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Residential Structure Fire - 1191 NW Highland Street - 4-21-21 featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 1191 NW Highland Street - 4-21-21
2021-04-22 10:06:43

At 5:39 p.m. on April 21, 2021, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1191 NW Highland Street.  Douglas County Dispatch received a report of black smoke billowing from the back of a residence.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find both smoke and fire showing from the attic and rear portion of a residential structure located at 1191 NW Highland Street.   Firefighters determined all occupants were out of the home.  The fire was quickly extinguished and overhaul was completed.  The fire was contained to the porch and attic space. 

The residential structure sustained structural and water damage.  One adult was displaced due to the fire; however, no one was injured in the fire.  The American Red Cross was notified and is assisting the resident.  A fire investigator was on scene and the fire is currently under investigation.  Nine firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Pacific Power, Avista Utilities, Roseburg Police Department, American Red Cross, and Douglas County Fire District #2. 

Residential Structure Fire - 2941 NE Yount Avenue - 4-15-21 featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 2941 NE Yount Avenue - 4-15-21
2021-04-15 11:50:20

At 7:28 a.m. on April 15, 2021, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported residential structure fire at 2941 NE Yount Avenue.   The reporting party notified Douglas County Dispatch of a shop on fire adjacent to their residence.  Dispatch was notified that all residents were out of the structure.  While enroute, firefighters observed a large column of smoke in the vicinity of the reported residential structure fire.

Upon arrival on scene, firefighters found a detached garaged engulfed in flames and spreading to the single story residential structure.  Firefighters conducted a primary search to confirm no occupants were inside the structure.  Firefighters made an interior attack to extinguish the fire and completed overhaul.  The residential structure and shop sustained significant structural and water damage.  Two adults and three children were displaced; however, no one was injured in the fire.  The American Red Cross was notified and is assisting the residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although all indicators are leading to a heat lamp inside a chicken coop.  Fourteen firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Avista Utilities, Pacific Power, and the American Red Cross. 

The Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the following fire safety tips to help reduce the hazards created by heat lamps for pets and livestock:

  • Use UL-listed heat lamps and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Heat lamps with guards may provide some protection if the lamp falls into combustible bedding.
  • Ensure heat lamps are installed in locations where they are far enough from any combustibles to preclude ignition.  Remember that wooden construction elements will eventually dry out and ignite from a heat lamp too.
  • Ensure the installation is secure and the light cannot be knocked down.
  • Run cords in locations where animals cannot reach them.
  • Make sure electrical circuits are not overloaded.  Heat lamps use more amperage than regular lights.
  • Keep all combustibles away from heat lamps and ensure kids doing chores are aware of the hazards.
  • Check the lamp and mounting periodically to ensure it is secure.

If you have concerns about your heat lamp, stop and check it out.  Checking the lamp may save your pets, livestock, barn, or even your home.

Safety tips and information courtesy of Fire 9 Prevention

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.

Firefighter Candidate Physical Agility Testing - April 1-2, 2021 featured image
Firefighter Candidate Physical Agility Testing - April 1-2, 2021
2021-03-31 15:02:03

The City of Roseburg Fire Department will be conducting physical agility testing as part of the new hire process on Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 2, at the Roseburg Legion Field located at 2050 NW Stewart Park Drive.  This testing will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Please avoid the parking lot directly in front of Legion Field during this time, as this area will be closed to the public.  The parking lot will be closed to the public due to COVID restrictions and for the safety and integrity of the testing process. 

Burn Permits - Spring 2021
2021-03-29 10:42:52

The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits, beginning on April 15, 2021 and ending on May 15, 2021.

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.

Hydrant Flushing to Begin April 1, 2021 featured image
Hydrant Flushing to Begin April 1, 2021
2021-03-16 13:56:44

The Roseburg Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants from April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.  Hydrant flushing will be conducted from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. 

The Fire Department realizes that hydrant flushing may cause some inconvenience, however, the flushing program is necessary to ensure the proper functioning and delivery of adequate water from the water mains when needed for fire control.  The community’s cooperation with this hydrant-flushing program is appreciated.

During the flushing process, customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water. While the water is safe to drink, customers may prefer to wait until it runs clear before drinking or washing clothes and dishes.

Residential Structure Fire - 1158 NE Lincoln Street - 2-11-21 featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 1158 NE Lincoln Street - 2-11-21
2021-02-11 11:50:10

At 8:42 a.m. on February 11, 2021, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported residential structure fire at 1158 NE Lincoln Street.   The reporting party stated that smoke was showing from the roof of the structure and it was unknown if there were any residents inside the structure. Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke showing from the roof of a two story residential structure. 

An interior attack was made by firefighters resulting in location of the fire and quick extinguishment.   While completing a primary search, firefighters located and rescued two dogs that were inside the home.  Secondary search found no victims and overhaul was completed.  It was determined the homeowner was not at the residence at the time of the fire. Firefighters were able to protect the surrounding homes from damage. The primary home sustained structural and water damage.  One adult and two dogs were displaced due to the fire; however, no one was injured in the fire. 

