Severe Weather Alert Issued For Portland Metro Area For Monday Night.

2020 throws yet another fast ball at us. The National Weather Service is issuing high wind warnings for NW Oregon beginning Monday night. Some gusts expected to 60-65mph.

Complete regional forecast here.

National Weather Service Portland OR
908 PM PDT Sun Sep 6 2020

Greater Portland Metro Area-Greater Vancouver Area-
Including the cities of Hillsboro, Portland, Wilsonville,
Oregon City, Gresham, Troutdale, Vancouver, Battle Ground,
Ridgefield, Washougal, Yacolt, and Amboy
908 PM PDT Sun Sep 6 2020


* WHAT...East winds 15 to 30 mph with widespread gusts of 40 to 55
  mph are expected. Locally stronger winds with gusts of 60 to 65
  mph are possible across the West Hills and areas east of the
  Portland and Vancouver Airports.

* WHERE...In Washington, Greater Vancouver Area. In Oregon,
  Greater Portland Metro Area.

* WHEN...From 5 PM Monday to 1 PM PDT Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Tree limbs and even whole trees will be susceptible to
  being blown down. Be prepared for power outages. Travel will be
  difficult, especially for high profile vehicles along Interstate

* FIRE CONCERNS...Conditions will be favorable for rapid fire
  spread. Use extreme caution with potential ignition sources.


People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around
trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of
your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if
you must drive.

Night Paving Work – Hwy 219 At Willamette River Bridge, St. Paul. Expect Delays.

An overnight paving project has begun on Hwy 219 between St. Paul and Newberg.  Crews are paving the Willamette River bridge and approaches. Traffic is one lane only and being controlled by flaggers and a pilot car.  Lots of heavy equipment on the project with dump trucks coming and going.

Expect delays of 5 to 15 minutes and congested traffic.

Separate Crashes In French Prairie Today Kill 1 And Injure Another.


First responders had to deal with two serious crashes today about 3 hours apart.  The first, on Ehlen Road east of Dolores Way in Aurora, involved a motorcyclist and a semi-truck, and resulted in a fatality.  Ehlen Road was closed while police investigated.


The second, on Marthaler Lane near Gervais, was a single car rollover accident that resulted in minor injuries.

Please remember that only essential travel is allowed in Oregon due to the health emergency. If you must travel, drive safely.

(Photos courtesy of MCSO.)

DEQ, Fire Marshal, and Oregon Dept of Agriculture Ask People To Stop Outdoor Burning.

Responding to unnecessary fire calls puts first responders at risk and ties up resources.

As of April 3, 2020, DEQ, along with its partners Oregon Department of ForestryOffice of the State Fire MarshalOregon Department of Agriculture  and Oregon Health Authority, is asking people to refrain from all outdoor burning activities until further notice.    

Fire is a necessary tool used by industrial forest landowners, farmers, small woodland owners, rural residents and others to manage lands. However, there are several ways smoke from fires during the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively affect the public and first responders:

    1. While some people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, most patients recover at home, where smoke from a nearby outdoor burn could worsen their condition.
    2. Exposure to smoke can increase the risk of contracting infectious respiratory disease, such as COVID-19, increase the severity of existing respiratory infections and worsen underlying chronic respiratory conditions.
    3. Smoke may cause symptoms in some people that may cause them to seek medical care at a time when health resources are already stretched thin.
    4. There is a severe shortage of personal protective equipment used to reduce smoke exposure at this time.
    5. Outdoor burning can escape at a time when emergency services are operating at a reduced capacity and have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns

State agencies are asking people to weigh the possible negative effects on the wider community before choosing to burn.

This is a voluntary action. Many local jurisdictions have outdoor burn regulations in place. It is best to first check with the local fire agency to see if outdoor burning is currently allowed in your area.

North Marion School District Releases Meal Delivery Routes And Schedule During The March School Closure.

All NMSD schools are closed to students from 3/16 – 4/1.

Food service information 3/16 – 3/31.  FIRST Student small buses will run two routes Monday- Friday for the next two weeks to deliver a combined sack breakfast and lunch.

Route A will begin at Century Meadows from 10:00 – 10:15AM, then Aurora park from 10:30 -10:45AM, then Sherwood from 11 -11:15AM, and Olds from 11:30 – 11:45AM.

Route B will begin at Chateau from 10:00 – 10:15AM, then Donald Skate Park from 10:30 -10:45AM, then Rivenes Park from 11:00-11:15AM.

Food is available at no cost to children 18 and under.  No adult meals are available, and no seconds. Children must be present at the pick up site to receive meals.

Marion County Sheriffs Recover Missing Vehicle And Human Remains At Wheatland Ferry.

Press Release from Marion County Sheriff’s Office today:

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue resumed efforts this morning to locate a vehicle which was driven into the Willamette River at the Wheatland Ferry shortly after 4:00 pm on March 4th, 2020.  With the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Water Rescue Team and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, the vehicle was located submerged in the water with the lone occupant still inside.

The involved vehicle, a GMC Terrain, has been removed from the Willamette River.  Investigators have tentatively identified the deceased driver of the vehicle.  The circumstances leading up to the vehicle being driven into the water are still under investigation.

Along with the vehicle from yesterday’s incident, two additional unrelated vehicles were located in the water.  Both vehicles were unoccupied and appeared to have been underwater for an extended period of time.  Due to the challenging location in the waterway of the other two vehicles, at this time there will be no efforts undertaken to remove them from the river.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the numerous agencies which took part in the search and recovery efforts.


Car Drives Off Wheatland Ferry Ramp Into Willamette. Police And Fire Departments Investigating. Ferry Closed.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire Departments from Woodburn and Marion County FD, along with EMS and a dive team,  are actively searching the Willamette River at the Wheatland Ferry crossing for a car that drove off the east on ramp into the river shortly after 4pm today.  The occupants of the car have not been located.

The ferry is closed for the incident and the scene is still active. Please avoid the area.