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Mon. 08/21/17
OHA State Health Assessment Themes and Strengths Subcommittee meets by webinar on September 1
Oregon Health Authority - 08/21/17 3:56 PM
August 21, 2017

What: OHA will host a meeting of the State Health Assessment Themes and Strengths Subcommittee to inform the development of the State Health Assessment.

Agenda: Review themes from existing community health assessments; discuss process and finding from Health Status Assessment subcommittee; discuss method for community engagement process.

When: Friday, September 1 from 1 -- 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A 10-minute public comment period is at 2:30 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Join the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5366789207224162562. For audio dial the conference call line: 1-877-848-7030, Access Code: 2030826#.

Oregon's revised State Health Assessment is one of three prerequisites for public health accreditation. The assessment describes the health of the population, identifies areas for improvement, contributing factors that impact health outcomes, and assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notification issued for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/21/17 3:40 PM
Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notification issued for Black Butte Ranch

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire, located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice for the following areas:

All areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Level 1: 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. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

All areas previously under previous evacuation notices remain.

This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.

Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://arcg.is/D9OPi

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com
Oregon eclipse update: stay a little longer ... avoid congestion (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/21/17 2:19 PM
Totality in Salem
Totality in Salem
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2017-08/3986/107197/thumb_eclipse-totality.JPG
News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 21, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. --- What an amazing sight! #OREclipse was a huge success! Our thanks to Mother Nature for a most incredible Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon -- and for giving us clear skies over much of the viewing area. Working with our local, state and federal partners, as well as the media and the general public, got the word out about arriving early. People had little trouble getting to their eclipse viewing spots -- and overall had an excellent experience.
OEM, state, county and tribal agencies thank our media partners for helping share our preparedness messaging. We stressed the importance of safe travel, of preparing for delays, having adequate supplies, being mindful of fire dangers, and eclipse watchers did just that..

By being prepared and heeding requests to stay off the road, Oregonians made it possible for the state to sustain a substantial out-of-state and international visitor presence safely-- while also managing a large number of seasonal wildfires during an extremely dry summer.
We now encourage our eclipse visitors to stick around and enjoy everything our beautiful state and its communities have to offer. Oregon has abundant natural and cultural wonders to see. No glasses needed! From the Oregon Coast to the Snake River, there are millions of acres of public lands for you to explore. Stay awhile and visit recreation.gov and TravelOregon.com. .

We're seeing many eclipse viewers get on the roads now that the event is over. As a result there is heavy traffic congestion and slow going in parts of Oregon. If you must travel today, please plan your trip -- and be prepared to wait. If you're already home in Oregon, it might be best to stay put for a while. Be patient in traffic and, regardless of when you travel, ensure you have plenty of water, nonperishable foods and an emergency kit -- just in case traffic slows to a crawl in your area. Visit ODOT's Trip Check web page at TripCheck.com -- and check your entire route to make sure traffic is flowing before you head out.

Oregon's 211 information line and website at 211info.org continues to be the best source of information for Eclipse-related questions or concerns. Call 211 or go to 211info.org for answers to questions or to find help links to eclipse-related information.


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Attached Media Files: Totality in Salem
Central Oregon Eclipse JIC Daily Update
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/21/17 1:35 PM
Monday, August 21, 2017, 1:30 p.m. UPDATE (last daily update from the JIC)

Information lines:

- General eclipse questions: 211
- General fire questions: 541-316-7711 or centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
- Milli Fire: 541-316-7711
- Nena Springs Fire: 541-460-7525 or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5489/
Monday highway traffic

Everyone is leaving! Check Tripcheck.com and 511 for updates. We are updating social media every hour.

211 Calls, texts and web visits

211info reports it received more than 2,000 phone calls and text messages and 4,000 web visits from residents and visitors seeking information about the eclipse. 211info will continue assisting with eclipse questions through Wednesday.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality smoke/air quality report:

Most of Central Oregon had clear skies and good air quality Monday morning for the eclipse. Prineville, Redmond, Madras and Bend all had good air quality. The exception was in Sisters, which continues to have periods of hazardous air quality due to smoke from the nearby Milli Fire.

For more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Milli Fire update:

The fire is now 10,496 acres. Most of the growth is into the wilderness. Fire crews are strengthening control lines. No structures have been destroyed. No changes in the evacuation levels. Highway 242 remains closed.



Nena Springs Fire update:

The fire did not grow yesterday. Level 1 evacuations remain in place. The shelter has been closed.


About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center (closing Tuesday, August 22)
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to the media and to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps media, travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.

Accommodation Information for People with Disabilities
To obtain this information in an alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats, etc. please contact COEIN at 541-550-4888 or centraloregoninfo@gmail.com.

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Milli Fire Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/21/17 9:27 AM
August 21, 2017 Morning Update

The main part of the fire was active overnight and is expected to continue to burn on the west and southwest flanks as it backs into the Wilderness area. The fire grew toward Lava Lake Camp and toward North Matthieu Lake. Crews and masticators will work along OR242 today to clear heavy fuels and strengthen the control line. Firefighters on Sunday were able to make very good progress extending and strengthening handlines and dozer lines along the north, east and southeast flanks in an effort to protect private lands and communities. Aircraft made multiple water drops on pockets of burning fuel along Whychus Creek near Forest Road 16. Moderate fire behavior is expected today with possible isolated torching.
Smoke from the inversion may keep aircraft grounded this morning. The weather forecast calls for an inversion which could keep aircraft grounded. Once airborne, pilots will concentrate on water drops in the Whychus Creek drainage area. During the darkest part of the eclipse, all ground and air operations will stop for 45 minutes for crew and pilots safety.

Structural task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green team, with resources from seven counties, continue to assist ground crews and patrol neighborhoods in the Level 3 evacuation area. Those crews will continue to patrol areas until the fire threat to the structures is lessened. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. This site provides the latest information on smoke monitoring in the area along with information regarding the effects of smoke and possible health concerns related to it.

For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Evacuations:
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate.

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

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



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Milli Fire Information Officer

For more information, visit:
Inciweb Information System - Milli Fire
Central Oregon Fire Information
Follow the conversation on Twitter - #MilliFire
Red Cross Houses 50 Overnight in Chetco Bar Wildfire Evacuation Shelter
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/21/17 8:55 AM
The American Red Cross continues to shelter people evacuated because of the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County.

The Red Cross housed approximately 50 people in the Gold Beach Red Cross shelter last night, located at Riley Elementary School, 94350 6th St, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

Information on Red Cross shelter assistance:
Individuals and families in need of shelter assistance may simply show up at the shelter for help.
People facing evacuations and in need of shelter assistance may call (888) 680-1455.


For information on the Chetco Bar wildfire:
Residents in Curry County who have a landline will receive emergency notifications via that number.
Residents who do not have a landline or want to receive notifications on a cell phone must sign up for Emergency Alerts. To do this, go to the Curry County website or visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/89280773623773#/login
Residents in need of fire information may call the Chetco Bar Fire Information Line at: 541-247-3680
Residents facing evacuations should make arrangements to move property and livestock. Caged animals and livestock can relocate to the Curry County Fairgrounds (event center at the beach). For more info on livestock relocation to the fairgrounds, call 541-425-1821.


The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter in Sisters, OR due to the Milli Fire and housed 14 people overnight last night. The Sisters Red Cross Shelter is located at Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter. Individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at one of the shelters for help and information.
Chetco Bar Fire Daily Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/21/17 8:46 AM
August 20, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Community Meeting:
Azalea Middle School, 505 Pacific Ave, Brookings on Monday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.

Evacuations:
Yesterday the Sheriff's Office issued an additional mandatory evacuation (Level 3) order that includes an area from the junction of Hwy 101 and Carpenterville Rd. north to the Pistol River, and east to the previous Level 3 evacuation areas. The Sheriff's Office will continue to evaluate the need for additional evacuation orders as necessary to protect public safety. Click here for an interactive evacuation map

The Red Cross is staffing an emergency evacuation shelter at Riley Creek Elementary in Gold Beach 94350 6th St. Gold Beach, OR. (541)-600-6068. There is no shelter in Brookings.

Current Situation:
Strong winds yesterday and overnight pushed the fire to the south and west. The present perimeter of the fire is in the vicinity of Nook Bar west to Ransom Ridge and north to Bosley Butte. Structure protection equipment will focus their work around homes. Unstable atmospheric conditions seen for the past several days will ease as a different weather pattern moves into the area. An infrared flight estimated the size at 91,551 acres. There will be significant smoke this weekend in the Brookings and Harbor area as a result of the fire. Air quality will fluctuate between "moderate" and "unhealthy for sensitive groups" in Brookings. For more information about air quality, please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Closures:
An area closure is in effect in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in addition to the trail closures in place. Before you head out into the woods this weekend pleases check Inciweb or the Rouge River Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) homepage for all closure orders including those that pertain to the Chetco Bar Fire.

Safety Message:
Due to mandatory evacuations and heavy fire traffic travelers are encouraged to avoid highway 101.

As the eclipse approaches and traffic in the area significantly increases, please keep yourself and others safe. August is peak wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest. A small spark can rapidly become a large fire. Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, such as campfire bans. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Leave your site better than you found it.

Fire at a Glance:
Size: 91,511 acres (approx.)
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 400

Social Media Resources:
Twitter: @RRSNF #ChetcoBarFire
Facebook: /https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF/
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/
E-mail: chetcobarfireinfo@gmail.com
Air Quality Report: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Sun. 08/20/17
The American Red Cross Relocates Bookings Shelter to Gold Beach
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/20/17 10:03 PM
The American Red Cross continues to provide shelter and aid to people displaced by wildfires throughout Oregon.

The Red Cross shelter, established because of level 3 evacuations due to the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County, has moved from Brookings to Gold Beach, Oregon.

The new shelter location is: Riley Elementary School, 94350 6th St, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

The move was made due to increased firefighting activity in the area of the Brookings shelter and to create more distance between the fire area and the evacuation center.

The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter in Sisters, OR due to the Milli Fire. The Sisters Red Cross Shelter is located at Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.


At all shelters individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at one of the shelters for help and information.
Evacuation Levels Due to Milli Fire to Remain Through Monday
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/20/17 8:38 PM
Release by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

On 08/20/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office met with fire managers including representatives from the Deschutes National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest Area Incident Management Team, and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Green Team.

A decision was made to keep all evacuation levels as currently in place. Tomorrow, the Sheriff's Office will again meet with partner agencies and reevaluate the situation.

The Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the citizens of Sisters, particularly those who have been impacted by evacuations for their patience.

Current evacuation levels include:

Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (FS 16) south of the Brooks Scanlon Logging Rd (FS 4606)

Level 1 - All areas between Hwy 20 and Hwy 242 west of the City of Sisters to the Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes the subdivision of Tollgate. This area does not include the City of Sisters.

An update will be issued tomorrow, August 21st.
Oregon eclipse update: last minute prep for E-Day
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/20/17 4:13 PM
News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 20, 2017


Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. -- Monday is E-day! The day Eclipse fans have all been anticipating for so long. The Total Solar Eclipse finally occurs in Oregon tomorrow morning starting at 10:15 a.m. on the Oregon Coast.

While the moon will surely cover the sun for a full two minutes, conditions will remain in flux here on the ground long before and after. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and its local, state and federal partners have provided information for residents and visitors who want information about changing conditions leading up to and after the eclipse.

Oregon's 211 information line and website at 211info.org has logged more than 1,700 calls and nearly 4,000 visits to the web to their eclipse web page since Wednesday. This service continues to be the best source of information for Eclipse-related questions or concerns. Call 211 or 211info.org is a great resource for answers to questions that are eclipse-related.

Prior to the eclipse, take a moment to check your eclipse viewing glasses and make sure it has an ISO logo and note that indicates the glasses meet the requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015. If your eclipse glasses do not have this certification, do not use them! Consider making a 'pinhole' viewing apparatus. Directions on how to make a pinhole viewer can be found on the OEM Facebook page at facebook.com/OMDOEM.

Traffic has been picking up in some areas of the state on Sunday, but the good news is that traffic was still moving well. Should roads become clogged, be patient and practice #SafeDriving. Continue to plan ahead. Make sure you get on the road with a sufficient supply of water, plenty of snacks and an emergency supply kit. Check traffic on your driving route by visiting the Oregon Department of Transportation's Trip Check web page at TripCheck.com. ODOT personnel are on the roads around the clock to monitor traffic and help with the flow.
Current weather forecasts indicate promising skies for eclipse viewing. However, conditions can change. The National Weather Service has created a page specifically for Eclipse viewers who want updated weather conditions in their area: www.weather.gov/eclipse.

The Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Coordination Center is fully activated to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state. OEM's online Real-time Assessment and Planning Tool, known as RAPTOR, has updated information on wildfires and any wildfire-related road closures. People can access RAPTOR through OEM's web page or they may go to www.tinyURL.com/OregonRaptor. It is important that travelers stay informed about conditions in the area in which they are traveling and take appropriate precautions.

Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically -- even hourly -- during wildfires. Visit oregonsmoke.blogspot.com for the latest information on smoke conditions in your area. Take precautions based on your individual health needs and the smoke levels around you.
If you are traveling to Oregon, please plan to stay around for a while after the eclipse to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery and great activities our state has to offer. For information and excellent ideas, visit TravelOregon.com.

"There's a wealth of things folks can do once the two minutes of totality are over and eclipse events come to a close across the country," said Linea Gagliano, Director, Global Communications at Travel Oregon. "There are vineyards and breweries, the beach and other tremendous scenic areas. The possibilities in Oregon are endless."


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Explosive growth on Chetco Bar Fire leads to conflagration declaration
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/20/17 4:08 PM
Several existing fires in Oregon grew yesterday, with the greatest growth on the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County in southwest Oregon. Overnight strong north winds pushed the fire south, increasing it by thousands of acres and threatening land protected by the Coos Forest Protective Association. Infrared mapping shows the total fire size as of this morning had reached about 31,000 acres according to a news release from the fire's Incident Management Team. Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to allow for the mobilization of additional resources.

The fire is exhibiting extreme behavior with long-range spotting, prompting Level 3 evacuations and closure of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Significant smoke is also affecting air quality this weekend in Brookings. The fire was started by lightning July 12 on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Fire managers from the Coos Forest Protective Association are engaged in the fire. They are focused on lands they protect which are threatened by the Chetco Bar Fire. ODF will send additional resources to CFPA as they are needed to help that mission.

