What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.
American Red Cross – Cascades Region
Sherman County Health District’s 6th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 26
#DriveHealthy during the #OReclipse
Nena Springs Wildfire Update, August 12
Red Cross Issues Wildfire Safety Tips
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.
Thursday, August 17 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”
Thursday, August 17 at 6:00pm –Game Night
Come play Magic the Gathering with us!
Ages 10 and up.
Monday, August 21 at 9:30 – Eclipse Viewing Party.
We will do crafts and read stories as we watch the eclipse.
Remember, you need to wear sun safe eclipse viewing glasses; we have them available at the library during open hours, Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. We will also have glasses for everyone at the party.
2. American Red Cross – Cascades Region
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
3. Sherman County Health District’s 6th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 26
6th Annual Wellness Walk
Walk for Wellness
Sponsored by the Sherman County Health District
And the Sherman County Medical Clinic
Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Registration forms with route information are available at the Sherman County Health District Administration Office. $5 registration fee.
****First 25 to register receive t-shirt!****
Post-walk refreshments will be available at finish.
Please call Caitlin at 541-565-0536 for additional information.
4. #DriveHealthy during the #OReclipse
ODOT expects many Oregon highways to be very crowded in the days around the Aug. 21 #OReclipse. Many crashes are the result of distracted driving and traveling too fast for conditions. So we’re encouraging you to #DriveHealthy: Keep your hands on the wheel, your mind on the task, and your eyes on the road—not on the sky. It also means you must plan your travel well in advance.
Because of the expected large crowds, please treat the 3-hour eclipse as a 3-DAY event: Arrive early, stay put and leave late.
- Showing up Monday morning is too late: You could be in a long traffic jam; you could still be on the highway when the eclipse occurs.
- Trying to leave immediately after the eclipse is too early: That could put you into another long traffic jam—perhaps one of cosmic proportions.
- Can you travel with others? Carpool! Visit www.drivelessconnect.com/2017-eclipse/ for more information.
- Move over before you pass a vehicle on the side of the road that is displaying warning lights, if you can. If you cannot safely move over, or you’re on a two-lane road, you must slow down to at least five mph under the speed limit before you pass by.
- The shoulder is for emergency stopping, not parking—and not eclipse viewing. Blocking the shoulder could keep emergency vehicles from reaching victims.
In the days leading up to the eclipse, ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists safe, and will be providing travel updates via www.Tripcheck.com and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available. TripCheck’s speed map has been enhanced: you can now see how fast (or slow) traffic is moving on all city, county and state roads in Oregon.
Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.
5. Nena Springs Wildfire Update, August 12
August 12, 2017
An Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Incident Management Team arrived Friday with over 100 firefighters to assist with managing the Nena Springs Wildfire. This organization will be assisting with structural protection and building upon the quality work firefighters have already established.
Structure Protection resources are assigned to the communities of Simnasho, Mutton Mountain and Indian Head Canyon where structures are concentrated. They are developing structure protection plans, re-enforcing containment lines and patrolling neighborhoods to ensure fire does not threaten them again.
Yesterday, several structures were destroyed in the Simnasho area, however, none of them were primary homes; the hard work of firefighters kept the structural damage as low as possible. No new structures were lost overnight since the additional resources arrived. One unoccupied residence was burned the second day when the fire grew over 20,000 acres. Several historic unoccupied outbuildings, considered 50 years or older, and other outbuildings were also destroyed in the first three days.
Very dry grass, brush and slash, combined with steep terrain on the northern flank of the fire, are contributing to extreme fire behavior and fire growth. Where safe to do so, firefighters are engaging the fire, now established in the Nena Creek drainage.
As additional resources arrive, they will be given assignments. Their focus is to limit the fire’s spread onto private lands, prevent damage to structures and infrastructure and to reduce damage to natural and cultural resources. Firefighters are working to keep the fire east of Bear Springs Cutoff, north of Hwy. 26 and Warm Springs rural zone, west of the Deschutes River and the ridge above Eagle Creek, and south of U.S. 216 and Walters Road.
To accomplish this, air tankers and helicopters have been dropping retardant and water to slow the fire’s growth. This is giving firefighters the opportunity to safely construct dozer and hand lines, and use roads for control lines where available. Other firefighters have been conducting burnout operations to remove grass and brush ahead of the fire’s front. This key tactic assists firefighters with protecting structures and developing containment areas.
Firefighters have contained a small segment of the northwest flank of the fire. They will re-enforce this line today.
The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point are not directly affected by the fire at this time, but are under a Level 1 evacuation notice. This lets them know a fire is in the area and they should be aware of current and possible future conditions so that they can be ready to leave if necessary. The Fish Hatchery Grade area is under a Level 2 evacuation notice. They should be set to evacuate when notified. The Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions are under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice and have been requested to leave the area immediately.
A Red Cross shelter is established at the Warm Springs Community Center to support people displaced by the fire.
The S-300 Road is closed. Highway 3 is also closed, except for local residents.
Heavy fire traffic is on the roads. The public is asked to please drive cautiously when in the area. If possible, please avoid areas where evacuation notices are issued.
6. Red Cross Issues Wildfire Safety Tips
Downloadable file: News Release: Red Cross Issues Wildfire Safety Tips
As wildfires burn across the Northwest, the Red Cross is urging community members to know what steps they should take to stay safe and prepare for wildfires.
PORTLAND, EUGENE, BEND & MEDFORD, Ore., August 11, 2017 — With more than a dozen large fires burning across Oregon and Southwest Washington, the local Red Cross is sharing tips to help residents be prepared in the event that a wildfire occurs near their home. The Nena Springs Fire is currently burning near Warm Springs in Wasco County, and the residents of 70 homes have been forced to evacuate because of the fire. The Red Cross is operating a shelter for wildfire evacuees, providing food, shelter and comfort to people who have been displaced. The Red Cross shelter housed 14 people overnight Thursday night.
Residents in other areas of the region are urged to take these wildfire safety precautions to make sure you and your family are prepared.
Before a wildfire:
* Build an emergency preparedness kit.
* Make a household evacuation plan that includes your pets.
* Stay informed about your community’s response plans.
Right before a wildfire — As the fire approaches your area:
* Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
* Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information including your safest escape route.
* Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it in the car.
* Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area. Identify nearby shelter sites and know your routes to get there.
Know when to go: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Evacuations:
* A Level 1 evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. 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.
* A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS 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 3 evacuation means “GO”. EVACUATE NOW; LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately.
After a wildfire — returning home:
* Do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.
* Use caution when entering burned areas, as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
* Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
* Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS: Check with your local emergency management office to sign up for emergency notifications. These notifications provide information on when evacuation orders are in place.
EMERGENCY APP: Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of wildfires, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do