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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle; Driver Arrested After Fleeing the Scene (Photo) - 09/17/21

On September 17, 2021 at approximately 1:15 a.m. a 911 caller reported a hit and run of a pedestrian on Lancaster Drive NE near Hudson Avenue NE in the unincorporated area of Salem. The caller reported the involved vehicle was a black Chevrolet pickup last seen going north on Lancaster Drive. As deputies were responding to the scene they located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle leaving the area. 

Deputies closed off the northbound lanes of Lancaster Drive between Hudson Avenue NE and Amber St NE while they investigated the scene of the crash. The Marion County multi-agency Crash Team was called out to process the scene.

The pedestrian, a 31 year-old male, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment with serious injuries. They are in stable condition.

The driver of the involved vehicle has been identified as Victor Brayhe Del Rosal Garcia, 23, of Salem. He was transported to the Marion County Jail where he was lodged for felony hit and run charges.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Keizer Police Department, Marion County Fire District #1, and the Salem Police Department during this response.

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Evacuations Reduced to Level 1 on Vitae Springs Fire (Update - Evacuations Lifted) - 09/14/21

As of 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, September 14th, 2021, evacuation levels for the Vitae Springs fire have been lifted. Thank you to the Salem Fire Department and many other agencies who responded to this incident for your great team work.  To help receive emergency info residents can sign up for emergency alerts by visiting Marion Polk Alerts.

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As of 7:20 a.m. on 9/14/21 evacuation levels for the Vitae Springs fire south of Salem have been reduced to a Level 1 – Be Ready status.  Fire crews remained on scene overnight to monitor conditions and will continue to do so throughout the morning.  The areas under a Level 1 advisory include the south side of the 4000-4300 block of Vitae Springs Rd S including side roads:

  • River Springs Dr S
  • River Heights Ln S

Level 1: BE READY for potential evacuation. You should be aware of the danger that exists in the area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property, and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

Residents can sign up for emergency alerts through Marion Polk Alerts.

Evacuation Levels Reduced @ 6:00 p.m - ********Level 3 - Go! Evacuation Notice - 4000-4300 block Vitae Springs Rd S (Update 2) - 09/13/21

As of 6:00 pm, evacuation levels for the impacted areas are being reduced to a Level 2 status.  The impacted areas include the south side of the 4000-4300 block of Vitae Springs Road S including side roads:

  • River Springs Dr S
  • River Heights Ln S

Level 2: BE SET to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

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Update - 9/13/21 17:02 pm

Evacuation levels remain in place, a temporary evacuation center has been established by the American Red Cross at Crossler Middle School (1155 Davis Rd S, Salem). Salem Fire Department is leading fire efforts at the scene.

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 – GO! Evacuation notice for:

The south side of the 4000 – 4300 block of Vitae Springs S including:

  • Riversprings
  • Riverheights
  • Riverhaven 

Level 3: GO! Evacuate now! Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Bicyclist - 09/07/21

On September 6th, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m. a 911 caller reported a bicyclist had been struck by a vehicle on Hazelgreen Road NE near 75th Ave NE, east of Salem.  The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital by ambulance where they later succumbed to their injuries.  The driver of the involved vehicle was not injured in the crash.

The deceased bicyclist has been identified as Eileen Rose Johnson (62) of Salem.  The driver of the involved vehicle has been identified as Feliciano Mendez Hernandez (46) of Salem.

Investigators from the Marion County multi-agency Crash Team responded to the scene.  Based upon preliminary information, investigators learned the driver of a black Ford Expedition was traveling westbound on Hazelgreen Road NE prior to bicyclist being struck. 

Due to this being an open investigation, no additional information is available for release at this time.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Crisis Chaplaincy Services, Keizer Police Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Fire District #1, Marion County Public Works, and Willamette Valley Communications Center during this response.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Issues Level 1 Advisory -- Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort (Photo) - 08/30/21

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation advisory for the Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort.

Level 1 - “Be Ready” means: Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

For the safety of wildland firefighters and the public, the National Forests have enacted area closures that prevent the public from being upon National Forest System lands in the vicinity of the Bull Complex where uncontrolled fire and fire suppression activities are occurring. All Forest lands that are south and west of Forest Road 46, and east of the Riverside Fire perimeter are closed. The entire length of Forest Road 46 is closed. Lands within the 2020 Lionshead and Beachie Creek Fire areas are also closed. Contractors approved by the Forest Service through a permit system are allowed through the closure order, as are vendors and others working on recovery efforts related to the 2020 area fires. Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort is open; however, reservations are required to pass through a roadblock on Forest Road 46.

Since the beginning of the fire, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has remained in regular contact with fire management teams leading the efforts on the fire response.  This evacuation advisory is being issued as a precautionary measure as fire management officials continue to update us on fire activity and public safety considerations.  Based upon current information from fire management officials, no additional evacuation notices are being issued in the Santiam Canyon at this time.

Residents can opt in to receive emergency alerts based on their address by registering at https://bit.ly/SignUpMarionPolkAlerts.  For up to date information on emergencies and alerts in Marion County, residents are encouraged to visit https://bit.ly/MarionCountyAlertsandEmergencies.

Regular updates from fire management officials can be found at the following:

Bull Complex Fire:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mthoodnf 

Twitter Feed:  https://twitter.com/mthoodnf
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7773/
Fire Information: (971) 277-5075 (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Email: 2021.Bull@firenet.gov