college of the siskiyousWEED, Calif. — While the Weed elementary and high schools are still closed for fire investigations, College of the Siskiyous is back in session for students today. Students at College of the Siskiyous are just being released from classes on the first day back since the fire.

Representatives say students had to be evacuated from dorms the day of the fire. Right now, the school is still trying to get a number of students who’ve been affected. Along with students and their families, Many members of the staff here are displaced from their homes this week and some have lost everything.

Bill Boggs, a student at College of the Siskiyous explains, “I think the classes will be smaller. Do you push through and try to stay positive? Or do you try to help the community?”

Dawnie Slabaugh, Director Public Relations with the college, says, “we are going to have counseling available for students and staff, and just trying to do everything we can to support the community.”

The counseling staff and representatives for the school say they don’t expect all of their students to be on campus today. They say the classes are a way to help people get back into their normal schedules and feel supported by their college community.

And here at the student center, students are helping each other. The associated student body has a fire information board to help students who aren’t in the affected neighborhoods understand where the fire was the most damaging and how they can help their classmates.

scottsburg truck crashSCOTTSBURG, Ore. — Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge near milepost 16 is still closed following a traffic crash involving a commercial truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber products. The truck and trailer is hanging over the bridge railing above the river and an estimated hundred gallons of diesel has leaked into the river.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, preliminary information indicates on September 18, 2014, at approximately 8:20 a.m., a 1994 Peterbilt truck pulling a flatbed semi-trailer loaded with lumber products driven by a 54-year old male was eastbound on Highway 38 near milepost 16. For an unconfirmed reason, as the truck was negotiating a left curve it struck the guardrail and went onto the bridge railing. The lumber products spilled off the trailer as it went over the railing. The truck and trailer are partially hanging off the bridge over the Umpqua River.

The truck’s driver was taken by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital with minor injuries.

Oregon State Police (OSP), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, Scottsburg Fire Department, US Coast Guard and local emergency responders are working together at the scene. Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) was notified and a HazMat team has been contacted to respond and handle the diesel spill.

The highway is expected to be blocked for several hours. ODOT is dispatching a bridge inspector to the scene to check for damage.

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Weather changes have brought cooler conditions to the Coos Forest Protective Association.  The reduced fire danger levels are allowing fire mangers to lower fire levels within the district.  Lands protected by CFPA within Regulated Use Areas CS-1, CS-2, CS-4, CS-5, SK-1 and SK-2 will lower to a Level II (2).  Changes are effective as of 8 a.m. today, Thursday, September 18th.

IFPL II, or “partial hootowl”, prohibits blasting, welding and cable yarding from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The use of power saws is also prohibited between these hours, except at loading sites.  A firewatch of three hours is also required.

The Regulated Use Closure will remain in place at this time.  Power saw use is prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  When permitted, each saw must have one axe, one shovel and one operational fire extinguisher that is of at least 8 ounce capacity. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.

Hunters and recreationists will need to contact local landowners to see if entry onto their land is permitted.  For further information on fire danger levels and closures, contact the CFPA 24-hour closure information line at (541) 267-1789 or access CFPA’s website at www.coosfpa.net.

weed boles fireWEED, Calif. — Insurance companies are set up to help the hundreds of homeowners in Weed with damaged or destroyed neighborhoods.

Representatives from farmers insurance say the catastrophe relief tents are set up in situations where clients need may be unable to call or use the internet. Most of the homeowners already reported their claims yesterday but the representatives are staying available while evacuation orders are still in place.

Lisa Lehman, a Disaster Response Coordinator with Farmers Insurance says, “We deployed the morning after the fire, knew with that with the size of the fire and the number of homes that we’re destroyed that we would need to assist our customers. So we’re here set up taking claims for customers answering questions.”

Representatives with Farmers insurance say they’ve met with almost all of their customers in the city of Weed. They are sticking around today to help collect donations for victims and to and help anyone who needs support.

9-15 WEED NEAR BOWLES STREETWEED, Calif. – CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 in conjunction with the cooperating agencies on the Boles Fire will be hosting a community meeting in Weed, CA.

Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions.The meeting will begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the College of the Siskiyous Theater located at 800 College Ave. Weed, CA 96094.

If you have questions about the meeting or fire, please call the Fire Information Line at (530) 408-6167.

ONION MOUNTAINGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Effective Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., Level 1 Evacuation advisories continue due to the Onion Mountain Fire, as well as the adding of one additional Level 1 Evacuation advisory as listed below. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 4,077 acres with 8% containment with growth to the north.

A Public Informational Meeting is set up for Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:30 pm at Fleming Middle School. Members of the Fire Incident Management Team will be there to discuss fire information and answer some questions.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
6. Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.
Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/

ROSEBURG, Ore. – A change in the weather pattern has brought cooler and wet conditions to the region. This is allowing fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to lower fire restrictions for industrial forest operators.

Effective Thursday, September 18th at 9:00 a.m., the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will be reduced to level 2 across the entire Douglas District. In addition, the fire danger has dropped to high.

“While we saw measurable rainfall throughout the district, the amounts varied widely by location” says DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed.  “The south end of the district received the most rain and places up north received just a trace amount.”

Despite the rain, DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure for the general public remains in effect.  All backyard debris burning and campfires are still prohibited. Hunters and recreational enthusiasts are still advised to check with local landowners before heading to the woods to see if their land is open or if additional restrictions remain in place.

For more information about industrial or public use closures currently in effect, call DFPA’s information line at (541) 672-0379 or visit www.dfpa.net

Ashland kids compose a songCHICAGO, Ill. — The Minnesota Vikings have banned NFL star Adrian Peterson from team activities, after he was accused of abusing his 4-year-old son with a branch and a belt.

This allegation is reigniting a debate among parents about if spanking is an appropriate form of punishment. Spanking is not a new issue for researchers at the University of Chicago.

They’ve been tracking opinion on the topic for the last 28 years. The results of their surveys show spanking has become less popular among parents over time. Researchers say, that form of punishment dropped from 84% in 1986 to 70% in 2012; but experts say, this isn’t the case for some areas of the US.

They say, spanking is actually more common among parents in the south. They also say, parents who were spanked as a child, are also more likely to spank their own kids. That’s because many parents learn parenting technique from their own moms and dads.

Weed TouristsWEED, Calif. — A group of international tourists say, one of the most striking memories of their cross-country trip is driving through weed.

The group from Finland says, they’ve dreamed about visiting America for years. They started their journey in New York, as they planned to visit big cities all across the US, but when they made their way from Seattle to San Francisco, they didn’t expect to find miles of burned forest land.

“It feels really scary and horrible because I heard from the firefighter that it’s still burning and it feels really scary,” says Sadu, a tourist from Finland traveling through California.

The group says, they’re leaving the country with thousands of photographs from their trip, but the ones from weed serve as a moment in the city’s history.

 

RetardantWEED, Calif. — Hot spots aren’t the only thing fire crews are trying to clean up today. They are also trying to clean up the fire retardant dropped by air tankers.

Fire officials say, several parts of the town are covered in the red substance, as firefighters tried to save as many homes as possible. Now the retardant can easily be cleaned with water and soap, or by letting it fade over time.

Brian Ballou, with ODF says, “Most house sidings, most paints won’t be bothered by it, but still it does has an element of salt in it and the advice is to wash it off as soon as you can.”

Firefighters say, because of its salt, retardant can cause harm to flowers and small plants.

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