Dead fish prompt warning to stay out of Willamette River

This advisory was lifted Sunday after samples found the "area of concern did not show any past or present public health threat."

EUGENE, Ore. - An abnormal number of dead on the Willamette River prompted a warning to avoid contact with the water until further notice.

The state departments of Enviornmental Quality and Fish and Wildlife had staff on site Friday investigating the dead fish.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office advised the public to stay out of the Willamette River near the Mill Race and Island Park downstream to Alton Baker Park until more information becomes available. An earlier press release indicating the area of concern as the confluence of the Willamette and McKenzie rivers was in error.

The sheriff also urged the public to not consume fish caught from the river in that area.