginning to be realized and suppression rehabilitation efforts are in full swing.

Rehabilitating the landscape from fire suppression activities includes breaking up and smoothing berms back into line, constructing water bars or trenches as needed to prevent future soil erosion and repairing damaged fences.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Dan Thorpe) would like to thank everyone in the Huntington community for their tremendous hospitality. Special thanks to the landowners we serve and the many cooperating agencies.

Cooperators include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association, Huntington School District and the City of Huntington.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 1,434 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
Containment: 75 percent
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber

FIREFIGHTING RESOURCES
Personnel: 230
Air Tankers: None
Helicopters: 1
Fire engines: 10
Water Tenders: 2
Bulldozers: 3

Estimated Cost: $976,776


For More Information: (503) 983-8897
Update: Serious Injury Motorcycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 30 west end of The Dalles (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's serious crash involving a motorcycle and a bus in the west end of The Dalles along Highway 30. The motorcyclist's name is released in this update.

According to Senior Trooper Scott Rector, on July 26, 2014 at approximately 7:17 a.m., a motorcycle operated by LARRY M. DEW, age 57, was eastbound on Highway 30 near Division Street when it collided into the front of an International bus driven by PATRICK PRESTON, age 55, from The Dalles. The bus was turning left from Highway 30 into a gas station/convenience store lot when the collision occurred.

DEW was seriously injured and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he is in critical condition. His motorcycle is registered in Colorado but he reportedly may be currently living in Wisconsin. He was wearing a protective helmet.

PRESTON was not injured. The bus belongs to Oregon Child Development Coalition and had no passengers.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No citations have been issued at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by The Dalles City Police Police Department and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue.

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Update: Name & Photo Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W east of Mapleton in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Saturday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126W east of Mapleton. The crash resulted in the death of an adult male whose name is released in this update.

On July 26, 2014, at approximately 3:09 a.m., a Ford Escape driven by RAYMOND H. MOSLEY, age 68, from Florence, was traveling westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 22. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway across the eastbound lane and crashed head-on into a tree. The tree broke at the middle and landed in the highway, blocking the eastbound lane.

Emergency crews arrived and declared the MOSLEY deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

The eastbound lane was blocked approximately 4 hours while emergency personnel were on scene. OSP was assisted by the Lane Fire Authority and ODOT.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem
Oregon State Police - 07/26/14
A 53-year old male motorcyclist died Friday night when he was involved in a high speed crash on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Salem. Witnesses included an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper on patrol. The victim's name is released in this update.

On July 25, 2014 at approximately 10:07 p.m., an OSP trooper patrolling on Interstate 5 near milepost 261 witnessed the operator of a 2009 Harley Davidson lose control while passing other vehicles at an estimated 90 - 95 mph in the northbound lanes. The operator was ejected from the motorcycle as it crashed in the center northbound lane.

The trooper initiated emergency medical care and CPR at the scene until paramedics arrived. DAVID LEARY SCHNELLER, age 53, from Tualatin, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from Salem, Albany, and Springfield were involved with the investigation at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department, and ODOT. The left and center northbound lanes were closed about five hours during incident response and investigation.

No photographs available for this release.

According to ODOT statistics, motorcycle-involved fatalities are up 44% this year in comparison to the same period last year. A recent news release regarding motorcycle safety was provided with reminders and tips for everyone traveling on our roads:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/nr14062401.aspx

OSP joins ODOT in urging all travelers to stay focused on safety and Drive Safely to Save Lives.

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Update #2: Victim's Name & Added Photo - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 northbound south of Wilsonville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene investigating Friday's single vehicle fatal traffic crash off the northbound shoulder of Interstate 5 about three miles south of Wilsonville. The victim's name is released in this update.

Updated information indicates on July 25, 2014 at approximately 11:55 a.m., a 1993 Buick Regal four-door driven by EMUEL JAMES SMOTHERS, age 48, from Dallas, Oregon, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 281 in the far right lane. For an unknown reason, the car traveled off the right shoulder, through grass for about 200 feet and then collided head-on into a tree. The car's interior caught fire and was eventually extinguished by firefighters from Aurora Rural Fire Protection District.

SMOTHERS was deceased at the scene. Investigators believe he was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionists from the Portland Area Command office are investigating. ODOT assisted with traffic. Trooper Mac Marshall is the lead investigator.

Any witnesses to the cause of the crash who have not spoken to investigating troopers are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.

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07/25/14
Rye Valley Fire Evening Update; Friday, July 25, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/25/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander


Rye Valley Fire
Evening Update
July 25, 2014


Note: This will be the final day of a morning and evening news release. Beginning tomorrow, one news release will be produced in the late afternoon.


The Rye Valley Fire is holding at 1,392 acres and is now 35 percent contained. Firefighters' primary objectives include strengthening established containment lines and mopping up hot spots along the perimeter of the fire to prevent future spread. They are also beginning the important task of rehabilitation in areas affected by fire suppression efforts.

Several islands of unburned vegetation remain within the perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue to isolate these areas with additional containment lines and cooling hot spots.

The fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper on public and private lands within the Bureau of Land Management's Vale District and Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District. Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team #3 is directing the suppression effort.

Cooperating agencies include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington.


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Fire-At-A-Glance

Size: 1,392 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
Containment: 35%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 159
Air Tankers:
Helicopters: 1
Engines: 8
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3
Estimated Cost: $400,000
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions:
Announcements: None
For More Information: (503) 983-8897
Update #3: Victim ID - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 east of Astoria in Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/25/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's two-vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to two other people along Highway 30 about three miles east of Astoria. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Dennis Thomas, on July 25, 2014 at approximately 6:49 a.m., a report was received of a serious injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 30 near Liberty Lane.

Initial investigation indicates a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by MICHELLE LYNN FLETCHER, age 38, from Longview, Washington, was westbound near milepost 94 when it crossed the double solid centerline and sideswiped an eastbound 1993 Ford pickup with two occupants.

The westbound vehicle had three occupants. FLETCHER was seriously injured and extricated by firefighters. She was taken by LifeFlight from Columbia Memorial Hospital to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is in critical condition. Right front passenger ARTHUR ROMINE JR, age 51, from Warrenton, was not injured. Both were using safety restraint and the pickup's airbags deployed.

The pickup's left rear passenger, BRYCE WILLIAM SARANPAA, age 43, from Warrenton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints.

The Ford's driver, DANIEL BECERRA CAMPOS, age 33, from Seaside, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. Right front passenger SAMUEL BECERRA VELASQUEZ, age 28, from Seaside, was not injured. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Astoria Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Fire Department, and ODOT.

One lane was opened to traffic at approximately 10:10 a.m. The other lane was opened before noon.

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Workgroup of Future of Public Health Task Force meets July 29
Oregon Health Authority - 07/25/14
July 25, 2014

What: A workgroup of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health will meet to discuss and develop options for governance structure and criteria in implementing the current draft straw model of governmental public health services being considered by the full task force. Options developed during the workgroup meeting will be brought to the August 20 task force meeting for consideration.

When: Tuesday, July 29, 1:30- 3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St.

Who: This workgroup is made up of four members of the Future of Public Health Task Force. The task force was created by Oregon HB 2348 to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update - Friday, July 25, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/25/14
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Friday, July 25, 2014
FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Rye Valley Fire: This fire was reported approximately 15 miles northwest of Huntington on July 23, caused by lightning, burning on BLM lands in the Vale district. It posed a threat to ODF Northeast Oregon District's protected lands, so ODF Incident Management Team 3 was dispatched yesterday and assumed command of the fire at 7 p.m. PDT. Reports this morning indicate excellent progress on fire operations overnight, with containment lines now completely surrounding the 1392-acre fire. More information on this fire is available on the fire's Incwieb site at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4002/.

Waterman Complex - Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 90 percent contained and in full mop-up. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/.

Pine Creek Fire - Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. It is currently 88 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. Today firefighters will work on any hot spots that could threaten fire lines, and will continue mop-up. Resources include: 16 hand crews, 33 fire engines, eight water tenders and a total of 612 personnel. The Western Montana Incident Management Team [Fry] will transition management of this fire to a local team on July 26. Unless something unanticipated occurs, this will be the last report on this fire and the remainder of the fires within the Pine Creek Complex. Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3969/.

Sunflower Fire - The fire is 7,170 acres and 80 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. On Saturday, the large fire Incident Management Team (IC Wilde) will transition to a local management team. This will be the last report on this fire unless something unanticipated occurs. Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. As new fires start, and older ones are contained and turned over to local control, they will be added to and dropped from the following list.)

Camp Creek Fire [11 miles SE of Juntura, lightning start detected on 7/23/14] - 5,300 acres, 40 percent contained
Kitten Complex [Kitten Canyon, Brogan Hill, North Juniper, and Stemler Fires; all lightning starts detected on July 25th. Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team (Greg Poncin) assumed command on July 25th] - 20,664 total acres, 0 percent contained
Pine Creek Complex - Total acres: 102,209 [will transition from the Type !! Western Montana IMT (IC Fry) to a local fire management team on July 26th. Last Update.]
--Pine Creek Fire - 30,245 acres, 95 percent contained
--Black Rock Fire -35,039 acres, 95 percent contained
--Donnybrook Fire - 22,763 acres, 97 percent contained
--Jack Knife Fire - 13,263 acres, 100 percent contained
Bridge 99 Complex - 5,960 acres, 67 percent contained
Ochoco Complex - 10,195 acres, 59 percent contained
--Lava Fire - 191 acres, 95 percent contained
--Antelope Fire - 21 acres, 100 percent contained
-Broadway Fire - 5 acres, 100 percent contained
--Fox/Oscar Canyon Fire - 9,978 acres, 29 percent contained
Bingham Complex - 452 acres, 50 percent contained [will transition from the Washington Interagency IMT 4 (IC Larry Nickey) to a local team out of Detroit Ranger Station on Sunday, July, 27th . Last update]
--Bingham Ridge Fire - 275 acres
--Lizard Fire - 175 acres
Pittsburg Fire - 8,288 acres, 100 percent contained [transitioned from Washington Interagency IMT 1 to a local team out of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Last update.]
Hurricane Creek Fire - 645 acres, 20 percent contained
Buzzard Complex - 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained
Center Fire - 2,515 acres, 50 percent contained.
Logging Unit Fires - 10,488 acres, 60 percent contained.
--Skyline Fire - 116 acres
--Haily Butte Fire - 108 acres
--Logging Unit Fire - 313 acres
--Camas Prairie Fire - 6,379 acres
--Bear Butte 2 - North - 3,884 acres
Shaniko Butte Fire - 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.
Gumboot Fire - 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained [Last update]

