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Multi-Agency Wildland Fire Training on Reservoir Hill -- 6-18-20 (Photo) featured image
Multi-Agency Wildland Fire Training on Reservoir Hill -- 6-18-20 (Photo)
2020-06-18 16:49:31

The City of Roseburg Fire Department, in conjunction with the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District #2, will be actively engaging in wildland fire training exercises on Reservoir Hill on June 22, 24, and 26, 2020.  During the training exercises, two specific portions of the hill will be used for training to include live burning that will occur twice per day.  The training locations are designed to stay on City owned property.  Training will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day. 

The training objectives will include refresher training on wildland firefighting tactics in conjunction with local fire agencies, continued training on command and control procedures for multi-unit incident response, and eliminating fuels in an effort to minimize the threat of an uncontrolled burn in the area.  This training opportunity provides the ability to not only train together, but also to improve the effectiveness of interoperability between multiple agencies.

As always, safety will be the number one priority for personnel participating in the training.  The City of Roseburg Fire Department would like to thank the City of Roseburg Police Department, Community Development Department, and Public Works Department for providing additional assistance.  Media wishing to interview a Public Information Officer or take pictures during the training are encouraged to contact Staff Assistant Amy Rice at 541.492.6727 or arice@cityofroseburg.org to coordinate an allotted time with a Public Information Officer at the training site.

Residential Structure Fire - 166 SE Hoover Avenue - 1-7-20 (Photo) featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 166 SE Hoover Avenue - 1-7-20 (Photo)
2020-01-07 11:40:36

At 8:55 a.m. on January 7, 2020, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire at 166 SE Hoover Avenue.   Upon arrival on scene, firefighters found a single story residential structure with smoke showing from the eaves of the home.  Firefighters conducted a primary search for a possible rescue when determining there were no occupants inside the structure at the time of the fire.  Firefighters made an interior attack to extinguish the fire and completed overhaul.  The home sustained structural and water damage.  The displaced family included two adult residents and five children; however, no one was injured in the fire.  The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.

A fire investigator was on scene and the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and most likely electrical in nature.  Ten firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Avista Utilities, Roseburg Police Department, American Red Cross, and Pacific Power. 

Residential Structure Fire - 1748 NW Otie Street - 10-16-19 (Photo) featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 1748 NW Otie Street - 10-16-19 (Photo)
2019-10-16 09:14:53

At 12:27 a.m. on October 16, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1748 NW Otie Street.  Residents reported the fire after being awakened by a working smoke alarm.  Residents had exited the residential structure and notified nearby neighbors of possible exposure.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy fire venting from a south window and causing exposure to the south, neighboring residential home.  Pressurized black smoke was also seen emitting from the attic vents. Firefighters made an interior attack to extinguish the fire, conducted a primary and secondary search, and completed overhaul.  The primary home sustained structural and water damage.  The neighboring home suffered damage to the exterior siding.  One adult, two teenage children, and a dog were displaced due to the fire; however, no one was injured in the fire.  Unfortunately, two pet hamsters did not survive the fire.

A total of 13 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Pacific Power, and the American Red Cross.

The structure suffered approximately $60,000 in damage.  Fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of working smoke alarms and ensuring you have the appropriate number of smoke alarms installed in the home.  Remember to make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area and in every bedroom.  Roseburg Fire Department recommends that homeowners consider a home fire sprinkler system for increased protection.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

Great Oregon ShakeOut 2019
2019-10-14 11:48:59

On October 17th, 2019 at 10:17 AM, the City of Roseburg and many local agencies, families and businesses will participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut, a state-wide earthquake drill which prepares Oregonians to survive the fury and devastation of an earthquake.  During the drill, participants will practice “drop, cover and hold on” for one to two minutes.  City of Roseburg employees will then practice an evacuation drill from their places of work.  At the conclusion of the drill, employees will be able to assess their work spaces for items which might fall and injure them during an actual earthquake, making any necessary changes.

In 2018, over 670,000 Oregonians participated in the ShakeOut.  So far, the total for Oregon is 698,576, with over 3,463 Douglas County residents signed up to “drop, cover and hold on”.  Here are just a few of your friends and neighbors who will be participating in this year’s event: City of Roseburg employees, Douglas County employees, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Douglas County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), UCAN / Head Start, Evergreen Family Medicine, Department of Human Services, ADAPT, Douglas Electric Cooperative, and many more local businesses, churches, volunteer groups and families.

