Friday, August 18, 2017

Fire Updates: Milli Fire Gets Bigger; Nena Fire prompts evacuations

Fires near Warm Springs and Sisters are keeping firefighters hopping—and keeping the region full of smoke.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Noticing all that smoke in Central Oregon right now?

That could be a good sign or a bad one, depending on how you look at it. In some cases, it's an indication that firefighters are putting those fires out—but it also means that homes and wildlife are still in danger.

Update: Milli Fire near Sisters


At the Milli Fire west of Sisters, firefighters have been conducting "burn out" operations, causing a large column of smoke to rise above the fire. At the same time, winds estimated to be between 20 and 25 miles an hour over most of that fire today can also mean more fire activity.

According to a release from the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act Thursday in response to the Milli Fire, allowing the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team Incident Management Team and five task forces of engines to help protect structures near the fire, burning about nine miles southwest of Sisters. As of this morning, that fire was estimated at 4,565 acres and was 0 percent contained. As was the case yesterday, the Crossroads and Tollgate subdivisions were under a Level 2 "Be Set" pre-evacuation notice, with the Tollgate subdivision under a Level 1 "Be Ready" pre-evacuation notice. About 1,500 nearby residents are affected by that fire.

Road closures: OR242 from Sisters west to Hwy. 126 is closed. Check tripcheck.com for more detailed road closure information.


Update: Nena Springs Fire near Warm Springs

The Nena Fire in Warm Springs grew to about 46,000 acres Thursday. - OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL
  • Oregon State Fire Marshal
  • The Nena Fire in Warm Springs grew to about 46,000 acres Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Nena Fire in Warm Springs has grown by another 6,000 acres, bringing the fire's total acres to about 46,000. The Oregon State Fire Marshal reports today that the fire is 40 percent contained.

On Thursday, the Fire Marshal's office reports that an ember from the fire blew beyond the containment lines near Kishwalk, running into the grass and brush and pushing the fire over the Indian Head Canyon and Charlie Canyon. That moved the fire about one mile east of Kah-Nee-Tah-Resort. The resort is at a Level 3 "Go Now!" evacuation, but the Fire Marshal's office reports that the threat to the resort is gone. As planned, any visitors at Kah-Nee-Tah will stay put.

The areas of Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge and Wolf Point Subdivision are also at a Level 3 Evacuation notice. The Red Cross has an evacuation center set up at the Warm Springs Community Center for people who have been evacuated.

Road closures: Hwy. 3 to School Flats, Hwy. 8 to Kah-Nee-Ta Village, Webster Flat Road and Culpus Bridge (except those going to Kah-Nee-Ta) are closed to all traffic. Law enforcement officers are re-directing traffic into the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. Drivers will go through Wolf Point Subdivision to Culpus Bridge into Kah-Nee-Ta.




If you're having trouble handling the smoke and ash in the region right now, visit OregonSmoke.blogspot.com for more health-related information.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eclipse Traffic Has Arrived

Traffic rerouted east of Prineville as influx of visitors causes 14 mile backup.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:23 PM

As the eclipse draws nearer, so do the tourists — and with them comes traffic. Residents traveling on Highway 26 east of Prineville Wednesday found themselves in the midst of heavy congestion, resulting in a backup estimated to be 14 miles long. In response, the Crook County Sheriff and Prineville Police Departme
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nt worked with ODOT early Thursday morning to reroute traffic south on Combs Flat, on the eastern end of Prineville, from 3rd street to Paulina Highway.

People commuting east on Highway 26 are encouraged to use Laughlin Rd. and expect delays. The congestion is a result of the Big Summit Prairie eclipse event and traffic is being rerouted until the highway is no longer backed up. Officials from the City of Prineville and Crook County Sheriff's Department are asking that if you're not attending the Big Summit Prairie eclipse event, to delay traveling Thursday or early Friday to ease congestion along the highway. Traveling will be easier on the highway by late Friday as Big Summit Prairie travelers will already be at the event—but heavy traffic is still expected over the weekend.
If you do need to travel Thursday or early Friday, be prepared for heavy traffic by bringing extra snacks and water. Crook County operations and law enforcement are working with ODOT, emergency management, fire and EMS to keep roads safe, however your commute may still prove to be a test of your patience.

Most eclipse travelers will be reaching Central Oregon this weekend, and to keep from being stuck in long lines and shortages many people are stocking up on gas, food and other essentials before they arrive. Officials from Deschutes and Crook County are working together to organize the influx of visitors and are asking everyone to remain courteous, calm and patient during the event.
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Milli Fire Near Sisters Grows

Residents urged to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:22 PM

People in three neighborhoods west of Sisters have received pre-evacuation notices, after the Mill Fire west of town grew Wednesday. The fire, burning since last week, grew from 260 acres to about 3,000 acres Wednesday afternoon. 
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  • Central Oregon Fire Information
  • The Milli Fire west of Sisters, seen from the air Aug. 13.