Temporary Flight Restriction issued for Chetco Bar
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Chetco Bar Fire. Any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Visit the FAA's website www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Because of the potential to interfere with aircraft fighting a fire, it's never a good idea to send a private drone to any wildfire. Remember, "If you fly, we can't!"

ODF is fully engaged on wildfires
ODF is fully engaged on wildfires across the state, conducting those operations safely, efficiently and effectively. As was done in the busy wildfire years of 2013-15, to sustain our operations ODF has again been mobilizing resources from the national system and our Canadian partners.

ODF is integrated with Oregon's Office of Emergency Management to manage demands resulting from the solar eclipse. The influx of visitors coincides with the state's peak fire season.

New wildfires on ODF-protected land
To date, ODF's emphasis on putting out fires as early as possible on lands we protect has helped keep acres burned on those lands far below the 10-year average.

Raven's Ridge Fire
ODF's Forest Grove unit responded to the 19-acre Raven's Ridge Fire. The fire started Saturday afternoon in steep slash and timber in western Washington County. ODF staff now have the fire 100 percent lined and are mopping up. They were aided in their suppression efforts by a logging operator's dozer and excavator. Other assistance was provided by rural fire departments from Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Vernonia and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, as well as Fire Boss planes and South Fork inmate crews.

Backside Baldy Lane Fire
An aggressive and coordinated initial attack by the Douglas Forest Protective Association and North Douglas County Fire and EMS stopped a fast-moving grass fire late Saturday afternoon three miles northwest of Yoncalla. DFPA's helicopter dropped buckets of water on the head of the fire to slow its forward spread. Engine crews from both agencies and a bull dozer from the landowner then worked around the outside of the fire, stopping it at approximately 12 acres. The cause is under investigation.

Updates on other existing Oregon wildfires

Milli Fire - Deschutes National Forest
Protecting structures remains a high priority for this fire just outside Sisters. Evacuations, closures of roads and recreation areas are in place. Visible smoke from the fire may impact eclipse visibility in the vicinity. Information posted by the incident still shows it at 7,814 acres.

More than 480 personnel are reported engaged in fighting the fire. ODF, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation are cooperating with the Southwest Area Incident Management Team to manage the fire.

Belknap Fire - Ochoco National Forest
The lightning-caused wildfire 20 miles northeast of Prineville is reported at 75 percent contained. It has been burning in the Mill Creek Wilderness.

Falcon Complex -
This group of fires burning in timber roughly 17 miles north of Prospect in southern Oregon has grown by 300 acres to a total size of 2,200 acres. It is reported as 17 percent contained.

High Cascades Complex - in and around Crater Lake National Park
This complex of fires has grown a reported 572 acres over the past 24 hours to 11,226 acres. The fire is exhibiting moderate fire behavior. Over a hundred Oregon National Guard members are helping at the fire since being mobilized earlier this week. Road, trail and area closures are in place.

Jones Fire - Willamette National Forest
This fire east of Springfield has grown by a thousand acres and is reported this morning at 3,728 acres. Structures and commercial timber are threatened and there have been area closures and campground evacuations. Burnout operations are a part of the fire plan.

Miller Complex - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
The total acreage burned was reported at 5,302 acres, an increase of 634 acres. The Complex is burning in timber southwest Jackson County near the California border.

Nena Springs - Warm Springs reservation
Growth overnight on this fire was more limited than yesterday, increasing by 2,132 acres to 68,135 total acres burned.

Staley Fire - Willamette National Forest
No growth in the fire had been reported by early this morning. It is still listed at 761 acres. This fire 23 miles south of Oakridge is just a few miles from ODF-protected land. ODF is engaging with the Incident Management Team managing the fire.

Umpqua North Complex - Umpqua National Forest
This group of fires is now reported at 6,878 acres. ODF and the Douglas Forest Protective Association are part of a Unified Command formed in response to the fire. Campground and area closures are in effect and evacuations are in place.

Whitewater Fire - Willamette National Forest / ODF North Cascade District
This fire is now reported at 7,599 acres, an increase of 568 acres. Burnout operations have been conducted to remove vegetation between this fire and control lines, helping keep the fire from spreading into private forestland. Two Oregon Army National Guard Ch-47 helicopters continue making water drops on the fire.

Fire conditions forecast
Skies should be sunny across the state for tomorrow's eclipse except at the coast. Dry, sunny weather keeps fuels dry, making them ignite easily.

Lightning is expected to return to south-central Oregon Tuesday, spreading more widely to central and eastern Oregon on Wednesday. New wildfires are likely in the wake of the thunderstorms. Fire restrictions and closures remain in effect. To find those for ODF-protected lands, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

For more information on wildfires and wildfire readiness, please go to the department's wildfire blog.
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Central Oregon Eclipse JIC Daily Update
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/20/17 1:08 PM
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1 p.m. UPDATE

Time of the eclipse (in Madras):

- Begins: 9:06 a.m.
- Total darkness begins (in Madras): 10:19 a.m.
- Total darkness lasts (in Madras): 2 minutes and 2 seconds

Information lines:

- General eclipse questions: 211
- General fire questions: 541-316-7711 or centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
- Milli Fire: 541-316-7711
- Nena Springs Fire: 541-460-7525 or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5489/

Madras plane crash update:

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins and his team completed the first steps of their investigation into the August 19 crash of a passenger plane crash near Willow Creek Canyon near the Madras Airport, and have now concluded that only one person, the pilot, was aboard the aircraft.

County officials had initially stated there were two people aboard the plane who did not survive the crash. Adkins said emergency personnel worked late into the night and made contact with owners of the downed plan and now are certain only one person was on board. The aircraft was completely destroyed and had been engulfed by fire.

Adkins said investigations and statements obtained from family and friends along with investigation on scene indicate the pilot was alone at the time of the crash. "A reservation tied to the plane for two persons to stay in the local area originally suggested that the pilot and a passenger were on board," Adkins said. "After talking to a family member who had originally planned to make the trip, but changed plans, we can confirm there was just one person on the flight," he added.

Adkins expressed appreciation to the Oregon State Police and Jefferson County Fire Department, BNSF Railroad and EMS personnel, along with local volunteers, who assisted at the crash site.

The investigation by federal aviation officials is ongoing.

Saturday highway traffic

ODOT reports that traffic on US Highway 97 northbound at Chemult was nearly triple that of the average Saturday in August 2016. US Highway 26 between Warm Spring and Madras had volume more than 50 percent above average for Saturdays in August 2016.

Traffic leaving Crook County

Traffic is expected to be heavy traveling west through Prineville beginning Monday after the eclipse, through Wednesday when the Symbiosis event concludes. County operations and law enforcement continue to work with county emergency management, fire and EMS as well as the road department and ODOT to mitigate the impact to local residents.

Milli Fire update:

There will be more smoke visible today as firefighters continue burn out operations to strengthen and connect fire lines. On Saturday, the fire grew on the east flank to the north and south as firefighters completed a fire line on the southeast corner of the fire to protect Whychus Creek and properties to the east and northeast. Heavy and lighter fuels on the north side of the fire were cleared with burn-out operations and heavy equipment, including masticators and dozers - those operations will continue today. Weather is expected to continue to be a challenge, with the possibility of wind driven embers igniting spot fires ahead of the main fire. The main focus will be to protect infrastructure, structures and other values by holding lines already constructed and building new ones.

Evacuations:

Level 3: The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington, Remuda, Wildwing and Peterson Burn roads area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road; Level 1: The subdivision of Tollgate

Road closures:

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

Forest closures:

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

Nena Springs Fire update:

No news to report and no changes to the evacuation levels. Fire managers will review the risk levels and decided whether to reduce the evacuation levels later today. They are evaluating a possible burnout in the interior of the fire, which -- if it occurs -- will produce a visible column of smoke.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality smoke/air quality report:

Central Oregon saw smoke and haze Sunday, with Sisters getting significant smoke from the Milli Fire. Sisters had hazardous air quality early Sunday morning and into the afternoon.
Madras and Bend both had moderate air quality, with some haze passing through the region. Prineville was smoke-free on Sunday.

Conditions can change rapidly and smoke is difficult to predict, though forecasters think air quality throughout Central Oregon should generally improve heading into the eclipse Monday. One exception could be Sisters, which can expect heavy smoke to linger due to the close proximity of the Milli Fire.

People who are sensitive to smoke, which includes children, the elderly and those with asthma, should remain indoors, where air quality is generally better than outside. When indoors, keep windows and doors closed if possible. When running air conditioners, keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

People should also consider taking the following precautions:

Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the
places with highest concentrations.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions.
If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments, or
are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire smoke.
Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the
Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk.
People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should
follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare
providers.

Eyewear:

Viewing an eclipse requires proper eye protection at all times. For more information on NASA approved eclipse safety glasses visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety)

About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to the media and to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps media, travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.

Accommodation Information for People with Disabilities
To obtain this information in an alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats, etc. please contact COEIN at 541-550-4888 or centraloregoninfo@gmail.com.

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Wildlife/pedestrians on roadway
ODOT: East. Ore. - 08/20/17 11:51 AM
Travelers can expect to see more wildlife and pedestrians along state highways due to thousands of visitors spread around rural Oregon.
"We are seeing an increase in the number of vehicle vs. animal strikes over the last few days," said ODOT District 14 Manager Paul Woodworth. "Our John Day staff notes that with visitors encroaching on farmers' fields and camping areas, deer and other wildlife are being pushed into traffic at higher rates."
Over the past few days there have been 21 animal strikes along eastern Oregon state routes, with five strikes on Thursday, five on Friday, and 11 strikes on Saturday.
The various eclipse events around the state are also resulting in increased pedestrian traffic along the highway shoulders as they move between campe sites, local communities and event activities.
Motorists are advised to be extra cautious and keep an eye out for two and four legged local residents and visitors along roadways.
Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelters House More Than Two Dozen People Saturday Night
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/20/17 11:04 AM
The American Red Cross housed more than two dozen people at three shelters throughout Oregon last night. Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate from their homes due to the Milli, Chetco Bar and Nena Springs Wildfires burning near Sisters, Brookings, and Warm Springs, Oregon.

Red Cross volunteers and staff continue to operate two shelters today in Brookings and Sisters, Oregon. Shelter addresses are as follows:

Brookings Red Cross Shelter: Brookings Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with several community partners that will provide accommodations for evacuated pets and livestock. Information on these accommodations is available at the shelter.

Sisters Red Cross Shelter: Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR. The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.

At all shelters individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help and information.


Attached Media Files: 2017-08/1190/107165/WildfireChecklist.pdf
Madras Plane Crash Update #2, August 20
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/20/17 10:15 AM
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
541-550-4888, centraloregoninfo@gmail.com


Madras Plane Crash Update
10:15 a.m. August 20, 2017

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins and his team have completed the first steps of their investigation into the August 19 crash of a passenger plane crash near Willow Creek Canyon near the Madras Airport, and have now concluded that only one person, the pilot, was aboard the aircraft.

County officials had initially stated there were two people aboard the plane who did not survive the crash. Adkins said emergency personnel worked late into the night and made contact with owners of the downed plane and now are certain only one person was on board. The aircraft was completely destroyed and had been engulfed by fire.

Adkins said investigations and statements obtained from family and friends along with investigation on scene indicate the pilot was alone at the time of the crash.

"A reservation tied to the plane for two persons to stay in the local area originally suggested that the pilot and a passenger were on board," Adkins said.

"After talking to a family member who had originally planned to make the trip, but changed plans, we can confirm there was just one person on the flight," he added.

Adkins expressed appreciation to the Oregon State Police and Jefferson County Fire Department, BNSF Railroad and EMS personnel, along with local volunteers, who assisted at the crash site.

The investigation by federal aviation officials is ongoing.

3:45 p.m. update August 19 - Madras Plane Crash

Emergency responders on scene have confirmed that a passenger on the plane has also been found deceased. Officials confirmed there were two occupants on board.

Prior news release:

At 1:54 p.m. today, August 19, 911 dispatchers notified the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office of a plane crash in Willow Creek Canyon.

Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Troopers, along with Jefferson County Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

Emergency responders reached the plane from the south side of the canyon and found the plane fully engulfed in flames near the top of the canyon.

Officials confirmed the pilot did not survive the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Witnesses are being interviewed at this time.

A small fire resulting from the crash is no longer a threat to the area and is being mopped up. No other property was damaged.

Original Flash Alert August 19:

Central Oregon Emergency Information Network: Plane down in Madras, Oregon. Jefferson County Emergency Manager Mark Carman confirms a small plane down in the Willow Creek Canyon Area in Madras Oregon. The location is approximately one mile south of the Madras Airport runway. Emergency responders are on scene. Updates to follow.


About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center (JIC)
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to the media and to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps media, travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.
Chetco Bar Fire declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/20/17 8:23 AM
Early this morning Governor Kate Brown declared the Chetco Bar Fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Brookings a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Blue Incident Management Team and four structural protection task forces from Yamhill County, Lane County, Lincoln/Polk counties, and the Rogue Valley will be working to protect structures.

Approximately 300 homes are under a Level 3 Evacuation notice (Go) and another 1,000 homes are at a Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice.

The Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation (Level 3) order that encompasses Gardner Ridge Road to the Wilson Creek area, and along the Chetco River from Gardner Ridge Road to the Wilderness Retreat area. A Level 2 notice (Be Ready) has been issued from Tide Rock to Cameron Bridge and from Shady to Mt. Emily road. The Sheriff's Office will be evaluating the need for additional evacuation orders as necessary to protect public safety.

The Chetco Bar Fire has burned approximately 31,000 acres.


Oregon's conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/2008_Oregon_Fire_Service_Mobilization_Plan.shtml.

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
Wildfire...Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc
After the Wildfire... http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

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Sat. 08/19/17
Enjoy the eclipse and keep Oregon safe from wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/19/17 10:27 PM
SALEM, Ore. -- Thousands of people planned long ago to view Monday's eclipse from an Oregon campground. One result is that developed campgrounds in and near the path of totality are full. For those last-minute eclipse-gazers heading to Oregon's wildlands, a few simple tips can ensure a safe watching experience, according to Kristin Babbs, President of Keep Oregon Green.

First, what may look like state or federal public land might actually be private property. "Private landowners are very concerned about fire starts this time of year," said Babbs. "Many have locked their gates to protect their land from the increased visitation and potential campsite-seekers during the eclipse. We ask that travelers respect individual private property owners by not pulling over on their lands, trespassing, blocking gates, camping, collecting firewood or building campfires."

