VanCoug Alerts

Clark County Red Flag Fire Warning

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7:40am

The Red Flag Warning for all of Clark County has been extended until Tuesday, September 16, 5 am

The National Weather Service (NWS) Portland has extended the Red Flag Warning until Tuesday morning at 5 am.  Previously it was set to expire September 14 at 8 pm.  This includes both of our fire weather zones 604 and 660.  The combination of low relative humidity (12%-25%), mid-level instability (mid-level *haines 6 conditions) and critically dry fuels will maintain extreme fire weather conditions through Monday.  There is also a threat of dry thunderstorms through Monday night adding another element to the extreme fire weather.  

*Haines Index - This is a fire weather index based on the stability and moisture content of the lower atmosphere that measures the potential for existing fires to become large fires (although this is not a predictor of fire starts). Orange will indicate Haines index values of 4 (low), dark orange will show Haines index values of 5 (moderate), and red will depict Haines index values of 6 (high). Values of 4 and above are plotted on each map even though the overall Haines index is from 2 to 6, with six being the highest potential for large fires (see table below). It is calculated by determining the sum the atmospheric stability index (term A) and the lower atmospheric dryness index (term B). The stability index is determined from measurements of the temperature difference between two atmospheric levels and the dryness index is determined from measurements of the dew-point depression.

Due to large variations in elevation across the United States, the index is calculated for three different pressure ranges: low elevation is 950-850mb; mid elevation is 850-700mb; and high elevation is 700-500mb. It is named after its developer, Donald Haines, a Forest Service research meteorologist, who did the initial work and published the scale in 1988.

E-Mail and Telephone Fraud/Scam

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:06am

From WSU Vancouver Information and Technology,

Please be aware of the following scam/fraud. This scam is a fairly common one that is cropping up once more.  The scam involves using the name of faculty or staff that are easily available on our website to both email and telephone either the person they are trying to scam or others associated with that person. 

See the Tech Alert posted at:

Be aware that an email address that looks very real was used along with the person’s full name.

Do not be taken in by these types of scams/fraud.  It is best to report it to and otherwise ignore, delete and never respond.

WSU Vancouver Posting delayed start for Monday 2/10/14 until 11:00 AM

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 5:40am

Due to inclement weather, WSU Vancouver is delaying start time until 11:00 AM, Monday, Feb. 10.

The 50th Ave. entrance is closed.

C-Tran is posting Route 19 is ON SNOW ROUTE this morning. Snow route does not serve WSU Vancouver. The closest SNOW ROUTE stop is Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.

This information is being communicated on our website home page, on area TV and radio stations, via our emergency notification system (emails) and via social media.

If you have questions about our suspended operations procedure, please refer to: emergency closure and suspended operations procedure.