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Local Deception Complex jumps lines, prompts evacuations near Oakridge (Updated) Deception Complex jumps lines, prompts evacuations near Oakridge (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The highly-active Deception Creek fire escaped some containment lines Wednesday, spreading nearly a mile away from some homes along Highway 58. Willamette National Forest officials issued a level 2 evacuation for some residents near Westfir, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

Our reporters on the scene said some people living in the mobile home park were asked to leave their homes. Forest officials have since downgraded the park back to a level 2 evacuation, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

Residents along La Duke and Harbour Roads are aslo under a level 2 evacuation, Willamette National Forest said.

Cooler evening temperatures and moderate fire behavior on the main fires helped crews successfully attack spot fires near the Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, said Willamette National Forest spokeswoman Jude McHugh.
Local Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge (Photo Gallery)
Smoke from the Deception Complex fire near Oakridge has pushed air quality warnings to moderate in the surrounding cities like Cottage Grove, Creswell, Eugene and Springfield. The "yellow" moderate level is still considered safe by the Lane County Air Protection Agency.
Local Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70-ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

Crews will need a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street near the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.

Man hurt in explosion, Eugene Police find illegal fireworks in his apartment

Man hurt in explosion, Eugene Police find illegal fireworks in his apartment »Play Video

Officers found illegal fireworks and the tools to make improvised explosives in an apartment near 8th and Washington after the person living there hurt himself in an explosion early Thursday morning, Eugene Police said.

Police shoot Springfield woman driving stolen car at gas station off I-5 near Albany

Police shoot Springfield woman driving stolen car at gas station off I-5 near Albany »Play Video

A police officer shot and injured the driver of a stolen car early Thursday morning after chasing the car up Interstate 5 from Springfield to a gas station near Albany, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect, Amanda Gatewood, 44, of Springfield, was taken to a Corvallis hospital and is listed in critical condition.

According to the sheriff, Springfield Police were pursuing Gatewood in a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara north on Interstate 5. Officials said Gatewood took the Highway 34 exit and stopped at the entrance to the Chevron Gas Station on the west side of I-5.

She got out of the vehicle and started running toward the convenience store. Officers shot Gatewood when she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Deception Complex jumps lines, prompts evacuations near Oakridge

Deception Complex jumps lines, prompts evacuations near Oakridge »Play Video

The highly-active Deception Creek fire escaped some containment lines Wednesday, spreading nearly a mile away from some homes along Highway 58. Willamette National Forest officials issued a level 2 evacuation for some residents near Westfir, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

Our reporters on the scene said some people living in the mobile home park were asked to leave their homes. Forest officials have since downgraded the park back to a level 2 evacuation, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

Residents along La Duke and Harbour Roads are aslo under a level 2 evacuation, Willamette National Forest said.

Cooler evening temperatures and moderate fire behavior on the main fires helped crews successfully attack spot fires near the Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, said Willamette National Forest spokeswoman Jude McHugh.

Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge

Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge
View of smoke from the Deception Complex as seen from a nearby helibase - Willamette National Forest photo

Smoke from the Deception Complex fire near Oakridge has pushed air quality warnings to moderate in the surrounding cities like Cottage Grove, Creswell, Eugene and Springfield. The "yellow" moderate level is still considered safe by the Lane County Air Protection Agency.

Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield

Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield »Play Video

A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70-ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

Crews will need a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street near the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.

OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales

OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales
Antarctic minke whales. Photo by Ari Friedlaender, Associate Professor, Fisheries & Wildlife, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center

Scientists for the first time have used tags to track the behavior of Antarctic minke whales and discovered that this smallest of the lunge-feeding whales utilizes the sea ice more than expected and feeds in ways unique from other species.

Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co.

Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co. »Play Video

 A lawsuit filed against the 7th Day Adventist Church alleges church officials knowingly let a convicted child molester work with Lane County children in the 1970's.

The lawsuit alleges the church let Les Bovee lead in both the Junction City and Veneta branches’ youth program “Pathfinder Club”, even though the man was convicted and sentenced for sexually abusing young boys a few years earlier.

The 7th Day Adventist church has not yet responded to phone calls for comment on the lawsuit.

Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons'

Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' »Play Video

The unveiling of the Simpsons mural in at 5th and Main in downtown Springfield came with cheers and a much-needed confirmation for residents.

“You win, yes. Springfield is home of the Simpsons,” said Yeardly Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson.

Just like the introduction to one of America’s favorite cartoons, the unveiling was paired with a performance by the Springfield band, school buses, and even some of the beloved characters from the show.

Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs

Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs »Play Video

The Royal Caribbean hub in Springfield is hiring a wave of new employees for their busiest time of year.


Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and the mass hire could alleviate some of the job hunting stress for Lane County residents.


The cruise company looking to hire just over 200 employees for entry level jobs in their customer service and sales departments.

Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up

Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up

The Eugene Sudbury School, a K-12 alternative school, reported that someone had stolen nearly $5,000 worth of art supplies, computer equipment, and other educational equipment from their location in west Eugene.

School director Demian Schwartz noticed the school had been burglarized Sunday morning when she arrived to set up an open house before school starts up next week.