Klamath Basin News, Thursday; Fire Behind Sunny D Manufacturing Controlled But Damages Property

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

A 20% chance of showers today, otherwise mostly sunny, high near 52.  Overnight, a chance of showers, low of 34.

Partly sunny, with a high near 54.  Rain overnight, low of 38.

Rain at times today, high near 49 and windy.  More showers overnight, low of 33.

A 20% chance of showers, cloudy, with a high near 52.

Today’s Headlines…

Klamath County Public Health says the air quality advisory is Green until noon today.

Klamath County Fire District 1 and Kingsley Field Fire Department personnel responded to two trailers on fire behind the Sunny D Manufacturing building at the 4300 block of Highway 39 yesterday afternoon.

The fire did not spread into the building and firefighters were able to control the fire before it spread beyond the property line into the field beyond the building. Fire personnel are unsure what was inside the trailers. There were no injuries, according to Devon Brown, EMS division chief.

Fire investigator Chad Tramp is investigating the incident, although he said the owner reported that they were burning pallets behind the building and Tramp said it’s likely that with the wind and conditions warranting a red flag warning from the National Weather Service earlier today the flames spread and sparked the trailers.

Another candidate has entered the race for the Klamath County Commissioner position 1 occupied this term by Donnie Boyd.

Ryan Wheelock challenges Boyd, who is running for reelection, along with two others; Kassandra Harding and Kenneth DeCrans. Wheelock is the owner of Steel Sensations a body piercing shop in downtown Klamath Falls and has served on the Klamath County Economic Development Advisory Committee since 2016.

The last day for candidates to file is March 10.

Wondering where all the smoke is coming from? The Chemult Ranger District conducted the Mo and Jo Prescribed pile burn yesterday.

They successfully treated 1063 acres on the East side of Klamath Marsh off roads 49, and 4973. The Bly Ranger District conducted the Box Prescribed Underburn yesterday and successfully treated 205 acres East of Gearhart road and 34 road. Smoke may be visible for 10 to 15 days.

The Lakeview Ranger District, USFS is conducting the West Drew’s prescribed underburn to successfully treat 300 acres in Secret valley and Barnes Rim on 3940 road.  Meanwhile the Klamath Falls Field Office of the Lakeview District BLM will begin prescribed fire operations starting today weather conditions permitting.

The Bryant Mountain Machine Piles fire located 4 miles South and East of Malin where approximately 600 acres are expected to be treated. Smoke may be visible from the town of Malin and Hwy 39.

Klamath County School District students spent time this week giving back to their schools and communities. The service projects touched nearly every area of the county, including Gilchrist, Malin, Merrill, Klamath Falls, Chiloquin, Keno and Bonanza.

Every October, KCSD students and staff get together to give back to their schools and the communities that support them. The district has been participating in the annual Give Back Day event, which often stretches over three days, for several years.

Ferguson, Mazama and Henley students walked the length of the OC&E Trail, picking up trash and cleaning Wiard Park. Lost River Junior-Senior High School students wrapped more than 1,800 potatoes, and cleaned Malin Park and the city of Merrill to ready the communities for the annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival this weekend, and the school’s football players visited Merrill classrooms to read to and talk with students, and other students assisted with projects at Malin Elementary School.

In Bonanza, high school students helped put protective wire on 60 Swedish aspen trees planted along the border of the town of Bonanza’s sewer expansion project. Meanwhile, elementary students cleaned the school’s flowerbeds and grounds.

Many KCSD elementary school students, including Shasta, scoured their campuses and the streets in the school neighborhoods, picking up trash. Gilchrist students cleaned up around their campus, along community’s bike path and around the school-based health center.

In Chiloquin, elementary students personally delivered thank-you letters to community businesses, leaders and organizations and high school students started the process of establishing a Needs Closet at their school.

Other projects included:

Bonanza Elementary hosted a food drive that will be donated back to Bonanza Cares, which helps needy people in the community

Henley High School students cleaned their campus and did service projects throughout the Henley Complex.

Henley Elementary students conducted a coin drive for the Klamath Humane Society.

Ferguson students assisted at the Hope Center and the Baptist Church.

At Peterson Elementary students paid $1 to wear a hat on Tuesday to raise money to for the Assistance League of the Klamath Basin, which operates Operation School Bell, a program that provides new clothing to students in need.

Around the state… the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard the state’s first and only legal online sportsbook launched yesterday offering players myriad opportunities to wager on their favorite professional sports.

A Scoreboard mobile app is available for both iOS and Android devices, and a desktop version is accessible from the Lottery website. This is the Oregon Lottery’s first entry into online sales and gameplay with plans to add in-venue sports betting at select Oregon Lottery retail locations in 2020.

Upon online registration and verification, players may fund their accounts and set wagers on a variety of professional sports including NFL, NBA, MLS, NWSL, MLB and even NASCAR. Betting options cover a wide variety as well, including single-game wagers, parlay, live, in-game betting and more.

The patient reported missing Monday by Oregon State Hospital has been located. Late Tuesday an employee of the hospital recognized the patient at Washington Jefferson Park in Eugene.

The staff member called police who took him into custody at about 6:30 p.m. The patient is at the Lane County Jail awaiting transport back to the hospital.

At 10:17 this morning the Oregon Shakeout will occur and they encourage you to practice drop, cover and hold on for 60 seconds as if we were having a real earthquake.

Oregon lies at a convergent continental boundary where two tectonic plates are colliding. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is actually a 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia. This fault builds up stress for hundreds of years as the Juan de Fuca and North America Plates push against each other. Eventually, the two plates rip apart creating some of the largest earthquakes and tsunamis on earth.

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