Listen: Washington 14th district legislators attend Town Hall Meeting

A good crowd was on hand Tuesday night to greet all 3, 14th district legislators at a local event sponsored by the Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce and Goldendale Grange.

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From left to right, Senator Curtis King, Rep. Gina McCabe & Rep. Norm Johnson each spoke for a few minutes then fielded questions from the audience.

Representative Johnson was pleased to announce that a large sum of money was allocated to Klickitat county.

 

Representative McCabe discussed her successful “One Business, One Vet” legislation, and Senator King talked on funding for the overpass at Bingen.
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Listen to the entire meeting below.

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Fire handled quickly in canyon area east of Bickleton

BICKLETON — Volunteer firefighters used shovels, tractors and water tenders Monday to put out a 2,000-acre range fire in steep canyons about 12 miles east of Bickleton.

Volunteers from Klickitat County fire districts 2, 9 and 10 suspect the fire started about 2:30 p.m. just west of the intersection of Hale and Sand Ridge roads. Crews finished extinguishing the blaze about 10 p.m. after it threatened but did not damage two structures.

Monday, August 31 evening report: Cougar Creek Fire

Basic Information

Current as of 8/31/2015, 9:50:57 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 6 miles NW of Glenwood, WA
Incident Commander Mike Wakoski
Incident Description Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 505
Size 54,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (litter and understory), light logging slash, tall grass. Extensive bug killed timber in portions of fire.
Significant Events Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping. Minimal surface spread due to high relative humidity and cloud cover.

Outlook

Planned Actions Today clear skies allowed for the Incident Commander and the Fire Operation Section Chief to fly over of the fire. With this additional info our plan is to have hand crews continue to build direct containment line along the north and northwest section of the fire while continuing to improve contingency lines along Potato Hill Road.
Projected Incident Activity Though the south end of the fire received a wetting rain, the rain did not penetrate the canopy in the northern portion of the fire. These areas continue to dry out as the effects of the rain dissipate over the next few days. Residence should be advised as vegetation continues to dry out smoke will become more visible and fire activity may pick up.
Remarks Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3) took command of the Cougar Creek Fire as of 8/31/2015 at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Warmer and drier predicted for the next few days.

Cougar Creek Fire Daily Update 8.31.2015

Incident: Cougar Creek Wildfire

GLENWOOD, WA –
Cougar Creek Fire crews took advantage of the cool wet weather over the weekend and continued to build line and prepare for additional burnout operations along Potato Hill Road. The east portion of the fire moved into patrol status as cooler temperatures and rain helped crews as they mopped up hot spots and strengthened containment lines. Today and tomorrow crews will prepare for additional burnouts that may take place on the northern and northeast part of the fire later this week if conditions become favorable. Crews continue to patrol and reinforce completed lines along the west, south, and east flanks of the fire.

Though the south end of the fire received a wetting rain, the rain did not penetrate the canopy in the northern portion of the fire. These areas will dry out quickly as the effects of the rain dissipate over the next few days. As vegetation dries out firefighters will be on the lookout for re-kindling of previously burned areas and snags that remain a danger.


A cold front is expected midweek that will bring cold unstable air and showers on the west side of the fire, but again, little rain is expected on the north/northwest portion of the fire. This will aid in planned burning operations but, may bring additional wind.


Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (WAIIMT5) reached the 14 day operational limit on August 26, but was extended for an additional 5 days. WAIIMT 5 handed over management of the fire to Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3) this morning at 0600. This Type 2 team will continue focusing on building containment lines and completing burnouts on the northern part of the fire and increasing containment on the east side of the fire.
CLOSURES for the safety of firefighters and the public: DNR – All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block are closed. Yakama Nation – All forest resource lands are closed to the public, including tribal members. USFS – The Pacific Crest Trail through the Mt Adams Wilderness, the Mt. Adams Wilderness in its entirety, and all trails on the south and east sides of Mt. Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest. Forest Roads 80 & 82 are also closed.

Current as of 8/31/2015, 6:53:54 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 6 miles NW of Glenwood, WA
Incident Commander Mike Wakoski
Incident Description Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 541
Size 54,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (litter and understory), light logging slash, tall grass. Extensive bug killed timber in portions of fire.
Significant Events Moderate, isolated torching, backing

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to patrol and reinforce completed lines along the west, south and east flanks. Continue with line construction, prepping for burnout operations, burnout operations, and scouting for possible line locations on the remainder of the fire if requested resources are filled.
Projected Incident Activity Fire spread should be minimal to the west, south and east. The north/northeast flank will remain a challenge.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Warmer and drier predicted for the next few days.

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Cougar Creek Fire Update 8.26.15

Incident: Cougar Creek Wildfire
Released: 9:15 a.m.
GLENWOOD, Wash. – Yesterday’s burnout operation on the Cougar Creek Fire along the 255 Rd. went well. The operation progressed north to create solid containment lines on the northeastern flanks of the fire. This strategy is needed to secure the head of the fire as it moves northward and is a key element to complete fire line along the 255 Rd. to the Potato Hill Rd. The fire did spot over the road but was contained.

