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Pleasant Creek Evacuation Zones Reduced
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Pleasant Creek Evacuation Zones Reduced

Update, August 2, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.

Update, August 2, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.:

WIMER, Ore. – At the recommendation of fire officials, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has reduced all evacuation levels related to the Pleasant and Grave fires to Level 1 “Be Ready.”  Residents are reminded to monitor local media for updates in the event of changes.  

Level 1 (Be Ready): Graves Creek Road, north of Ditch Creek Road; 3760 to 7235 Pleasant Creek Road, 3997 to 36505 Ditch Creek Road, and 155 N Ford Road to 17101 Ford Road.

Regardless of evacuation status, deputies urge all Jackson County residents to be in a Level 1 “Be Ready” state of mind during fire season.  Fires can start and spread quickly in both rural and urban areas.  Residents should be prepared to protect their families and property before an emergency occurs.  For more on preparedness and to sign up for Citizen Alert notifications, go to www.rvem.org .

Fire officials are hosting a community meeting in Wimer on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. to provide information on the Garner Complex fires.  The meeting will be held at the Evans Valley Education and Community Center, 8205 E. Evans Creek Road.

Follow the Garner Complex incident management team on Facebook for the latest fire updates:  https://www.facebook.com/GarnerComplex2018/ .  Information is also available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/ .  The Fire Information Center can be reached at 541-474-5305 and is staffed from 7:00am to 11:00pm each day.

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Update, July 29 at 12:30 pm:

Upon recommendation from fire officials, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is lowering evacuation levels in the Pleasant Creek Road area. Addresses most recently in the Level 3 (Go) zone are now Level 2 (Be Set). Addresses most recently in the Level 2 (Be Set) zone are now Level 1 (Be Ready). The updated evacuations zones are as follows:

Level 2 (Be Set): 6392 to 7235 Pleasant Creek Road.

Level 1 (Be Ready): Graves Creek Road, north of Ditch Creek Road; 3760 to 6394 Pleasant Creek Road, 3997 to 36505 Ditch Creek Road, and 155 N Ford Road to 17101 Ford Road.

Those in the affected areas will receive an update from Citizen Alert this afternoon. 

People who do not need to be on Pleasant Creek Road should continue to avoid the area. Minimizing traffic helps to keep residents and fire crews safe as the fire operations continue. 

Please refer to the interactive map to check a specific address:  http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840.

The public fire information number is (541) 474-5305 (8 am - 8 pm).  Online public information regarding all southern Oregon fires: https://swojic.blogspot.com/ .  Garner Complex information can be found at  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/ .

 

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Update July 23 at 2:30 p.m.:

WIMER, Ore. – As the Grave Fire pushes south, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is expanding the current Level 2 evacuation in the Pleasant Creek area.  The following areas are now at Level 2:

LEVEL 2 (Be Set): 3760 to 5090 Pleasant Creek Road, 3997 to 36505 Ditch Creek Road, 155 N Ford Road to 17101 Ford Road (map sections 27, 28, and 29). 

Jackson County deputies and search and rescue staff will be in the area providing information and evacuation notices.  Residents will also be notified by Citizen Alert.  To sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.jacksoncounty.org/alert.

All other evacuation levels remain the same for the Pleasant Creek and Graves Creek area.

A downloadable map attached to this release includes a general area map with current evacuation zones and map sections noted.  As before, be aware that some addresses within the address range given may or may not be included in an evacuation zone.  The zones are based on geographical areas, not specific address or block numbers.  Please refer to the online interactive map to check a specific address:  http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840

National Guard personnel are assisting Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies with road closures to help ensure resident and firefighter safety.  A Red Cross Shelter is set up at Grants Pass High School, 830 NE 9th Street, Grants Pass. 

For the latest information on the Garner Complex fires, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/. The public fire information number is (541) 474-5305.

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Update July 22 at 5:45 p.m.:

Due to increased fire activity from the Grave #3 fire, the evacuation zone in the Pleasant Creek Road area has been expanded. 

Map section 15, previously at Level 2 (Be Set), is now Level 3 (Go).  This includes addresses between 6392 and 7235 Pleasant Creek Road.  Residents of that area can expect to receive Citizen Alert notifications shortly.

A downloadable map attached to this release includes a general area map with current evacuation zones and map sections noted.  As before, be aware that some addresses within the address range given may or may not be included in an evacuation zone.  The zones are based on geographical areas, not specific address or block numbers.  Please refer to the online interactive map to check a specific address:  http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840.

National Guard personnel will be assisting Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies with road closures to help ensure resident and firefighter safety.  A Red Cross Shelter is set up at Grants Pass High School, 830 NE 9th Street, Grants Pass.

For the latest information on the Garner Complex fires, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/. The public fire information number is (541) 660-8056.  

 

Update July 20 at 8:00 pm - Deputies are  delivering the new Level 2 evacuation notices Friday night instead of Saturday morning. This affects addresses between 4873 to 5050 Pleasant Creek Road, map section 21. 
 

Update July 20 at 6:30 p.m. - A portion of the Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation zone on Pleasant Creek Road has been increased to Level 3 (Go). This affects two addresses in map section 10: 7499 and 7948. Deputies are en route to notify residents in person. 

Upon recommendation from fire officials, map section 21 will receive Level 2 (Be Set) notifications on Saturday morning. This affects 11 addresses west of the previous Level 2 zone. Residents are urged to prepare now. 

To search specific addresses on the interactive fire map, go to http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840.

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Update 7/19/18 at 1:20 p.m.:

A portion of the Level 2  (Be Set) evacuation zone has been upgraded to a Level 3 (Go) zone.  Residents in this area, the easternmost section in the four-section zone, have already been notified in person by Jackson County Search and Rescue.  No other changes have been made to the nearby Level 2 evacuation areas.  

Jackson and Josephine Counties have collaborated on an interactive map of active fires and evacuation zones in both counties.  The map is also searchable by address.  Follow this link to view the map: http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840.

Original release, 7/18/18:

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is issuing evacuation notices to 58 addresses due to a fire in the Garner Complex north of Wimer.  On the afternoon of July 18, 2018, U.S. Forest Service officials notified JCSO that community notifications were advised based on changes in fire behavior. 

JCSO deputies and search and rescue personnel will conduct door-to-door notifications to provide information.  Jackson County Emergency Management will send a notification to affected addresses using the Citizen Alert system.

The following evacuation zones are now in effect:

 Level 2 “BE SET”: Pleasant Creek Road between the addresses of 5047 and 7948. 

Note that a few addresses within that range on Pleasant Creek Road may not receive notifications due to being outside the map sections included in the evacuation advisory.  Officials urge all residents in the area to be vigilant for updates.  Please refer to the map for reference. 

Update (7/19/18) for clarification: Some individual addresses received Level 3 notices in person due to their proximity to the fire (section 14 on the map). This does not affect the other residents in the Level 2 zone. We will keep everyone updated of changes to the evacuation levels.

To sign up for Citizen Alert, visit www.jacksoncounty.org/alert.  More information about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at http://www.rvem.org.

For more information on the Garner Complex Fire, visit the fire information page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5935/.  Public information is also available by phone at 541-660-8056.

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