By mid-August, vegetation across much of the state is tinder dry. Add warm temperatures and low humidity, and the slightest spark or flying ember can set a landscape ablaze."

Babbs has these tips to help you enjoy Oregon's wildlands and keep them green, not just during the eclipse but all summer long:
Kick the campfire habit and pack a portable camping stove. They are usually allowed when campfires are not. For more information on campfire and other restrictions, go to www.keeporegongreen.org/current-conditions. IF campfires are allowed at your destination, make sure the fire is completely out and cool to the touch before leaving the site.
Don't park on dry vegetation. If you must pull off the road, stay on shoulder pavement or gravel. The contact from your vehicles hot exhaust system can easily ignite dry grass, weeds and brush.
No fireworks and no sky lanterns.
Lastly, do your part to ensure that your campsites are kept clean of garbage and litter. Pack it in, pack it out and leave no trace.

For more wildfire prevention information, visit www.keeporegongreen.org or visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages via @keeporegongreen.
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Madras Plane Crash Update
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/19/17 3:48 PM
3:45 p.m. update
Madras plane crash

Emergency responders on scene have confirmed that a passenger on the plane has also been found deceased. Officials confirmed there were two occupants on board.

Prior news release:

At 1:54 p.m. today, August 19, 911 dispatchers notified the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office of a plane crash in Willow Creek Canyon.

Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Troopers, along with Jefferson County Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

Emergency responders reached the plane from the south side of the canyon and found the plane fully engulfed in flames near the top of the canyon.

Officials confirmed the pilot did not survive the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Witnesses are being interviewed at this time.

A small fire resulting from the crash is no longer a threat to the area and is being mopped up. No other property was damaged.

Original alert:

Central Oregon Emergency Information Network: Plane down in Madras, Oregon. Jefferson County Emergency Manager Mark Carman confirms a small plane down in the Willow Creek Canyon Area in Madras Oregon. The location is approximately one mile south of the Madras Airport runway. Emergency responders are on scene. Updates to follow.
Oregon eclipse update: light traffic so far, remember to use 211 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/19/17 3:35 PM
"Who should you call" cjheat sheet
"Who should you call" cjheat sheet
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News release // Oregon Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center // For Immediate Release // August 19, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

SALEM, Ore. -- We are just two days away from Monday's Eclipse. Priorities among residents and visitors are related to traffic conditions, wildfires and smoke and how they are affecting travel. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with our partner agencies from around the state to provide regular updates.
Saturday saw lighter traffic than expected and travelers were urged to start heading to their destinations if they were able and had a place to stay. Traffic is expected to increase leading up to Monday's event. The best advice is: Arrive early, stay put and leave late! Visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's Tripcheck.com for the most up-to-date traffic issues.

OEM has activated its Emergency Coordination Center in order to coordinate the response to the growing number of wildfires in the state. Traveler's should take precautions and know before you go. That means knowing any wildfire conditions in your area and heeding any evacuation notices from local officials. This information can be obtained by using OEM's RAPTOR tool at http://www.tinyURL.com/OregonRaptor or the Oregon Forestry Department's website http://tinyurl.com/oregonfirerestrictions.

It's important to remember that if a gas station runs out of fuel, it is only a temporary situation. The Oregon Department of Energy assures us that fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, consider visiting another fuel station or return to the station that was out of fuel at a later time.

Since smoke from wildfires varies by time and location, we recommend residents and visitors visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com for the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area. This web page is our multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public. Some people -- such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly -- may experience health effects when the air is unhealthy. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you.

It is vital that you use proper eye protection if you are planning to view the eclipse. If you have trouble purchasing certified eclipse safety glasses there is a simple way to make your own pinhole projector to view the eclipse. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on how to make a pinhole projector. That page is www.facebook.com/OMDOEM.

Please ensure that you know who to call and when. For transportation information call 511; for tourism information call 800-547-7842; for emergencies call 911 and for general information call 211 or visit 211.org. The 211.org page is a one-stop location for links to valuable information that can help travelers have a safe and enjoyable Oregon eclipse experience.


Attached Media Files: "Who should you call" cjheat sheet
Madras Plane Crash (Photo)
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/19/17 3:24 PM
Photo Credit: Deputy Larson, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Photo Credit: Deputy Larson, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
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At 1:54 p.m. today, August 19, 911 dispatchers notified the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office of a plane crash in Willow Creek Canyon.

Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Troopers, along with Jefferson County Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

Emergency responders reached the plane from the south side of the canyon and found the plane fully engulfed in flames near the top of the canyon.

Officials confirmed the pilot did not survive the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Witnesses are being interviewed at this time.

A small fire resulting from the crash is no longer a threat to the area and is being mopped up. No other property was damaged.

Photo Credit: Deputy Larson, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.


Attached Media Files: Photo Credit: Deputy Larson, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
The Salvation Army Responds - Feeding the Need in Sisters, Oregon (Photo)
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 08/19/17 2:32 PM
The Salvation Army - Setup to Feed
The Salvation Army - Setup to Feed
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WHO: The Salvation Army of Bend, Oregon


WHAT: The Salvation Army's Feed's the Victims of the Milli Fires


WHEN & WHERE:

In full effect 19 August 2017
Sisters Middle School

WHY:
To inform what services and locations will The Salvation Army be offering during the excessive heat days.


CONTACT:
For information:
Captain Michael Johnson at michael.johnson@usw.salvationarmy.org -- Bend Officer
Office: 541-389-8888 Cell:541-408-5669
Captain Jared Arnold at jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org -- Community Relations Officer

MEDIA:
Captain Jared Arnold, Captain Michael Johnson are available for interview

For all media inquiries, please contact Captain Jared Arnold at 503-794-3281 or 503-567-9938/ jared.arnold@usw.salvationarmy.org

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Full Update Release:

(Bend, OR and Surrounding Area) 19 August 2017 -- As the Milli and Nena fires continue to rage in Deschutes County, The Salvation Army, in cooperation with the Red Cross, are feeding the need (literally) of the displaced citizens who have been affected by the fires. Setting up at the Sisters Middle School in Sisters, Oregon; The Salvation Army of Bend, Oregon is serving over 100 people who have been temporarily moved out of their homes to ensure their safety while firefighters continue to battle the blazing flames.

"We're here for the community, for whatever needs they have; and we're not going anywhere until the need is fulfilled" states Captain Michael Johnson, the Corps Officer and Administrator of The Salvation Army in Bend. Leading the way with his wife, Captain Rachel Johnson, they pulled together volunteers and resources to give those in a state of displacement and distress a touch of comfort from a hot nutritious meal, and a lot of love and conversation.

To find out more about how you can contribute to the efforts of The Salvation Army during this crises, or about the work of The Salvation Army in Bend; visit their website at http://bend.salvationarmy.org, or call them directly at (541) 389-8888. If you want to more about The Salvation Army's -- Emergency Disaster Services, please visit http://cascade.salvationarmy.org, or call (503) 794-3200


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland


Attached Media Files: Word - Release , The Salvation Army - Setup to Feed
Central Oregon Eclipse JIC Daily Update
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/19/17 1:45 PM
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 2 p.m. UPDATE

Time of the eclipse (in Madras):

- Begins: 9:06 a.m.
- Total darkness begins (in Madras): 10:19 a.m.
- Total darkness lasts (in Madras): 2 minutes and 2 seconds

Information lines:

- General eclipse questions: 211
- General fire questions: 541-316-7711 or centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
- Milli Fire: 541-316-7711
- Nena Springs Fire: 541-460-7525 or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5489/

Have questions about the eclipse? Call 211info

To prepare for the days leading up to and after the Eclipse, 211info is partnering with local and state agencies to provide information on travel, safety, fire, health and general eclipse questions. This allows people to have one place to quickly get directed to specific resources, and have a live person to talk to with real-time information.

From August 16-23, anyone can call 2-1-1 or text 'eclipse' to 898211 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or visit www.211info.org/eclipse.

Evacuations/closures/shelters:

Milli Fire: Gusty winds on Friday pushed the fire to the east-southeast, causing Level 3 (Go Now) evacuations of approximately 600 residents. The evacuations occurred in the Edgington/Remuda Road and Crossroads subdivisions, and included residents living along the 16 Road, immediately to the south of the town of Sisters. The Tollgate subdivision remains on a Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation.

There is a community meeting tonight at 6 pm at Sisters High School. Representatives of the incident management team and local agencies will be there to provide the latest information on the fire and answer questions.

Evacuations:

Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) immediately south of Sisters.
Level 1 - The subdivision of Tollgate

Road Closures:

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

Forest Closures:

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

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality smoke/air quality report:

Central Oregon saw some improvement in air quality Saturday, though the Milli Fire is still bringing some smoke to the region. Sisters saw the most smoke, with air quality that was unhealthy for sensitive groups. Prineville and Bend both had moderate air quality, with some smoke and haze in those communities. Madras had good air quality, as most of the smoke from the Milli Fire was drifting to the southeast. For the most current smoke conditions throughout Oregon: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Eyewear:

Viewing an eclipse requires proper eye protection at all times. For more information on NASA approved eclipse safety glasses visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety)

About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to the media and to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps media, travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.

Accommodation Information for People with Disabilities
To obtain this information in an alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats, etc. please contact COEIN at 541-550-4888 or centraloregoninfo@gmail.com.
Evacuation Notices Lower on the Nena Springs Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/17 10:34 AM
Warm Springs Wildland Fire Management News Release August 19, 2017

Warm Springs OR --This morning, Warm Springs Law Enforcement officers again reduced the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Evacuation Notice to a Level 1. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision were also reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. All roads except Webster Flat are open. If traveling , please be aware of fire traffic and drive safely.

Lighter wind today will slow fire growth. High temperatures are returning. This warmer weather will create dryer conditions. In the last two days, the fire has gained just over 19,000 acres, bringing the fire's total to 66,003 acres.

With the size growth, firefighters are now working to keep the fire west of Deschutes River; south of Highway 216; east of Highway 26, and north of BIA Road 3. They are also working to keep it out of Beaver Creek Canyon. Their priority is to keep the public and firefighter safe during these intense periods of fire growth while also protecting structures, timber, natural resources, and visual resources.

Where possible, firefighters will take advantage of opportunities to use fire to fight the fire in order to create or strengthen containment lines. Structural engines will be supporting these efforts, and ensuring the fire does not threaten structures again.

Overnight, firefighters constructed a contingency dozer line along the northern flank of the fire where the new fire growth took place. Other firefighters worked containment lines where new fire growth took place to extinguish heat 50-100 feet inside the burned area. There was no new growth last night.

A large airtanker was used yesterday evening to strategically place a line of retardant along a ridgeline where the fire crossed the Warm Springs River. The fire ran less than a half mile before this action effectively stopped the run. Two Bureau of Land Management engines also successfully extinguished a fire that had grown a ?1/4 acre across the Deschutes River. They are in place working to prevent any fires from establishing east of the river.

The Deschutes River is open to rafters; however, Bureau of Land Management river rangers will stop rafters if a helicopter comes in to dip from the River. Smoke from the Nena Springs Fire may become visible over the river.

Evacuation Notices: Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are at a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa is at a Level 1 evacuation notice.

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

Road Closures: Webster Flat Road is closed to all traffic.
Milli Fire Update August 19, 2017, a.m.
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/17 9:19 AM
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 7,814 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: More than 400 personnel
Vegetation: Higher elevation; Mixed evergreens. Lower elevations; pinon and juniper trees, sagebrush

Gusty winds on Friday pushed the fire to the east-southeast, causing Level 3 (Go Now) evacuations of approximately 600 residents. The evacuations occurred in the Edgington/Ramuda Road and Crossroads subdivisions, and included residents living along the 16 Road, immediately to the south of the town of Sisters. The Tollgate subdivision remains on a Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation.

Crews overnight worked to build a direct line on the leading edge of the fire, with engine crews patrolling the area and dozer crews digging fireline. Temperatures today (Saturday) are expected to be a few degrees cooler with higher humidity. However, the winds that pushed the fire on Friday will be back, with gusts up to 22 miles an hour, from around 10 am to 9 pm. Temperatures should range from 70 - 75 degrees, with humidity ranging from 22 to 26%. The wind could cause more spot fires to develop and firefighters will be actively identifying them and containing them where possible. Also, today firefighters will be working to contain the area where the fire extended yesterday and will be constructing new containment lines between the fire's edge and the communities that are threatened. Engine task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office will be working in the evacuated neighborhoods, treating spaces around homes to provide better defensible space.

There is a community meeting tonight at 6 pm at Sisters High School. Representatives of the incident management team and local agencies will be there to provide the latest information on the fire and answer questions.

Air resources have been very important in fighting this fire. Three air tankers and one VLAT (very large air tanker) have been making repeated drops of fire retardant, creating fire lines and assisting our crews in inaccessible areas. Today, we're expecting to have two Type 2 helicopters and one Type 3 in the air, with two National Guard helicopters on standby.

If you fly, we can't. There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) area over the fire and anyone who flies a drone in the TFR could ground our air resources. Drones endanger our pilots in the air and our firefighters on the ground, who depend on air support to fight fires like this one.

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. Anyone concerned with the effects of smoke in the region or who has possible health concerns related to smoke can go to this site to see smoke monitoring data and get additional information.
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For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Evacuations: For more information call 541-550-4888.
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Ramuda and along the 16 Road, immediately south of Sisters
Level 1 - The subdivision of Tollgate

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

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

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Fri. 08/18/17
Level 3 Evacuation Notice for All residences on both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road, between the Brooks Scanlon Mainline Road (USFS Road 4606), south to the intersection of Three Creeks Lake Road and USFS Road 1514.
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/18/17 5:53 PM
Released by: Lt. Chad Davis 8/18/17 at 5:45 p.m.

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued the following evacuation notices.

A Level 3 (Go Now) Evacuation notice is issued for the following areas:

All residences on both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road, between the Brooks Scanlon Mainline Road (USFS Road 4606), south to the intersection of Three Creeks Lake Road and USFS Road 1514.

Level 3: Means "GO" evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuation immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.


A Level 3 (Go Now) Evacuation notice is issued for the following areas:

Crossroads Subdivision, residents in the Remuda Road, Wild Wing, Peterson Burn Road area.