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information or page the duty officer at 503-370-0403. The duty officer will call back/return pages promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Fire Program | General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503.945.7425
Cell 503.508.0574
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 26 north of Madras in Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 07/25/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred on Highway 26 about two miles north of Madras.

On July 24, 2014 at approximately 9:12 p.m., a 2004 Saturn passenger car driven by ROBERT C. TOWLER, age 78, from Madras, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 114 when it encountered a man walking in the darkness in the traffic lane. TOWLER attempted to avoid the man but his car struck him.

The pedestrian, identified as MICHAEL D. THOMPSON, age 52, from Madras, was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Madras where he died after arrival.

TOWLER was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Bend and Madras offices are continuing the investigation. Trooper Derreck Ellena is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District #1, and ODOT.

No photographs for release.

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Health advisory lifted for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, Hubbard Creek Beach and Mill Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/25/14
Beach Advisory Lifted

Media contacts: Susan Wickstrom, Oregon Public Health Division, 971-673-0892, phd.communications@state.or.us; Robert Smith, Oregon Parks and Recreation, 503-390-0639, ext. 227
Technical questions: Tara Chetock, Oregon Public Health Division; 971-673-1496, tara.a.chetock@state.or.us; Aaron Borisenko, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-693-5723; aaron.n.borisenko@state.or.us
Health advisory lifted for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, Hubbard Creek Beach and Mill Beach

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

A public health advisory for contact with marine water at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, located in Coos County, and Hubbard Creek Beach and Mill Beach, both located in Curry County was lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued July 24 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided, and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are Oregon Public Health, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, contact the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program at 971-673-0400 or www.healthoregon.org/beach; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.
Oregon Stroke Care Committee meets August 14
Oregon Health Authority - 07/25/14
July 25, 2014

What: The second public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include reviewing Oregon stroke data sources.

When: Thursday, August 14, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 (2013) to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made up of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, the Public Health Division's Chronic Disease Programs manager, at 971-673-1053.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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2014 Hospital Community Report highlights financial and utilization trends within Oregon's community hospitals
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 07/25/14
July 25, 2014 --- Apprise Health Insights, a data subsidiary of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, has released its 2014 Oregon Hospital Community Report, detailing utilization and financial trends for the state's acute care hospitals.

Now in its fifth year, the report provides a transparent look at the operations of one of our state's most valuable assets, our community hospitals.

"This report from Apprise illustrates the unique challenges our hospitals face as health care transformation and the Affordable Care Act begin to take shape," said Andy Van Pelt, chief operating officer of OAHHS. "As we continue to understand the impacts of health care transformation, our state's hospitals are seeing increasing financial pressures and a dramatically shifting patient mix. Simultaneously, they are radically changing the way they do business. It is still too early to see what the long-term impacts of transformation will be on providers."

The data show that in 2013, Medicare paid only 78 cents for each dollar hospitals spent caring for Medicare patients; and Medicaid paid, on average, only 67 cents for each dollar hospitals spent caring for Medicaid patients. More than 60% of services provided in our state's hospitals are for Medicare and Medicaid patients. The overall operating margin for the Oregon's hospitals was 3.6% in 2013. This is the lowest the state's average operating margin has been since 2008.

Despite these financial challenges, hospitals provided inpatient care to approximately 336,000 patients. Additionally, the report shows:

* More than 9.9 million patients received outpatient care at acute care hospitals.
* Nearly 44,000 babies were delivered at Oregon's hospitals.
* More than 1.2 million patients received care in hospital emergency departments.
* The top five reasons for hospital inpatient stays included births, knee joint replacements, septicemia (blood infection), mental health issues, and digestive disorders.

The report details Oregon's 58 community hospitals, located in 36 counties. They represent a mix of general (also called acute care), pediatric, long-term acute care, and behavioral health. In 2013, Oregon had more than 6,500 staffed hospitals beds. The state has 44 designated trauma centers with two being designated as Level I.

More than half of all Oregon hospitals (52 percent) are in rural areas, with the remaining facilities located in urban parts of the state. Oregon has 25 critical access hospitals, which have a federal designation allowing them to receive 101 percent of Medicare cost reimbursement.

To read the entire report, visit www.apprisehealthinsights.com/2014-report.
Rye Valley Fire Morning Update, Friday, July 25, 2014 @ 8 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/25/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander


Rye Valley Fire
Morning Update
July 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m.


