Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fire Weather Watch

North Oregon Coast Range-
East Slopes of the Central Oregon Coast Range-
North Oregon Cascade Foothills-Central Oregon Cascade Foothills-
Mt. Hood National Forest West of Cascade Crest-
Willamette National Forest-
Extreme South Washington Cascades and Foothills-
Eastern Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mt Adams Ranger District-
East Willapa Hills-Clark County Lowlands-
932 AM PDT Thu Aug 31 2017

…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING FOR HOT…DRY AND UNSTABLE CONDITIONS FOR FIRE
WEATHER ZONES 602…603…605…606…607…608…660…663…665
AND 667…

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Fire
Weather Watch for hot, dry and unstable conditions…which is in
effect from Saturday morning through Monday evening.

* Where…Coast Range eastward to the Cascades and Columbia River
Gorge.

* When…Saturday through Monday

* What…Hot, dry and unstable conditions due to relative
Humidities of 15-25%, mid level haines 6 and high level haines 5
and 6.

* Impacts…Conditions may be favorable for plume dominated fires.
Extreme fire behavior is possible. Outdoor burning is not
recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings.

Excessive Heat Watch

 

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
1203 PM PDT WED AUG 30 2017

AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF HOT WEATHER IS EXPECTED OVER A LARGE
PORTION OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON DUE TO A
STRONG UPPER LEVEL RIDGE, WITH THE HEAT BEGINNING FRIDAY AND
CONTINUING IN EARNEST SATURDAY AND POSSIBLY EXTENDING THROUGH THE
MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.

ORZ003>008-010-012-014>016-WAZ020-022-039-040-045-046-312300-
/O.NEW.KPQR.EH.A.0003.170901T2000Z-170905T0500Z/
COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON-
CENTRAL COAST RANGE OF WESTERN OREGON-LOWER COLUMBIA-
GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-
SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY-NORTHERN OREGON CASCADE FOOTHILLS-
CASCADE FOOTHILLS IN LANE COUNTY-UPPER HOOD RIVER VALLEY-
WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE-CENTRAL COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE-
WILLAPA HILLS-I-5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY-
GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADE FOOTHILLS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF VERNONIA, JEWELL, SUNSET SUMMIT,
LEES CAMP, TRASK, GRANDE RONDE, BURNT WOODS, TIDEWATER,
SWISSHOME, VENETA, ST. HELENS, CLATSKANIE, HILLSBORO, PORTLAND,
WILSONVILLE, OREGON CITY, GRESHAM, TROUTDALE, SALEM, MCMINNVILLE,
WOODBURN, STAYTON, DALLAS, EUGENE, SPRINGFIELD, CORVALLIS,
ALBANY, LEBANON, SANDY, ESTACADA, SILVER FALLS STATE PARK,
SWEET HOME, VIDA, JASPER, LOWELL, COTTAGE GROVE, PARKDALE, ODELL,
CORBETT, ROOSTER ROCK, MULTNOMAH FALLS, CASCADE LOCKS,
HOOD RIVER, WILLAPA, FRANCES, RYDERWOOD, LONGVIEW, KELSO,
CASTLE ROCK, VANCOUVER, BATTLE GROUND, RIDGEFIELD, WASHOUGAL,
YACOLT, AMBOY, TOUTLE, ARIEL, LAKE MERWIN, YALE LAKE, COUGAR,
NORTH BONNEVILLE, STEVENSON, CARSON, AND UNDERWOOD
1203 PM PDT WED AUG 30 2017

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE
HEAT WATCH, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…LOWER ELEVATIONS 90S ON FRIDAY, NEAR 100
SATURDAY, 95 TO 100 SUNDAY, UPPER 90S TO AROUND 100 MONDAY.
THESE TEMPERATURES COULD BE CLOSE TO OR EXCEED RECORD VALUES AT
TIMES. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE WARM, WITH LOWER TO MID 60S
LIKELY AT MANY LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS.

* TIMING…THE HEAT WILL BEGIN FRIDAY, WITH THE HOTTEST STRETCH
SATURDAY THROUGH POSSIBLY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK. SATURDAY
COULD BE THE HOTTEST DAY OF THIS STRETCH.

* IMPACTS…THE HEAT WILL POSE A HIGH RISK FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT
ACCESS TO AIR CONDITIONING. THE ELDERLY, PEOPLE WITHOUT ACCESS
TO AIR CONDITIONING, AND ANYONE ENGAGED IN PROLONGED OUTDOOR
ACTIVITIES WILL BE BE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE DURING THIS HEAT
EPISODE. LOCAL POWER DEMAND IS EXPECTED TO BE AT HIGH LEVELS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT
TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND
HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN
WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS, STAY
IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM, STAY OUT OF THE SUN, AND CHECK UP ON
RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION visit our web site at
www.weather.gov/portland

ASTORIA 9-1-1 EXPERIENCES HEAVY DEMAND OVER WEEKEND

The Dispatchers at Astoria 9-1-1 rarely had a moment not answering phones this weekend, said Manager Jeff Rusiecki. Looking at the call statistics for the weekend every Agency we dispatch for was busy! Dispatchers answered nearly two-hundred 9-1-1 calls in addition to nearly five-hundred non-emergency. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern other than a lot of people in the County requiring assistance of one type or another. By far the heaviest demand was on Friday and Saturday. Friday saw a spike in non-emergency calls and a higher than normal 9-1-1 count, while Saturday just the opposite occurred.

The inbound call load doesn’t ¬†paint the entire picture as Dispatchers often have to place outbound calls for logistical support of First Responders. In addition to the seven-hundred in-bound calls they made just under three-hundred out-bound.

I could not be prouder of the job they did this weekend, and this is a true testament to the dedication and professionalism they each bring day in and day out.

Astoria Police seek information regarding fire at Astoria Warehousing Pier

On 08/26/2017 at 03:56 hrs. Astoria Police and Fire Department were dispatched to Astoria Warehousing for a report of a large fire located in pallets stored on the pier behind a locked gate. Due to the size of the fire, mutual aid was requested from Warrenton Fire Department.  The US Coast Guard also responded from Station Cape Disappointment due to piles of burning pallets falling into the river.

At this time the exact cause of the fire is unknown but the circumstances and location in the pallet stacks where the fire started are suspicious. Anyone who may have witnessed people in the area early this morning, or who have information regarding the fire are asked to contact Astoria Police Detective Ken Hansen at 503-325-4411, or by email at khansen@astoria.or.us.