Level 3: Means "GO" evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuation immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.


This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.

Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://arcg.is/D9OPi

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com
Oregon eclipse update: info related to smoke, fire, vehicle fuel, eclipse glasses (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/18/17 4:40 PM
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
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News release // Oregon Emergency Management // For Immediate Release // Aug. 18, 2017

Media contact: Dave Thompson, Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, 503-378-3930

Salem OR -- As the eclipse quickly approaches, issues related to traffic, wildfires, and smoke are affecting travel. Rumors related to fuel, and a shortage of eclipse-rated glasses, are also prompting concerns. The Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, working with partner centers and agencies around the state, will issue regular updates starting today.

WILDFIRES
+ The State Emergency Communications Center (ECC) elevated from "enhanced watch" for the eclipse to activation at 1 p.m. on Friday in order to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state.

CONCERNS OF FUEL SHORTAGES
+ Some people have questioned whether enough fuel is available at Oregon gas stations. The Oregon Department of Energy reports fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Even if a station runs out of fuel, its a temporary situation.

+ The terminals report that Oregons supply is in great shape, with no problems. Fuel haulers reinforced that. Theyre making their deliveries and not reporting any problems.

+ Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, we recommend you visit another fuel station or return to the station that was out of fuel at a later time.

+ Stay calm fuel on!

WILDFIRE SMOKE
+ Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. This can vary not only daily, but also hourly. Smoke may also affect one part of a community but not another. This can make it difficult to provide specific health warnings, especially when conditions change quickly.

+ Since smoke from wildfires varies around the state -- and can change quickly -- we recommend residents and visitors visit the multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. This site has the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area.

+ Some people, such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly may experience health effects even when the air is unhealthy for a short time. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you. This may mean staying indoors when air quality is poor. It may also mean not exercising during these conditions.

TRAVEL DELAYS/TRAFFIC
+ Traffic into and around Oregon will increase over the next few days as more and more people arrive to view the eclipse.

+ The best advice is to get where you are going and then stay put. Arrive early, stay put and leave late is your best course of action.

+ Those wanting the best and most current information on traffic conditions around the state should visit the Oregon Department of Transportations Tripcheck web page at http://TripCheck.com.

+ ODOT also has a mobile site at http://TripCheck.com/mobile.

SHORTAGE OF ECLIPSE GLASSES
+ Some areas have reported the supply of eclipse viewing glasses is low or depleted. While genuine protective eyewear is the only safe way to directly view the eclipse, one alternative to glasses includes a homemade pinhole projector. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse. The OEM page is http://www.facebook.com/OMDOEM

+ For additional information on safe viewing, visit the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology at www.oregoneyephysicians.org, and the Casey Eye Institute www.ohsu.casey.com.

REMINDER
Oregons 211 information line is the best source of information for questions regarding Eclipse issues. Resident and visitors are encouraged to call 211 or visit 211info.org for information.

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Attached Media Files: Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Level 3 Evacuation Order for Crossroads subdivision, Remuda Road, Wildwing Road and Peterson Burn Road
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/18/17 4:28 PM
Released by:

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued the following evacuation notices.

A Level 3 (Go Now) Evacuation notice is issued for the following areas:

Crossroads Subdivision, residents in the Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Wildwing Road, Peterson Burn Road area.

Level 3: Means "GO" evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuation immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

A Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice for the following areas:

Residents on both sides of Three Creeks Rd (USFS Road 16) from the City of Sisters south to the USFS 1514 Road.

Level 2: Means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.


This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.

Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://arcg.is/D9OPi

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ email: centralorfireinfo@gmail.com

Phone 541-316-7711

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County S.O.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry Fire Update for Friday, Aug. 18 - Existing large fires spread
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/18/17 3:49 PM
Winds helped fan the spread of two existing large fires in central Oregon yesterday while a third in southern Oregon crossed a river barrier.

With hundreds of homes threatened, the Milli Fire just west of Sisters has become the top priority fire within the regional and national fire response system. ODF's Central Oregon District continues to be heavily engaged in fighting the fire along with the Deschutes National Forest. The fire was reported yesterday at 4,565 acres. It has affected at least 200 acres of ODF-protected land. ODF has contacted affected landowners. The fire's spread into areas of standing dead timber creates additional hazards for firefighters. The fire has generated evacuation orders and closures of roads and recreational areas in and around the Three Sisters Wilderness. A community meeting yesterday about the fire was attended by some 400 people.

An ember Thursday afternoon blew across containment lines on the Nena Springs Fire, dramatically increasing the fire size from 40,000 to 46,000 acres and threatening homes. No additional ODF-protected lands were involved in yesterday's breakout. The fire is burning
on the Warms Springs reservation some 30 miles south of The Dalles.

Yesterday the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County crossed the Chetco River and grew to the southwest. As a result of the fire's movement, more resources arrived today with more expected in coming days, including engines, crews and overhead. With strong north winds and lower relative humidity the fire moved to the south and is now established in the Quail Prairie drainage. The fire's size is estimated at 10,963 acres. Visibility is expected to worsen in the Brookings and Harbor area as a result of fire growth. A community meeting will be held in Brookings at Azalea Middle School, this Sunday Aug. 20th at 3 p.m.

New fires on ODF-protected lands

A lack of lightning and moderate temperatures across inland Oregon meant relatively few new fire starts yesterday. Aggressive initial attack by ODF firefighters has kept most of the few that did start on ODF-protected lands to small size.

In southern Oregon, temperatures have been in the 80s and 90s and the energy release component levels (a measure of the available energy per square foot at the flaming front of a fire) are in some places setting records. ODF's Southwest Oregon District responded yesterday afternoon to a fire in steep, brushy terrain five miles east of Grants Pass near I-5 at milepost 53. That fire quickly grew to about 30 acres. ODF sent 11 engines, nine hand crews, two water tenders and four dozers to the fire.

The Staley Fire south of Oakridge is burning just a few miles from ODF-protected land. ODF is engaging with the Incident Management Team managing that fire.

Updates on other existing wildfires

Umpqua North Complex - Douglas Forest Protective Association

Because the fire continues to move west towards the Umpqua National Forest boundary, fire managers have entered into a Unified Command with the U.S. Forest Service, ODF, Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Bureau of Land Management.

Increased fire activity is expected this afternoon. ODF and Douglas Forest Protective Association personnel remain engaged in protecting private lands threatened by the group of fires that started on the Umpqua National Forest.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the Umpqua North Complex Fire Managers, issued a Level One "Get Ready" evacuation notice today for the Susan Creek residential area and the Bureau of Land Management Susan Creek Campground. The Umpqua National Forest remains closed in areas of the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts.

Whitewater Fire - Willamette National Forest / ODF North Cascade District

More burnout operations to remove vegetation between this fire and control lines are planned. This should help keep the fire from spreading into private forestland. The fire size is holding at 6,716 acres. Two Oregon Army National Guard Ch-47 helicopters from Pendleton continue dropping water on the fire.

Fire conditions forecast

Eclipse viewers will be pleased to note that skies will be sunny everywhere but the coast over the next few days. Temperatures away from the coast will moderate this weekend into the low to mid-80s except around Medford, which will be in the 90s. Sunny skies, however, mean fuels will remain dry and vulnerable to ignition.

Lightning is expected to return to south-central Oregon Tuesday, spreading more widely to central and eastern Oregon on Wednesday. With it comes the almost certain risk of new wildfires. Fire restrictions and closures remain in effect. To find those for ODF-protected lands, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

For more information on wildfires and wildfire readiness, please go to the department's wildfire blog.

Fire Statistics

January 1, 2017 to August 18, 2017:

Lightning-caused fires: 191 fires burned 2,076 acres
Human-caused fires: 512 fires burned 1,510 acres
Total: 703 fires burned 3,586 acres

10-year average January 1 to this date

Lightning-caused fires: 225 fires burned 27,619 acres
Human-caused fires: 435 fires burned 4,480 acres
Total: 660 fires burned 32,099 acres

Numbers here may be rounded and may not reflect current totals, since reporting of official acres burned can take awhile.
DPSST Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/18/17 3:22 PM
For Immediate Release
August 15, 2017
Contact: Sara Stewart
503-378-2424

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:30 on September 26, 2017. The meeting will be held in the conference room C221 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

Review content drafts submitted
Make corrections/revisions to finalize drafts
Assign/delegate completion of drafts
Review next steps in the development process
Address committee member needs


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by DPSST Telecommunications Curriculum Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Update: Central Oregon Eclipse JIC Daily Update
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/18/17 2:55 PM
Central Oregon Eclipse JIC Daily Update

Friday, August 18, 2017, 3 p.m. UPDATE

Time of the eclipse -- in Madras (exact times will vary slightly depending on exact location):
- Begins: 9:06 a.m.
- Total darkness begins (in Madras): 10:19 a.m.
- Total darkness lasts (in Madras): 2 minutes and 2 seconds
Information lines --
- General eclipse questions: 211
- General fire questions: 541-316-7711 (or Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center website: centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com)
- Milli Fire: Use 541-316-7711
- Evacuation information related to Milli Fire: 541-550-4888
- Nena Springs Fire: 541-460-7525; or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5489/
Evacuations/closures/shelters -- For Milli Fire: Level 2 Evacuation area includes Crossroads and Edgington subdivisions; Level 1 Evacuation for Tollgate subdivision. Red Cross shelters in Sisters have been closed until needed.

For Nena Springs: Highway 3 is closed from Webster Flat Road to MM14; Highway 8 to Kah-Nee-Ta closed; Charley Canyon and Webster Flat Road closed. Level 3 Evacuations: Kah-Nee-Ta Resort -- except for those with hotel reservations (Kah-Nee-Ta open for business); Wolfe Point; South Junction and Culpus Bridge. There is a Red Cross shelter at the Warm Springs Community Center for anyone evacuated due to the Nena Springs Fire. For definitions of evacuation levels: http://www.projectwildfire.org/evacuation/

Smoke/Air quality -- (From the DEQ): Central Oregon is seeing smoke and low level haze from the Milli Fire. Sisters has unhealthy air quality, while Bend, Redmond and Prineville show air quality ranging from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups. Madras is clear at this time.

Air quality conditions should improve starting Saturday, when easterly winds begin pushing smoke out of Central Oregon.

While the smoke forecast for the region is favorable, people should remain aware of air quality conditions and take appropriate precautions. Smoke can create health problems, particularly for children, the elderly and those with heart or lung problems.

Aside from wildfire smoke, there is a very good chance for cloudless skies in Central Oregon on Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov/pdt/.

For the most current information on smoke in Oregon: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
View Oregon's Air Quality Index: www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/

View public health guidance on smoke from the Oregon Health Authority: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREPAREDNESS/PREPARE/Documents/2014Public_Health_Guidance_for_Outdoor_School_Activities.pdf

Gas -- Most stations are reporting they still have fuel and more trucks are scheduled throughout the day.

Roads update --Due to the Milli Fire, OR 242 is closed from Sisters to OR 126. Madras reports traffic is moving comfortably into and through Madras. ODOT reports no significant delays. Check tripcheck.com or call 511 for up-to-date information.

Eyewear -- Viewing an eclipse requires proper eye protection at all times. For more information on NASA approved eclipse safety glasses visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety)

Hospitals -- Central Oregon hospitals report adequate capacity.

About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to the media and to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps media, travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.

Accommodation Information for People with Disabilities
To obtain this information in an alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats, etc. please contact COEIN at 541-550-4888 or centraloregoninfo@gmail.com.

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Academically Trained Futurist to Present at Rural Business Summit (Photo)
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 08/18/17 2:14 PM
Garry Golden, Trained Futurist
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The future of rural business depends on adaptability and innovation. This idea is the basis of a presentation by academically trained futurist Garry Golden at the upcoming Rural Business and Innovation Summit September 13th and 14th in Klamath Falls.

In his presentation, professional Futurist Garry Golden will help attendees understand how foresight can help us anticipate and lead change within our businesses and communities. The session will guide you to explore the future of rural communities being reshaped by demographic transitions and emerging technologies that will have an impact on a wide range of businesses and industries.

Garry is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about issues that will shape society and business in the 21st century. His uncanny sense of what will hit--and what won't--can be seen in futurethink's research and heard in his international keynotes and corporate leadership seminars. His insights on how to align talent development to coming industry and market transitions have been shared with and implemented by such organizations as the McGraw-Hill Companies, Goodyear, S&P, and Reliant Energy.

Garry serves as Adjunct Lecturer on the Future of Energy and Environment for the University of Houston. He has consulted on projects as diverse as the future of utilities; transportation and supply chains; food safety and health; financial services; and sustainable retail packaging. He is the co-author of the inspiring book Designing Your Future, and author of the upcoming book titled The Age of Adaptive Experiences.

To learn more and to register for the Rural Business & Innovation Summit 2017, visit www.ruralbizsummit.com or call the Klamath County Chamber at (541) 884-5193. To learn more about Garry Golden, visit http://www.garrygolden.com.


Attached Media Files: Garry Golden, Trained Futurist
Geologic mapping committee to meet August 23 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 08/18/17 12:56 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The Oregon Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee (OGMAC) helps prioritize geologic mapping in the state of Oregon to focus on areas where natural hazard and resource management issues require good geologic data. OGMAC meets annually and is made up of professional geoscientists and natural resource specialists representing federal, state, and local government agencies, academia, and private industry who have a vested interest in Oregon's geologic framework, hazards, and resources.
Red Cross Operating Wildfire Evacuation Shelters in Brookings and Warm Springs
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/18/17 12:27 PM
The American Red Cross continues to operate wildfire evacuation shelters due to wildfires affecting thousands of acres in Central and Southern Oregon.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Brookings, Oregon located at Brookings Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, OR 97415 because of the Chetco Bar Fire.

In Central Oregon, Red Cross disaster responders continue to assist people affected by the Nena Springs Wildfire near Warm Springs, OR.

The Red Cross shelter in Warm Springs remains open at the Warm Springs Community Center, 2200 Hollywood Blvd, Warm Springs, Oregon.

At both shelters, individuals and families affected by the wildfires and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help and information.