The fire is burning 8 miles west of Sisters and approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Black Crater Lake.

The Deschutes National Forest and the Type 1 Incident Management Team now managing the fire are hosting a public meeting tonight, offering information about the evacuation orders for the Crossroads, Edington and Tollgate subdivisions of Sisters. Crossroads and Edington are under a "Level 2" order, while Tollgate is under a "Level 1" order.

The Level 2 notice includes all of the areas south of Hwy. 242 (McKenzie Hwy.) and west of the Pole Creek Ditch (1-1 1/2 Miles west of and parallel to FS Road 16/Three Creeks Rd). That includes the Crossroads subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd. These areas were previously Level 1.


The Level 1 notice includes all of the areas between Highway 242 and Highway 20, from the Cold Springs Campground to the city of Sisters, including the Tollgate subdivision. That does not include the city of Sisters or Black Butte Ranch.

Level 1 is a "Be Ready" pre-evacuation notice, meaning residents should be ready for evacuation and should be monitoring emergency websites and local media outlets for more information.

Level 2 is a "Be Set" notice, meaning residents should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

The public meeting will take place today, Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 7pm at Sisters High School. For more information on evacuations, contact the Central Oregon Joint Information Center at (541) 550-4888. For meeting information, call the Sisters Ranger District at 541-549-7700.

Story update: Aug. 17, 4:30 pm, from ODOT: "OR242 has been closed due to the Milli wildfire near Black Crater. Closure is west of Sisters at the east gate, and a soft closure is in effect at OR126, near McKenzie Bridge, with a gate closure further east. ODOT is ensuring that campers and hikers are being removed from the area."


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Water Reduction Encouraged During Eclipse Week

City of Bend encourages water conservation techniques to balance out water usage spike.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM


As visitors begin pouring in to Bend to experience the eclipse, the City of Bend is preparing for the increase in water usage that is sure to occur by encouraging residents to watch their water usage.

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These reduction measures don’t have to be big; most water usage during summer comes from landscape irrigation. By simply reducing the time that your sprinklers are on for the next week you can help keep our water source steady. Other small reduction measures include using less water while washing your dishes, turning off the water while you’re brushing your teeth or maybe finally getting around to fixing that dripping faucet. Though these small measures are especially important during the next week, they can also extend pass the eclipse to help conserve water in the long run.


And though city officials are encouraging water conservation measures, don’t be worried about water shortages. Bend Water Conservation Program Manager Mike Buettner says, “We’re well prepared to meet the increased water demands, but also want to encourage our customers to reduce water use if they can."

Staying hydrated is as important as water reduction, so though you may reduce water in other aspects of your life, don’t limit your intake of some of the best water the nation has to offer.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Warm Springs Fire Update - Crews Make Progress, Level 3 Evacuation Lifted

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Mike Leecy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Supervisory Timber Presale Technician, uses a drip torch to burn black line; a containment line created to burn/remove the short grasses from the path of the fire. - EDWARD HEATH
  • Edward Heath
  • Mike Leecy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Supervisory Timber Presale Technician, uses a drip torch to burn black line; a containment line created to burn/remove the short grasses from the path of the fire.
Rain, cooler temperatures and hard work by firefighters prevented the fire burning at Warm Springs Reservation, dubbed the Nena Spring Fire, from spreading on Sunday. Crews were able to safely access significant areas of un-contained perimeters, due to the colder and wetter conditions.

According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal, firefighters made progress around the southern edge of the recent growth of the fire into the Deschutes River Canyon. In some areas crews put in fire lines used "cold trailing" techniques. This evolves using bare hands to feel along the edge of the fire to assure that no heat remains.

Structure protection resources are making good progress around the communities of Simnasho, Mutton Mountain and Indian Head Canyon to assure that no more structures are lost.

With the change in weather and strong westerly winds on Sunday, air quality has also greatly improved in the region.

On Aug. 8, the human caused Nena Springs Fire ignited on private property adjacent to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. High winds caused the fire to grow very quickly. Over 114 firefighters with engines, dozers, large airtankers and helicopters immediately responded to contain the fire.

Firefighters will attempt to carefully burnout eastern areas near the perimeter, which may create more short-term smoke for the area.

As progress continues toward containment, some of the crews, engines and heavy equipment are being released from this incident and being made available for other fires in the region.

Evacuations provided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal

  • All Level 3 evacuation notices have been canceled.
  • The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Fish Hatchery Grade area, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point remain at a Level 1 evacuation notice.
  • The Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions are all at Level 2, however only residents will be allowed in at this time.
  • Due to lack of need, the Red Cross shelter at the Warm Springs Community Center has closed.

