Following a long Saturday night assisting Stayton Fire with a 3rd-alarm wildland fire on Fir Grove Lane SE, the Volunteers Fire Fighters of Aumsville Fire District responded to two multiple-alarm fires on Sunday. Making this a busy weekend for these Men and Women. Thanks to them!
Due to the extreme risk of fire, fire danger, lack of resources to fight additional fires and in the interest of public safety, the County Forest Manager recommended the closure of all Hood River County Forestland, Forest Roads, and Forest Trails to all recreational use until further notice.
The suspect has been identified as a fifteen year old male from Vancouver, Washington using fireworks. The American Red Cross more than 250 people at two shelters in the area. Evacuation orders have been issued for many areas.
Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area at 2:44 p.m. today.
A fiery crash on I-5 in Albany just after midnight sent one man to a Portland hospital. A passing motorist stopped and helped pull the driver from the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames. I-5 northbound was closed until the fire could be extinguished
Today, the Marion County Board of Commissioners authorized a Level 1 Evacuation notice for the Breitenbush Hot Springs resort area and a portion of the Willamette National Forest. A Level 2 Evacuation notice would also be authorized if necessary.
A statewide ban on open fires in state park campgrounds has been lifted effective August 22, 2017. However, local and regional fire restrictions are still in effect in many state parks, and restrictions from other authorities often apply to state parks as well. Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings only. All fires must be attended, and fully extinguished afterward.
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.
With one week until the Great Eclipse here are some things to plan for.
Traffic should increase as the week progresses and eclipse visitors begin to arrive. Beyond traffic their could be cell phone and atm issues as the numbers grow beyond what the local infrastructure was meant to support.