Favorable weather conditions allowed fire crews to make substantial progress on the Rye Valley Fire near Huntington in eastern Oregon.

Crews and bulldozers have constructed containment lines completely around the 1,392 acre fire. A Type II helicopter (medium size), a large air tanker and three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) provided air support to the crews on the ground. Today's actions call for strengthening those lines and beginning mop up operations from the perimeter towards the interior. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

The fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper on public and private lands within the Bureau of Land Management's Vale District and Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District. Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team #3 is directing the suppression effort.

Cooperating agencies include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington.


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Fire-at-Glance

Size: 1,392 acres

Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington

Containment: 20%

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: Grass, brush, timber

Personnel: 159
Air Tankers: 3 SEATs
Helicopters: 1
Engines: 8
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3

Estimated Cost:

Evacuations: None

Structures: 0

Closures/Restrictions:

Announcements: None

For More Information:
Public comments period opens on proposed rule to restrict smoking on Oregon beaches
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/25/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 25, 2014

Media Contacts:
Richard Walkoski, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0748, Cell: 503-510-9956
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722, Cell: 503-931-2590

Salem OR - Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through August 29, 2014. Comments will be taken by email, and through a series of four public hearings in August.

Rules that restrict smoking on Oregon state park properties were approved in February by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. Education about the new rule is taking place through 2014, and enforcement will begin in 2015. Previous public comments related to the state park rule asked the department to undertake a similar effort on the ocean shore, which is adjacent to many state parks. Citing environmental issues as a primary concern--plastic cigarette butts can persist for years, even in the harsh beach environment--the commission approved a staff request to consider a smoking rule for the ocean shore.

After listening to public comment between now and August 29, the department plans to present information to the Commission on September 17 at its meeting near Silverton, and return November 19 with a final recommendation at the Astoria meeting.

Public comment will play a key role in the decision to create a rule. Comments can be sent to the department through regular mail (OPRD Beach Smoking, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301), by e-mail (oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov), or in person at one of four public hearings scheduled in August. All hearings begin at 7 p.m. at the locations listed below.

* 8/20/2014 - Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway, Seaside OR
* 8/21/2014 - Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport OR
* 8/26/2014 - Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay OR
* 8/28/2014 - North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem OR

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07/24/14
Rye Valley Fire Evening Update, July 24, 2014 @ 9 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/24/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander


Rye Valley Fire
Evening Update
July 24, 2014, 9:00 p.m.


The Rye Valley Fire, located 15 miles northwest of Huntington, is one of about a dozen fires that resulted from lightning activity that passed through central and eastern Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday.

Driven by strong winds and light fuels, the fire has burned 1,392 acres. No residences or other buildings have been lost thanks in large part to structure protection provided by the Baker County Structural Task Force.

Three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a Type II (medium size) helicopter supported fire crews and equipment on the ground to establish containment lines around the fire. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

The Blue Mountain Interagency Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) made considerable progress Thursday and handed the assignment over to Oregon Department of Forestry's Type II IMT #3 (Incident Commander Dan Thorpe) Thursday evening.

Favorable weather is expected over the next two days that will help firefighters in the suppression effort.

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Fire-at-a-Glance

Size: 1,392 acres

Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington

Containment: 20%

Cause: Lightning

Personnel:
Air Tankers: 3 SEATS
Helicopters: 1
Engines: 9
Water Tenders:
Dozers: 5

Estimated Cost:

Evacuations: None

Structures: 0

Closures/Restrictions:

Announcements: None
State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/24/14
OREGON STATE HOUSING COUNCIL
Meeting Agenda

Date: August 1st, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Location: North Mall Office Building
725 Summer Street NE, Salem OR 97301 | Conference Room 124a/b
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330

1. Call to Order and Roll Call
2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
July 11, 2014

4. Portfolio Refinance for Approval
Revera Portfolio

5. 4% LIHTC Award for Approval
Erickson Fritz Apartments
Erickson 5-23 NW Second Ave. | Portland 97209
Fritz 4-10 NW Third Ave. | Portland 97209

6. Subsequent NOFA Awards
a. HOME Grant Award for Approval
East Lake Village II TBD: Bellevue Drive | Bend
Aspen Villas 815 NW Canal Blvd |Redmond

b. Other Awards for Presentation and Informational Purposes
Village East Apartments 6330 Main St. | Springfield
NAYA Generations 5205 SE 86th Avenue | Portland


7. Report of the Director

8. Report of the Chair

Adjourn State Housing Council Meeting


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1810/76290/OSHC_8-1-14_Meeting_Agenda.pdf
Health advisory issued for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, Hubbard Creek Beach and Mill Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/24/14
Media contacts: Susan Wickstrom, Oregon Public Health Division, 971-673-0892, phd.communications@state.or.us; Robert Smith, Oregon Parks and Recreation, 503-390-0639, ext. 227
Technical questions: Tara Chetock, Oregon Public Health Division; 971-673-1496, tara.a.chetock@state.or.us; Aaron Borisenko, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-693-5723; aaron.n.borisenko@state.or.us

