Criminal Investigation Underway for Fire in Warm Springs

Klamath Falls, Ore.– A Wildfire on the Warm Springs Reservation is 50-percent contained… and has been mapped at well over 63-thousand acres. Crews are still working to keep the flames away from houses in the area. A Red Flag warning is in effect there until 11:00 Friday night… we have a red flag warning in...
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La Pine Man Dies After Fight, Stabbing

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Deputies in Deschutes County have identified a La Pine stabbing victim as 46-year old James Joseph Drake Junior. Deputies say there was a fight… Drake 44-year old Mark Patrick Fisher confronted his next door neighbor about dumping wastewater. 54-year old Albert Thomas Reisert, felt threatened… grabbed a knife, and stabbed Drake several times. He...
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National Guard Activated to Help With Fires

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  The Canyon Creek Fire in the John Day area continues to threaten hundreds of homes and businesses this morning. No new perimeter mapping was released overnight… but it was last reported to be more than 53,000 acres. Governor Kate Brown toured the Canyon Creek Command Center on Wednesday… and activated the Oregon...
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Air Quality in the Orange Zone

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Smoke from Oregon and California fires has pushed the air quality level in the basin to Orange… If you have heart or breathing problems, stay indoors as much as possible, keep young children indoors… and try to avoid exercising outside as well.  Klamath, Lake, and Harney Counties are all under a red flag...
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Governor Brown Suspends Limits on Drivers Hauling Jet Fuel

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Governor Kate Brown issued an Executive Order Monday declaring a State of Emergency regarding the delivery of jet fuel headed to the front lines to help with fire fighting efforts. The Governor is temporarily lifting restrictions on the number of hours truck drivers can operate, when they’re hauling fuel to airports...
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Fire Prep Pamphlet

Free Wildfire Preparedness Publication Available

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The Oregon State University Extension Service/Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC) is distributing a free, 24-page guide intended to assist Klamath County landowners and communities with wildfire preparedness.             “Fire-Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness” illustrates how many Klamath County homeowners live within fire-prone areas and what they...
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City Leaders Look to Retail Recruiter to Fill Grocery Gap

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Friday’s announcement that Haggen Markets plans to shut down both of its Klamath Falls locations came as quite a blow to the community… and especially to the more than 130 Basin residents who work at the stores. Klamath Falls City Manger Nathan Cherpeski says the closures didn’t come as a complete surprise...
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Fire Season: Current Totals

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Tens of thousand of acres are on fire in Oregon, and dozens of buildings have been destroyed. Here’s where the fires stand as of Monday: Stouts Creek: Douglas Forest24,471 acres70% contained   Bendire Complex: Vale DistrictBurning Sage Grouse habitat44,397 acres35% contained County Line 2: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs55,400 acres25% contained Canyon Creek...
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Some Algae Warnings Lifted

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The Oregon Health Authority is modifying a health advisory issued July 28, and extended July 29 and August 4, for several water bodies in the Klamath Basin in Klamath County.   Water monitoring has confirmed that levels of blue-green algae toxins in the Klamath River below JC Boyle Reservoir are below...
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Lake County Inmate Back in Custody

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  He’s back in custody… the Lake County inmate who escaped while  working on the Stouts fire was arrested last night in Medford. 26-year old Kenneth Polchowski had been missing since Sunday. Oregon State Police say he was arrested at around 8:30 yesterday without incident. Police also recovered a vehicle that Polchowski allegedly...
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