All fireworks – sparklers included – are prohibited on the Siuslaw National Forest

Corvallis, OR, June 29, 2018 – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the public is reminded that all fireworks – sparklers included – are prohibited on the Siuslaw National Forest. With the increasingly dry conditions, visitors are also reminded be careful with campfires.

“Fireworks pose a serious fire threat,” said Dan Eddy, assistant fire management officer for the Siuslaw National Forest. “People often assume the restrictions apply just to forested areas, but they also include campgrounds and sparsely vegetative areas such as the Oregon Dunes and Sand Lake Recreation Area, which are also susceptible to burning, especially under dry conditions.”

The penalty for possessing fireworks can be as high as $5,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both.

No other fire restrictions for the public are in place, but visitors are asked to be mindful of  Oregon’s increasingly dry conditions when visiting the coast and national forest this summer:

  1. Keep campfires small and in an area cleared down to mineral soil
  2. Only burn materials that fit within the campfire ring
  3. Watch out for overhanging vegetation or limbs
  4. Extinguish all campfires before leaving – even if gone for a short period of time
  5. Smoke inside vehicles or in areas cleared at least 4 square feet wide

To report the illegal use of fireworks or unsafe fire use by the public, visitors are asked to contact the Eugene Interagency Communication Center at 541-225-6400 or by calling 911. Additional campfire and wildfire safety information can be found at www.smokeybear.com.

City of Yachats Tsunami Evacuation Exercise Successful

City of Yachats Tsunami Evacuation Exercise Successful

(06.27.18 – Yachats, Oregon)

The City of Yachats successfully completed its community tsunami evacuation exercise on Saturday, June 23 between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Safety monitors observed 153 community members evacuate to high ground, with many of them bringing their pets and prepared “go bags”. The drill is part of a continuing commitment by the city to provide residents and visitors with relevant information and options for a variety of natural disasters – not just tsunamis, but earthquakes, wildfire and infrastructure failures.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office emergency notification system (Lincoln Alerts) provided an electronic notice 15 minutes prior to the exercise to community members who are signed up with the system. The event had also been advertised in the Newport News-Times, City of Yachats June newsletter, on two local Facebook pages, and flyers were distributed to local businesses and posted on bulletin boards. There was no siren, and traffic was not stopped, but ODOT reader boards and LCSO warning signs were placed on both ends of the small town.

Several public safety organizations assisted with the exercise: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Emergency Management, South Lincoln Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), City of Yachats Emergency Preparedness Committee volunteers, Yachats Rural Fire Protection District, Oregon Department of Transportation and City of Yachats staff.

A commemorative sticker was produced by Waldport High School for this year’s event and given to participants when they reached the 100-foot elevation mark. It is the City’s goal to make this exercise an annual activity to help community members and visitors to be “tsunami-ready” and well-informed.

The City received their NOAA “National Weather Service Tsunami-Ready City” status in 2012 and is required to conduct periodic exercises and community outreach. The Yachats Emergency Preparedness Committee will be presenting their findings and recommendations for planning improvements to Yachats City Council at a later date.

EP Committee Chair Marc Courtenay stated, “The Yachats Emergency Preparedness Committee appreciates the South Lincoln CERT Volunteers, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Yachats Rural Fire Protection District for their commitment to our community safety, and we extend a special thanks to the Yachats residents and visitors who participated in our event. We executed a safe, functional and effective exercise that we have learned from, and look forward to making recommendations to Yachats City Council. “

Tsunami public evacuation maps and routes can be found at www.oregontsunami.org, or stop by any city hall or public safety agency for printed maps of that area. If you wish to sign up for Lincoln Alerts (or if you are signed up and you did not get an alert for this exercise), please go to www.co.lincoln.or.us/alerts

Governor Kate Brown Announces Natural Resources and Education Advisors

Governor Kate Brown Announces Natural Resources and Education Advisors

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced two new staffers in natural resources and education policy. Amira Streeter will join the Governor’s office on July 9 on the Natural Resources team. Pooja Bhatt will begin as an education policy advisor on July 24.

Streeter will assume responsibility for liaising with a number of natural resource state agencies. She brings deep experience in brownfields policy, project management and collaborative problem solving, and community engagement and empowerment.

Streeter most recently worked as a policy director for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish focusing on issues including: Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up, housing, community development, and public arts and culture. She also has experience in the private and non-profit sectors, having served as a policy analyst and legislative liaison for Representative Lew Frederick, as an Environmental Prosecution Clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

She has a law degree from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and dance from Skidmore College.

Bhatt will work closely with Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps and education-related state agencies to improve high school graduation rates and the educational system across Oregon. In addition to her education background, she has experience in working in policy research, bringing multiple interests together to advance policy and programs that integrate accountability for outcomes, diverse voices from communities, subject matter expertise, and best practices.

She joins the Governor’s office from a role as a senior policy advisor for Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, where she focused her work on investments and improvements in City services to close gaps for underserved communities. Prior to that, she worked for the Multnomah County Early Learning Hub, the Chalkboard Project, and as a researcher for SEIU.

Bhatt earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, with a focus on education policy.

PHOTO OF AMIRA STREETER

PHOTO OF POOJA BHATT

1 2 3 4 5 13