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.