Disasters & Accidents

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Millions of people are expected to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, and many will opt to watch from the Oregon Coast.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials urge caution near the ocean.  

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Tens of Thousands of people have to change their plans for next Monday’s solar eclipse because wildfire has closed some prime viewing sites in the Willamette National Forest.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, crews are tackling 15 wildfires across Oregon.   That’s according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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An animal safety group has donated some special kits to the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, they’re to ensure pets are cared for at disaster scenes. 

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With record high temperatures and low relative humidity, fire weather conditions have worsened in the Willamette National Forest. Officials have banned campfires effective Saturday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday as wildfire danger increased across the state.

Rising temperatures, high winds and dry conditions are likely to persist through at least the remainder of the week, creating a high chance of wildfires spreading across Oregon.

"As Oregon faces a near record-breaking heatwave, the threat of wildfires increases," Brown said in a statement.

Red flag warnings were issued across the state this week, as temperatures in the Willamette Valley crested 100 degrees in many places.

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Six wildfires are currently burning away in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, fire officials want people to be extra careful given some changing factors.

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A utility company says a dead tree that fell on power lines appears to have caused a brush fire near Oakridge that destroyed a trailer and shut down lanes of Highway 58 for several hours before it was contained.

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Brightly-colored and loud explosions are expected through the 4th of July.  And fire officials are urging common sense for those residents staging their own fireworks show.

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An administrator of Freres Lumber says it’s unclear what started a fire at its mill in Lyons, east of Salem.

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President Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding for an earthquake early warning system along the west coast. The cut would effectively kill the potentially life-saving program.

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Oregon and Washington’s governors have sent a joint letter to President Trump, calling for more funds to be approved for cleaning up the Hanford site. 

The U.S. Department of Energy issued an emergency alert Tuesday morning at the Hanford Site north of Richland, Washington. Some workers at a former chemical processing plant have been evacuated and about 3,000 others near the area at the center of the Hanford Site were directed to take shelter indoors.

A representative at the Hanford Emergency Operations Center who would not give her name said there were no injuries reported.

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Three members of a California family killed in an Oregon plane crash last Friday are described as fun-loving go-getters with a zest for life.

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A single-engine plane crash outside Harrisburg this morning killed four people.  

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Eugene residents are advised that a hazardous materials drill will be held tomorrow (Saturday 3/18) on its main campus off of 30th Avenue.  

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A coastal women’s group based in Newport is hopeful President Trump will not cut money from the United States Coast Guard.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, they’re concerned it could affect their local helicopter rescue unit. 

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A red Subaru Outback jumped two curbs in downtown Eugene on Saturday and landed on a parked car.

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Rising river levels could lead to floods, warn Lane County authorities.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are precautions residents can take ahead of any emergency. 

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Out of Oregon’s list of unsafe dams, 2 of the 7 are in Newport. The Lower and Upper dams on the Big Creek Reservoir are deemed unsatisfactory by the state.

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Across Lane County, road crews are still cleaning up debris and damage from last December’s ice storm.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the recent heavy rains aren’t giving workers much of a break.  

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Eugene residents are still cleaning up from the ice storm in December which downed hundreds of trees and put 22-thousand households in the dark. This week, the city is hosting a debrief on lessons learned.

  

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The Trump administration has issued a federal disaster declaration for Lane and Josephine counties, for damages incurred during December’s major ice storm.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s welcome news for regional utilities, school districts, and government agencies. 

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Strong waves injured two people at the Oregon coast this weekend.
A high-surf advisory was in effect Saturday when firefighters responded to a vacation rental in Lincoln City.

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Travelers wanting the most up-to-date information about Lane County roads have a new tool.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the app can help them avoid weather-related closures and hazards.  

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board held an open house last night.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event followed one of the biggest outages the utility’s had to tackle. 

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Rain and snow showers will hit the region through Wednesday, with freezing temps overnight in the later half of the week. 

Because of the slippery conditions and limited visibility, state officials urge motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary.    

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This week,  emergency officials will come to Lane County to review damage from the mid-December ice storm.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the visit could lead to local agencies recouping some losses.

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