If you have not already signed up, this is your opportunity to be counted in the largest earthquake drill ever and set an example that motivates others to get involved.  To participate, go to www.ShakeOut.org/oregon/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s involvement in the drill.  Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to spread the message of earthquake preparedness to others.  All organizers ask is that participants register (so they can be counted and receive communications), and at the minimum practice "drop, cover, and hold on" at 10:17 AM on October 17th. It is only a five-minute commitment for something that can save your life.  It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit www.ShakeOut.org/oregon, or contact the Roseburg Fire Department.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

Residential Structure Fire - 1615 NW Utah Street - 10-7-19 (Photo) featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 1615 NW Utah Street - 10-7-19 (Photo)
2019-10-08 09:19:18

At 7:49 p.m. on October 7, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire at 1615 NW Utah Street.   Upon arrival on scene, firefighters found a two story residential structure with smoke showing from the second story of the home.  All residents and the family service dog had exited the structure prior to firefighters arriving on scene.  Two adult residents, four children, and the family service dog were all displaced; however, no one was injured in the fire.  The American Red Cross is assisting the family that was displaced.

When firefighters entered the home, they located and extinguished a fire in the attic of the structure.Firefighters checked the residence for any extension of fire, ventilated the residence, and completed overhaul.  A fire investigator was on scene and investigating the cause of the fire.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The structure, which is valued at $200,000, suffered approximately $60,000 in damage.

A total of twelve firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Avista, Roseburg Police Department, American Red Cross, and Pacific Power. 

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

 

Burn Permits - Fall 2019 (Photo) featured image
Burn Permits - Fall 2019 (Photo)
2019-09-16 13:02:43

The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits, beginning on October 1, 2019 and ending on October 31, 2019.

These permits are issued for seven (7) days at a cost of $75.00.  Residential yard waste is the only material that may be burned. Prohibited items include standing berry vines, paper, wood, plastics, tires, standing grass, weeds, construction material, and material from lot clearing.  Burning may not be done on vacant lots or the property of another.  Fires must be monitored by a competent adult and extinguished prior to darkness. Tools to control or extinguish the fire must be on-site whenever there is material burning.

Burn barrels are never allowed inside City limits, and anyone burning trash or burning without a permit may be subject to a fine and/or legal action.  Additionally, due diligence must be exercised while burning, even with a permit, as fire can quickly get out of control, and the person responsible for the fire may be subject to fines, legal action, or restitution.

If possible, residents are urged to utilize alternatives to burning, such as composting, chipping, mulching, or transporting the debris to the Douglas County Landfill.  More information on these options can be found at http://www.recyclepower.org/wood.asp.

To request a burning permit in the City of Roseburg, call (541) 492-6770 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This information, as well as the burn permit request form is also available on the city website at www.cityofroseburg.org.

 

 

Residential Structure Fire - 477 NE Winchester Street - 8-4-19 (Photo) featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 477 NE Winchester Street - 8-4-19 (Photo)
2019-08-05 09:47:13

At 4:18 p.m. on August 4, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire at 477 NE Winchester Street.  Upon arrival at the two-story duplex, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire from the backside of the structure.  All residents had existed the structure prior to firefighters arriving.

When firefighters arrived, they made entry through the front door and additional lines were deployed to the back of the home.  The fire was quickly extinguished and overhaul was completed.  Firefighters were able to protect the surrounding homes from damage.  One family of seven was displaced and being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Nine firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Avista, Roseburg Police Department, and Pacific Power.  The cause of the fire was determined to be discarded smoking material outside of the structure.  Damage to the structure was estimated to be approximately $30,000.

The Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the following safety tips:

  • Always discard smoldering and spent cigarettes properly. Select ashtrays that reduce the chances of a burning cigarette falling onto carpeting and upholstery.
  • Check wastebaskets and cushions in rooms where people have been smoking. Look for cigarette embers that are still burning.
  • Smoking and drinking can be as deadly as drinking and driving. If you host a party and allow smoking, check under chair and sofa cushions before going to bed. Get in the habit of watching out for unattended, but smoldering cigarettes.
  • Never smoke in bed or anywhere when drowsy. Cigarettes can smolder longer than most bedding materials and upholstery can resist igniting.
  • Keep matches and lighters, especially novelty lighters, out of the reach of children. Even a toddler can operate a lighter. Child resistant lighters are not childproof.

