Drill tests animal care plans in event of fire
The Lane County Animals in Disaster Task Force will conduct a full-scale exercise called "Fire in the South Hills" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the east parking lot at South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
The exercise won't use any live animals - only stuffed ones - and the focus will be on providing shelter to dogs and cats next to a Red Cross shelter in the event of a disaster, said Rick Hammel, program manager for Lane County Animal Services.
The exercise will focus on registration, security and operations. Visit www.lanecounty.org/Departments/HHS/LCAS/Pages/AnimalsinDisaster.aspx for more information.
Eco burn planned for Mount Pisgah
The Lane County Parks Department, Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah and the Oregon Department of Forestry will perform an ecological burn on the south end of Howard Buford Recreation Area and Mount Pisgah today.
The training burn will provide wildland training for firefighter agencies in Lane County. All trails on the east and south end of the park, including the parking lot off of Ridgeway Road, will be temporarily closed during the burn, the county said.
Trails on the west side of the park, including trails in the arboretum and the West Summit Trail, will remain open. Visitors should be aware of smoky conditions and some restricted access, the county advised. Call 541-682-4203 for more information.
New fire burning in central Oregon
SISTERS - A new central Oregon wildfire quickly burned an estimated 300 acres, or half a square mile of brush and scattered trees. The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center said the Alder Springs Fire was reported Thursday afternoon. Its cause is under investigation.
Dispatch center spokesman Bill Queen said there are about five private ranches facing possible evacuation due to the fire, located about five miles southwest of Culver.
The fire is burning west of the Crooked River Ranch development.
Tacoma teachers OK contract, end strike
TACOMA - Striking teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district voted Thursday afternoon to accept a contract, ending a walkout that has kept students out of class for eight days.
The union for the Tacoma school district's 1,900 teachers announced that the vote at a high school gym was 98 percent in favor.
The vote was on a deal reached Wednesday night after more than seven hours of talks at the office of Gov. Chris Gregoire, who had asked negotiators to stay until the two sides could reconcile their differences. The governor has no direct control over Washington schools but stepped in to use her influence as a mediator.
- Register-Guard and news service reports