A 20 person crew from the Yakama Nation continued burn out operations last night so that there was no loss of time or continuity to create a barrier between the fire and the unburned timber further east. The Yakama crew also located and contained an additional spot fire.

In spite of very active fire behavior and short range spotting, there was minimal spread of the fire yesterday. Today dozers and feller-bunchers will continue to supplement burning operations to eliminate vegetation up the 255 Rd. and west along the Potato Hill Rd. and will eventually be tied off at the lava flows.

Continued dry and unstable conditions with a slight chance of thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening are expected. Ground crews will be on the lookout for snags and wind shifts as the front moves in during the afternoon.
Burnout operations are expected to continue today and for the remainder of the week. Residents should expect to see significant smoke in the vicinity and in adjacent areas as these operations occur. Burn outs and bucket drops along the southwestern flank of the fire above Trout Lake will continue today.

CLOSURES: For the safety of firefighters and the public: DNR – All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block are closed. Yakama Nation – Tract D Mt Adams Recreation Area is closed. USFS – The Mt Adams Wilderness and all trails on the south and east sides of Mt Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest. Forest Roads 80 & 82 are also closed.

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08 24 15 Cougar Creek Fire Wildfire Public Safety Plan

Tuesday morning report: GLENWOOD, Wash. – Containment of the Cougar Creek fire along the southern flank North of Glenwood has been achieved and there is now minimal fire activity in that area. In consultation with WIIMT5, Klickitat County Emergency Management has rescinded the level 1 evacuation advisory that was in place for residents of Glenwood north of Ladiges road (Zone A) as of 8:00 AM Tuesday August 25.

In spite of very active fire behavior and short range spotting in a number of areas, there was minimal spread of the fire yesterday. Crews worked into the early morning hours to control spot fires and made good progress with implementing the plan to increase containment around the upper east flank. Nonetheless an extensive effort is still needed to secure the head of the fire as it moves northward. A key element of this effort is completion of a large burnout operation along the 255 and Potato Hill roads to remove fuels and create solid containment lines. This operation was begun as planned and is progressing well. Burnout operations are expected to occur again today and for the remainder of the week. Residents should expect to see significant smoke in the vicinity and in adjacent areas as these operations occur.

Fire suppression along the southwestern flank of the fire above Trout Lake also proceeded effectively aided by bucket drops from Washington National Guard Black Hawk helicopters. Work will continue today in this area. It is possible that the fire will move into large piles of slash and may produce significant amounts of smoke as it does.

The USFS has announced a closure to the Pacific Crest Trail in the

Mt Adams Wilderness area. For more information on PCT closures, visit: http://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/,

or call the Mt Adams Ranger District at (509)395-3400.
A Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 at 6:00pm in the Glenwood School Gymnasium

CLOSURES: For the safety of firefighters and the public: DNR – All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block are closed. Yakama Nation – Tract D Mt Adams Recreation Area is closed. USFS – The Mt Adams Wilderness and all trails on the south and east sides of Mt Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest. Forest Roads 80 & 82 are also closed.

 

Monday morning report: GLENWOOD, Wash. – Fire behavior increased on the north and northwest flanks of the Cougar Creek Fire on Sunday.  As forecasted, increased temperatures and low humidity contributed to fire spread as spot fires progressed into critically receptive fuels.  Crews continue to strengthen and secure containment lines along the south and east portions of the fire.Total Personnel 552
Size 34,953 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%WIIMT#5 advises the public to expect an increased amount of smoke from the Cougar Creek Fire today.  Burnout operations will be conducted on the north end of the fire along the 255 and Potato Hill roads to attempt to slow progression to the north and northwest.  Safety continues to be a priority and crews will be on the lookout as fire activity increases. Inaccessible terrain, heavy dead and down fuels and indirect containment lines continue to pose a problem to firefighting personnel.In the unlikely event that the Cougar Creek fire escapes its control lines to the south, WIIMT#5 has established contingency plans in place, and will continue to follow the Wildfire Public Safety Plan established by the Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.Residents of Glenwood north of Ladiges Road remain under a Level 1 evacuation from    the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office. The Level 1 notice advises residents to be alert of the fire’s activity.The USFS has announced a closure to the Pacific Crest Trail in the Mt Adams Wilderness area.  For more information on PCT closures, visit:  http://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/, or call the Mt Adams Ranger District at (509)395-3400.A Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25th at 6:00pm in the Glenwood School GymnasiumCLOSURES:  For the safety of firefighters and the public: DNR – All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block are closed. Yakama Nation – Tract D Mt Adams Recreation Area is closed. USFS – The Mt Adams Wilderness and all trails on the south and east sides of Mt Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest. Forest Roads 80 & 82 are also closed.

