A heat wave has warmed the Firehole River to as much as 82 degrees, killing hundreds of rainbow and brown trout.
Park officials noticed the kill Friday. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said temperatures above 73 degrees can be fatal for trout. He said the trout died within the previous three days.
Meanwhile, park officials enacted voluntary fishing closures at several areas because of the stress that warm water places on fish.
“We have a strong, involved, responsive user group here,” said Nash. “We know that people come here because of the world-class fishing opportunities. We know how important it is to them and we know they’ll join us in protecting this resource.”
He said the current advisory is earlier and more widespread than in years past.
“I am not aware that we’ve involved this many rivers and creeks before,” he said.
In northern Yellowstone, the advisory applies to the Gardner River below Osprey Falls; Lava Creek below Undine Falls; Lamar River below Cache Creek; all of Slough Creek; Soda Creek below Amphitheater Creek; and Yellowstone River below Seven Mile Hole.
On the west side of the park, the advisory applies to the Madison, Firehole and Gibbon rivers below Gibbon Falls.
In southern Yellowstone, the advisory covers the Bechler River below Ouzel Creek; Fall River below Rainbow Falls; Mountain Ash Creek below Union Falls; Proposition Creek; Boundary Creek below Dunanda Falls; Robinson Creek; and the Snake River below Six Mile Ford.
Pickup accident injures two
An Idaho woman was hospitalized after her small truck was hit twice Sunday afternoon along U.S. Highway 95 near Cocolalla, Idaho State Police said.
Sandra Gibbs was southbound in a 1990 Ford Ranger on U.S. 95, slowed to make a left turn and was rear-ended by 18-year-old Chad Adams, of Sandpoint, who also was driving a 1990 Ford Ranger, troopers said.
The collision pushed Gibbs into oncoming traffic, where she was hit a second time by a semitruck driven by Ben Potzkai, 54, of Kelowna, B.C., the ISP said. The highway was closed for two hours at mile post 462.
Gibbs and Adams suffered unspecified injuries in the 2:40 p.m. accident and were admitted to Bonner General Hospital.
Four killed in 3-vehicle crash
Three vehicles collided Saturday on a dangerous stretch of highway southeast of Portland, killing two adults and two children, the Oregon State Police said.
Seven other people were taken to Portland hospitals with injuries that were not life threatening, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, a state police spokesman.
Hastings said a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Lewis Lambert, 68, of Gaston, crossed into the wrong lane on U.S. Highway 26 six miles east of Sandy and collided head-on with a Chevrolet Astro van carrying Janene Brundege, 44, of Portland, and three children. A third vehicle then crashed into Brundege’s minivan.
Lambert died at the scene. Brundege and her daughter, 23-month-old Abigail Brundege, also died at the scene, as did 11-year-old Tyler Williams.
Brundege’s 11-year-old son, Quinton Brundege, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries. The two boys were baseball teammates on their way to Welches for a tournament, Hastings said.
The other six injuries were to people in the third vehicle, a Toyota Sequoia. They are all southwest Washington residents in their 30s or early 40s. Hastings said they were headed for a rafting trip.
The 8:30 a.m. collision happened on a downhill section of U.S. 26 that is known for crashes. Portland
Missing woman may be in Oregon
A 67-year-old woman from Idaho is missing and believed to be in Oregon, state police said Sunday.
Oregon State Police are working with the Gem County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho to locate Linda Mildred Cook, who has been missing since Wednesday after unexpectedly leaving home. Police say records indicate Cook used a credit card to make a withdrawal from a La Grande-area US Bank on Thursday. Family members say the woman has a medical condition that causes acute confusion and believe she may be driving to Molalla, where her daughter lives.
Cook left her Idaho home in a bluish-gray 2000 Ford Windstar van with Idaho plates. The van may have a handicapped parking placard hanging from the rearview mirror. Cook is described as white, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 130 pounds. She has blue eyes and short brown hair that is beginning to gray, and she wears glasses.
Police are asking anyone with information related to Cook to call 911 or Oregon State Police at (800) 452-7888.
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Missing hiker returns healthy
A hiker missing since Tuesday in Olympic National Park walked out on her own Saturday and is in good condition.
Park spokeswoman Kathy Steichen says 45-year-old Mary O’Brien was “tired and hungry, but she does not need medical attention.”
O’Brien, from Arlington, Mass., failed to return Tuesday from a day hike in the Sol Duc River area.
She was reported overdue by a friend, and the search began Wednesday with dozens of ground searchers, a dog team and a helicopter.
Steichen says O’Brien came out of the woods at Lake Mills, which is in the Elwha River drainage east of Sol Duc. She flagged down a boat to get help and contacted authorities at 3:45 p.m.
1 dies, 1 rescued in river incident
A 17-year old girl from Redmond died and another Redmond resident had to be rescued from the Deschutes River on Saturday.
Deschutes County officials did not say what caused the incident but said they got a report of two injured people about one mile north of Cline Falls Park on the Deschutes River.
The girl was pulled out of the water by people nearby who then administered CPR. However, their and emergency responder’s attempts to revive the teen were unsuccessful and she died at the scene.
The other person, 33-year old Kristopher Woods, of Redmond, was found about 50 yards south of the girl, clinging to the rocks for safety. He was not injured.
The incident is still under investigation.
Small plane reported missing
Oregon air officials are searching for a small airplane reported missing Saturday by the family of the pilot.
The Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol said the retired airline pilot flying the plane had been making local practice flights from the Aurora Airport on Saturday when he failed to return. There has been no cell phone or radio contact with the pilot.
One aircraft is searching the local area and two are being sent from other cities to help with the search.
Officials are asking anyone who may have seen or heard a single engine aircraft flying low or perhaps sounding like it may be in distress to call Civil Air Patrol mission base at the Aurora State Airport at (503) 678-1889.
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