News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:49:12 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Breaking: One person dead after crop duster plane crash http://kobi5.com/news/item/breaking-one-person-dead-after-crop-duster-plane-crash.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/breaking-one-person-dead-after-crop-duster-plane-crash.html Breaking: One person dead after crop duster plane crash

Siskiyou County, Calif. -- One man is dead after a crop duster plane crashed in a field between Merrill and Tulelake this morning around 9 a.m. Authorities have not yet released the name of the pilot.

The pilot was the only occupant of the plane at the time of the crash.

NBC2's Lyle Ahrens is at the scene and will have the latest on this developing story tonight at 5 and 6 p.m.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:23:32 -0700
Beaver Complex fire update http://kobi5.com/news/item/salt-creek-fire-update.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/salt-creek-fire-update.html Beaver Complex fire update

Medford, Ore. -- According to officials the Beaver Complex consists of two fires: Salt Creek Fire and Oregon Gulch Fire.

The Salt Creek Fire is at 108 acres as of 12:50 p.m. The fire is 20 miles northwest of Medford and is 30% contained. Officials say the fire was caused by lightning and started on July 30th. 

ODF officials are asking the public to use caution while driving near the vicinity of the Salt Creek Fire. Vehicles cutting corners while traveling the roads in the area of East Evans Road, West Evans Road, and Antioch Road have been reported. 

For your latest update on the Oregon Gulch Fire go here: http://bit.ly/1m6AIJ9

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:11:54 -0700
Police: another suspected arsonist arrested http://kobi5.com/news/item/police-another-suspected-arsonist-arrested.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/police-another-suspected-arsonist-arrested.html Police: another suspected arsonist arrested

Medford, Ore. -- Medford Police say they arrested another suspected arsonist. 29 year old Gregory William Stabile has been charged with arson, after a female witness says she saw Stabile start a fire next to a structure in the 1100 block of W. 9th Street on Thursday at around 5:00 p.m.

Medford Police say Stabile then walked away and the female witness began to put the fire out with a garden hose. A passerby who saw the fire stopped to help put out the flames, as Stabile returned to the scene with a six year old girl on a razor scooter. The female witness then identified him as the suspected arsonist, and he and the little girl fled northbound. A male witness chased after them on foot while calling 911. Stabile was caught by Medford Police in the parking lot of Parole and Probation on 1101 W. Main St.

Two structures were damaged in the fire, but the fire was put out quickly by the witnesses and Medford Fire and Rescue.

Detectives say the arson was a random act and will be working to determine if he's responsible for any of the recent string of unsolved arsons in Medford.

If you have any information regarding Stabile or a little girl on a razor scooter, Medford Police say to call them at 774-2230, attn: Det. Jim Williams.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:05:07 -0700
Oregon Gulch Fire near Pinehurst now at 11,000 acres and growing http://kobi5.com/news/item/level-one-evacuation-notice-for-some-ashland-residents.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/level-one-evacuation-notice-for-some-ashland-residents.html Oregon Gulch Fire near Pinehurst now at 11,000 acres and growing

Update (7/31 9:30pm): Officials have again revised the approximate size of the fire to 5,300 acres. The fire has grown approximately 5,000 acres in less than 5 hours. Level 3 evacuations are still in place.

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Update (8/1 3:45pm)
Officials have confirmed that the Oregon Gulch Fire has claimed one home and 170 remain threatened.


Update (8/1 1pm) The Oregon Gulch fire is currently the largest fire in the state. According to officials, the fire has now reached 11,000 acres and is 5% contained. ODF officials say 170 structures are threatened and multiple outbuildings have been destroyed. NBC5's Roma Villavicencio is on scene to bring you the latest update on this developing story.


Update (7/31 9:30pm): Officials have again revised the approximate size of the fire to 5,300 acres. The fire has grown approximately 5,000 acres in less than 5 hours. Level 3 evacuations are still in place.


Update (7/31 7:02pm): Officials have revised the approximate size of the fire to 3,000 acres. Level 3 evacuations are still in place.


Update (7/31 6:15pm) According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Gulch Fire is at 1,700 acres and a level 3 evacuation is in effect for Copco Road from the 6000 block south to Box D Ranch.

That means residents in that area should leave immediately.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says there will not be any door to door evacuations due to the unsafe conditions.

There is a safe zone identified for people at Fall Creek Ranch, just south of the fire area.  

According to The Sheriff's Office, if you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

The fire is burning  in a northeast direction.

ODF says fire suppression resources assigned to the fire include 12 bulldozers, eight wildfire fire engines, and three 20-person crews.

Helicopters and air tankers have been dropping water and retardant on the fire most of the afternoon.


Update (7/31 5pm) According to ODF the wind is making it tough for firefighters are pulled out right now because its too dangerous.

The fire is estimated to be at 1,000 acres and growing rapidly. 


Ashland, Ore. -- The Jackson County Sheriff's office said there is now a Level 1 evacuation notice for all residents on COPCO Road near Ashland. The Oregon Gultch fire, caused by lightning has the potential of threatening residents in the area.

ODF officials said the fire is more than 450-500 acres in size and is growing rapidly.Copco Road is closed at its intersection with hwy. 66, just east of Pinehurst.

Level One evacuation means “BE READY” for a potential evacuation. 

Officials said residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:17:45 -0700
What you need to know in an emergency http://kobi5.com/news/item/what-you-need-to-know-in-an-emergency.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/what-you-need-to-know-in-an-emergency.html What you need to know in an emergency

Medford, Ore. -- If you and your family are caught in an emergency situation, say an evacuation, what's the best course of action?

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has launched a new campaign to make sure people are ready if there's an evacuation order for their area.

