(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Aug. 3 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.
A suspect remains at large after he randomly attacked a woman in downtown Portland with a metal water bottle on July 28, knocking her unconscious, according to police. The woman had been walking near the intersection of Southwest 17th Avenue and Southwest Yamhill Street around 10:50 p.m. when the man struck her in the face with the water bottle. The impact caused her to lose consciousness.
Surveillance footage showed the suspect leaving the area, heading east on Yamhill Street. He’s described as a white male in his 20s or 30s. He was seen wearing a dark flannel jacket with a black or darker hood, a black shirt with a white logo across the chest, black pants and carrying a backpack.
Firefighters are continuing to fight wildfires that have scorched more than 45,000 acres of public and private land across Oregon and destroyed at least 48 homes. The Flat Fire, the largest of the 24 actives blazes across the state, has so far burned nearly 31,500 acres of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest as of Wednesday.
In an update Thursday morning, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center estimated the Flat Fire was 28% contained. More than 1,100 firefighters are currently battling the blaze, using 39 fire engines, 24 water trucks, nine helicopters and a bulldozer.
The wildfire was sparked by humans on July 15, although the exact cause remains under investigation. Officials say they expect it to be fully contained by Sept. 1. Several trails, campgrounds and roads in the area have been closed.
Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, construction of a new roundabout connecting OR 43 with northbound Interstate 205 will cause a nearly month-long closure of two West Linn/Oregon City roads. The I-205 northbound exit to OR 43 will be closed, as well as OR 43 in both directions from Willamette Falls Drive to I-205 southbound ramps. There will be five detours in place.
Crews will be working on the new roundabout and are scheduled to be done by Aug. 28. The closures will be all hours and days during that time period.
Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with all the latest Portland news.