Safety tips are courtesy of the Oregon Life Safety Team.  Photos courtesy of Ryan Finlay, Kristy Proctor, and Roseburg Fire Department.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

Commercial Structure Fire - 2333 NE Diamond Lake Blvd - 6-18-19 (Photo) featured image
Commercial Structure Fire - 2333 NE Diamond Lake Blvd - 6-18-19 (Photo)
2019-06-18 11:01:37

At 7:09 a.m. on June 18, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported commercial structure fire at 2333 NE Diamond Lake Blvd.  The reporting party notified dispatch that black smoke was billowing out of one of the roll up doors at the location. 

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the roll up door located at the back of a commercial structure.  Firefighters forced entry into the building and quickly extinguished the fire.  After extinguishment of the fire, firefighters checked for extensions within the structure walls and ventilated the building.  Once ventilation was completed, department personnel secured the scene and conducted an investigation.  The fire is currently under investigation and believed to be accidental in nature. 

A total of 12 firefighters assisted with the firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Pacific Power, and Avista Utilities.

Multi-Agency Wildland Fire Training on Reservoir Hill -- 6-12-19 (Photo) featured image
Multi-Agency Wildland Fire Training on Reservoir Hill -- 6-12-19 (Photo)
2019-06-13 11:35:37

The City of Roseburg Fire Department, in conjunction with the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County Fire District #2, and the Winston-Dillard Fire District #5 will be actively engaging in wildland fire training exercises on Reservoir Hill on June 17, 19, and 21, 2019.  During the training exercises, two specific portions of the hill will be used for training to include live burning that will occur twice per day.  The training locations are designed to stay on City owned property.  Training will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day. 

The training objectives will include refresher training on wildland firefighting tactics in conjunction with local fire agencies, continued training on command and control procedures for multi-unit incident response, and eliminating fuels in an effort to minimize the threat of an uncontrolled burn in the area.  Fixed wing aircraft, provided by the Douglas Forest Protective Association, will be utilized overhead the training for all three days.  This training opportunity provides the ability to not only train together, but also to improve the effectiveness of interoperability between multiple agencies.

As always, safety will be the number one priority for personnel participating in the training.  The City of Roseburg Fire Department would like to thank the City of Roseburg Police Department, Community Development Department, and Public Works Department for providing additional assistance.  Media wishing to interview a Public Information Officer or take pictures during the training are encouraged to contact Staff Assistant Amy Rice at 541.492.6727 or arice@cityofroseburg.org to coordinate an allotted time with a Public Information Officer at the training site.

 

New Public Relations and Search/Recovery K9 - 5-23-19 (Photo) featured image
New Public Relations and Search/Recovery K9 - 5-23-19 (Photo)
2019-05-23 15:13:41

The Roseburg Fire Department is excited to introduce a new Public Relations and Search/Recovery K9.  The K9 is a two year old, yellow Labrador retriever named Poppy.  She is originally from Mountain View K9 Training Inc., located in Highland, California.  Her handlers are Chris and Hannah Sutton.  Chris is a Battalion Chief with the Roseburg Fire Department.  Chris and Poppy have spent numerous hours receiving specialized training and are now a Certified Disaster Human Remains Team. 

Poppy recently became a Certified Human Remains Canine Search Specialist.  She tested in the areas of K9/Human Aggression, Obedience, Agility, Directional Control, and Rubble Search.  Poppy will be a resource to respond locally, regionally, and nationally for search and recovery.  In addition, she has received a K9 Good Citizen certificate and will be participating in Public Education Outreach activities for the department.  Please help us in welcoming Poppy to the department.

 

Airplane Crash -- Roseburg Municipal Airport -- 5-10-19 (Photo) featured image
Airplane Crash -- Roseburg Municipal Airport -- 5-10-19 (Photo)
2019-05-10 15:40:39

At 1:22 PM on May 10, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported airplane crash at the Roseburg Municipal Airport.  The reporting party stated the plane was on its side and facing south about midway down the runway. 

Upon arrival, firefighters found a single engine plane on its left side adjacent to the mid portion of the runway with both wheels in the down position with one wheel damaged.  The pilot, Malcolm Dayton, was the only occupant of the airplane and was not injured.  The pilot was outside the airplane upon arrival.  The type of aircraft is unknown at this time.    

A total of 6 firefighters assisted with scene operations.  Other agencies assisting with the incident included Umpqua Valley Ambulance and the Roseburg Police Department.

