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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet Dec. 11 in Portland - 12/05/17

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St. Suite 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

State agencies to meet Dec. 4 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County - 11/20/17

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Technical Review Team for a proposed gold mine in Malheur County will meet by teleconference from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST on Monday, Dec. 4.

The meeting agenda is available at https://bit.ly/calicomeetings

The public and media may listen to the meeting at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Portland office at 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 965, or listen by phone. For call-in instructions, contact DOGAMI at 541-967-2040.

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews information related to a proposed mine during all phases of the application process, and ultimately develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the team in an ex-officio role.

Be alert for landslides in the Chetco Bar burn area - 11/19/17

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for 4 a.m. Monday morning through 10 p.m. Monday night for the Chetco Bar wildfire burn scar in Curry County.

"Heavy rainfall can trigger landslides and debris flows in steep terrain, and recent burn areas are more susceptible to landslides," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Be aware of the landslide hazard, and avoid burn areas."

Find a map of the watch area and latest information here: http://www.weather.gov/mfr/

Some areas are especially hazardous, Burns says. People, buildings and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. The most dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past. DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO shows where past landslides have been mapped: www.oregongeology.org/slido.

"With storms in the forecast and landslides possible, stay alert to weather conditions and to what's happening around you," says Ali Ryan Hansen, DOGAMI communications director. If your home, work, or route is in a watch area:

- Stay alert. Track the flood watch by radio, TV, weather radio or online. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Listen. Unusual sounds might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. A trickle of falling mud or debris may precede larger landslides. If you think there is danger of a landslide, leave immediately.
- Watch the water. If water in a stream or creek suddenly turns muddy or the amount of water flowing suddenly decreases or increases, this is a warning that the flow has been affected upstream. You should immediately leave the area because a debris flow may soon be coming downstream.
- Travel with extreme caution. Assume roads are not safe. Be alert when driving, especially at night. Embankments along roadsides may fail, sending rock and debris onto the road.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards