Current situation

The week of June 17-23 is shaping up to be mostly sunny and dry across the state, with summerlike temperatures everywhere except the coast.

Six ODF districts and forest protective associations are in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 22, 2013 afternoon

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

UPDATED EVACUATION ORDERS

These evacuation orders are effective immediately, August 22, 2013 at 1pm. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued the following:
* Level III (GO) Evacuation notification for residents on Mosier Creek Road between addresses 2855 to 3475 and any side roads.
* Level III (GO) Evacuation notification for residents on Godberson Road within three miles of the southern end of Godberson Road and any side roads.

Earlier today the Sheriff's Office issued the following orders:
* Level III(GO) Evacuation notification for residents on Ketchum Road
* Level III (GO) Evacuation notification for residents Vensel Road to the Osburn Cut-Off and any side roads.
* Level II (SET) Evacuation notification for residents on Chenoweth Road west of Vensel Road and any side roads.
* Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents on Chenowith Road and side roads, east to the Browns Creek Road intersection.
* Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents for ALL of Browns Creek Road and any side roads.
* Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents for the 5000 block of Cherry Heights to Browns Creek Road.

Other Evacuation levels remaining in effect are:
* Level II (Get SET) Wells Road and any side roads
* Level II (Get SET) Upper Mill Creek Road east to the 6500 block of Mill Creek Road.
* Level II (Get SET) Orbrist Road.

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 an evacuation center at their office, 507 West 9th Street, 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.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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