No surprise here…Governor Brown announces she’s running for Governor

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Sep 252017
 

Governor Brown
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Governor Kate Brown, serving out the remainder of former Governor John Kitzhaber’s term from which he resigned, has announced she wants a full four year term this time. And today she has filed her candidacy papers.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

Search for missing man called off…

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Sep 252017
 

Gary Humbard
Search called off, no sign of him….


On 09/23/17, 10 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers and one DCSO Deputy continued the search for Gary Humbard in the area surrounding where his vehicle was located near Davis Lake. Included in this search team, were multiple K9 teams and an Unmanned Aerial System (drone) team. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit also assisted with multiple K9 teams. Humbard was not located. There are no leads at this time as to which direction Humbard may have left from his vehicle. Searchers worked most of the day, searching through open areas with tall grass as well as densely forested areas with significant dead and down timber.

This case remains an open missing person investigation and future searches will occur as ground conditions and resources permit. Our thoughts are with Mr. Humbard’s family.

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who has information regarding this case to contact us through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Fires tamed – State Parks starting to re-open – Call ahead first…

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Sep 252017
 

Rooster Rock State Park
Back open
Oregon State Parks


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park. The parks were closed as a safety precaution during the Eagle Creek Fire and the related closure of Interstate 84.

All state park major and historic structures withstood the fire according to Park Manager Clay Courtright, West Gorge Management Unit.

“We’re grateful that Vista House still stands as well as other iconic features well-loved by Oregonians and visitors to our state,” said Courtright.

Several parks remain closed until the all-clear signal is issued for staff to safely access and enter the properties, he added. Park staff will assess possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures. This initial review will take time and the following parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. The opening dates will be determined later.

* Ainsworth State Park and campground
* Benson State Recreation Area
* Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
* Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
* Dalton Point State Recreation Site
* George W. Joseph State Natural Area
* John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor
* Guy W. Talbot State Park
* Shepperd’s Dell State Natural Area
* Viento State Park
* West Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Visit www.oregonstateparks.org for the latest park opening information.

Brush Fire Off Williams Road, half-mile from Powell Butte Highway

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Sep 242017
 

4:21pm
Report of a brush fire with considerable flame lengths spotted on Williams Road a half-mile from Powell Butte Highway. Hay bales up against a wood fence. Fire is getting up a full head of flame.

4:29pm
Sounds like fire burned itself out. Arriving firefighters report the burn has been reduced to smoldering piles. They said they can handle it fine.

They found him – back home at Warms Springs

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Sep 242017
 

Rodrick Edminston
Captured at a home in Warm Springs


The Warm Springs Police Department advised OSP that shortly after 8:00 am this morning escaped prisoner Rodrick Edminston was located in a restroom in the vicinity of the Kahneeta Resort on the Warm Springs Reservation.

**Previous Release***

On Friday September 22nd Oregon State Police dispatch was notified by J&R Secure Transport that a single male they were transporting from a psychiatric facility in Pendleton Oregon to Bend Oregon had escaped their custody at the Cow Canyon rest area. This rest area is on Highway 97 and is located approximately 21 miles south of Maupin in Wasco County. The individual is identified as 22 year old Rodrick Edminston.

Edminston was not restrained while being transported and was not armed. Edminston was classified as “dangerous” by Lifeways Inc. Lifeways Inc stated Edminston was being held on a mental health hold. No criminal charges are pending against him at this time. He is classified as schizophrenic.

Resident admonished by Redmond Fire-Rescue for illegal outdoor burning

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Sep 232017
 

Redmond FRD called out to Reindeer & 25th – Illegal Outdoor Burn


Property owner admonished about illegal burning.


Property owner reminded that burning embers can travel a long way and ignite brush or a home. Conditions still very dry.


Outdoor burning will resume but not before it’s safe to do so.

A Redmond homeowner was reported to the Redmond Fire Department Sunday on a complaint of illegal outdoor burn pile. Firefighters pulled up at a home at 25th and Reindeer to find a sizeable pile of burning tree trimmings in the back yard with a lot of smoke with small burning embers rising and being carried aloft beyond their yard. Firefighters told the owner that sparks and embers are very dangerous – that’s why there is no outdoor burning allowed this time of year.

Firefighters instructed the owner to extinguish the fire. Outdoor burning will once again be legal when vegetation moisture returns after the first couple of rains. Before then, vegetation is like a can of gasoline just waiting for a spark to create a runaway fire. Something nobody wants – especially in a residential area.

Wildfire update…Burning out forest floor under-growth – reducing future fire “explosions”

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Sep 232017
 

Typical control or prescribed burn.
Commons photo


Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest will take advantage of recent moisture to start working on the Upper Beaver prescribed burn next week on the Paulina Ranger District, a project to reduce hazardous fuels and improve habitat across 3,800 acres just south of Black Canyon Wilderness.

Ignitions are expected to begin around 11 am Tuesday and last 2 to 3 days with smoke lingering in the area for the rest of the week.

“We realize most people are just now breathing a sigh of relief that fire season is winding down,” said Paulina District Ranger Gary Asbridge. “But this is our opportunity to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health during a time of our choosing, rather than waiting for a lightning strike or an escaped campfire to burn those fuels during the summer.”

