Oregonians Prepare for Possibility of Evacuation

Residents living on Mt. Ashland Ski Road have been under a level 2 evacuation notice, meaning they need to be prepared for the level three meaning GO!

Posted: Jul 7, 2018 6:16 PM

Fire officials announced that the wildfire has breached the state line and made it's way into Oregon.

Residents living on Mt. Ashland Ski road have been under a level 2 evacuation notice, meaning they need to be prepared for the level three meaning GO!

Lloydene Hill is one of those homeowners. She says fire has always been a concern.

"Fire has always terrified me," she explains with fear in her eyes. "That's the one thing I'm really afraid of is fire. Because fire takes everything and it takes it really quickly."

The fire right now is just on the other side of the Siskiyou Pass, less than 8 miles away.

"We've got people all the way up this Mt. Ashland Ski Road that live back in the trees," she says. "That's why we live up here, because of the nature and we want to be in the forest. If it comes up over that ridge, there's nothing that's going to save any of these houses."

Hiram Tolle is also owns a home on the road. He's also the general manager at the Mt. Ashland Ski area. He watched the fire's burning from just above where his house stands.

"It was surreal, to see something of that size and that magnitude from that distance," remarks Tolle. "Just gives you kind of the feeling of the power that the wildfire has. And it's in mother nature's hands now."

Like many people in the area, Lloydene also owns livestock, 3 horses.

"They're not even pets," she explain. They're not even livestock, they're family members. And to make me, you know the thought that I couldn't get them out of here, to let them die. I might as well leave one of my kids behind. To me that's just not an option."

Lloydene also has a number of her grandchildren staying with her for the summer.

"The 4 year old wants to know if we're going to burn up," she explains. "One of the twins, he wants to know, are we going to die in the fire? Is the house going to burn down? The other one, he's worrying about his x-box. He doesn't want to lose his x-box in a fire, you know."

For now, the family just watches from their vantage point high up on the mountain as helicopters and airplanes fly back and forth aiding in fire suppression efforts.

Lloydene explains what it feels like to be so close to the wildfire:
"I'm never good at expressing feelings but it's really rough. It make me feel…the potential for losing not what's necessarily like the house, but things I can't replace, and the potential, my horses, and threat to my grandchildren, and my family, it feels like, death."

Thankfully, some good Samaritans jumped in following the broadcast of this story to get Lloydene Hill's horses and take them to safety.

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