Health advisory issued for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, Hubbard Creek Beach and Mill Beach

Public health advisories were issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, located in Coos County, and Hubbard Creek Beach and Mill Beach, both located in Curry County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, Hubbard Creek Beach and Mill Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 toll-free.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on these beaches because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Walla Walla School District Executive Session & Public Work Session: July 28, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 07/24/14
Walla Walla School District Executive Session & Public Work Session: July 28, 2014
as per the attached media memo ~


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1288/76281/07.28.14_SB_00_MEDIA_MEMO_Exec_Session__and__Work_Session.pdf
Death Investigation: Road Construction Worker Dies at Work Site - Interstate 84 west of Boardman in Morrow County
Oregon State Police - 07/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a road construction worker Wednesday night at a work site on Interstate 84 about seven miles west of Boardman in Morrow County.

Preliminary information indicates on July 23, 2014 at approximately 11:12 p.m., OSP, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Boardman Fire Department, and Boardman Ambulance were dispatched to a reported highway construction work site accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 158. Upon arrival, emergency responders found an adult male fatally injured.

The deceased male victim, identified as GLEN WARREN McCOY, age 64, from Sparks, Nevada, was a member of a construction company (Diversified Concrete Cutting out of Sparks, Nevada) contracted with ODOT to install rumble strips at a paving project site. He was working outside of a 1999 Dodge pickup operated by another employee when the pickup, which had a piece of equipment in tow, began to slowly move forward and he was run over by the rear dual tires.

One westbound lane was closed during the investigation. ODOT responded to the scene to assist with the investigation and traffic control.

Oregon OSHA was notified.

No photographs for release.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 24, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/24/14
FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Waterman Complex - Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 90 percent contained and in full mop-up. Lightning Tuesday evening produced three new fire starts. Firefighters performed initial attack Wednesday, and one of the fires will require additional action today. As the weather warms, firefighters will be on the lookout for sleeper fires from previous lightning strikes. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation is doing maintenance on Highway 26 today, to include clearing plugged culverts, clearing ditch lines, and removing rocks from the roadway. Resources at the fire include: one hand crew, one helicopter, 34 fire engines and a total of 781 personnel. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.

Pine Creek Fire - Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. It is currently 88 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. Today firefighters will work on any hot spots that could threaten fire lines, and will continue mop-up. Resources include: 16 hand crews, 33 fire engines, eight water tenders and a total of 612 personnel. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading the firefighting effort.

Sunflower Fire - The fire is 7,170 acres and 70 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. Today firefighters are continuing to secure completed fire line, mop up hot spots, and rehabilitate fire line. Resources include 14 hand crews, 22 fire engines and 520 total personnel.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

Pine Creek Fire - 30,245 acres, 88 percent contained.

Black Rock Fire -35,731 acres, 90 percent contained.

Donnybrook Fire - 22,763 acres, 87 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,917 acres, 50 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex - 10,195 acres, 32 percent contained.

Bingham Complex - 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

Pittsburg Fire - 8,288 acres, 100 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire - 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex - 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained.

Center Fire - 2,515 acres, 41 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires - 10,350 acres, 30 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire - 40,575 acres, 80 percent contained.

Gumboot Fire - 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.
Update: Investigation into ODOT Employee Death During Work Project - Highway 320 near Echo
Oregon State Police - 07/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employee at a work site Tuesday afternoon along OR Highway 320 south of Interstate 84 near Echo.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on July 22, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Donald Kendall, age 54, was part of an ODOT maintenance crews working at a chip seal paving operation work site on OR Highway 320 near milepost 35. Kendall was standing behind an ODOT dump truck operated by another ODOT employee when it began to slowly back up, struck Kendall and ran over him.

After their fellow crew member was run over, ODOT employees immediately began providing numerous lifesaving efforts until relieved by emergency responders.

Additional interviews are pending. No other information for release at this time.

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Go FREE or Go VIP: Daily Headlining Concerts Feature Rock, Country and Comedy at the Oregon State Fair
Amber Lindsey PR - 07/24/14
- NEW THIS YEAR: Concerts at L.B. Day Amphitheater are FREE with paid fair admission;
VIP Experience tickets on sale now -

SALEM, Ore. July 23, 2014 - Music legends Joan Jett, Charlie Daniels and The Beach Boys will join Ziggy Marley and comedian David Spade at the Oregon State Fair this summer, rocking the fairgrounds alongside the ultimate Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, plus Buckcherry, Emblem 3, the NEWSBOYS and Chris Young.

Limited VIP Experience concert tickets - available now at www.oregonstatefair.org - include premium reserved seating, fair admission, preferred access to concessions and a chance to win backstage access if purchased prior to the day of the show. Limited general admission concert seating is free with paid fair entry, which is reduced this year to just $8 (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over).

Concerts are held at the L.B. Day Amphitheatre on the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem and are subject to change without notice.


