Fire Devistates Home; Cold Weather Shelter to OpenEMAC Year in ReviewCrabbing Partially Opens

Fire Devistates Home

Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue battled a home blaze on Sunday morning.  Emergency crews were alerted just before 10 am to a mobile home fire at 451 Myeena Loop Road and arrived on scene as the fire raged through the structure.  Resident Chrisalene Cooper was able to get out safely after being awakened.

“I was sleeping and I woke up and I went into the front room and by Christmas tree was on fire.”

Cooper says one of her neighbors kicked in her rear door to make sure that she had gotten out.  She also said that she tried to grab her bird cage but it got knocked over too close to the fire.  The fire crews finished up around noon. Duty Chief Liz Iabachello:

“We have complete knockdown, we’re just finishing up with mop up, the team will continue with the investigation.”

Iabachello says the origination of the fire is still undetermined.

Cold Weather Shelter to Open

Cold weather will pass through Florence this evening and that means the cold weather shelter will be open.  Greg Wood says the doors of the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw will be open and registration will begin at 5 pm.  There is also transportation available from 5-6 pm this evening.  Locations to get the shuttle to the shelter are at safeway, the Siuslaw Public Library, and at Fred Meyer.  Skies are expected to be clear this evening and temperatures will be right at freezing.

EMAC Year in Review

On Wednesday EMAC, the Environmental Management Advisory Committee will look over 2018 recycling challenges and issue an annual report they will also discuss the possibility of a plastic bag regulation that has been discussed at length this past year.  The group has sought out community input and will discuss way that , if approved, it can be implemented.  The will also welcome new board member Dina McClure.  The meeting will be held at the Florence Event Center, Wednesday at 6 pm.

Crabbing Partially Opens

Commercial crabbing is opening for some of the coastline of Oregon, but ODFW says the crab yield from cape arago to Gold beach is still to minimal to allow opening along those areas.  Commercial crabbing usually opens on December 1st, but has been delayed.  ODFW says they will continue to monitor yields and may be able to open the rest of the coastline in another 2 weeks