Road Closures

The S-300 Road and Highway 3 remain closed to non-residents to allow fire traffic to safely patrol the area.


Public schools open today. The public and fire personnel are being asked to please drive cautiously, especially on Hwy 3 between Warm Springs and the Kah-Nee-Tah Resort.






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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sneak Peek: Rehearsal for Shakespeare in the Park

A peek into the Aug. 18 & 19 production at Drake Park

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Brace yourselves, because the onslaught of folks visiting for the Great American Eclipse is already headed our way.

BUT!

If you don't want to A. leave Bend, B. rent out your house for a million bucks during eclipse week or C. have to brave anywhere that requires parking for the entire weekend before the eclipse, checking out the production of "Titus Andronicus" at Shakespeare in the Park Aug. 18 and 19 may be for you.

You can walk or bike there, and think fondly of the days before your car and your cell phone ran your life.

While you're contemplating, here's a little peek into the rehearsals for the show, featuring none other than actor Joseph Marcell (of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fame) and the rest of the cast from Northwest Classical Theatre Company.

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  • Northwest Classical Theatre Company
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  • Northwest Classical Theatre Company

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  • Northwest Classical Theatre Company


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Central Oregon Eclipse Events

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 3:45 PM

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The 2017 total solar eclipse sweeps the nation on August 21, and NASA has labeled Oregon the best place for viewing.


With ODOT estimating one million people flocking to Oregon for the event, many small towns in the path of totality have stepped up to the plate. Hundreds of festivals, campgrounds and museums will host eclipse enthusiasts on this historic weekend, offering everything from live music to yoga to educational talks.

The Source Weekly has compiled a list of eclipse events in the area. If there is an event not listed, please add it to the document. Without further ado, here is your 2017 eclipse events list.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Slip, Slop, Slap — What To Do In This Extreme Oregon Heat Wave

Channel your inner vampire — or 16 year old teenager — and avoid the outdoors the next few days.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 1:51 PM

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W

e’re melting!


With a excessive heat warning in place from noon until Friday and with many weather forecasts predicting temperatures well into the 100s — here’s a few wise crackin’ tips to stay cool — and use less energy (yes, you still have to go to work). So grab that baby/pooch/husband (if you must) from that boiling hot car and settle in because... global warming is reportedly here.


Chug Water, Skip the Brews


As tempting as it is to reach for that cold brewski, alcohol is a diuretic and dehydrates. Increase your fluid intake by 16-32 ounces each hour, according the the World Health Organization. Opt for caffeine and sugar free fluids, so, no, those energy drinks don’t count. Freezing fluids may cause stomach cramps, so don’t go overboard with that 64-million-ounce ice waters from Starbucks.

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  • If all else fails, this should work.

Replace Salt and Minerals

Now's a good time to head to the library and consider some light reading.
  • Now's a good time to head to the library and consider some light reading.

Even the most poised women and men will find themselves excessively sweating 

these days, especially if you’re in an old mill home without any air conditioning (whaddup West side!).

So consider tackling those long overdue work projects or getting in some light reading of War and Peace at the local library to poach those cooler, ac temps. Skip the TV — it generates even more heat.


Heavy sweating removes vital salt and minerals and they must be replaced. Grab electrolyte powder, not a sugary gatorade (sorry kids) and hey, here’s an idea, add it into that 32 ounces of cool fluids you’re supposed to be chugging anyway!


Channel Your Inner Vampire...
or 16 Year Old Teenager


The sun, it burns! Close those blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow for the most heat. In the evening time — open your coffin… err, I mean, windows, grab a fan, and circulate the cooler evening air.


If you live in Shevlin Pines or Broken Top and are one-half of the population in the Pacific Northwest that has A/C, set your thermostat to 78 degrees which will keep you cool but not cost you the equivalent....of a house on Broken Top.

Anything below 78 degrees can increase your air conditioning bill as much as eight percent, according to Pacific Power (yes, I'm also unsure of why they’re telling you tips on lowering your bills, but I digress).

If you leave your lair, don’t shut the AC off, set it higher at 85 degrees so you’ll use less power to cool the house once you’ve returned.

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You’re Herby Granted:“A Get Out Of Working Out” Card. Enjoy.


If you MUST exercise, because, you know, the Cascade Lakes Relay is coming up or something, then do so in the early morning or late evening hours. Or hey, this might be a great time to trail that gym membership eh?

Drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour (notice a theme here?) and if you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.


Grill, Takeaway or Go Out

George Foreman says, "Channel your inner George Foreman."
  • George Foreman says, "Channel your inner George Foreman."

Master your BBQing skills and put those Martha Stewart culinary skills away. Grill, order out or make that salad. Avoid warming your home even more so by using your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.

