Oregon

Unresponsive woman found floating in the McKenzie River

A 911 call was received from a witness at 00:02 a.m. on Friday who observed a conscious person floating down the McKenzie River. The caller reported the person was swimming on their back, without a life jacket, and not responding to hails from witnesses on shore.

Fire dangerLightning-caused wildfires have burned more than 50,000 acres of forest in southern Oregon. While the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Western Lane and South Cascade districts escaped most of the thunderstorm activity, the districts are concerned about another source of fire starts: people.

National Weather Service forecasts wildfire smoke intrusions

South SisterA new report by scientists at Oregon State University projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed - and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The findings are based on a projected 3.6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase. It details special risks facing many low-elevation, mountainous regions where snow often falls near the freezing point. In such areas, changing from snow to rain only requires a very modest rise in temperature.

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