Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Evacuation update - Canyon Ck Complex, 08-20-15 morning

Joint Information Center Hotlines:    541-820-3643 or 541-820-3633                           

Level 3 Evacuations:                                                                

·         NEW: The area west of County Road 62, south of the forest boundary (MP 12) and north of Forest Road 16 to the junction of FR 15/16 is in a level 3 evacuation. The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness remains in a closure. CR 62 and the 16 are open for through travel, at this time.

·         South from Dog Creek to Little Dog Creek will stay closed and under a Level 3 evacuations

·         Upper end of Pine Creek from the road closure near the rock pit will remain under a Level 3 evacuation.

·         Canyon Creek, from the fire perimeter north at Canyon City, south to the 15, 16 junction will remain under a Level 3 evacuation.

Level 2 Evacuations:

·         Adam                                       Marysville

·         Eagle Peak                               Gardner Ranch

·         Pineview                                  Buckhorn

·         Edgewood                                Little Pine

·         Rebel Hill                                Both sides of Izee Road from Hwy 395 to the Mike Moore Ranch

·         Lower Pine Creek from the rock pit to Highway 26.

Road Closures:

·         Hwy. 395 remains closed

·         Marysville from Hwy. 395 to Dog Creek and the junction of Hwy. 26 is CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC. Only homeowners will be able to access that portion of the road. Homeowners on the lower Little Canyon Mountain Trail area can also access their homes.

·         The 15 road remains closed.

Evacuation level definitions:

LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation.


LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.


LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” Evacuate now, leave immediately.


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