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


Attached Media Files: Wildfire Safety Tips
Nena Springs Fire Update Aug. 18 (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/18/17 9:44 AM
Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
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Warm Springs OR -- At approximately 3:20pm Thursday, an ember from the Nena Springs Fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk. Driven by high winds, the fire began running in grass and brush. Two helicopters, handcrews and at least 10 engines responded in addition to 150 firefighters that were already assigned to the fire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Nena Springs Fire crosses into Charley Canyon approximately 8pm Thursday, Aug. 17.
Lottery Wilsonville Payment Center Closed Monday, Aug. 21
Oregon Lottery - 08/18/17 7:58 AM
The Oregon Lottery Wilsonville Payment Center will be closed Monday, Aug. 21 due to the anticipated influx of people in the area for the day's solar eclipse. The payment center will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 22 for regular business hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Lottery's main office in Salem will be open as usual from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Northeast Bend Search Warrant Yields Stolen Bicycles and Drugs (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 08/18/17 3:47 AM
Blaylock
Blaylock
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ARRESTED PERSONS/ CHARGES:

Christopher P. Blaylock, 31 year old male, Bend resident
Felony Warrant - Parole Violation
Theft II
Escape III
Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Heroin
Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine
Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Cocaine

Codie Jean Messina, 31 year old female, Bend resident
Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Heroin
Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine
Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Cocaine

NARRATIVE:
On August 17th, 2017 at about 7:45 PM, Bend Police officers served a search warrant at a residence located at the Eastlake Village Apartments, 675 NE Bellevue Drive.

During the weeks prior a Bend police officer developed information that Christopher Blaylock was receiving stolen bicycles. Christopher Blaylock also had a valid felony warrant for a parole violation. Information obtained through the investigation confirmed Blaylock was living at the apartment with his girlfriend, Codie Messina.

As the warrant was being executed, Blaylock jumped from a bedroom window and ran on foot. He was caught and detained by officers in an adjacent parking lot. Messina was found inside the apartment where she was detained.

During the search the following suspected stolen items were recovered:
More than 12 bicycles were found in various forms of disassembly and re-painted
Numerous bicycle parts, including wheels and tires
A gas powered snow blower

Also during the search, officers found various quantities of Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Heroin which were packaged for sale. Police seized $965 cash.

The investigation into the ownership of the bicycles and snow blower is ongoing. Bend Police encourage the reporting of all stolen property when the theft occurs. This can be done by calling the City of Bend Police Department or through an online self-reporting program through the City of Bend Police Department's website. Reported serial numbers and specific features help police in identifying the rightful owner of recovered property. Residents can register their bicycles through websites such as bikeindex.org.

Bend Police were assisted by a K9 team from the Bureau of Land Management.

PHOTO: Christopher Blaylock


Attached Media Files: Blaylock
Thu. 08/17/17
Structural resources return to the Nena Springs Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/17/17 9:56 PM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's Red Incident Management Team and three task forces are being redeployed to assist with the Nena Springs Fire, burning on the Warm Springs Reservation, after this afternoon an ember from the fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk.

A Level 1 evacuation is in place for residents in Charlie Canyon.

Two helicopters, hand crews and at least 10 engines are on scene working to contain the fire.

No road closures are currently in effect, although responders ask the public to stay away from the area to allow fire traffic to move safely.
Child Neglect Investigation
Bend Police Dept. - 08/17/17 3:38 PM
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Case # 2017-236326

Date & Time of Incident: August 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Type of Incident: Child Neglect/Abuse

Location of Incident: 1000 Block SE 4th Street

Victim:

2 year old female

Suspect:

Juliana Boles Mitchell 24 year old female Bend resident

Matthew Calvert Mitchell 25 year old male Bend resident


Narrative:

On August 1st, officers with the Bend Police Department responded to the area of 1000 SE 4th Street to investigate a reported domestic violence and child abuse incident. We were assisted by the Oregon Department of Human Services/Child Welfare at this time.

Officers found Matthew Mitchell at home with his two year old daughter. This investigation revealed that Matthew was assaulted by his wife, Juliana Mitchell. Juliana had fled prior to officer's arrival. During the contact, the two year old daughter of Julia and Matthew was found to have suspicious injuries that fit the description of "Karly's Law" injuries. Based on the "Karly's Law" investigation, the two year old daughter was evaluated at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The two year old was placed into protective custody with DHS/Child Welfare. Bend Police Officers and Detectives continued the investigation into the injuries to the two year old daughter.

Investigators learned that Juliana had left their daughter at home alone on at least four occasions and Matthew had also left their daughter home alone on at least nine occasions. Matthew had left the apartment unsecured when he left their daughter home alone. Investigators learned both heroin and methamphetamine were used in the apartment by Juliana and Matthew while their two year old daughter was present.

The injuries sustained by the two year old daughter were directly related from the neglect from both Matthew and Juliana.

Detectives concluded this investigation on August 16, when they contacted both Julia and Matthew at their residence. Both Julia and Matthew were taken into custody and transported to the Deschutes County Jail. Julia was lodged on (4) counts of First Degree Criminal Mistreatment and one count of Assault IV/Domestic Violence. Matthew was lodged for (9) counts of First Degree Criminal Mistreatment.

The Bend Police Department would like to remind our community we take all crimes against children seriously. If you are aware of crimes similar to this, we ask you to report the cases to local law enforcement or Oregon DHS/Child Welfare. Additional training regarding identifying children in abusive situations can be obtained through the Kids Center's Darkness to Light training. More information can be found on the Kids Center website at http://www.kidscenter.org/parent-trainings/.

Karly's Law is the law which mandates children found with suspicious injuries during course of an abuse investigation receive medical treatment within 48 hours. The Oregon Department of Human Services and trained medical providers are to assess the injuries. The law sets protocol and procedures if abuse is suspected and ensures a complete investigation is done by law enforcement and DHS-Child Welfare.




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West Nile virus, other mosquito-borne diseases are reminder to protect yourself during eclipse watching
Oregon Health Authority - 08/17/17 3:22 PM
August 17, 2017

Health officials say people can reduce risk by covering up, using repellent

New cases of West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis have been discovered in mosquitoes collected in several eastern Oregon counties. That is a good reminder for eclipse watchers of the importance of protecting yourself from mosquito bites, public health officials say.

West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis, which usually present as flu-like diseases, are spread by mosquito bites. The diseases have been found in Harney, Morrow and Malheur counties, according to officials at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine found West Nile late Wednesday in nine mosquito pools--a sample of about 50 mosquitoes collected by vector control district personnel--and Saint Louis encephalitis in two pools. Two human cases of West Nile have been reported so far in 2017, both in Malheur County.

Emilio DeBess, DVM, OHA public health veterinarian, says that as about 1 million people converge on or near the path of the total eclipse, they should prepare now to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

"As people camp out in areas where mosquitoes are active, we want to remind people that the insects are biting and have the ability to spread these diseases," DeBess said. "Please take some simple steps to protect yourselves and your families from bug bites."

DeBess offers these tips:
-- When outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, protect yourself by using mosquito repellents containing: At least 20 percent DEET but no more than 50 percent DEET; picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the U.S.A.); IR3535; oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD); 2-undecanone.
-- Avoid sources of standing water. These are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
-- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas.
-- Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

DeBess recommends protecting animals against mosquito bites. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian about topical mosquito repellents. Horse owners should consult their veterinarian about vaccinating horses for West Nile virus.

Most people who get West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis have mild symptoms such as fever, headaches and nausea. Signs of illness typically last from three to six days. In a few cases, more severe signs of illness occur. Severe signs of illness include tremors or confusion. The central nervous system also may be affected. This can result in a headache combined with fever, infection of brain fluids and fluids around the spine, or brain swelling. Consult your health care provider if you have these symptoms. Health care providers can contact their county health departments for information on disease testing services offered by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Public Health Division website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/WESTNILEVIRUS/Pages/wnile.aspx.

For information about Saint Louis encephalitis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/sle/index.html

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As eclipse nears official information is available statewide (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/17/17 3:12 PM
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Salem OR -- With the total solar eclipse coming through Oregon on Monday, the state is already seeing higher-than-normal levels of traffic in Central and Eastern Oregon. The state, as well as cities and counties in the Path of Totality, have established a Joint Information System to get information to the public and media.

If you are anywhere in Oregon and would like information about the eclipse you can call 211 or go to 211info.org. You can also follow @OregonOEM and other official sources on Twitter using #OReclipse.

Tomorrow, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. join us for a TweetChat using #OReclipse. State agency partners from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will be available to answer your questions about the eclipse.

Information centers throughout Oregon will continue to update the media and public throughout the event.


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Motorcycle Fatal Crash on Highway 6 in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/17 3:01 PM
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On August 16, 2017 at approximately 12:55 PM, Oregon State Police troopers responded to a serious injury crash occurred on SR Highway 6 near milepost 31.5. The female rider, identified as Janene Tailleur, 49, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was pronounced deceased at OHSU the evening of August 16, 2017.

The investigation of the crash revealed the 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle driven by Tailleur was eastbound when Tailleur lost control of the vehicle on a curve to the right. The motorcycle went over onto its right side and slid across the centerline into the westbound lane of travel. The motorcycle and rider were struck by a westbound 2014 Ford F150 pickup driven by Eric Kading, age 33, from Portland. Other occupants of the pickup were Laura Kading, age 31, from Portland, and the Kadings' two juvenile children.

Tailleur was transported from the scene by air ambulance to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries. None of the occupants of the Ford pickup were injured. Tailler was pronounced deceased at OHSU.

Troopers from the Tillamook, North Plains and St. Helens offices responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. Tillamook Fire and Rescue and Banks Fire and Rescue assisted OSP.


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Oregon State Police Seeks Public Assistance in Douglas County Poaching Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/17 2:58 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of August 13th, 2017, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The animal was located near the intersection of Deans Creek Road and Johanneson Creek Road. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found the dead elk in an open field approximately 75 feet from Deans Creek Road. The animal had been shot and the majority of it was left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Friday, August 12th, 2017 during the late evening hours.

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

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



Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

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

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

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

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

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

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

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

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

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


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BPA focuses on safety and reliability during total eclipse
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/17/17 2:32 PM
PR 12-17
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 17, 2017
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

BPA focuses on safety and reliability during total eclipse

Public's cooperation requested in interacting with crews on or near transmission lines and facilities

Portland, Ore. -- While the pending total eclipse may capture the nation's attention and turn eyes skyward, Bonneville Power Administration remains focused on the region's high-voltage transmission lines directly overhead.

Between Aug. 16 and Aug. 23, officials from the state of Oregon expect an influx of more than one million visitors, many of whom may be camping in areas near BPA facilities and critical infrastructure. Likewise, the state of Idaho anticipates significant travel in and out of the state. BPA is keenly aware that its high-voltage corridors may appear an attractive vantage point for the public even as the lines may pose potential hazards.

These pop-up populations may put additional strain on BPA as it seeks to deliver power reliably and safely throughout the Northwest. BPA's Security and Continuity of Operations Office has been analyzing the path and timing of the eclipse relative to BPA facilities and interests, and working both within BPA and with external agencies to identify and mitigate those potential impacts to our operations.

"We're expecting significant traffic congestion, which could create challenges in responding to any potential power outages. We're also concerned about the possibility of trespassing and vandalism on BPA property, as well as an elevated risk for wildfires," says Sarah Laylo, chief security and continuity officer for BPA.

One concern for the agency is the interaction between the public and our transmission field crews who may be responding to a power outage or performing needed maintenance on the high-voltage transmission system.

"If you encounter a BPA field crew in or near a BPA right-of-way or facility, please remember they have a job to do and that job is directly tied to providing reliable power to the people of the Northwest," said Robin Furrer, vice president of Transmission Services for BPA. "And if they give you instructions or request that you leave an area, it is for your safety. High voltage cannot be taken lightly."

As a way of introduction to visitors and a reminder to residents of the northwest, BPA operates three-fourths of the region's high-voltage transmission system. That system includes more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines that move vast amounts of power from hydroelectric projects and other power plants to urban centers hundreds of miles away.

Here are some key safety facts to remember with power lines or substations:

BPA's high-voltage transmission lines range from 69,000 volts to 500,000 volts -- that's 50 to 100 times the amount of electricity that flows through the distribution lines delivering power to your home;

Unlike the wiring in your home, overhead power lines are not enclosed by electrical insulating material;

Electricity can "arc" or "flashover" from wires, through the air, to trees, other vegetation or equipment up to 15 feet away, where it can cause fires, injuries or even fatalities to anyone nearby;

When power lines carry more electric load, they normally heat up, which causes the wire to expand and sag. In summer, for example, when the air is hot and customers demand lots of electricity, lines can sag up to 14 feet;

Under some high-voltage lines, vehicles can collect induced voltage, particularly if on a nonconductive surface such as asphalt or dry rock. BPA crews use specific restrictions for parking and roads within the right-of-way to keep potential shocks at a low level.

Additionally, wildfires are an ever-present danger, particularly during a dry, hot summer. While BPA's right of ways are used on occasion as fire breaks by firefighters, they are not immune to fire. Something as simple as the heat from an idling vehicle's exhaust pipe can result in combustion of grasses or low vegetation.

BPA is asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the high-voltage transmission system. Damage to lines or substations or other related facilities and equipment is a crime. BPA incurs direct costs to replace stolen or damaged equipment. But those costs, along with lost revenues and economic losses due to power interruptions, are ultimately passed on to electric ratepayers in the Northwest.

Crime Witness Program

BPA offers up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals committing crimes against BPA facilities and infrastructure. If you have information about illegal or suspicious activity on BPA property, please call BPA's 24-hour, toll-free, confidential Crime Witness hotline at 800-437-2744. If you see illegal or suspicious activity happening in real time, please first contact local law enforcement. For more details about the program, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/CrimeWitness.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelter Opened in Sisters, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/17/17 10:48 AM
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Sisters, Oregon due to the Milli Fire. The shelter is located at Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR 97759.

Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.


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


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Crossroads subdivision, Edgington and Remuda Roads moving to Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notification, Tollgate and Areas between Highway 20 and Highway 242 at Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notification
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/17 8:16 AM
Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice for the following areas:

All areas south of Hwy 242 (McKenzie Hwy) and west of the Pole Creek Ditch (1-1 ?1/2 Miles west of and parallel to FS Road 16/Three Creeks Rd). This area includes the Crossroads Subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd. These areas were previously Level 1.

Level 2: Means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.




A Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice is issued for the following areas:

All areas between Highway 242 and Highway 20 from the Cold Springs Campground to the city of Sisters, which includes the Tollgate Subdivision. This notification does not include the city of Sisters or Black Butte Ranch.


Level 1: 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. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.
This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.


