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.
On November 13th, 2015 at about 2:40 am the Dallas Fire Department assisted by SW Polk Fire, were dispatched to the 4000 block of Van Well Rd on a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival they found a motor home fully engulfed in flames. The fire department took action and later determined that there was a deceased person inside.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires in Oregon State Parks and other properties owned and managed by the department beginning Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. The ban includes but is not limited to designated fire pits, tiki torches and candles. The ban also extends to fires on ocean beaches.