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/4844/76253/2014_Oregon_State_Fair_concert_lineup_FOR_FLASHALERT.pdf
State health care-acquired infections report shows continued improvement toward patient safety
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 07/24/14
July 24, 2014 --- Oregon does better than the national average on health care-acquired infections, according to the latest report of infections released today by the Oregon Health Authority. State officials say this is a good sign, but also shows that work can be done to reduce even more incidents of infections that people sometimes contract after being treated by health care providers.

The Oregon Health Authority's annual Hospital-Acquired Infections Report shows marked improvement in several areas:

* Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in adult intensive care units has decreased 65% over the last five years and remain statistically better than the national average.
* CLABSI in neonatal ICUs decreased by 29% over the last three years. In 2013 there were a total of six CLABSIs in NICUs in contrast to 20.3 predicted by NHSN.
* Surgical Site Infections decreased by 7% in the last five years, which is statistically better than the national baseline.
* Hospital onset Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections increased by 10% from 2012; however it remains below the national baseline.

"Health care-acquired infections can be serious and costly. They are also largely preventable," said Zintars Beldavs, coordinator of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program at the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division. "This information shows how hospitals have improved patient safety over time. We are working closely with our partners in the health care community, as well as patient advocates, with the goal of eliminating these infections entirely."

Health care-acquired infections are among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States and cost upwards of $33 billion per year nationally. In Oregon, the cost per stay for patients that experience health care-acquired infections increases an average of $32,000. Preventing these infections has become a key element to improve patient care and lower costs in the health care system.

"Addressing the issue takes effort on two fronts: improving patient care and improving patient education," Beldavs said. "Health care providers are increasing improvement and awareness of the issue."

In an effort to spread a culture of safety, Oregon health care providers participate in initiatives that address accountability and improved practices. The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) coordinates several patient safety-related clinical projects to specifically address hospital infections.

Fifty-two of Oregon's 62 hospitals are part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients initiative, which aims to reduce preventable harm by 40% and readmissions by 20%. Since beginning their Partnership for Patients work, hospitals working with OAHHS have achieved a 40% or greater reduction in Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI), surgical site infections, ventilator-associated complications, and early elective deliveries. To learn more about the program, visit www.oahhs.org/pfp.

Additionally, in 2013 clinical staff from hospitals across the state received Yellow Belt and Green Belt certification in Lean, a quality improvement methodology that streamlines processes, reduces cost, and improves quality and patient safety. Following the success of the program last year, even more hospital staff are once again participating in training for Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt Certification.

"Oregon's hospitals are committed to working in a transparent way to eliminate all health care-acquired infections in our state. Patient safety is our number-one responsibility," said Manny Berman, chair of the OAHHS Quality Committee and President & CEO of Tuality Healthcare. "This report illustrates that, although Oregon is ahead of national averages in terms of reducing infections, there is work to be done. Addressing HAI is a top priority of every hospital in this state."

Patients can reduce the risk of infection by taking all the pre-hospitalization infection prevention steps their doctors recommend, such as pre-surgical chlorhexidine baths, not shaving before surgery, and stopping smoking. They should also take antibiotics and other medications exactly as directed by their doctors, and ask their visitors to stay home if they are sick.

The Oregon Healthcare Acquired Infections Report stems from legislation passed in 2007 to create a mandatory reporting program to raise awareness, promote transparency for health care consumers, and motivate health care providers to prioritize prevention.

The report, completed by the Oregon Health Authority's Office of Health Policy Research, is available at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/HAI/Pages/index.aspx.
Marine Board Urges Boaters to Keep a Sharp Lookout on Area Rivers and Lakes (Higher-res Photo) (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/24/14
North Santiam River - Linn County Marine Deputies assessing obstructions and placing boating safety signage at nearby launch ramps.
North Santiam River - Linn County Marine Deputies assessing obstructions and placing boating safety signage at nearby launch ramps.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-07/4139/76261/thumb_NSantiam.jpg
As a result of less snow pack and lower rainfall amounts this winter, many Oregon lakes and rivers will be reaching historically low levels which will expose previously unseen hazards to boaters this summer. Stumps, rocks, logs and other obstructions could be just below the surface, resulting in hull or prop damage in areas that are normally navigable. These obstructions also impact the water dynamics and the currents in rivers, which can increase the difficulty to navigate safely, especially for paddlecraft. The Marine Board urges boaters to plan ahead and take the time to scout area waterways before launching your boat.

"No matter where you boat, most of our rivers and lakes will have obstructions that may not have been a problem earlier in the summer." says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer at the Oregon State Marine Board. "Water levels are changing quickly, so boaters need to assess the waterway each time they go boating." Boaters can check the Marine Board website to see what's been previously reported, but that does not take the place of scouting ahead once at the river, and having a plan if you do encounter an obstruction you cannot safely navigate or portage around.

Trees, root wads and other natural debris are a common part of Oregon's rivers and streams, providing important ecological benefits such as fish habitat, sediment removal, etc. and can be very dangerous to boaters. Deadheads (old pilings or logged tree stumps) may lie just below the surface, so keep a close watch for subtle changes in the water's surface. Strainers (trees hanging out from the bank) can trap a boat and the current could force it underwater. Keep a sharp look out downstream and use a quick-release anchor system for just such emergencies. Motorized boaters should operate carefully and pay particular attention to the surface dynamics ahead of where they're headed, especially while on-plane.