The Red Cross will be opening a shelter at the Sisters Middle School for residents that have been affected by the Milli Fire. The shelter will be open by noon today.


Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://www.deschutes.org/sheriff/page/emergency-information

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com


Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County S.O.
Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Northwest Way near Terrebonne (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/17 1:18 AM
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Submitted by: Sgt. K. Dizney

Driver: Cole, Robert Earl Age: 49

Vehicle: 1993 Audi Quattro White

Narrative:

On 8/16/17 at approximately 8:26 pm, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash with unknown injuries in the 3900 block of Northwest Way near Terrebonne, Oregon. 911 dispatchers reported that the driver, later identified as Robert Cole of Bend, had walked away from the scene for unknown reasons before deputies arrival, and witnesses reported that he appeared injured at that time.

Deputies were assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Bend Police Department K-9 "Haras", who conducted an extensive search of the area looking for the driver. At approximately 2116, Cole was located by "Haras" in an adjacent pasture in need of potentially life threatening injuries. Redmond Fire Department responded and transported Cole via ground ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond.

During the investigation, it was determined Cole had been traveling northbound on Northwest Way just north of NW Upas Way. Cole did not successfully navigate curves in the roadway which caused his vehicle to cross into the oncoming lane of travel before exiting the west shoulder of the roadway and impacting into a telephone pole, severely damaging it, before impacting into a rock pile.

Deputies determined Cole was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana and was arrested for DUII, Criminal Mischief 1, and Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). He remained at St. Charles Hospital following his arrest with non-life threatening injuries.


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Level 1 "Be Ready" Pre-evacuation Notice for areas West of Sisters Due to Milli Fire
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/17 9:41 PM
Released by: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

Date: 08/16/17

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 (Be Ready) Pre-evacuation notice for the following areas:

All areas south of Hwy 242 (McKenzie Hwy) and west of the Pole Creek Ditch (1-1 ?1/2 Miles west of and parallel to FS Road 16/Three Creeks Rd). This area includes the Crossroads Subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd.

Level 1: 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. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.

Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://www.deschutes.org/sheriff/page/emergency-information

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com
Sunriver Area Smoke
Sunriver Police Dept. - 08/16/17 7:00 PM
The Sunriver area is experiencing a large amount of smoke along with particles of ash believed to be coming from the Milli Fire (the Milli Fire is located 8 miles west of Sisters and approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. It has been burning within the Three Sisters Wilderness since last Friday. As of Wednesday, a Type 1 Incident Management Team (Southwest Team 2) took over management of the Milli Fire and the Belknap fire on the Ochoco National Forest).

There are several fires burning in Oregon. For more information http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire.
Central Oregon Solar Eclipse JIC Media Availability
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/16/17 5:28 PM
Members of the media are invited to tour the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) and Joint Information Center (JIC), established to plan and respond to eclipse-related incidents in Central Oregon. The MACC is located at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center and the tour will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17.

MACC and JIC representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the operations and eclipse preparations.

Representatives from 20 agencies in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties establish the MACC nearly two years ago to plan for and respond to eclipse-related incidents in Central Oregon. The MACC provides structure for a coordinated response by bringing together multiple jurisdictions and agencies. The MACC began operations on Wednesday, August 16.

Members of the media taking part in the tour should meet in front of the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Box Office at 1 p.m.

The JIC will share information via FlashAlert news releases, on the COEIN blog (http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com/) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/coemergencyinfo) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/COEmergencyInfo/).

About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to the media and to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps media, travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.
211info Oregon Eclipse Hotline
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network - 08/16/17 4:55 PM
To help residents with information about the August 21 eclipse, 211info of Oregon and southwest Washington is providing updates and answering questions about where and how to view the eclipse, safety concerns, emergency preparedness, traffic, road closures and more.

211info is collaborating with the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network, along with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Oregon Parks and Recreation, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other local and state agencies.

211info operators are available with statewide and localized information, from Wednesday, August 16, through Wednesday, August 23, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"211info is excited to partner with local communities to assist with providing accurate statewide information in real time so community members can be safe and informed, said Emily Berndt, 211info Director of Partnerships. "We can provide information specific to each region and the services that are being offered."

The public can call, text and view information on the website for any eclipse related information. Residents can call 211 and press one for general eclipse Information; text 'eclipse' to 898211; or visit www.211info.org/eclipse.

About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.
New web pages make progress on child and youth safety visible
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/16/17 3:43 PM
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched "10 Priority Projects "web pages for the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan. The web pages are designed to promote safety for Oregon's children and youth and to transparently share information on the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan. The web pages can be found here: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/Child-Safety-Plan/Pages/projects.aspx

New web pages will make it easier for people to learn about the work DHS is doing around child and youth safety in Oregon. The pages include status reports on projects, timelines and more. The pages will be regularly updated. To receive notifications of updates please subscribe to our Child Safety listserv and follow us on twitter @OregonDHS.

For more information about the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan, please contact Nathan Rix, Executive Projects Director, 503-302-5212 or nathan.k.rix@state.or.us.
Campfires prohibited in Oregon State Parks and on beaches
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/16/17 2:30 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in Oregon State Parks and other properties owned and managed by the department beginning Aug. 16 until further notice. These restrictions extend to all Oregon beaches. Charcoal briquettes, tiki-style torches and candles are also prohibited until further notice. Only fuel sources that can be turned off instantly, such as propane stoves, will be allowed. Some parks will also allow propane fire pits; campers are advised to check directly with the park.

"Most state parks are already under a fire restriction due to hot, dry conditions," said MG Devereux, OPRD Deputy Director. "We are expanding these restrictions to prevent any unintentional fires in state parks that would add an unnecessary burden to firefighting efforts."

"We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see an immediate local need for fire restrictions. We appreciate your patience and understanding," Devereux added.

Fireworks are also prohibited year-round in Oregon state parks and on beaches.

The ban will remain in effect through the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and will be reevaluated based on fire status, weather and guidance from state and local fire officials. Visitors planning a trip should check with park staff for the most current information. Information will also be posted at oregonstateparks.org, or call the state parks information line at 800-551-6949.
OPRD invites public to participate in master plan for Wallowa County's state parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/16/17 12:00 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to weigh in on long-term planning for the state parks in Wallowa County. OPRD is in the process of updating the master plan that will guide recreation use and resource management for Wallowa Lake State Park, Minam State Recreation Area and the Wallowa Lake State Scenic Corridor for the next 20 years.

OPRD invites park users and community members to learn more and voice priorities and concerns at one of two public meeting in Hermiston or Joseph:

Sept. 6 in Hermiston: 5:30 -- 7:30 p.m., Oxford Suites, 1050 N. 1st St.
Sept. 7 in Joseph: 6 -- 8 p.m., Joseph Community Center, 401 E. 1st St.

A three-question survey is available at wallowastateparksplan.com. Comments can also be submitted to OPRD Planner Ian Matthews by email at ian.matthews@oregon.gov; by phone at 503-986-0744; or by mail sent to Ian Matthews, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Deadline for comments and survey responses is Oct. 7.

Park planners will incorporate public comments in a draft plan, to be released in mid-2018. A final round of public meetings will follow to allow for public comment on the draft plan. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission reviews and approves the final plan.

The planning process also includes meeting with an advisory committee that comprises organizations, agencies and individuals. The first advisory committee meeting will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Joseph Community Center. Non-advisory members are welcome to attend; however, only comments from the advisory committee will be heard at this meeting.

Services, programs and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For accommodations during the meetings, please call 503-986-0744 at least 72 hours in advance.
Cornell Dr. Search Warrant
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/17 11:57 AM
MEDIA RELEASE
Search Warrant served at residence resulting in two arrests, for Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine, Assault on a Public Safety Officer and Resisting Arrest.

Released by: Captain Paul Garrison

Date of incident: 08/15/17
Time: 3:20 p.m.

Location: 15690 Cornell Drive
La Pine, Oregon

Arrested Person #1: Morganti, Benjamin Dean age: 48
La Pine, Oregon

Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine
Delivery of Methamphetamine
Parole Violation


Arrested Person #2: Edmondson, Robert A age: 60

Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine
Assault on a Public Safety Officer (2 Counts)
Resisting Arrest (2 Counts)

Arrested Person/ Cited in Lieu of custody #3: Edmondson, Sarah age: 40
La Pine, Oregon

Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine

Narrative:

On 08/15/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit and Patrol Deputies were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team with executing a search warrant at 15690 Cornell Drive, La Pine Oregon.

The search warrant was the culmination of a several week investigation initiated by patrol deputies related to the sale of methamphetamine. Deputies compiled information from several citizen complaints regarding suspected drug activity at the residence. Patrol Deputies and Street Crimes Detectives were able to utilize multiple investigative techniques including surveillance and traffic stops to determine Benjamin Morganti was involved in the sale methamphetamine.

During the execution of the search warrant, members of the Special Operations Team contacted Robert Edmondson Jr. who did not follow lawful deputy commands, attacked and fought with deputies, resisted arrest including attempting to gain control of deputies firearm. Once under control, by Deputies, Edmondson was arrested on scene for the above listed charges.

The investigation led to the seizure of user amounts of suspected methamphetamine along with, packaging material digital scales and others items consistent with the sales of controlled substances.

Morganti was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine along with a Parole Violation. Sarah Edmondson was cited in lieu of custody for possession of methamphetamine.

Robert Edmondson was evaluated by Medics with the La Pine Fire Department before being transported to Saint Charles Medical Center by deputies for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, sustained while resisting arrest. Edmondson was later lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the above listed charges.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.

Sheriff Shane Nelson would like the public to know "this situation could have been a justified use of deadly force. When contacted by Law Enforcement comply with their commands. The Special Operations Team handled this situation perfectly."

Any questions may be directed to Captain Paul Garrison.
CASA Appoints New Advocates (Photo)
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 08/16/17 11:22 AM
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CASA would like to announce our Summer 2017 class of new volunteers who completed training to become Court Appointed Special Advocates for our neediest citizens, our local foster children. Our new CASAs were sworn in August 14th by Judge Adkisson. We are so honored to have them as part of our CASA family. If you would like more information about becoming a CASA, call 541 885-6017.

Pictured from left to right: Pam Olsen, Michael Pierson, Morgan Jones, Judge Adkisson, Shelley Buckingham, Tommy Sims


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Be aware of harmful algae blooms, water quality during eclipse
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/17 11:19 AM
August 16, 2017

Water bodies affected with blue-green algae could be harmful

The Oregon Health Authority is advising the public about the potential for harmful blue-green algae blooms and toxins associated with these blooms on water bodies in areas people are visiting to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse.

Any water body under the right conditions can develop a harmful algae bloom. Although not all blooms produce toxins at levels that are harmful to people, there is no way to know if a bloom is producing toxins, or the level of toxins being produced, without laboratory analysis of a water sample.

Because only a fraction of Oregon's fresh waters are visually monitored and sampled when blooms occur, people shouldn't count on being notified about all harmful algae blooms, especially on water bodies not considered high-use for recreation, or those not used for public drinking water.

When visiting a lake in Oregon for camping or other recreation, there are certain conditions to look for stay safe and healthy. If the water smells bad or looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint and pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, stay out and don't use the water for drinking or cooking. Algae toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treatment with camping filters. Only public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. Potable water at established campgrounds should be fine.

Exposure to toxins occurs by ingesting or drinking affected water. Although these toxins are not absorbed through the skin, a puffy red rash may occur where skin comes into contact with a bloom. Toxins can cause a variety of symptoms including 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. Special precaution should be taken with pets to keep them from drinking from or swimming in areas identified as having a potential bloom. The exposure level for dogs is much lower than that for people.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from a water body with a potential bloom, 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.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which affected water can be ingested, people are encouraged to enjoy their visit to Oregon for the eclipse.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency, and heed all warning signs and educational materials regarding harmful algae blooms.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body being sampled, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767. You can also find lots of additional facts and information on the website to help you enjoy your visit while staying safe.

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Keep spotlight on safety and preparation as eclipse looms for customers, visitors
Pacific Power - 08/16/17 9:19 AM
Contact: Media Hotline, 800-570-5838 Aug. 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Keep spotlight on safety and preparation as eclipse looms for customers, visitors
Pacific Power will deploy crews and equipment strategically to maintain a strong, flexible response should outages occur

PATH OF TOTALITY, Ore.-- Rare as they are, solar eclipses are more predictable and easier to prepare for than rogue Pacific storms, events Pacific Power plans for several times a year.

Leading up to the eclipse the morning of Aug. 21, Pacific Power is taking an all hands on deck approach. Nonessential work on the grid has been postponed and employees have been put on call. Equipment and material are prepositioned and ready for use as needed

"We work with local emergency management groups year around, planning for events that have the potential to disrupt power to our customers," said Curtis Mansfield, vice president of operations. "Wind storms, silver thaws, heat waves all have the potential to cause outages. Our crews are on standby and stationed strategically for the eclipse to make repairs should they become necessary."

Mansfield continued: "Our main concern is being able to get to an outage. Roads may be congested. We are working with local authorities to assure access. Other emergency vehicles will also need to navigate traffic jams and special safety passages will be maintained in many areas."

Pacific Power does not anticipate outage problems due to overcapacity. Full hotel rooms and campgrounds are something the company plans for and there is no reason to believe power supply or equipment issues will surface

Electricity serving Pacific Power's customers comes from a diverse array of resources, so the minor down tick in solar generation will be offset by hydro, wind, and thermal generation -- all capable of providing quick increases in output over the course of the event.

Safety however is top of mind. In the path of totality, many residents are having visitors camped out on their properties over the weekend in preparation for the big event on Monday. Pacific Power urges customers to stay safe:

If extension cords are being used to supply visitor recreational vehicles, make sure that they are in good repair (no frays) and of sufficient capacity.
Check your electrical service box to make sure it has the capacity to serve your visitors.
Make sure that cords run safely to the RV so that they are not tripping or clothes-lining hazards.
Be aware that the extra usage could cause an increase in your power bill next month. Look for ways to economize before and after.
Be careful with fire. Use only well maintained fire pits. Obey local fire bans that may be imposed and have water hoses and shovels available.
For more eclipse safety tips go to; www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep

Call toll free any time to report a power outage or a downed line, 1-877-508-5088. To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide approximately 1.7 million customers in six western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.
Firefighters near Completion on the Nena Springs Wildfire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/16/17 8:46 AM
Warm Springs OR - With the solar eclipse less than a week away, the nearly 300 firefighters still working on the Nena Springs Fire see an end in sight now that it is 90 % contained. More accurate mapping shows a reduction in acres. The final size of the fire is 39,526 acres.

