Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Government Flats Complex: evacuation ordered on Wells Road

GOVERNMENT FLATS COMPLEX DAILY FIRE UPDATE FOR AUGUST 21, 2013 @ 2 P.M.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL

Government Flat Complex Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2013 @ 3 PM
Information: 541-298-9899
govflatfire@gmail.com

LEVEL II EVACUATION ORDER FOR WELLS ROAD

This evacuation notice is effective today, August 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level II Evacuation notification for residents on Wells Road because of current Blackburn Fire activity.

At this time, no homes will be evacuated, however there is a high probability that an evacuation could occur. Residents of the affected areas should prepare for immediate departure in the event that a full evacuation (Level III) be declared.

When you hear the terms Level I, II, or III evacuation notice, remember "ready, set, go." Level I means be aware of the fire in your area and start getting ready, Level II means make final preparations and get and set to evacuate, and Level III means evacuate immediately--GO NOW.

The American Red Cross has established a shelter for displaced residents at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E. 19th St. in The Dalles. Please register on their Safe and Well program either at the center or on line at www.redcross.org. Their public number is (888) 680-1455.

For information regarding the evacuation, please contact the WASCO County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 during business hours.

For fire information, please call Government Flat Complex Fire info at 541-298-9899.

Current Level III evacuation status for the area from 6522 Mill Creek Road west to 9595 Upper Mill Creek Road and all of Reservoir Road remains in effect.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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