If paddling on rivers with whitewater rapids, any rapids designated as a Class III or higher, boaters are required to wear a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Not sure where to put in or take out? Visit the Marine Board's Boating Access Map to help plan your trip at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/access/access.aspx#Where_to_Launch_in_Oregon.

For reported navigation obstructions, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/safety/navigation_hazards.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Waterway Obstructions Audio , North Santiam River - Linn County Marine Deputies assessing obstructions and placing boating safety signage at nearby launch ramps.
07/23/14
It's not too late to make plans to attend an upcoming DHS Town Hall Meeting: Portland, Bend, Eugene, Medford, Online Webinar
OR Department of Human Services - 07/23/14
Oregon Department of Human Services -- Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community

You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, DHS agency operations, and other human services issues. Our community outreach this summer has two goals: first, to report on progress toward our long-term goals and strategic efforts as an organization; and second, get your thoughts and ideas as we plan for the next two years of work. Join DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and members of the DHS Executive Team for an informative presentation and lively discussion about where the agency is today and where we are going in the next two years and beyond. Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Wednesday, July 30
Portland - Portland Community College (Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Portland

Friday, August 1
Bend - Central Oregon Community College (Hitchcock Auditorium)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Bend

Monday, August 4
Eugene - Lane Community College (Center for Meeting & Learning)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Eugene

Tuesday, August 5
Medford - Rogue Community College (RCC/SOU Higher Education Center)
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Medford

Thursday, August 7 (special online meeting for those unable to attend in person)
Statewide -- Web-based interactive meeting, sign-up info & other details to come later.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Web

NEW!! We are also working on setting up a meeting for folks in eastern Oregon for Mid-August! Let us know if you'd like information. Send an e-mail to DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Eastern Oregon Meeting

Questions? Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Ore. State Fair Homebrew Beer & Amateur Wine Competitions call for entries
Amber Lindsey PR - 07/23/14
Calling all DIY beverage makers! Oregon State Fair's Homebrewed Beer and Amateur Wine competitions are officially open. Competition handbooks describing more than 80 total beer and wine categories are available online.

Important dates:
Homebrew entries due July 31
Amateur wine entries due July 25 (registration due July 24)

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OREGON STATE FAIR HOMEBREW BEER AND AMATEUR WINE COMPETITIONS CALL FOR ENTRIES

SALEM, OR - July 8, 2014 - The 149th Oregon State Fair is officially accepting entries for its Homebrew Beer and Amateur Wine competitions, raising a pint and a wine glass in honor of Oregon's best DIY beverage makers.

Are you ready for the ultimate homebrewed beverage challenge? Here's how to enter.

Homebrew Beer Competition

*Entries due: Thursday, July 31 at 5pm if submitting at one of several designated drop off locations across the state, or Friday, August 1 at 5pm if delivering to the Oregon State Fairgrounds

*Entry fee: $8 per entry

*Categories: Enter your homebrewed best in 29 beer categories or the non-alcoholic soft drink category (categories details are available online).

*Award Presentation: Friday August 22 at 7pm at the Jackman-Long Stage

The Homebrew Beer competition is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and the Beer Judge Certification Program.
Amateur Wine Competition

*Entries due: online entry forms and fees must be submitted online by Thursday, July 24; entries are due by 4pm on Friday, July 25

*Entry fee: $10 per entry

*Categories: Enter your amateur wine in one of 55 categories (details are available online).

*Award Presentation: Blue, red and white ribbons are presented on Friday, August 15. Blue ribbon best of show winners will also be honored Friday, August 15 at a special fair preview event: Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon Wine, Cuisine and Music.

The Amateur Wine Competition is sponsored by Chemeketa Community College's Northwest Wine Studies Center.

Excepting the soft drink category, all participants must be age 21 and over to enter.

Additional details - including required online registration links and category descriptions - are available online:

Homebrew Beer Competition: http://oregonstatefair.org/competitions/home-brew/

Amateur Wine Competition: http://oregonstatefair.org/competitions/amateur-wine/


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/4844/76217/Amateur_wine__homebrew_release_FINAL.pdf
Walla Walla School District Special Board Meeting: July 25, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 07/23/14
Walla Walla School District Special Board Meeting: July 25, 2014
as per the attached agenda ~


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1288/76231/07.25.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
2nd Annual NW Farmers Fighting Hunger Campaign Brings 85,000 lbs. to Food Banks in Oregon and Washington: Oregon Wins Trophy for Most Donations (Photo)
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 07/23/14
Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive – nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.
Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive – nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-07/4131/76229/thumb_NWFFH_logo.jpg
PORTLAND, Ore. - (July 23, 2014) -- Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive - nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.

The campaign, a joint effort between the states' Dairy Products Commissions, Departments of Agriculture, food banks and Fred Meyer, ran throughout June Dairy Month to raise awareness of the increased need for food and donations during the summer, when children have less access to school breakfast and lunch programs.