Cool evenings with high humidity effectively killed most of the remaining fire behavior. A small interior pocket of heat near Simnasho is visible to that community. Firefighters have worked hard to remove any threats this heat may have created. Above the northeastern finger of the fire, a spot of heat outside the main fire body was contained yesterday. Firefighters are cold trailing and ensuring this area does not pose a threat.

Over the next several shifts, local firefighters will be patrolling the fire area looking for hot spots. As the days become warmer, pockets of smoke will become visible, allowing firefighters to find and extinguish the remaining heat. It will remain uncontained for the next few shifts. Firefighters are keeping close eyes on the area to ensure the fire does not undo the hard work firefighters have accomplished.

With the threat to communities extinguished, firefighters will also be focusing their efforts on cutting and piling juniper trees along Hwy 3 to increase visibility along the roadway. This work reduces the amount of standing dead trees that would otherwise add fuel to the next fire if it is not removed.

A transfer of command from both the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Incident Management Teams occurred at 6am this morning. A smaller incident management organization made of firefighters from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation will complete the detailed work of identifying burnt fences and guard rails destroyed in the 62 square mile fire. When needs have been assessed, firefighters will begin replacing the infrastructure.

The 2017 Eclipse is an opportunity to see one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Lodging and camp sites are fully booked in Warm Springs and surrounding communities while day use options are limited. Please make sure you are well-prepared for the increase in population.

This preparation starts with understanding risks. We ask the public visiting the Reservation to respect signs and barriers. Bring sun and eye protection. Cell service may not be available in remote areas or could be limited due to heavy demand. Consider turning off your phone to help keep lines open for emergencies.

Due to the expected influx of people beginning to travel across the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, a Fire Prevention Team is in Warm Springs. Team members are talking to the public and youth about ways to prevent wildland fires and increase awareness of activities they can do to keep fire away from the home ignition zone.

This will be the last update on the Nena Springs Fire unless significant activity occurs.

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Oregon National Guard Soldiers, Airmen complete firefighting refresher training (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/15/17 6:35 PM
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SALEM, Oregon (August 15, 2017) -- More than 100 Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen completed refresher firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The Guard was activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts in southern Oregon.

The group, comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state, are scheduled to deploy to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem, Oregon. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the board.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

PHOTOS:
170815-Z-OT568-001: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, addresses Oregon Army and Air National Guard members at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, as they complete firefighting refresher training. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-OT568-003: Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Foesch, Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Oregon National Guard, addresses Soldiers and Airmen at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, as they complete firefighting refresher training. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-OT568-008: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen practice digging fire lines during firefighting refresher training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, before deploying to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. The Oregon National Guardsmen already received the 40-hour training course at DPSST when they were called up for wildfire support in the summer of 2015. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-CH590-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen hike their way uphill to a training area at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, during a day of firefighting refresher training, as they prepare to deploy to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-006: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conduct refresher training on how to use an emergency fire shelter at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-018: Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Larry Keller (left), and Lt. Col. Martin Balakas, observe Soldiers and Airmen training together at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. They will lead more than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen as they deploy to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-019: A fire instructor with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training explains how to conduct wildfire mop-up operations to Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during firefighting refresher training at the DPSST academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)


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Insight school of Oregon - Painted Hills | Board of Directors Meeting
Insight School of Ore. - Painted Hills - 08/15/17 5:34 PM
The ISOR-PH board must cancel their regular meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 4:00pm.

Rescheduled Meeting Information:

The next regular board meeting will now take place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 4:00pm.



1.Via Teleconference:
Conference Call Number: 1-888-824-5783
Conference Code Number: 54433245#

And

2. Via Web Conference
http://tinyurl.com/ISORPH-SchoolBoardMeeting

The Public has been invited to the Board Meeting with notices posted at the following locations:

A. FlashNet Newswire
http://flashalertbend.net/press-releases.html

B. Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Office
603 NW 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Redmond Police Investigate and Arrest Child Luring Suspect
Redmond Police Dept. - 08/15/17 5:02 PM
Redmond, Oregon -- On August 14, 2017, The Redmond Police Department received a report of a possible Luring of a Minor for Sexual Conduct. The investigation revealed the suspect, Austin Rose, 20 years of age and from Redmond, was contacting a 15-year-old female, also from Redmond, via text messaging and social media platforms. During these contacts, Rose provided sexually explicit material of himself and suggested a meeting. Rose and the victim were acquaintances. Rose was contacted, interviewed and subsequently arrested for one (1) count of Luring a Minor for Sexual Conduct and five (5) counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the Second Degree. Rose was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail.

We would ask anyone knowing anything about these incidents or similar involvement with Austin Rose; please report them to us through the non-emergency dispatch number at (541) 693-6911. The Redmond Police Department wants our community to feel safe and would like to remind parents to be aware of any suspicious activity sent or received on their children's devices (to include phone, computers, and tablets). Information and tips can be found on the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task website (link attached below).

https://www.icactaskforce.org/

Press Release completed by:
Detective Sergeant Hank Majetich
Redmond Police Department
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets August 23 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 08/15/17 4:34 PM
August 15, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve May meeting minutes; make recommendation for active transportation measure; receive update on opioid overdose and oral health measures; receive update on the Coalition of Local Health Officials committee work to develop local public health process measures.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10-11 a.m. A public comment period will take place at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. The public can also join by conference call line at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by board.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
CODE Investigation Yields over 15 pounds of Methamphetamine (Photo)
Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) - 08/15/17 4:34 PM
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Date of Incident: 05/19/17
Type of Incident: Drug Arrests / Search Warrant
Location of Incident: 8109 NW Deschutes Drive, Madras, Oregon

Suspect Information:

Ronald Wayne Thrasher / 47 years of age / Madras Resident
Talina Shantel Ortiz / 43 years of age / Prineville Resident

Narrative:

On May 19th, 2017 the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team (CODE) began an investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine in the Central Oregon area. During the investigation over 15 pounds of methamphetamine, a stolen firearm, and $16,965 in US Currency were seized. The details of this investigation were not immediately released as a result of the ongoing investigation.

On May 19th, 2017, CODE investigators learned Ronald Wayne Thrasher was trafficking multiple pounds of methamphetamine and was currently in possession of a large amount of the illegal drug. Investigators learned Thrasher resided at 8109 NW Deschutes Drive in Madras, Oregon, and operated a 2008 blue Pontiac Grand Am.

On this same date, investigators notified local police agencies of this investigation and asked they attempt to locate Thrasher in his vehicle. At about 7:46 pm, an Oregon State Police sergeant located Thrasher's vehicle on Highway 26 near SE Dover Lane in Jefferson County. Talina Shantel Ortiz was driving the vehicle.

Ronald Thrasher arrived at the traffic stop location in a different vehicle and the OSP sergeant contacted him. Thrasher was taken into custody as CODE investigators had developed probable cause for Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine.

A search warrant was executed at Thrasher's residence at 8109 NW Deschutes Drive at approximately 10:35 pm on this same date. During the execution, over 15 pounds of methamphetamine, $16,965, a stolen handgun from Portland, Oregon, brass knuckles, packaging material, digital scales, and drug ledgers were seized.

Thrasher was transported and lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on the charges listed below. Ortiz was also taken into custody for an outstanding warrant as well as the drug charges listed below.


Charges:

Ronald Wayne Thrasher:


Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 475.894
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 475.886
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 475.890
Felon in Possession of a Firearm 166.270
Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon 166.270a
Theft I 164.055

Talina Shantel Ortiz:

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 475.894
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 475.886
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 475.890
Warrant Arrest 133.235


The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney's, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.


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Public Health Advisory Board meets September 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/15/17 4:12 PM
August 15, 2017

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discuss a new charter template and bylaws; discuss tobacco prevention funding and evaluation findings; discuss agenda for joint meeting with the Oregon Transportation Commission; adopt guiding principles for public health and health care collaboration.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1-4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will take place at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8017, access code 767068. The public also can join the meeting by live-stream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEkw3Y4dGPI

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Virtual Kidnapping Scams
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/17 3:48 PM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against virtual kidnapping scams.

So what is a virtual kidnapping scam? It starts with a phone call, text or email. The scammer tells you that he has abducted your child, grandchild or maybe a spouse - and he demands money in exchange for their safe return. Sound familiar? It is the opening scene of a lot of movies and TV shows. However, there is a key difference between kidnapping with intent to ransom -- which is very rare - and virtual kidnapping -- which happens a lot. In a virtual kidnapping, the bad guy hasn't actually abducted anyone. He just wants you to think that he has.

The scammer's goal is to stress you out so much that you don't take time to consider that the kidnapping is fake. He might try to intimidate you by pretending to be a gang member or a corrupt police officer. He might tell you that your loved one owes him money for a car accident, drug debt, or something similar that could discourage you from calling law enforcement. In some cases, scammers have even had an accomplice scream in the background. In almost all cases, the bad guy will threaten violence against his "victim" if you disobey him. He often has the ability to spoof -- or copy -- the alleged victim's number. He wants to cause panic, fear, and a sense of urgency, because those feelings stop you from thinking clearly.

So how do you protect yourself?

Be cautious about what you post on social media. In particular, consider waiting to post about foreign travel until after you return. Some scammers call every number with a certain area code, but others research their targets.
Let the people close to you know when you will be travelling to places without cell service or internet connection.
Know the red flags: Did the call come from a phone other than the victim's? Was the call from an area code far from where your loved one lives? Did the caller insist that the ransom had to be paid by wire transfer? Did he try to keep you on the phone?
If you do receive a ransom call, try to stay calm. Slow the situation down by writing things down or telling the caller that you need time to do what he's asking. Request to speak to the victim. Try to contact your loved one by other means, such as text or social media.
Remember -- stranger-to-stranger kidnappings are very rare. However, if you believe a real kidnapping has occurred or if you are not sure, call 911.

Overall, when it comes to online scams -- if you feel as though a fraudster has victimized you, report your suspicions to law enforcement. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Compliant Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


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Keep Oregon Green During the Eclipse
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/17 2:07 PM
Here in Oregon, we are counting down the days to an amazing celestial event. The United States is the only country which will experience the total solar eclipse and Oregon will be the first state where it can be viewed.
Federal, state, and county agencies have spent a great deal of time in recent months preparing for the challenges associated with this event -- traffic congestion, food and fuel availability, and cell phone reception to name a few. But the one overwhelming concern that all agencies involved share is wildfire. The eclipse is occurring at the peak of Oregon's fire season. As many as a million visitors are coming here to watch it. Thousands will be camping in open fields, forests and campgrounds hoping to get a good view under clear skies. Everyday activities already cause the majority of Oregon wildfires, and the risk will sharply increase when these additional visitors head onto the landscape all at the same time.
"Oregon residents have high expectations that tourists coming to view the eclipse will be respectful and leave our landscapes as beautiful as they found them," says Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association, a wildfire prevention organization. "That said, it's a tall order for visitors to fill; our own residents are having a hard time preventing wildfire starts themselves." To date, Oregonians have been responsible for starting 636 fires. "Last week alone, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported 32 fire starts that burned over 450 acres. They were caused by equipment, illegal debris burning, smoking and the dumping of hot coals," she said.
August is always a dangerous month for wildfire starts in Oregon because fuels are at their driest. The fire danger level is high or extreme in many areas of the state. Any accidental spark or stray ember can start a fire and spread rapidly.
Two-thirds of the wildfires in Oregon are started by people, so it is extremely important to check the fire restrictions where you plan to work or play, and be sure that you are prepared to put a fire out should one get started. Any careless act can get traction: a campfire left smoldering; the whirling metal blades of a lawnmower striking a rock; a cigarette tossed from a vehicle; or a hot car idling over tall, dry grass. If you are traveling the roads, carry the essentials: a shovel and a gallon of water or a charged and operational fire extinguisher in case you need to be your own firefighter. In fact, these items are required in your vehicle in many areas. If traffic comes to a standstill during the eclipse, fire engine response time may be delayed.
One careless act can destroy thousands of acres -- not to mention your bank account. Anyone responsible for starting a fire, accidental or not, may be liable for fire suppression costs as well as the cost of damage to neighboring property owners. "Our everyday actions impact the landscape and the lives of the firefighters who work tirelessly to protect them. Predict the outcome of your behaviors. Predictable is preventable," said Babbs.

The Keep Oregon Green Association offers common-sense advice and important information on how to prevent fires when traveling through, camping and recreating in Oregon's scenic areas. Go to www.keeporegongreen.org or @keeporegongreen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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OEM and partners offer resources for 2017 Eclipse Visitors and Viewers (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/15/17 1:12 PM
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With just five days to go until the 2017 total solar eclipse, state agencies in Oregon are working together to provide information on traffic, health and safety, wildfire danger, camping, and weather, among other things to residents and tourists eager to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial phenomenon.

A wide variety of information about the eclipse can be found on Facebook and Twitter by using #OReclipse and #Eclipse2017.

Up-to-the-minute information will be available through a wide variety of resources:

211 Info -- This non-emergency eclipse hotline will operate Aug. 16 to Aug. 23, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dial 2-1-1, visit http://211info.org, or text ECLIPSE to 898211.
TripCheck.com -- Real-time traffic information, along with weather, restrictions and travel times make this interactive website one of the most useful tools available for anyone looking to navigate roadways between now and the days following the eclipse.
ODF Public Fire Restrictions Map -- A clickable map from Oregon's Department of Forestry allows users to pinpoint their location and learn about (low to extreme) fire danger risk, campfire limitations and other public fire restrictions. Necessary fire mitigation information and equipment is also noted.
RAPTOR -- Also known as Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon, Oregon Office of Emergency Management's RAPTOR site offers a public version for people to track what's happening where in the eclipse path of totality and around the state, including events, wildfires, road closures and weather.
National Weather Service -- Weather is everyone's number one concern. Visitors to the National Weather Service website can get all the information they need to be prepared for rain or shine, clouds or clear skies, with a click on a keyboard.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management Website provides tips for residents, visitors and businesses. A Frequently Asked Questions document delves into answers to common questions.


