Siskiyou County Search and Rescue rescue climbers on Mount Shasta

Siskiyou County Search and Rescue rescue climbers on Mount Shasta

On Thursday, August 15, 2019 the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to two incidents on Mount Shasta involving injured or endangered mountain climbers stranded after mishaps left them imperiled at high elevations and in need of rescue. 

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Attempted suicide by inmate

Attempted suicide by inmate

According to Klamath County Sheriff, Chris Kaber - At approximately 8:03 pm on Wednesday evening (August 14th, 2019) an inmate being held in the Klamath County Jail attempted suicide while alone in a booking cell. The 53 year old man was being held on local misdemeanor charges related to Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, and Criminal Trespass. 

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Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Fire managers are pleased with the progress so far. The fire is currently in mop up stage and containment has risen to 63%. This success shows that the hard work is paying off.

Minimal fire activity is expected today and unburned islands of fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and produce light smoke periodically. Firefighters will continue to focus on mop up operations along the perimeter and will begin removing excess equipment and supplies from secure portions of the fireline. Air resources are available to assist with bucket drops, should that be necessary.

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Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.

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Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19 [UPDATED to include entire lake - August 13]

Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19 [UPDATED to include entire lake - August 13]

The Oregon Health Authority updated a recreational use health advisory today for Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. The lake is in Klamath County.

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Work not yet finished, 'We are still dealing with a fire'

With the warmer, drier weather yesterday, there were several flare-ups during the day and overnight inside of the perimeter of the Ward Fire, where residual hot spots ignited drying grass and brush. Flare-ups such as these are common with the current weather conditions and are a vivid reminder that work on this fire is not yet finished. “We are still dealing with a fire,” said Mitch Williams, Field Night Operations.

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Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

Favorable weather conditions helped crews continue to make solid progress yesterday. John Pellissier, Operations Section Chief, summed it up during the briefing as night shift firefighters prepared to go out. “Today we had a good day of work, building off good work last night”.

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Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

Over 350 firefighters are now working to further strengthen fire lines on the Ward Fire located 13 miles southwest of Keno, Oregon along the Klamath River Canyon near the Oregon-California border.

The 1301-acre fire was started by lightening last Friday when a severe thunderstorm passed over the area. The fire instantly started growing due to topography and winds.

Containment is now 24%

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Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

The Ward Fire has had minimal growth since yesterday due to the moist and cool conditions and effective dozer lines built directly against the burning perimeter on the northern flank of the fire. Last night, firefighters worked to mop up 30 feet in on the fireline in the northwest flank of the fire. Crews also worked to install hose lays along the completed dozer line on the northeast portion.

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Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

The Ward Fire started early afternoon August 9th, 2019 when a lightning storm came through the area. The fire instantly started running and spotting, aided by topography and winds. Crews from ODF and BLM along with Green Diamond timber company rapidly responded.

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Multiple fires burning in South Central Oregon this evening

Multiple fires burning in South Central Oregon this evening

Klamath Falls, Ore. –Scattered thunderstorms moved across portions South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) protected lands this afternoon and evening.

Multiple fires were reported this afternoon in Klamath County with the largest fire is approximately 1500 acres. 

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173rd Fighter Wing pilots learn survival techniques for over-water ejection

173rd Fighter Wing pilots learn survival techniques for over-water ejection

U.S. Air Force F-15C pilots from the 173rd Fighter Wing spent one day preparing for an emergency ejection over water during water survival skills training at Cultus Lake in Central Oregon, July 25, 2019.

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Team Kingsley adds “shoot house” to world-class training arsenal

Team Kingsley adds “shoot house” to world-class training arsenal

The 173rd Security Forces Squadron increased the training capability for the base, as well as the surrounding area, when they constructed a new “shoot house” on the base designed to simulate real situations law enforcement and first responders deal with as a part of their mission.

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Red Flag Warning Issued for Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Red Flag Warning Issued for Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Due to a high risk for a strong thunderstorm system in the area that can bring frequent lightning to dry fuels during periods of gusty winds and low humidity. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today, August 8, 2019, from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM. A second Red Flag Warning has been issued for 11:00 AM, Friday, August 9 through 10:00 PM Saturday, August 10, 2019.

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Public urged to use caution during construction on Fishhole Creek Road

Public urged to use caution during construction on Fishhole Creek Road

Bly, Ore. – Fremont-Winema National Forest officials are reminding the public to slow down, watch for flaggers and use caution when traveling in road construction zones on the Forest following an accident today.

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Suspicious death in Keno

Suspicious death in Keno

At approximately 4:43 p.m. on August 4th, 2019 Klamath County Emergency Response District-911 received a call from Keno, Oregon stating an individual had found his significant other, Audema Jean Tecumseh, 40, unresponsive in her bed.

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Keeping work zones safe: ODOT using new technology to protect road workers [VIDEO]

Keeping work zones safe: ODOT using new technology to protect road workers [VIDEO]

Salem, Ore - Every year flaggers and other highway workers are injured and killed on highways in Oregon and across the nation. The Oregon Department of Transportation has begun deploying new flagging technology—auto flaggers -- that takes work zone flaggers out of the line of traffic making them safer.

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McCarter arrested in Klamath Falls homicide [UPDATED]

McCarter arrested in Klamath Falls homicide [UPDATED]

At approximately 2:00 AM on August 3, Klamath County 9-1-1 received a call from 1718 Wall Street in Klamath Falls.  The reporting party was unable to provide significant details but indicated that someone was in need of medical attention. 

EMTs and officers from the Klamath Falls Police Department responded to the call.

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Recreational use advisory issued for Odell Lake

Recreational use advisory issued for Odell Lake

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for Odell Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. The lake is in Klamath County.

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