Andrea Carlson, spokesperson for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said people need to make an emergency kit, and make a plan about where their family and animals can go.

"In the event that something happens, who is going to be your contact person out of the area if there's no phone service, if there's no way to contact people,"

The sheriff's office posts information on their Facebook page.

People can also sign up for Jackson County Citizen Alert through the Jackson County website.

What does each evacuation level mean?

The following explanation of each evacuation level was taken from the Jackson County Sheriff's "Be Ready, Be Set, Go" campaign.

Level 1 - Be ready.

Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

Level 2 - Be set.

Residents should be able to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

A level 2 notification may be the only notice you receive.

Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

Level 3 - GO!

If a level 3 evacuation notice is issues, it means residents must leave immediately.

Danger to your area is current or imminent. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further.

Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice that you receive.

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:01:21 -0700
Cropduster crash kills pilot in Siskiyou County http://kobi5.com/news/item/cropduster-crash-kills-pilot-in-siskiyou-county.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/cropduster-crash-kills-pilot-in-siskiyou-county.html Cropduster crash kills pilot in Siskiyou County

A cropdusting pilot is dead after his plane crashed this morning in Siskiyou County west of Tulelake.

Officer Tim Wood of the California Highway Patrol says 58 year old pilot William Whitlatch was just finishing up his crop dusting runs in north-eastern Siskiyou county Friday morning after 9 when his plane went down...

"At this point it appears that he struck some power lines which caused the collision."

The plane tumbled across the field, crashed, and caught fire.

"It sounds as if some of the first responders attempted to put out the flames."  Noted Officer Wood. "But unfortunately, the pilot died as the result of the collision."

Police say the plane was owned and operated by Macy's Flying Service, based in Tulelake.

First responders were able to remove Whitlatch from the wreckage, but efforts to remove the plane were hampered by downed power lines, and freshly-sprayed pesticides.

"We just don't want to enter the scene quite yet."  Explained Officer Wood.  "Until we're sure that it's not going to cause harm to any of the other responders."

The crash happened in a privately owned field near Hill Road and East West Road. 

Power was knocked out briefly to a few homes.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in, and will assist the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

 

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:36:46 -0700
Mandatory evacuation issued for Lookout Ranchettes in Modoc County http://kobi5.com/news/item/mandatory-evacuation-issued-for-lookout-ranchettes-in-modoc-county.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/mandatory-evacuation-issued-for-lookout-ranchettes-in-modoc-county.html Mandatory evacuation issued for Lookout Ranchettes in Modoc County

Modoc County, Calif. -- Lookout Ranchettes in Modoc County have been given a mandatory evacuation order. 

A shelter has been opened at Adin Community Center. For information call 233-5342.

Stay with NBC5 for more on this developing story.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:32:39 -0700
Ebola victims homeward bound http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/ebola-victims-homeward-bound.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/ebola-victims-homeward-bound.html Ebola victims homeward bound

(NBC News) An intensive effort is underway to evacuate two Americans infected with Ebola from West Africa in order to bring them back to the United States for treatment.

It's a global process that will require caution every step of the way, bringing the two infected Americans to Emory University in Atlanta using specialized medevac planes with isolated chambers.

"We've developed a unit that can safely care for a patient with a communicable disease, delivering the highest level of care required," said Dr. Bruce Ribner a professor in the Emory School of Medicine's Infectious Diseases Division.

There have been more than 1,300 people infected, and more than 700 deaths already during this Ebola outbreak.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/WRQnqi

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:46:08 -0700
Hit and run victim dragged http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/hit-and-run-victim-dragged.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/hit-and-run-victim-dragged.html Hit and run victim dragged

Seattle, Wash. -- (KING)  Police are searching for a truck driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in downtown Seattle Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened at 9th and James Street. Police said a pedestrian was crossing the busy intersection when the person was struck by a large truck.

"I looked up and I saw a large lime-green truck coming down the street. And there was a woman trapped underneath the back tires on the passenger's side," said a witness. "The truck kept going and the woman was dragged halfway down the block."

Police are reviewing surveillance video in the area.  They say it could be possible the driver of the truck did not realize he or she hit someone.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:16:16 -0700
Fire crews set up camp in Touvelle State Park http://kobi5.com/news/item/fire-crews-set-up-camp-in-touvelle-state-park.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/fire-crews-set-up-camp-in-touvelle-state-park.html Fire crews set up camp in Touvelle State Park

Medford, Ore -- Touvelle State Park is off limits to the public tonight as the Oregon Department of Forestry sets up a command post to battle the Salt Creek Fire.

     Paul Clements is the food unit manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team.

    They're setting up their command center at Touvelle State Park, where Clements is helping to feed and care for hundreds of firefighters battling the Salt Creek Fire near Shady Cove.

"Think of it as public works, or in the military we call it beans and bullets, what it takes to get the work done," said Clements. 

Sabrina Zmolke is one of those firefighters out there getting that work done.

     This is her first year battling wildfires, her team is joining the efforts in Southern Oregon from Salem.

     "We're just a bunch of like-minded individuals who want to save the forest for future generations and fight wildfires," said Zmolke. 

     Hundreds of fire fighters will call this park home for at least the next few days.

    It's Clement's job to make camp feel something like home.

   "Nutrition is a fundamental part of the health and safety of the people that are doing the work," said Clements.
 
    That means bringing in a shower truck, hand wash station, six pallets of water bottles and a 40-foot mobile kitchen. 

    "We'll serve from 4:30 in the morning to about nine in the morning, and 4:30 in the evening to nine in the evening," said Clements.

   Clements and his crew are doing their part to ensure firefighters have everything they need as they face the flames.

   The Oregon Department of Forestry says they currently have 150 firefighters at the camp and expect that number to double overnight.
  

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:02:05 -0700