Residents Get Stranded On Roads Because of Penninger Fire

Multiple roads were shut down around today when the Penninger Fire prompted authorities to declare a two mile evacuation level three. One area many people were stuck was near the airport on Biddle Road and Lawnsdale Road.

Posted: Jul. 17, 2018 10:13 PM
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 11:13 AM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Multiple roads were shut down around today when the Penninger Fire prompted authorities to declare a two mile evacuation level three. One area many people were stuck was near the airport on Biddle Road and Lawnsdale Road.

Virginia Lane couldn't get home after she agreed to help a friend out.

"I went to help my friend," explained Lane. "I picked up her car and they wouldn't let me go back in my area. So I've been waiting here for about an hour, two hours maybe with her car. She has no idea where I'm at or anything.

She was just one of many people stuck in the same situation. Madelon Cahill said the fire was right by her house but she couldn't get there.

"It's very scary because this is right by our house," she said fearfully. "You know and my cats are there and I'm here and I can't rescue them."

Mitchell Malot and Justin Fisher were also waiting to be let through. As Malot explained, he's used to fires, just not so close to home.

"You always see fires around southern Oregon," he remarked. "It's kinda normal in the summer but you never think like it's going to be right behind in your back yard. So it's kinda scary. Everyone's out here trying to help."

Mitchell said he just wished he could do more.

"I want to go help everybody and get them out of their house start wetting down houses," explained Fisher. "But I mean, gotta let the cops do their thing and firefighters do their thing. Let them do their jobs. They're professionals."

Still, like everyone who was stopped, they could only wait and hope for the best.

All traffic was allowed to go through just after 7 p.m.

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