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Salem-News.com (Aug-17-2017 16:52)

Wildfire Backs Up I-5 in Southern Oregon for 10 Miles

Drivers should call 5-1-1 or TripCheck.com for up to the minute updates.

(GRANTS PASS, Ore.) - Tanker drop at I-5, MP53 SW Oregon: I-5 MP 53, between Rogue River and Grants Pass: Due to wildfire, expect extreme delays both NB/SB. NB traffic is backed up nearly 10 miles.

Use alternate routes and expect delays. Medford-Grants commuters should consider alternate routes or delaying travel. Watch for emergency crews.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-16-2017 14:40)

Campfires Prohibited in Oregon State Parks and on Beaches

August is the peak of Oregon's wildfire season, so preventing additional burden on firefighting efforts is high priority.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News.com 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. Only fuel sources that can be turned off instantly, such as propane stoves, will be allowed.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-14-2017 23:32)

Brother and Sister Hikers Rescued off of Three-Fingered Jack area

Conditions became foggy and visibility was near zero.

(LINN COUNTY, Ore.) - Three Fingered Jack Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reported his deputies were attempting a rescue of two hikers from the Three Fingered Jack area just before noon today.

On Sunday August 13, 2017, at 4:57 p.m., Linn County Sheriff's Office dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from two climbers saying they lost their way in the fog and was stuck on a rock face, unable to get out on their own.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-14-2017 22:13)

Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Soon to Deploy to Fire near Crater Lake

Operation Plan Smokey stipulates how Oregon National Guard members are utilized to assist in firefighting efforts.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon National Guard More than 100 Oregon National Guard members, activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts in southern Oregon, are scheduled to complete their refresher firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem on Tuesday.

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.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-14-2017 19:09)

Bat in Marion County Tests Positive for Rabies

Bats are the most common mammals known to carry rabies in Oregon.

(SALEM, Ore.) - rabid bats A bat from the Shaw area of Marion County tested positive for rabies. It was confirmed by Marion County Environmental Health on August 4.

It was reported that the bat was found in a bedroom where two adults and one child had slept. It is unknown at this time if anyone sleeping in the room was bitten and medical advice is being sought.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-04-2017 15:58)

Propane Tank Ignites Inside Shop While Blacksmithing

Fire officials believe that a leaking valve may be to blame.

(LEBANON, Ore.) - propane fire Lebanon firefighters quickly contained a fire from a venting propane tank inside the detached shop of a home on Arlene Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

A resident had been using a propane torch connected to the tank for some blacksmithing work and when the torch came within the area of the tank it erupted in fire.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-04-2017 15:48)

PGE Customers Set Another Record for Summer Electricity Use

PGE customers use 3,976 MW on Aug. 3, beating the previous day's record.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - summer weather PGE customers have set a new summer record for energy demand. The new mark is 3,976 megawatts (MW) net system load, set on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. At the time it was 105 degrees at Portland International Airport.

The all-time winter peak of 4,073 MW net system load was set on Dec. 21, 1998. The low temperature at PDX that day was 16 degrees F.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-03-2017 15:00)

Whitewater Fire Closes All Trail Access into Mt Jefferson Park

202 fire personnel are fighting the fire currently 4,579 acres in size.

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) - whitewater fire Today’s operations will utilize aviation resources, such as helicopters and retardant planes, to slow fire spread and contain lines. Crews and heavy equipment continue to prepare containment lines on the Southern and Western flanks of the fire.

The trails and road will remain closed to protect public and fire fighter safety until further notice.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-24-2017 16:58)

Health Advisory Issued for Odell Lake

High toxin levels found in Klamath County lake

(KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.) - Odell Lake The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today for Odell Lake, located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Oregon Route 58 in the northwest corner of Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in Odell Lake. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-17-2017 22:00)

Crashed Truckload of Slimy Hagfish Will be Remembered Always

Last Thursday, Oregon coast travelers learned that when Hagfish become stressed, they secrete a slime. That'll be hard to forget.

(LINCOLN CITY, Ore.) - Oregon hagfish When Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a multi-vehicle crash at noon last Thursday, little did they know that there was a slime-fest waiting.

It all began when a 1993 Mitsubishi truck was traveling northbound on US Highway 101 near milepost 131, approaching roadway construction. An ODOT flagger had northbound traffic stopped, but Mr. Tragale was unable to stop the vehicle- or the load he was hauling.

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