Natural Cover Fire - 1700 Block of SE Mill Street - 5-10-19 (Photo) featured image
Natural Cover Fire - 1700 Block of SE Mill Street - 5-10-19 (Photo)
2019-05-10 15:37:55

On May 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure and trees on fire in the 1700 block of SE Mill Street.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a brush fire that quickly spread to nearby lumbar piles.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, halting the spread to a nearby shed and other structures.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A total of 6 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Umpqua Valley Ambulance and the Roseburg Police Department.

Roseburg Fire Department to Conduct Training at Old Safeway Site - 4-22-19 (Photo) featured image
Roseburg Fire Department to Conduct Training at Old Safeway Site - 4-22-19 (Photo)
2019-04-22 15:53:35

The City of Roseburg Fire Department will be conducting training exercises at the site of the Old Safeway, located at 406 SE Rose Street, from April 22 to May 1, 2019. The training site is currently a vacant building located in Downtown Roseburg.  The training objectives will include Roof Operations and Defensive Fire Operations. 

This training opportunity will allow local firefighters the ability to train together, in addition to continuing the development of their firefighting skills.  Firefighters from Douglas County Fire District #2 will also be participating in the training.  As always, safety will be the number one priority for personnel participating in the training

Roof Operations training will be held on April 23-25, 2019.  Firefighters will work through different scenarios that require them to make access to the roof for various emergency operations.  These operations will include roof top firefighting, vertical ventilation for interior fires, and roof top rescues.

Defensive Operations training will be held on April 29-May 1, 2019.  Training will allow firefighters to work through simulated large fire scenarios that will require them to use large volumes of water.  Crews will utilize large hose lines, ground monitors and elevated master streams that will require them to maximize their water supply to achieve needed water delivery for fire extinguishment. 

 

Water Rescue - Stewart Park - 4-14-19 (Photo) featured image
Water Rescue - Stewart Park - 4-14-19 (Photo)
2019-04-14 21:46:53

At 7:54 p.m. on April 14, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported water rescue in the river at Stewart Park.  Three witnesses reported seeing a female who was screaming while in the river.  The witnesses reported seeing the female in the water between the green bridge and the Stewart Park pavilion. They saw the female continue to float through the rapids and under the Stewart Park Bridge.

Firefighters arrived on scene at Stewart Park and worked collaboratively with several emergency agencies to ensure a rapid search and rescue of the female patient.  A cataraft was launched and placed in the river at Stewart Park by Douglas County Fire District #2 Water Rescue personnel.  At 8:48 p.m. the female patient was rescued on the left side of the river near Harvard and Old Melrose Road by three Roseburg Fire Department firefighters.  Firefighters used rope bags to get the patient to shore. Once the patient was out of the river, Douglas County Water Rescue personnel, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy, and a Roseburg Police Officer assisted with getting the patient up the embankment for transport. The female patient, unknown age, was transported by Umpqua Valley Ambulance to Mercy Medical Center.

The water rescue efforts were an outstanding team effort and the Roseburg Fire Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance: Douglas County Fire District #2 (Water Rescue Team), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Umpqua Valley Ambulance.

With the increased rainfall and high river levels, Roseburg Fire Department is urging citizens to be cautious when walking, driving, or playing near high rivers, creeks, and lakes.  Be situationally aware and pay close attention to your surroundings. 

 

 

Burn Permits - Spring 2019 (Photo) featured image
Burn Permits - Spring 2019 (Photo)
2019-04-12 16:44:23

The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits, beginning on April 15, 2019 and ending on May 15, 2019.

These permits are issued for seven (7) days at a cost of $73.00.  Residential yard waste is the only material that may be burned. Prohibited items include standing berry vines, paper, wood, plastics, tires, standing grass, weeds, construction material, and material from lot clearing.  Burning may not be done on vacant lots or the property of another.  Fires must be monitored by a competent adult and extinguished prior to darkness. Tools to control or extinguish the fire must be on-site whenever there is material burning.

Burn barrels are never allowed inside City limits, and anyone burning trash or burning without a permit may be subject to a fine and/or legal action.  Additionally, due diligence must be exercised while burning, even with a permit, as fire can quickly get out of control, and the person responsible for the fire may be subject to fines, legal action, or restitution.

If possible, residents are urged to utilize alternatives to burning, such as composting, chipping, mulching, or transporting the debris to the Douglas County Landfill.  More information on these options can be found at http://www.recyclepower.org/wood.asp.

To request a burning permit in the City of Roseburg, call (541) 492-6770 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This information, as well as the burn permit request form is also available on the city website at www.cityofroseburg.org.