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Fire season declaration, vegetation abatement required - 07/09/14
Albany Fire Chief John Bradner has declared today, July 9, 2014, the start of fire season due to ongoing hot, dry weather.
During fire season, weeds, grass, and other noxious vegetation that has been determined to be a fire hazard must be addressed to reduce the potential for fire in accordance with Albany Municipal Code 7.84.160. To report a vegetation fire hazard in Albany, call 541-791-0155.
Early morning Albany house fire - 06/29/14
The Albany Fire Department responded to 3750 Glendale St. at 12:47 a.m. Sunday to a report of a fire in a garage. Firefighters arrived at the scene in about seven minutes and found a house partially engulfed in fire. Firefighters requested resources from neighboring fire departments to assist with extinguishment, and requested water tenders (tankers) to respond because the house is remote from fire hydrants. The homeowner was able to escape and exit with her child and pets before firefighters arrived.

The intense fire prevented firefighters from entering the house which forced them to extinguish the fire from the exterior. Firefighters worked through the night and were able to contain the fire to the primary residence; however, multiple cars in the driveway sustained varying levels of damage and a neighbor's house sustained some minor damage as well.

Twenty-five Fire Department personnel responded to the emergency including personnel from Lebanon and Tangent fire districts. Off-duty Albany firefighters and firefighters from Tangent Rural Fire District and Corvallis Fire Department also responded to handle subsequent emergency calls in Albany. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The home sustained significant fire damage; no dollar estimate has been made. No one was injured.
Albany Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan available for review - 06/24/14
On January 26, 2011 the Albany City Council adopted a revised Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan was approved by FEMA Region X in December 2010.
The City's hazard analysis identifies eight natural hazards that can have an effect on the City and it citizens to varying degrees. These hazards include high winds, floods, ice and snow storms, droughts, landslides, volcanoes, and earthquakes. These hazards are included in the City's Hazard Mitigation Plan along with action items that, when implemented, can help the City identify methods to reduce the hazards' impact on property and lives.
A Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee meets twice a year to review progress on action items to assure the City is moving forward and doing what it can to reduce the impact of each natural hazard on the city. The plan will be reviewed and updated again in 2015.
FEMA and the City of Albany encourages citizens to read, understand and comment on this plan. An electronic copy of the 2010 Natural Hazard Mitigation plan can be found at http://www.cityofalbany.net/fire/. Hard copies are available at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, and at City Hall in the Public Works Engineering and Community Development offices on the second floor.
Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.
For more information about the plan, call Darrel Tedisch at 541-917-7725 or email darrel.tedisch@cityofalbany.net.