GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) has announced several evacuation orders and notices for areas threatened by the Taylor Creek Fire west of Merlin and the Klondike Fire west of Selma. Announcements are sometimes preceded by deputies delivering the news door-to-door in the affected areas.
Announcements from JCSO generally do not include maps of the affected areas, but NewsWatch 12 will try to provide maps 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, new additions will be highlighted:
(Updated on 09/5/18 at 4:20 p.m.)
Level 3 "GO"
Level 2 "Be Set"
- (Curry County) The south side of the Rogue River along the Agness Road #33 at Spud Road and those residents on Spud Road just west of the Illinois River Bridge and east to the Coon Rock Bridge that crosses the Rogue River just above Agness. Down river on the north side of the Rogue River from junction #33 to the #375 road into Old Agness and all residences along the #375 road. All residents along Oak Flat Road #270 will be notified of the Level 2 Closure.
Level 1 "Be Ready"
- All areas near the Hugo Road Fire are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY.” Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season.
- Illinois River Road from Milepost 2.5 (edge of National Forest) up to and including the Oak Flat community.
- (Curry County) East of the Coon Rock Bridge where the #33 Road meets the #375 Road will remain a Level 1 at this time. The area west of Spud Road off the #33 Road to Wildhorse will remain Level 1 at this time.
All areas in Josephine County previously under an evacuation zone due to the Klondike Fire or Taylor Creek Fire that are not listed above will remain at a Level 1 notice until the official close of the 2018 Fire Season.
Due to the Taylor Creek wildfire, JCSO says that road blocks have been established to prevent non-essential vehicle traffic from getting in the way of residents trying to evacuate and crews with emergency services traveling to and from the fire line. Those roadblocks are located around the following areas:
- Briggs Valley Rd at US Hwy 199
- A roadblock will remain in place on Illinois River Road to restrict traffic to residents and fire personnel. Residents will need to show proof of residency when returning home.
- Bear Camp Road will be closed from the Josephine County/Curry County line to Agness, to all traffic except for holders of special use permits (effective 12 a.m. 8/28/18).
"Where can I go?"
A Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Grants Pass High School Commons, 830 NE 9th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
An animal evacuation center is open at the Josephine County Fairgrounds Floral Building located at 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass, OR.
"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.
According to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JoCSO), 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