 

Police: “Highly unlikely” that missing paddle boarder alive

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Police say it is “highly unlikely” that a 20-year-old Miami man who went missing after paddle boarding in the Columbia River is alive.

KGW-TV reports that the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday night that it believes Andres Damian Pombo is likely dead but will continue searching until he is found.

Deputies say Pombo left a state park on Friday afternoon intending to paddle to Hood River with friends. But he later separated from the group and tried to paddle across the river toward the Washington shore.

Investigators says his board was found floating in the river. It had a video camera attached that showed Pombo falling into the water.

Multiple agencies searched for Pombo near the western edge of Swell City throughout Friday and Saturday.

(Information in the story is from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/)

The Dalles City Council meets twice as much during August “vacation” month

Normally The Dalles City Council takes the month of August off. This August, though, council members will attend more special meetings than they would if they’d just had the regular two meetings.

That started with a special joint meeting with the Wasco County Commission on Monday, August 3 taking testimony about the proposed new Google Enterprise Zone 15-year tax abatement, followed Tuesday, August 4 with a special meeting to approve the deal.

Now comes another special meeting Tuesday, August 25, t with a public hearing on vacating 2.19 acres of a proposed easement in the center of the block of property Google wants to buy from the Port of The Dalles in their new industrial development. Basically that would just shorten the existing access road, creating a turnaround at the entry to the proposed Google lot instead of bisecting the series of lots that Google wants to buy as a lump. See map below

Then on Monday, August 31, the council will meet for a special work session on various alternatives for updating the city’s sewer system.

Map of vacated right of way for Google

Missing The Dalles hiker found safe

PARKDALE, ORE – On Sunday, August 23rd at about 1:30pm lost hiker David Bullock was located and is in good condition. He was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Mr. Bullock was able to find his way back to the west end of Laurence Lake and flag down a fisherman. Bullock had been missing since noon on Thursday  August 20. Bullock and his wife left Laurence Lake for a day hike and separated at about noon when he wanted to go check out a rock formation. Today, Bullock told the Sheriff’s Office that when he came back down from the rock formation he became lost. He went back to the rocks and then down another direc tion.

Mr. Bullock reported hearing the helicopter flying on Friday, but he could not get to a location where the helicopter could see him. On this morning he came to a point where he could see the lake, allowing him to hike down to it. Mr. Bullock survived on stream water and he built shelter to keep himself warm at night. He is in good spirits. He was reunited with his family at the hospital in Hood River.

Saturday AM Cougar Creek Fire update

GLENWOOD, Wash. – As forecasted, strong winds associated with a low pressure system moved across the Cougar Creek Fire area yesterday and Wednesday. Crews held established control lines along the south and east flanks of the fire. Minimal spotting resulted from the wind event, and crews were able to hold the fire within its perimeter. Burnout operations assisted in securing fire line around the fire contributing to the increase in reported fire size. Winds helped firefighters on the northeast flank of the fire by pushing the fire back toward the interior. Gusty winds increased fire activity on the west flank of the fire. Crews were successful in completing line construction to Hellroaring Creek on the northwest portion of the fire line.
A National Weather Service Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 11:00pm tonight. Strong winds combined with low humidity and high temperatures are expected to continue across the region today. We are now in day three of this wind event and crews were successful in maintaining established fire lines. Safety continues to be a priority with no injuries reported yesterday.
In the unlikely event that the Cougar Creek fire escapes its control lines, Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #5 has established contingency plans in place, and will continue to follow the Wildfire Public Safety Plan established by the Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.
Residents of Glenwood north of Ladiges Road remain under a Level 1 evacuation from the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office. The Level 1 notice advises residents to be alert of the fire’s activity.
CLOSURES: For the safety of firefighters and the public: DNR – All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block are closed. Yakama Indian Nation – Tract D Mt. Adams Recreation Area is closed. USFS– The South Climb & all other trails on the south & east sides of Mt. Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest. Forest Roads 80 & 82 are also closed.

Basic Information

Current as of 8/21/2015, 8:46:26 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 6 miles NW of Glenwood, WA
Incident Commander Dave Leitch
Incident Description Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 527
Size 25,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (litter and understory), medium logging slash, tall grass. Extensive bug killed timber in north half of fire.
Significant Events Active, crowning, short-range spotting, flanking

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to reinforce completed lines along the west, south, and east flanks. Continue with line construction and prepping for burnout operations and scouting for possible line locations on the remainder of the fire.
Projected Incident Activity The fire will continue to move primarily to the north and northeast at the same elevation band along the east aspect of Mt Adams. A large, continuous fuel bed of bug killed lodgepole pine will be the primary influence to fire spread.
Remarks Level 1 evacuation notice in effect for scattered residences north of Glenwood.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Warmer and drier with SE winds gusting to 20 MPH particularly on the western portion of the fire.