MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has announced several evacuation orders and notices for areas threatened by the multiple fires burning throughout Southern Oregon. According to the agency, announcements are usually preceded by deputies delivering the news door-to-door in the affected areas.
Some of these evacuation notices have included maps supplied by the Sheriff's Office, but not all. Maps will be incorporated when possible. An interactive map of fires and evacuation zones made by cooperating fire, forestry and law enforcement agencies may be viewed here.
Please call 541-474-5305 with specific questions related to evacuations near you—NewsWatch 12 will be supplying you with all information that authorities have made available, but law enforcement and fire officials can tell you the evacuation level at your address if there is any ambiguity.
The following evacuation zones are now in effect, separated by the major fire regions. The latest additions will be highlighted:
(Updated on 08/14/18 at 10:00 a.m.)
MILES FIRE (Between Trail and Prospect)
Level 3 “GO” -
Trail: Elk Creek Road, 8800-block and above; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses.
Level 2 “BE SET” -
Trail: Elk Creek Road, 5700-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, upper section (uninhabited).
Level 1 “BE READY” -
Douglas County: 1642 through 3200 (Flats Ranch) Tison Road.
Trail: Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Elk Creek Road, from Highway 62 through the 1600-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage; Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).
Prospect: Lewis Road, all addresses; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, all addresses; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.
"Where can I go?"
A Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Grants Pass High School Commons.
"What do the evacuation levels mean?"
A Level 3 "GO" evacuation order means to leave the area immediately—do not stop to gather belongings.
This level means that you are in imminent danger. There may not be time for emergency personnel to respond in time to deliver this notice door-to-door, nor time for them to help save structures, belongings or livestock. You should be packed and ready to leave before this order is issued.
A Level 2 "BE SET" evacuation warning means that you must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
A Level 1 "BE READY" evacuation notice means residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.
This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock.
If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel WILL MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO CONTACT YOU. You may be contacted via an emergency notification system.
Rogue Valley Fire Information telephone number: 541-474-5305
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