News Stories Jul. 30, 2018

A heat advisory is in effect from 11:00 this morning through Tuesday night. The National Weather Service issued the advisory as afternoon temperatures could be well over 100. And, there will be little relief overnight as temperatures will slowly fall into the 60’s and 70’s by sunrise only to increase rapidly toward the century mark or higher again on Tuesday. Hot temperatures and limited relief overnight will increase chances for heat related illness, especially for those without access to air conditioning. Heat stress is also possible for livestock and outdoor pets. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in AC and out of the sun. Check up on relatives and neighbors. If you work or spend time outside, when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. And, know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anyone overcome by heat exhaustion should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is a serious condition and warrants a 9-1-1 call.

Warm Springs Harvest Manager Mark Manion issued a notice Friday, stating that a catch update recently done by tribal staff found that summer chinook harvest had met its allocation.  In order to allow escapement for natural and hatchery reproduction, scaffold and hook & line fishing is temporarily closed.  Fishing will reopen Wednesday, August 1st at 12:01 am when the fall management period opens up. The fishing and hunting hotline number is 541-553-2000 with updated information.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission administered the oath of office last week to new CRITFC Chairman Ryan Smith. The chairmanship rotates annually between the four member tribes. Smith is from Warm Springs and takes over from outgoing Chair Casey Mitchel from Nez Perce. Secretary is Jeremy Red Star Wolf from Umatilla and Treasurer Leland Bill from the Yakama Nation.

The Long Hollow fire burning near Dufur in north-central Oregon is 58 percent contained as of Sunday night, fire officials said. Firefighting teams will work Sunday night and Monday morning to finish containment lines for the 34,500-acre fire, officials said. Only a few areas, such as the southeast corner, are still fairly active. Evacuations levels for segment three of the Deschutes River, between Buckhallow and Macks Canyon, have lowered to a Level 1, meaning people should be prepared to leave. Earlier in the week, evacuations were at Level 3, meaning leave immediately. Oregon 216 and the Deschutes River access road are now open, although officials recommend driving under the speed limit to watch out for debris and firefighting teams. Ferry Canyon Homestead, upstream of Macks Canyon, is the only structure officially confirmed to have burned down. It was a historic home used for railroad workers in the early 1900s. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management acquired the homestead and used it to for campsite workers and volunteers in the 1990s until recently. BLM was working with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to determine a new use for the site.