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Sunriver area traffic on Highway 97 southbound is horrendous…

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Aug 212017
 

Sunriver Police Department has an abnormal amount of traffic causing congestion through-out Sunriver. Southbound traffic flow on Highway 97 is slow moving from Lava Butte south. Vehicles are attempting to detour by coming into Sunriver. There are only two roads to travel through Sunriver and one south exit. This is causing traffic to backup from Center road north on Beaver and Abbot roads.

We have had one minor injury accident with multiple vehicles that was just cleared up. Traffic is moving but is heavy, expect delays as well as delays merging back onto highway 97.

Pilot of ill-fated plane in the Madras crash identified

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Aug 212017
 

Plane that crashed on approach to Madras Oregon on a flight from San Francisco Bay area.


The pilot of the plane that crashed near the Madras, Oregon airport has been named by Jefferson County Sheriff’s officials.

Mark James Rich, born in 1958, from Menlo Park, California was killed when his 2002 fixed wing, single engine aircraft crashed into Willow Creek Canyon on August 19. A picture of the plane is attached.

“The Rich family has asked me to convey their request for privacy at this time,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins. “I appreciate the sensitivity of the media in particular to make every effort to show respect for the family’s needs and allow them to mourn in private.”

Wildfire Update

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Aug 212017
 

COIDC Evening Update, August 21

Redmond, OR – As an estimated one million visitors settled into central Oregon to enjoy the eclipse in the path of totality, crews were prepared to respond to any new smoke and fires that were reported. Four new fires were reported today, including a mutual aid response with the Post-Paulina Rural Fire Protection Association (RFPA) which is currently .4 acre. The other fires responded to today were all fully contained at an acre or less.

Milli Fire –Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire today, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice for the following areas: All areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch. Existing evacuations include: Level 3 – Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing subdivisions; Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.

Level 1- Tollgate subdivision and the community of Black Butte Ranch.

Winds from the southeast are pushing the fire north between Lava Camp Lake and Black Crater Lake. Crews and masticators continue working along OR242 to clear heavy fuels and strengthen the control line. Securing the northern flank of the fire is the highest priority. For more information on the Milli Fire, visit inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5517

Belknap Fire – located in the Ochoco National Forest, is 125 acres and 95% contained. The Belknap fire is located in the Mill Creek Wilderness and has caused a temporary closure of certain trails, including the Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire

For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.

Black Butte Ranch residents – HEADS UP!!

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Aug 212017
 

Black Butte
USFW photo


SISTERS – Black Butte Ranch under Level 1 pre-evacuation notice; evening update

Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation notification issued for Black Butte Ranch

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon issued a Level 1 (Get Ready) pre-evacuation notice for all areas between Highway 242 and Highway 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff Road (FS Road 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Level 1: Means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

All areas previously under previous evacuation notices remain.

This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday, August 22, 6 p.m. at the Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, Oregon. Provided at the meeting will be information regarding status of the fire, closures, and evacuations.

Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://arcg.is/D9OPi

Milli Fire update….

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Aug 212017
 

What it’s like to talk, walk and breathe at the same time in Sisters…
COFI photo


Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire, located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice for the following areas: All areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Winds from the southeast are pushing the fire north between Lava Camp Lake and Black Crater Lake. Crews and masticators continue working along OR242 to clear heavy fuels and strengthen the control line. Fire behavior is expected to increase due to forecasted southeast winds, warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity. Securing the northern flank of the fire is the highest priority.

A community meeting will be held at the Sisters High School at 6pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. An update on the fire and evacuations will be provided by incident personnel and local officials.

Firefighters continue to make good progress extending and strengthening hand lines and dozer lines along the northeast, east and southeast flanks in an effort to protect private lands and communities. Aircraft continues to provide support with water drops in various locations on the fire.

Shifting winds will cause smoke to move from the south to the north. Communities north and northwest of the fire should expect to experience heavy smoke in their area as a result.
Structure protection continues with support from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Evacuations:
Level 3 – Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing subdivisions; Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.

Level 1- Tollgate subdivision and the community of Black Butte Ranch.
Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15.

For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Armed Robbery of U.S. Bank in Madras

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Aug 212017
 

1:58pm Armed robbery of U.S. Bank in Madras at 4th and A Streets. Bank in lockdown.

2:08pm Traffic can resume on 4th street. Building is clear.

2:10pm Suspect was last seen headed east toward the park.

2:15pm No weapon seen.

News Release from Madras Police soon followed:

On 08-21-2017, at about 1:58 p.m., a male adult walked into the US Bank located at 42 SW ‘C’ Street, Madras, demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount. No one was injured during this robbery.

Law Enforcement from the Madras Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in the area for the Solar Eclipse event are actively working this case. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are on scene.

No other information will be released at this time however as the investigation continues updated press releases will be issued.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is encouraged to contact the Madras Police Department (541) 475-2424.