Objectives for the burn are to improve natural resources within the unit by reducing hazardous fuels and improving big game habitat while restoring fire to a fire-adapted ponderosa pine ecosystem. The unit is just west of the 2015 Corner Creek Fire that burned nearly 30,000 acres.
The prescribed burn is planned to fall in between archery and rifle deer hunting seasons, in order to impact hunters as little as possible. Smoke will be visible from Paulina, 13 miles to the southeast, and from Mud Springs and Frazier Campgrounds, but is not expected to close any roads to motorized traffic.

This is a continuation of a project started last year. Firefighters completed blacklines around the unit last October and then heavy precipitation prevented them from actually starting any interior ignitions. Next week, fire managers plan to use aerial ignitions delivered from a helicopter to create low-intensity interior burns while strengthening control lines around the burn to prevent it from moving outside the planned unit.

Prescribed burning is part of a Forest Service program to remove hazardous fuels in order to reduce the potential for high-intensity uncharacteristic fire, while restoring low-intensity fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem and improving range and forest health.

Prescribed burning is a proactive approach to fire management, reintroducing fire in a planned, low-intensity manner that benefits the resources, instead of waiting for an unplanned ignition, such as lightning, to start a wildfire that requires an expensive suppression response and can burn with destructive intensity.

The Forest Service appreciates public tolerance of increased smoke and vehicle traffic in support of these restoration goals.

Setting fires to clean out the forest floor is not only a good thing, it makes our forests healthier

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Sep 232017
 

Losing an entire forest because of thick vegetation on the ground under the trees…
BLM photo


The current wildfire season in Central Oregon, and in many areas around the West, has been called one of the worst in human history – with an emphasis on “human” history. Long before humans with their fire trucks, borate bombers and bulldozers came on the scene, Mother Nature pretty much took care of her forests using a natural resource – namely lightning. Lightning was the fire starter that caused enough fires so that fires seldom got so big it would take down an entire forest or watershed. The “understory” brush and smaller trees were periodically “cleaned out” to allow the already established forest to grow big and tall, purifying the air and providing cover and shelter for wildlife, not to mention the cleanest water on the planet.

But then along came Smoky the Bear. The message from an animal (that should have known better) became the mouthpiece for fire-avoiding humans who believed fire was the enemy of the forest rather than it’s closest friend.

Lightning continued to set Mother Nature’s summer cleaning routine. But because humans had cut her fires short, the forest floor literally disappeared behind a wall of undergrowth that now burns so hot and with flames so high, that the lower branches of trees ignite and blow up and entire forest.

Smoky the Bear’s family never had a chance. They were killed along with other wildlife that suffered due to human-kind’s utter ignorance of how forests came to be and how they thrive.

But today, humans are beginning to catch on that fire is the best friend a forest has. But, rather than relying just on lightning to do the job of “house cleaning,” local, state and federal forestry officials have increasingly committed themselves to conducting strategically targeted “control burns,” hoping to catch up with Mother Nature in her eon’s old campaign to produce the best forests the world has ever seen. The article below clearly illustrates that our forest managers, right down to private forest property owners, have seen the light on being better stewards of our forest lands.

From U.S. Forest Service

Did you know fire can be good for people and the land? After many years of fire exclusion, an ecosystem that needs periodic fire becomes unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding; fire-dependent species disappear; and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous.

So, as a matter of fact the right fire at the right place at the right time can be quite beneficial:

* Reduces hazardous fuels, protecting human communities from extreme fires;
* Minimizes the spread of pest insects and disease;
* Removes unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem;
* Provides forage for game;
* Improves habitat for threatened and endangered species;
* Recycles nutrients back to the soil; and
* Promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants;

The Forest Service manages prescribed fires and even some wildfires to benefit natural resources and reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires in the future. The agency also uses hand tools and machines to thin overgrown sites in preparation for the eventual return of fire.
More prescribed fires mean fewer extreme wildfires.

Specialists write burn plans for prescribed fires. Burn plans identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to get the best results safely.

Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Prescribed fire specialists compare conditions on the ground to those outlined in burn plans before deciding whether to burn on a given day.

Mentally handicapped male

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Sep 232017
 

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Oregon State Police was notified by J&R Secure Transport that a single male they were transporting from a psychiatric facility in Pendleton to Bend had escaped their custody at the Cow Canyon rest area on Highway 97 about 20 miles south of Maupin.

Law enforcement responded and conducted a search of the area. Rodrick Edminston was not found. He is described as being a Native American male adult, approximately 5′ 8″ tall, 123 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, and red tennis shoes.

Edminston was not restrained while being transported and was not armed. Edminston was classified as “dangerous” by Lifeways Inc. Lifeways stated Edminston was being held on a mental health hold. No criminal charges are pending against him at this time. He is classified as schizophrenic. There are no known family or friends in the immediate area where he was last seen.

Anyone who sees or comes in contact with Edminston please call 9-1-1 or Lifeways directly at (541) 276-6207.