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Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps answers questions from the media about state coordination for the 2017 Eclipse at this morning's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown talks about how Oregon's statewide governmental, preparedness, and travel organizations have been working together to ensure Oregon is ready to accommodate an unprecedented number of Oregonians and visitors who are expected view the 2017 solar eclipse at today's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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The Adjutant General, Oregon, Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, talks about Oregon National Guard support for the 2017 Eclipse at today's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
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Linea Gagliano, Travel Oregon director, Global Communications, discusses tourism and economic opportunity related to the 2017 Eclipse in Oregon at today's press conference at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The public can get information about the eclipse using #OReclipse or #Eclipse2017, or calling 211.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan)


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Search warrant and investigation at 915 NE 12th Street (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 08/15/17 12:29 PM
Search warrant service
Search warrant service
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Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Case # 2017-242679/250973

Date & Time of Incident: August 7 and August 14

Type of Incident: Drug related crimes with a subsequent search warrant

Location of Incident: 915 NE 12th Street

Suspect:

(Case 2017-250973)

Micaela Krista Estrada Zacarias 31 year old female Bend resident

Leah Maribeth Atkins 38 year old female Bend resident

Rachel Arlene Mahoney 42 year old female Bend resident

Ryan Paul Atkins 45 year old female Bend resident

(Case 2017-242679)

Klint Edwards Wise 34 year old male Mill City resident

Randy Iowa Resch 61 year old male Mill City resident

Jesse Rene Gust 21 year old female Mill City resident

Janene Lynn Gust 57 year old female Mill City resident

Narrative:

On Sunday August 13th, Officers with the Bend Police Department and members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) served a search warrant at 915 NE 12th Street as part of an ongoing investigation regarding criminal activity, specifically drug related crimes. This search warrant was a culmination of several different events recently. The Bend Police Department has received complaints regarding multiple short term visits at this residence.

On August 7th, Bend Police Officers conducted surveillance on 915 NE 12th Street. During the surveillance on the house, officers saw a white Ford F150 stop, stay for a short time and leave. Officers were able to stop the vehicle for a violation and conducted a drug investigation. A Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Narcotic K9 Team responded and helped with the investigation.

During this investigation, it was found that Jesse Rene Gust, Klint Edward Wise, Randy Iowa Resch and Janene Lynn Guest, all of Mill City Oregon, were in possession of methamphetamine. This included over 97 grams of methamphetamine, of which over 39 grams was packaged for sales. Wise was found to be in possession of a Springfield XD 9mm handgun. Based on Wise's criminal history, he is unable to possess a firearm

Randy Resch was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Manufacture/Delivery/Possession of methamphetamine. Jessie Gust and Janene Gust were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Possession of methamphetamine.

During the attempted arrest of Wise, he attempted to escape custody and actively resisted the arrest attempts of the officers. He was located and taken into custody. Wise was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Manufacture/Delivery/Possession of methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest, Theft by Receiving, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and he had an active warrant for his arrest from another state.

This case, along with other information led to the issuance of a search warrant for 915 NE 12th Street. During the service of the warrant, Micaela Zacarias, Leah Atkins, Rachel Mahoney and Ryan Atkins were all contacted. At the time of the search warrant service, there were five juveniles at the residence, all under the age of 18. Several items of evidence were recovered, to include methamphetamine and items that are consistent with sales of methamphetamine.

All four of the adults were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. Zacarias was lodged for Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold and (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Leah Atkins was lodged for Manufacture/Delivery of methamphetamine and (5) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Rachel Mahoney was lodged for Possession of methamphetamine, (5) counts of Reckless Endangering and Frequenting a Place where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold. Ryan Atkins was lodged for Manufacture/Delivery of methamphetamine and (5) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

The Bend Police Department understands the importance of safe neighborhoods and this is an example of working on a neighborhood problem. Our goal is to help neighborhoods become safer so our citizens can enjoy everything Bend has to offer.

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Attached Media Files: Search warrant service
Nena Springs Fire Update 15 August 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/15/17 10:40 AM
The Nena Springs Fire is now 80% contained and covers about 40,000 acres. Incident Commanders Richy Harrod and Scott Magers are rapidly turning their attention from containing this fire to demobilizing their organizations and sending people home or to other fires. A smaller force is on the fire today finishing some areas that still have some heat and need attention.

But the work is not finished. On Wednesday, the NW Incident Management Team 12 and the State Fire Marshal's Blue Team will be handing management of the fire back to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Fire Management Division.

Although the Incident Management teams will be leaving, a number of resources will remain assigned to the incident.

The Fire Management Division is putting together a local Incident Management Team (IMT) that will be taking over responsibility for the further management of the Nena Springs Fire. Many of those team members have been working on the fire for the past week. Today the new team members are "shadowing" their counterparts on the existing IMT and finalizing plans for the next steps.

The transition to the local team is being done carefully to assure that the investments made by the hundreds of local, state and federal firefighters to contain this fire, are followed through to completion. The new team will be patrolling the area, mopping up where necessary, and rehabilitating areas disturbed by fire suppression activities.

Yesterday (Monday), firefighters made excellent progress in mopping up and patrolling the northeastern area of the fire that burned all the way to the Deschutes River. Last night a crew was camped out on this section of the fire and will be completing that work today. One small area on the west side of the Mutton Mountains was burned out yesterday and is looking very good this morning.
Governor Kate Brown Signs Reproductive Health Equity Act
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 08/15/17 10:03 AM
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

Governor Kate Brown today signed the nation's most progressive reproductive health policy into law. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 3391) is the first legislation in the United States to comprehensively address systemic barriers to accessing reproductive health care, expanding coverage to thousands of Oregonians throughout the state - regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity.

Developed by the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon with input from legislative champions, the new law makes Oregon the first state to establish comprehensive, state-funded reproductive health coverage for women categorically excluded from Medicaid based on citizenship status; the first to codify no-cost abortion coverage in state statute; and the first to stand up to the Trump administration and congressional Republicans by putting the entire list of women's health services covered without cost-sharing under the Affordable Care Act into state statute. The legislation also bans discrimination against those who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming so that all people who can become pregnant have access to reproductive health care.

The Reproductive Health Equity Act, which goes into effect immediately, will significantly benefit thousands of Oregonians:

900,000: Oregonians covered by private insurance who now have expanded reproductive health coverage.

360,000: Oregon women who now have protected access to copay-free preventive healthcare services under the Affordable Care Act.

48,000: Low-income mothers in Oregon whose coverage now extends past delivery to include follow-up visits during the postpartum period.

43,000: Oregon women of reproductive age with high-deductible policies who now have abortion coverage at no out-of-pocket cost.

18,600: Oregon women of reproductive age whose insurance plans now cannot charge them a co-pay or other out-of-pocket costs for preventive health services, including contraception.

Laurel Swerdlow, Advocacy Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said: "We are so grateful for the bold leadership of Governor Brown and legislative champions who understand that Oregonians don't want reproductive health care attacked. Women, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, people of color, immigrants and people of faith are not going to silently stand around while politicians in Washington D.C. try to take away our health care."

Amy Casso, Gender Justice Program Director for Western States Center, said: "This is an amazing victory, and it's all the more significant given the current political landscape. In the face of relentless rollbacks and attacks at the federal level, Oregonians are showing the rest of the country what it means to be resilient and visionary. This groundbreaking legislation is the result of a forward-thinking, inclusive campaign that uplifted the leadership of people of color. There is still work to be done, but today we celebrate that more Oregonians have the freedom to decide if and when they have children based on what's best for them and their family's circumstances."

Kimberly McCullough, Legislative Director for American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said: "Individual rights and freedom go to the heart of who we are as Oregonians, including the right to access safe and legal abortion. For too many Oregonians today, those legal rights do not translate into access, especially for young people, people of color, rural people, people with low incomes, and transgender and gender-nonconforming people. The vast majority of Oregonians support access to safe and legal abortion, which is now safeguarded by the Reproductive Health Equity Act."

Reproductive Health Equity Act summary: https://reprohealthequity.org/about/about-the-bill/

Reproductive Health Equity Act fact sheet: https://reprohealthequity.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/hb-3391-fact-sheet.pdf

Reproductive Health Equity Act stories from impacted Oregonians: https://reprohealthequity.org/stories/

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The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon is a diverse, statewide coalition that is working to create a world where access to reproductive health care doesn't depend on who you are, where you live or how much you earn - where every Oregonian who can become pregnant has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life. The coalition consists of American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon July 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 08/15/17 10:00 AM
July's Strong Job Growth in Oregon Eclipses the Unemployment Rate

In July, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 5,900 jobs, following a gain of 8,700 in June. Four of the major industries added more than 1,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality added the most, increasing by 2,400 jobs. In addition, strong hiring occurred in construction (+1,200 jobs), health care and social assistance (+1,200), and retail trade (+1,200). Professional and business services was the only major industry to cut more than 1,000, as it shed 1,400 jobs.

Job growth was faster than it was at the beginning of the year. Over the past 12 months, Oregon's payroll employment rose 56,200, or 3.1 percent, as was reflected in the quarterly revisions to the data. Earlier in the year, annual job growth had slowed to 2.0 percent, but by July was back above 3.0 percent for the first time since April 2016 when the growth rate was 3.2 percent. Several large industry sectors led the expansion in the 12 months ending with July 2017, including construction (+10,300 jobs, or 11.4%), leisure and hospitality (+9,900 jobs, or 5.0%), and health care and social assistance (+8,600 jobs, or 3.7%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was little changed at 3.8 percent in July. The rate remained near its all time low of 3.6 percent reached in May. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 5.1 percent in July 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in July 2017.

Another sign of a tight labor market in Oregon is fewer workers employed part time for economic reasons. In July, 68,000 Oregonians would have preferred full-time employment but were working part time because their hours had been cut or because they could not find a full-time job. This was the lowest total on record dating back to 2002, when comparable records began. In contrast, these involuntary part-time workers reached a peak of 160,000 in 2009, during the Great Recession.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, August 22nd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 12th.

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

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 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

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. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon July 2017 News Release
DPSST Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/15/17 9:40 AM
For Immediate Release
August 15, 2017
Contact: Staci Yutzie
503-932-0865

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel will hold a regular meeting on August 24, 2017 from 11:00a-2:00p. The meeting will be held in Conference Room # A145 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

1. Core Concepts
Decision Making/Problem Solving Discussion
Implicit Bias Discussion

2. Identification of Instructional Goals and Learning Outcomes
What is the overall purpose or intent of each topic?
To what level?
What does the student need to know, do or be after instruction?

3. Reminder- personal vehicle travel reimbursement

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Red Cross Urges Community to Take Preparedness Actions Pre-Eclipse
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/15/17 8:32 AM
With potential traffic back-ups and possible supply and fuel shortages, the Red Cross is encouraging community members to assemble emergency preparedness kits and providing specific guidance on must-have emergency preparedness kit items.

PORTLAND, EUGENE, BEND & MEDFORD, Ore., August 15, 2017 -- The American Red Cross is urging community members who live in, near or plan to travel into the path of totality during the eclipse to stock up on emergency preparedness supplies now. Specifically, the Red Cross is recommending assembling an emergency preparedness kit for your car and your home.

With one million visitors expected to come to Oregon to view the eclipse on August 21, travelers could be stuck in traffic for hours and people who live in the path of totality may face a supply shortage with the influx of people. It is essential to have emergency supplies on hand and ready now, days ahead of the eclipse event.

The Red Cross recommends having the following items in your car:
Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas
Bottled water -- one gallon, per person, per day. Use heavy plastic bottles made for water storage.
Non-perishable food items (power bars, canned food, a manual can opener)
A flashlight
A battery-powered radio
A first aid kit
Daily vital medications
Supplies for an infant or children if applicable
A multi-purpose tool
Personal hygiene items including toilet paper
Cell phone chargers
Extra cash in small denominations ($1 or $5)
Comfort items like toys, games, coloring books for kids, etc. to pass the time if there are delays
Blankets or a sleeping bag
Maps of the area (printed copies)
Jumper cables
Emergency contact information written out on a card to keep in your wallet

The Red Cross recommends having the following items at home:
Water -- one gallon, per person, per day for a minimum of three days
The supplies included in your car kit in greater quantities (for a minimum of three days):
Supplies for your pets if applicable

View a full Red Cross kit list here: www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide.

How the Red Cross is preparing:
The Red Cross is coordinating with local emergency agencies along the eclipse viewing path to ensure collective preparedness for any contingency. This planning is a standard part of our regular collaborations with local emergency management officials with regard to large-scale, public events. If requested by local authorities, the Red Cross is prepared to shelter and feed those who might be displaced by disasters, residential fires, wildfires, or other events.

As part of normal Red Cross readiness posture, supplies such as cots, blankets and water are already pre-positioned across this area and the country. In addition, more volunteers and resources are on standby in case they are needed. Cellular service could be impacted by the large number of people visiting the region. If networks go down, the Red Cross will use ham radio or top-priority emergency cell channels to communicate.
About the American Red Cross


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


Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Urges Community to Take Preparedness Actions Pre-Eclipse
Oregon Parks and Recreation Seeks Wolf Creek Inn Operator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/15/17 8:20 AM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to operate Wolf Creek Inn, an historic bed-and-breakfast property near Grants Pass, in southern Oregon. The RFP opens August 15, 2017 and closes October 10, 2017. More info is here: http://bit.ly/WolfCreekInnRFP

The Inn has been operated in many different ways in its long history. Since 1975, when OPRD took ownership of the 4?1/2 acre property, the facility has functioned as a restaurant, an overnight hotel, or both together. OPRD has run the operation with its own staff, or as an adjunct to a concessionaire. Right now, OPRD is operating the property as a museum and as an overnight hotel. The agency hopes to have a contract awarded later this fall for 2018 operation.

"It is a unique opportunity," said Nathan Seable, who manages state parks in the area, including Wolf Creek Inn State Historic Site. "For the right individuals, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run a business in a great community." Seable will conduct site visits for any interested parties until mid-September.

Wolf Creek Inn was built sometime around 1883, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility has been remodeled, and today boasts upgraded HVAC systems and electrical service, an efficient commercial kitchen, and modern fire suppression. Its 9 guest rooms, appointed in period décor, have seen the likes of Clark Gable and Jack London walk through their doors. The Inn has always been a strong venue for special events, and its restaurant and hospitality services have been regionally famous for decades.

Wolf Creek Inn is located just off the I-5, about 20 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon. The Inn is an easy drive to the many tourism destinations of southern Oregon, including Crater Lake National Park, the wild and scenic Rogue River, the Oregon Caves, the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville.