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





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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