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director, Katy Coba, and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director, Bud Hover, supported the campaign with a friendly competition to see which state could generate the most food and funds.

Oregon won the competition and will take the Director's Trophy with $9,000 raised and 10,500 pounds of donated food. Pacific Foods in Tualatin, Ore., donated nearly half the total raised, with 500 gallons of shelf stable milk for families in need.

"We appreciate the efforts of the Dairy Farmers of Oregon to raise food and funds for Oregon Food Bank," said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. "Milk, yogurt and cheese are key components in healthy meals, especially for children."

Cash donations were emphasized in order to take full advantage of the purchasing power of the Oregon Food Bank Network. Funds raised from Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger will help get more nutrient-rich dairy foods, such as milk, cheese and yogurt into emergency food boxes.

The campaign included collection barrels throughout Fred Meyer stores, as well as events at selected stores in Oregon and Washington throughout the month. Kickoff events were held for the respective states in downtown Portland and at the Washington State Capitol. Contributions were also accepted at the campaign website.

"Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger draws attention to the need for food during summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating," said Oregon Ag- Director Coba, noting that Northwest farmers show their commitment to fight hunger by donating more than 13.5 million pounds of food to the states' food banks each year. "We hope the partnership will grow and strengthen so that, together, we can make sure no one in the Northwest goes to bed hungry."

"Partnering with Washington and Oregon dairy farmers in a combined effort to fight childhood hunger means a lot to our entire employee team," said Melinda Merrill, Manager of Community Affairs for Fred Meyer. "The annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger program is one step toward combating hunger."


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About Dairy Farmers of Oregon
Dairy Farmers of Oregon is a program of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. The Commission works on behalf of Oregon's dairy farm families who, with the help of 123,000 dairy cows and Oregon dairy processors, provide award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, and an extensive line of premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt. Milk is the official state beverage of Oregon, and Oregon is recognized nationwide as a leader for milk quality. The Oregon dairy industry is a community-conscious, caring business that contributes to nearly $1 billion to Oregon's economic well-being each year. Oregon dairymen and women care about their cows, their communities, and the land, air and water of Oregon. www.dairyfarmersor.com. The Commission also provides nutrition education through its program of the Oregon Dairy Council. www.oregondairycouncil.org

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank's mission: to eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems.


Attached Media Files: Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive – nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.
(Video and photos) Oregon Army National Guard assists wild fire suppression efforts
Oregon Military Department - 07/23/14
The Oregon Army National Guard continues to assist with fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore. Approximately 40 Soldiers are providing flight crews, refueling crews and communications for the four aircraft - two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters - assisting local authorities with containing the fire.

High-resolution photos are available for download at the following link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/

Video is available for download at the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350837/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-civilian-fire-suppression-agencies

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350484/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-fire-suppression

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350428/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-support-local-responders-fire-suppression-efforts
NW's best-known cake contest returns to Oregon State Fair
Amber Lindsey PR - 07/23/14
The Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest returns! The popular baking contest (all made from scratch, no mixes allowed!) returns for its 55th consecutive year, with cakes judged solely by its namesake - Oregon's resident chocolate cake gourmand. More than 2,400 cakes later, Gerry Frank shares his tips about what makes a really great chocolate cake: http://bit.ly/1nm6Uf6.

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NORTHWEST'S BEST-KNOWN CAKE CONTEST RETURNS TO OREGON STATE FAIR
55th Annual Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest is sponsored by Macy's

SALEM, OR - July 23, 2014 - This August marks the 55th year of the Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest at the Oregon State Fair. Regarded as the Northwest's best-known cake contest, entries are judged solely by Gerry Frank based on just two bites of each decadent, made-from-scratch creation.

Frank has tasted more than 2,400 cakes as judge of the contest created in his honor in 1959 by newly inaugurated Governor Mark Hatfield. His is a palate ideally suited for the job: he is also proprietor of the gourmet cake shop and café Gerry Frank's Konditorei.

2014 entrants are invited to bring their cakes to the Creative & Artistic Stage in the Jackman-Long Building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds by no later than 1pm on Sunday, August 31. The first place winner will be awarded a $250 Macy's Gift Card and a party for six people at Gerry Frank's Konditorei. Additional details about how to enter are available online (oregonstatefair.org/competitions/sponsored/gerry-frank-chocolate-layer-cake-contest/).

Frank's preferences for deeply chocolate, moist, visually appealing cakes are what inspired 2013 first place winners Russell and Brenda Read, who used Godiva Chocolate Liqueur to distinguish their winning entry. First time baker and 2012 winner Meghan Loftus, a high school student at the time, catered her entry to Frank's love of dark chocolate cakes.

Heir to the Meier and Frank department stores and Senator Mark Hatfield's Chief of Staff for 25 years, Frank is also known for his Oregonian travel columns, available in a new second edition of "Gerry Frank's Oregon." His best-selling guidebook, "Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York" has sold over one million copies. Immediately following the 55th Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest, the judge and author will remain at the fairgrounds for a book signing.

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About the Oregon State Fair
The 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.