oakridge fireOAKRIDGE, Ore. — The fires in Deception Creek have become more active and fire officials are issuing a Level 2 ‘get set’ evacuation notice for residents along LaDuke and Harbour Roads, along with the Deception Creek Mobile Park in Westfir.

Spot fires are flaring up near the mobile home park and on the Middle Fork Ranger District property.

Five helicopters are helping crews on the ground by dropping water on hotspots. The 850 acre fire is 53 percent contained.

 

Spencer's_Butte_Hiking_TrailEUGENE, Ore. — Police are warning people not to leave valuables in their cars, after an increase in break-ins at Spencer’s Butte. Eugene Police says they’ve been getting at least three calls a day from people saying they had things stolen from their car.

This all started about three weeks ago and the break-ins usually happen between dusk and 10 p.m.Police say it’s a reminder not to leave things like backpacks and purses in your car.

If you know anything about the break-ins, call police.

OAKRIDGE HAZEOAKRIDGE, Ore. — Lane County Emergency Management is opening a room in Oakridge Thursday, so people can get a break from smoke.

The air quality index has reached the “unhealthy” range for the first time this year in the Oakridge Area, because of wildfire smoke from the Deception Complex.

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, LRAPA, says while it’s “moderate” in the Eugene-Springfield area, it could climb to the “unsafe for sensitive groups” level.

Children, seniors and people with preexisting heart and lung conditions should stay indoors, or limit outdoor activity. Exposure to too much smoke could cause repeated coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing… Or tightness or pain in your chest.

The room to escape from the haze will be open Thursday August 28 and Friday August 27, from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. It’s in the Willamette Activity Center at 47674 School Street in Oakridge.

CRESWELL, Ore. — Crews are working to put out a house fire on the 200 block of A Street.

The first calls came in just after 4:30 p.m.

Fire officials say the fire started on the second floor and it’s still fully involved.

It hasn’t been determined yet whether anyone is inside.

We have a crew on the scene, and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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EUGENE, Ore. — A generous community member stepped up to help a man whose tricycle was stolen.

Evan McClendon says this isn’t just the end but a new beginning, after his tricycle was stolen over the weekend from his apartment.

On Wednesday he has a new ride thanks to a woman in Eugene.

McClendon is a 21-year-old student at the University of Oregon who suffers from a neuromuscular disorder. He says he didn’t know how he was going to get around after his trike was stolen, until community members stepped up to help.

He says when he met the donor of the tricycle, he was overjoyed.

“I definitely expressed my thanks yesterday, and I know that I’ll spend a lot of time for a very long time letting her know how thankful I am. It definitely means a lot to me,” McClendon said.

McClendon says the new one looks almost identical to his old one. He says there are some adjustments he has to make to the new tricycle, which he’ll be working on next week with his grandpa.

There’s also a bank account set up at Oregon Community Credit union to help, a small amount will go toward the trike and the rest to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Torata TanakaEUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department is looking for a man and his four kids. He is accused of violating a custody agreement.

Police say they got the call Tuesday saying Torata Tanaka did not return his children to their mother, which violates a custody agreement between the two parents.

Police say Tanaka might be taking the two boys and two girls, who range in age from 3 to 10, to Japan.

Court documents show Tanaka and his ex-wife are both Japanese citizens who’ve lived in the U.S. for about 15 years.

Police believe Tanaka is driving a silver 2002 Acura MDX with Oregon license plate number ZEJ 686. They’re asking officers and drivers around the state to keep an eye out for the family.

“There’s no Amber Alert that’s been issued. The circumstances requiring or surrounding their not being returned don’t warrant an Amber Alert according to the Amber Alert requirements,” said Det. Jeff Roth, Eugene Police Department Violent Crimes Unit.

Court documents show the mother of the children filed the restraining order against Tanaka in 2009. It was later dismissed. She filed another one a year later, which was dismissed in 2012 before the most recent restraining order went into place.

Documents show she filed the restraining order because he was verbally and emotionally abusive to her in front of the kids.

If you see Tanaka or the children, call 9-1-1.

BROOKSIDE CLINICEUGENE, Ore. — A new community health center is now open in west Eugene, and it’s a first for that area.

The Brookside Clinic on the corner of 18th Avenue and Chambers Street is the fifth community health center in Lane County.

County health officials say when Medicaid expanded in January, it gave nearly 35,000 people in Lane County access to the Oregon Health Plan, overwhelming the current system and leaving thousands without a primary care provider.

The new clinic will likely serve as many as 6,000 of those members who’ve had a tough time finding a primary care provider.

“We’re already in Springfield, out on Martin Luther King, in the downtown core. And this was an underserved area,” said Alicia Hays, director of Lane County Health and Human Services.

“They will have access to primary care providers and then appropriate referrals to a range of services,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, (D-Oregon).

Lane County says Trillium played a crucial part in making the clinic possible.

RRR RECYCLING PICTUREEUGENE, Ore. — Most of us have recycled for years, but that doesn’t mean we’re doing it right.

Lane County Waste Reduction Specialist Sarah Grimm says there are many items that get thrown in recycling that can’t be recycled, like paper cups and food containers.

And some items are illegal to throw away, like motor oil, appliances, and motor batteries.

She says knowing what goes where is important in reducing waste.

“With the complexity of the packaging we have in the world today, we need people to pay very close attention and only provide us with actual items we can use,” Grimm said.

To find out what can be recycled, click here or check the front of the Dex phone book.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local fire departments now have the ability to save even more lives, thanks to a generous gift Wednesday.

The McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers Club donated 35 sets of oxygen masks, that specifically fit dogs and cats, to five local fire departments.

The masks come in three different sizes.

The Eugene-Springfield fire chief says saving people is the first priority, but pets are family members too.

“We understand that these are part of peoples families and they’re very, very important to the family unit and we see that as part of our mission to serve and protect the families by also protecting and initiating life saving measures for their pets,” said Eugene-Springfield Fire Department Chief Randy Groves.

The set of masks cost about $1,000 total. The group bought them with money raised from dog shows and other events throughout the year.

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