Sherman County eNews #166


  1. Update for Today: Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Rufus Fire: Sherman County Sheriff’s Office & KOIN

  3. Boxcar Fire and Jack Knife Fire Update 6/25

  4. Top Ten Tips for Parents to Protect Kids from Online Predators

  5. Cliff Jett 1940-2018

  6. Take Precautions: Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Update for Today: Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The community storytime for today is cancelled, and S.T.E.A.M. will start at 10, with crafts for the younger kids.

2. Rufus Fire: Sherman County Sheriff’s Office & KOIN

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office

KOIN. Wildfire Breaks Out in Sherman County (Rufus)

Sherman County Facebook

3. Boxcar Fire and Jack Knife Fire Update 6/25

June 25, 2018 9:00 a.m. Update

Boxcar Fire:   95,850 acres            Containment: 47%   Reported: June 21, 7:48 am         Cause: Lightning

Jack Knife Fire:  14,772 acres       Containment: 65%  Reported: June 22, 8:11 am         Cause: Lightning

Maupin, Oregon – Firefighters have accomplished significant containment on both the Boxcar and Jack Knife Fires, burning south and east of Maupin in Wasco and Sherman Counties.  Estimated containment for the Boxcar Fire is 47% and for the Jack Knife Fire is 65%.

The Boxcar Fire is now 95,850 acres. Yesterday heavy smoke lingered in the area due to an inversion holding warm air and smoke low to the ground. Smoke increased midafternoon due to fire activity on the Fire’s eastern flank between Highways 197 and 97.  Fire crossed over the dozer line and an additional spot fire was detected in the area.  Aerial resources assisted firefighters with water and retardant drops to suppress this burning. Those sites will be tied back into the main fire containment perimeter today.  On the southern edge of the Boxcar Fire, firefighters burned out remaining fuels to increase containment along South Junction Road and the Deschutes River corridor. Night shift crews monitored the south and east portions of the fire, continued protection of structures, and accomplished an additional ½ mile of burning-out along the River corridor, leaving approximately one mile to complete today.  Prineville District BLM River Rangers will transport firefighters via jet boat to otherwise inaccessible areas to continue to secure the fire’s edge along the river.  Aerial resources are available to the fire as needed.

The Jack Knife Fire [Sherman County] grew to 14,772 acres as ground crews made great progress burning to containment lines and continuing to secure the Fire’s north and south edges down to the John Day River. Firefighters will be working throughout the day to cool hot spots on the perimeter and improve containment.

Today’s weather will be cooler (78 degrees) with higher relative humidity (30%). Strong, gusty winds out of the north/northwest are expected in the fire area and could push Boxcar Fire activity towards the east. Crews will continue efforts to contain and secure this perimeter, keeping the Fire west of Bakeoven Road.

As a reminder, Deschutes River recreation sites are open to the public.  Recreationists are encouraged to use caution in the fire area. Fire-blackened sites can still contain hot spots from burning stumps or heated rocks.  Rocks that have rolled down from steep canyon slopes have been reported on the road.


  • On the John Day River, river miles 68 through 55 are closed to camping.
  • A Level 1 Evacuation Notification is in place for the area bounded by Hwy 97, Hwy 216, the Deschutes River, and the South Junction Road. Residents are encouraged to be aware of the threat in their area and consider how they would evacuate should conditions change.

4. Top Ten Tips for Parents to Protect Kids from Online Predators

Produced by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Cyber Crime Committee:

Top Ten Tips for Parents to Protect Kids from Online Predators:  Many parents today are struggling with how to provide their children with the benefits of access to the Internet while protecting them from the potential hazards of online predators. In order to help parents, the Cybercrime Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association has developed a list of “Top Ten Tips.” Since no one size fits all situations, the tips below must be considered in light of the child’s age and maturity.

  1. Set up a computer with Internet access in an open public area, such as the living room. Avoid positioning a computer in a private area, such as a child’s bedroom, or an out-of-the way area, such as a basement.
  2. Talk with your child about basic rules to use while on the Internet, such as instructing them on not giving out their name, home or school address, phone number, age or other personal information. Urge your children to ask your permission before sending photos of themselves over the Internet or setting up a social networking profile. Teach your child that people can easily lie about who they really are, and that they should tell you if anyone says or does anything online that makes them uncomfortable
  3. Don’t assume that one conversation is enough. Some parents may wish to reinforce these guidelines by making a sign that the child can decorate; post it near the computer. Others may wish to write up a “contract” with the child (samples can be found online), which can be periodically renewed.
  4. Consider using filters on your computer. Filters may be available through one’s Internet Service Provider or through a search engine, such as Google.
  5. Engage your child about his or her online activities. Be mindful of unusual behavior, such as if a child changes the screen when you enter the room, or if a child spends lengthy amounts of time on the Internet.
  6. Monitor a child’s activities on the computer. The Internet browser features history files, for example. Parents may also wish to consider purchasing and using monitoring software (often called “spy” software), or just checking a child’s email.
  7. Consider other computer usage by your child – at school, at the library, at homes of friends, and even via cell phones. Talk to your children about where they use the computer and what they do in those places. Make sure you’re comfortable with the environment in which your child spends time online, such as at a particular friend’s house. LIBA/1822786.1
  8. Be alert for unusual activities aside from your child’s time on the computer. Pay attention if your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don’t know, or receives calls from or makes calls to people you don’t recognize. Another warning sign may be that he or she becomes withdrawn from the family.
  9. Heed the possible warning signs, including finding pornography on your child’s computer, or your child receiving phone calls from people you don’t recognize; address these situations and don’t just ignore the problem or hope it will go away.
  10. Report apparently illegal activity. In case of emergency, contact your local, state or federal law enforcement and others such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Trust your instinct and report activities to the relevant law enforcement, or report suspicious activities to the CyberTipLine (, or 1-800-843-5768), operated by the NCMEC.

If you want to educate yourself further on these issues, check out, presented by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (“NCMEC”).

5. Cliff Jett 1940-2018

flower.rose.starWaterfront Organizations of Oregon Facebook:

“It is with deep sadness to announce that Board Member Cliff Jett crossed the bar on June 7, 2018. Jett joined the Board in 2014 and had a long career in marine law enforcement in Nevada and Oregon. His love for Oregon and public service propelled him into several local governments and regional councils with one of his accolades being the Mayor of Rufus. Jett also served as a seasonal marine deputy in Sherman County for 10 years and taught boating safety courses to the general public and high school students. Additionally, Jett served as an instructor with OSMB’s Marine Academy for two years. Jett’s representation on the Board for eastern Oregon boaters was stellar and he offered balanced perspectives along with pragmatism. His presence is sorely missed. Tight lines and fair winds, Cliff.”

6. Take Precautions: Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

North Central Public Health District reminds residents of Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam Counties to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor.

Air quality can change quickly. Please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog and the DEQ Air Quality Index links below. DEQ air quality monitoring data is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Hermiston and Prineville being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Index, if there’s not a monitor near you.

Please take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:

  1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. See the links below for DEQ’s Air Quality Index and Oregon Smoke blog or use the Visibility Index.
  2. Avoid working or exercising outdoors when air quality is poor. Limit outdoor sports, work and recreation.
  3. Drink lots of water – staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.
  4. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.
  5. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter. Portable air cleaners with HEPA filters can also help keep indoor air cleaner in smaller spaces.
  6. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.
  7. Use of masks or bandanas doesn’t filter out gases or fine particles. An N95 respirator can provide some protection, but only if the person using it has had a fit-test to make sure it fits properly, and the respirator is worn correctly. N95 respirators are not available in children’s sizes. For more information about the use of masks, please visit CDC Respirator Factsheet link below. For respirator use in the workplace, contact your employer or Oregon OSHA at the link below.

For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at 541-506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

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