A fire investigator was on scene and the fire was determined to be caused by cooking and found to be accidental in nature.  Twelve firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Avista Utilities, and Pacific Power. 

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

  • Remember to stand by your pan.  You can then react quickly if flames appear. Stay in the kitchen when cooking food on the stovetop.
  • Keep a 3-foot child and pet-free zone around your cooking area. This helps you stay focused so you can keep an eye on what you fry.
  • It is easy to forget about something that is cooking. Use a kitchen timer or a timer on your phone to make sure your dish does not become a fire hazard. This can help you keep an eye on what you heat.
  • If a fire starts in a pan, slide a lid (or cookie sheet) over it to smother the fire. Never pour water on a grease fire. Turn off the stove and leave the pan covered until completely cool.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
  • If you can, close doors behind you when you are escaping, to help contain the fire.
  • If the fire has spread to other items, get outside quickly and call 911 from a safe place.

Safety tips are courtesy of the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal. 

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.

Roseburg Fire Deppartment to Conduct Training at Harvard Avenue Residential Structure featured image
Roseburg Fire Deppartment to Conduct Training at Harvard Avenue Residential Structure
2021-01-28 16:17:25

From now through the end of March, the City of Roseburg Fire Department will be conducting training evolutions at the residential structure located at 1051 W. Harvard Avenue.  The training will consist of multiple scenarios and evolutions focusing on rapid fire attack techniques, victim search & rescue techniques, as well as firefighter safety & survival.  During the training, no live fire will be utilized.  Theatrical smoke and lighting will be used to simulate visibility challenges while working in smoke filled environments.  The City of Roseburg Fire Department would like to thank Cascade Community Credit Union for providing this valuable opportunity and for their continued support.  For future training structure opportunities within the City of Roseburg, please contact Administrative Battalion Chief Randy Babbitt at 541-492-6770.    

Tri-Plex Residential Structure Fire - 377 SE Ella Street - 11-12-20 (Photo) featured image
Tri-Plex Residential Structure Fire - 377 SE Ella Street - 11-12-20 (Photo)
2020-11-13 08:48:40

At 9:29 p.m. on November 12, 2020, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported residential structure fire at 377 SE Ella Street.  Dispatched received reports that the residential structure was filling with smoke and the reporting party believed smoke was coming from the attic. 

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the attic of a residential tri-plex.  All occupants were out of the home upon arrival.  Firefighters extinguished the attic fire and conducted extensive overhaul.  The fire displaced five adults, five cats, and one dog.   The American Red Cross responded to the scene and assisted the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.  Nine 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 Avista Utilities.

 

Residential Structure Fire - 1096 NE Rifle Range - 8-18-20 (Photo) featured image
Residential Structure Fire - 1096 NE Rifle Range - 8-18-20 (Photo)
2020-08-19 09:52:02

At 11:13 p.m. on August 18, 2020, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported residential structure fire at 1096 NE Rifle Range.   The reporting party stated all residents were out of the structure.  Upon arrival on scene, firefighters found a single story residential structure with an attached porch engulfed in flames and spreading to the structure. 

Firefighters conducted a primary search to confirm no occupants were inside the structure.  Firefighters made an interior attack to extinguish the fire and completed overhaul.  The home sustained significant structural and water damage.  Two adult residents were displaced; however, no one was injured in the fire.  The American Red Cross is assisting the residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although discarded smoking materials may have caused the fire.  Sixteen firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Avista Utilities, Roseburg Police Department, American Red Cross, and Pacific Power. 

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.  

Commercial Structure Fire - Tom Thumb Mini Storage - 3221 NW Edenbower Boulevard - 8/9/20 (Photo) featured image
Commercial Structure Fire - Tom Thumb Mini Storage - 3221 NW Edenbower Boulevard - 8/9/20 (Photo)
2020-08-10 08:47:26

At 6:55 p.m. on August 9, 2020, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported commercial structure fire at 3221 NW Edenbower Boulevard.  Dispatched received reports of a fire with explosions heard in the storage units at Tom Thumb Mini Storage. 

Firefighters arrived on scene to find several storage units on fire within the commercial structures.  Firefighters worked throughout the evening to extinguish the fire and conduct extensive overhaul. 

At 7:09 a.m. on August 10, 2020, firefighters were dispatched to a possible rekindle at 3221 NW Edenbower Boulevard with a report of smoke and flames seen by the reporting party.  Firefighters arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire.  Firefighters remain on scene to conduct overhaul.

A fire investigator is on scene and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.  The investigator will remain on scene for most of the day to process several storage units.  The commercial structures suffered substantial damage. The total loss to the structures and contents is undetermined at this time.

Numerous firefighters assisted with the firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department Pacific Power, and Avista Utilities.

 

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.