Oregon News

Friday, May 24, 2024

Jackson County Fire District 3 truck gets drone to help monitor emergencies

VIDEO: Fire District 3 Battalion Chief’s truck is getting an upgrade. The truck is now equipped with a rooftop mounted box which houses a drone. This enhances firefighters' ability to access and monitor emergencies and conduct search and rescue operations. The drone can easily be launched, flown, and landed with the push of a single button by the incident commander. The aerial view provides incident commanders with a comprehensive view of situations as they unfold to aid in decision making and planning. It’s already been used on several real-life incidents with positive results and feedback.
KOBI-TV NBC 5 Medford

More extreme wildfire weather category added for Oregon

The National Weather Service recently added a more extreme wildfire warning level for the Medford and Portland forecast office zones as wildfire season approaches. The new designation is called a “particularly dangerous situation red flag warning.” National Weather Service officials told KOIN 6 News that particularly dangerous situation red flag warnings will help to warn officials of heightened danger during the worst wildfire conditions. The new wildfire warning level was previously instituted in California and copies the wording already used by the NWS for “particularly dangerous tornado watches and warnings.” If a particularly dangerous situation red flag warning alert is issued, people are asked to use the highest level of caution.
KOIN-TV NBC 6 Portland

Region: Living with wildfires in the Pacific Northwest

The impacts of wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are worsening in the western United States. In this series, our Environment Northwest team looks at recent fire history in western and eastern Washington, Idaho and Oregon — and what the worsening impacts mean for the future of our region. Wildfire season in the Northwest is expected to be active this year. The El Niño that brought warmer temperatures and drier conditions to the region this past winter will continue through most of the summer. There are signs of La Niña conditions forming, but the cool, wet pattern likely won’t return until later this fall. An abnormally warm dry winter in Washington and north Idaho led to a below-average snowpack in the Olympic Mountains, North Cascades, and the Northern Rockies.
KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Tualatin Valley Fire levy passes, boosting firefighter numbers and resources

PHOTOS: Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is pleased with the results of their ballot initiative that will bring more resources and personnel to the district. Measure 34-332 will fund 92 existing firefighters and will add up to 36 more over the next five years, the district said. “We are so humbled by the support that our community has shown us by endorsing our replacement levy,” states Fire Chief Deric Weiss. “We know that our residents work hard and have to make tough decisions about how their money is spent. Our community has consistently told us that their top priority for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is fast and effective emergency response. We will continue to use investments wisely to fulfill this commitment. With additional firefighters and paramedics, our network will be stronger and our ability to provide life-saving care will improve.”
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Central Oregon fire chiefs announce seasonal open debris burning period will close at sunset on Friday, May 31st

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association announced Thursday it is closing open debris burning for residential and private lands across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties on Friday of next week. Burning debris piles on many private lands will not be allowed after sunset on Friday, May 31st, as the area heads into the summer wildland fire season. “The region’s fire chiefs met and collectively agreed to close burning for the season for the safety of their residents, due to more consistent warmer and drier conditions in the forecast,” said COFCA Chair Todd Riley, fire chief for Bend Fire & Rescue. The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association strongly urges residents to create defensible space on their property. Until the burn season opens again in the fall, options include chipping the debris, hauling it to a local landfill or transfer site, or pile and cover it until fall. Residents should contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations.

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