Update - 6:30 a.m. Friday - Ramps in and out of Cascade Locks have opened. Update - Eagle Creek Wildfire - Westbound I-84 is open to traffic however, all off ramps remain closed. SR 14 remains closed to vehicles over 10,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, between Washougal, mp 19 and Dallesport, mp 84. Eastbound I-84 truck traffic is being diverted to US 26 in Oregon. Parking on the shoulders both directions of SR 14 is prohibited except in emergency situations.
HOOD RIVER — Due to increased fire activity on the east end of the fire, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office is making two changes to evacuation levels, adding level 1 evacuation areas to the west of Dee and Hood River, and increasing a level 2 evacuation area east to Viento State Park along the I-84 corridor.
Improving air quality Thursday afternoon suggested North Wasco County School District may be able to resume classes Friday.
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Crews helped rescue more than 100 hikers stranded in the mountains overnight after a wildfire closed their trail and they were trapped between two blazes. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office said Sunday afternoon that the final group of hikers left the Wahtum Lake area at the bottom of the trail and were headed by bus to meet with their friends and family. Deputy Joel Ives says no hikers were missing but one hiker was taken out by ambulance for exhaustion and dehydration.
HOOD RIVER (AP) — The Latest on the Oregon hikers awaiting rescue due to the growing wildfires (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Officials say six hikers have been rescued after more than 100 were trapped overnight between two wildfires on an Oregon trail. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office says family and friends can reunite with the hikers at the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery. The Mountain Wave Search and Rescue team says they have buses ready to pick up the hikers when they come out. About 130 homes in Cascade Locks were under evacuation orders because of the wildfire, which has grown to almost 5 square miles.
The Dalles is among those areas that have reported a shortage of eclipse viewing glasses. While genuine protective eyewear is the only safe way to directly view the eclipse, one alternative to glasses includes a homemade pinhole projector.
News Release from Oregon Office of Emergency Management Salem -- As the eclipse quickly approaches, issues related to traffic, wildfires, and smoke are affecting travel. Rumors related to fuel, and a shortage of eclipse-rated glasses, are also prompting concerns. The Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, working with partner centers and agencies around the state, will issue regular updates starting today.
The PUD has heard of a rumor circulating that there will be rolling blackouts during the eclipse. The PUD wants to assure customer-owners that no such blackouts planned. We have been working with our community Emergency Response partners to take steps to ensure safe and reliable power before, during, and the event, the PUD reported in an email alert.
Fire SR 14 both directions Fire, Brush Fire, North Side of SR 14 near Skamania, milepost 32.5, use caution, expect delays and follow flaggers instructions beginning at 8:52 am on July 15, 2017.
There will be a one-hour, full closure of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge on Friday, June 23 beginning at 3:30 a.m. as Port crews perform repair and inspection work on the lift span and navigation lights.
Jason M. Degeus, 25, of The Dalles, died early Sunday when his vehicle crashed and caught fire on Interstate 84 eastbound, at milepost 73. A Hood River police officer driving an arrested person to jail in The Dalles spotted the 1996 Toyota Tacoma fully engulfed in flames and called it in at 1:45 a.m., said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser of the Oregon State Police.
The power went out eight times early Sunday evening for 2,500 PUD customers on the west end of The Dalles, owing to faulty programming in substation equipment on West 10th Street. The equipment operated as programmed, but it was learned that a setting characteristic was incorrectly set, said Paul Titus, assistant general manager and director of engineering for Northern Wasco County PUD.
A 27-year-old Corvallis woman died Friday morning at the What the Festival event outside Dufur. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation. Cassandra Deleen Hood was reported dead at 9:50 a.m., according to police logs.
On Wednesday May 10th at approximately 1:15 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle call on I-84 east of The Dalles. The responding trooper arrived on scene of a motorcycle laid against the guardrail. After some searching, the driver of the motorcycle was located with injures. The driver was transported, by ambulance but succumbed to injuries while en route to the hospital.
Six immigration detainees at the regional jail broke their six-day hunger strike Thursday, saying the jail had agreed to provide them with requested amenities, including a microwave and radio.
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