Sorry stoner dude — no homemade pot brownies, but if you really want those pizza pockets then go 1st year dorm-room style and use a toaster oven — they use a third less energy than conventional ovens.

Wear Skimpy Clothes


These are getting fun aren’t they?
The kicker: wear as little as you can...
when you’re home.
(Cue the boos).

You're welcome.
  • You're welcome.

Cover up when outside to protect against that ghastly thing called skin cancer and choose lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat does the trick. Didya' know that a sunburn affects your body’s ability to naturally cool itself? Yeah, me either, till now.


So do as the Aussie’s do (because they have that hole in the ozone layer and know a thing or too about HEAT) and Slip-Slop-Slap!


SLIP on a shirt

SLOP on the 30+ sunscreen,

SLAP on a hat,


And throw some shrimp on the barbie!














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Monday, July 31, 2017

"Get Out Of Our Town" Painted On Summit of Pilot Butte

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:15 PM

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Hooligans or locals frustrated with Bend's busy summer?

Deschutes County officials are trying to figure that out as a reported vandalism hit the summit of the popular outdoor recreation spot, the 500-foot-cinder-cone butte, on the east-side of Bend.

Bathrooms were targeted in the apparent vandalism as was the pavement of the summit where a giant "Get Out Of Our Town" was painted in all white, according to Pilot Butte State Park officials.

Officials state that the deliberate destruction to public property most likely occurred between the park's closing last night and this morning.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Get Down to Dirty Bourbon River Show Tonight at Volcanic

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 4:10 PM

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Sometimes, you just want to dance. And if one of those times falls over this weekend, we’ve got you covered. With a variety of live music options spanning different genres, there are plenty tasty treats to satisfy your jam palate. Don’t forget Woebegone brings their “supple rock” to Sunriver Resort and reggae-rockers Indubious celebrate the release of their new album “From Zero” at the Domino Room — both on Saturday.

Tonight, Friday July 28, head down to Volcanic Theatre Pub for the circus-rock stylings of Dirty Bourbon River Show. The show starts at 9pm with local rhythm and blues band Company Grand opening the show.

Dirty Bourbon River Show draws from New Orleans brass band influences while incorporating hard-edged blues to Lisztian piano-driven ballads to create a unique sound pretty for dancing your buns off — man buns or otherwise. Known for their high energy performances, you’ll love their multi-faceted sound, enthusiasm and theatrics. If you’re someone who never misses a Diego’s Umbrella show when they come through town then this is the show for you!


Dirty Bourbon River Show, Company Grand

Friday, July 28. 9pm.
Volcanic Theatre Pub
70 SW Century Dr., Bend.
$10/adv*, $12/door.

*Online sales at Bendticket end at 5pm.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Ever wonder what an eclipse looks like from space? Here ya go.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 2:11 PM

There's been a lot of talk around these parts about what an eclipse looks like to us humans on Earth—but it paints an eerie picture from up above too.

Japan's Himawari Satellite caught this video from space, as an eclipse passed over the Earth. So now you know...

Stay tuned for the Great American Eclipse here in Oregon August 21!




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Friday, July 21, 2017

Free Music Options This Weekend — Charlie Parr, Unlikely Saints

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:52 PM

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In case you missed it in Our Picks this week, I totally fangirl-ed out about The Avett Brothers. The folk-rock band behind the ever-so popular “I and Love and You”, “Ain’t No Man” and “True Sadness,” bring their traveling show to the Amphitheater tonight. There are no shows at Edgefield this year, so you’ve better snag those tickets! If you need me, I’ll be as close as I possibly can be for my fourth time seeing them live.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to check out some free live music this weekend, there are a few options that we recommend.

On Saturday, the Cascade Cycling Classic’s Downtown Twilight Criterium returns for one of the most exciting nights of the year. After the men’s and women’s crits, head through the breezeway to Crow’s Feet Commons to check out the blues rock of Charlie Parr. The accomplished singer/songwriter from Duluth, Minnesota, maintains a simple lifestyle similar to what he sings about. He travels with his dog and his girlfriend in a 1992 Toyota truck and is driving out here from Minnesota for the show and then — the possibilities are endless.

Parr transports you to simpler times. Enjoy an awesome sunset, great brews and family tunes in the heart of Downtown Bend.

If you happen to be out at Elk Lake this weekend, stay and enjoy live music at Elk Lake Resort. This Saturday features the music of Unlikely Saints. The band plays Americana roots music that blends rock, country, soul and a dash of Appalachian folk music — the perfect soundtrack to an evening by the lake.

Charlie Parr
Saturday, July 22. 7pm.
Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St., Bend.
No cover.

Music on the Water - Unlikely Saints
Saturday, July 22. 5pm.
Elk Lake Resort
60000 SW Century Dr., Bend.
No cover.


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