Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3106 Pierce Parkway
Springfield, OR 97477
LANE COUNTY SHERIFF‘S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE
DATE/TIME OF RELEASE: 9/5/2017 6:05 pm
NATURE OF STORY: Area of the Upper McKenzie Valley- Evacuation Levels Upgraded
DETAILS:Under the recommendation of the Horse Creek Complex Fire Incident Commander, in concurrence with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and the Upper McKenzie Fire District, the following evacuation alerts are in place:
Upgraded to Level 3, “Go”, evacuate now for zones 8, 9, and 10 on attached map. Level 3 has expanded to include the area to the east of the junction of Hwy 242 and Hwy 126, including Belknap Hot Springs, Camp Yale, and campgrounds in the area of Hwy 242 and Clearlake Cutoff Rd. north to Deer Creek. Level 3 means go now, do not wait. The recommended route is McKenzie Hwy (Hwy 126) westbound.
Upgraded to Level 2, “Be Set” to evacuate for zones 5, 6, and 7 on attached map. Residents and visitors in the McKenzie Valley between milepost 49-53 on Hwy 126 east have been upgraded to a Level 2, “Be Set” evacuation notice. Residents who can evacuate now are encouraged to do so.
Level 1 Evacuation Advisory Issued for zones 3 and 4 on the attached map A. Level 1, “Be Ready” advisory, is still in place for residents and visitors in zones 3 and 4 on the attached map. This includes taking appropriate steps to be ready to evacuate due to fire danger, including packing a “go kit” with emergency supplies, important documents, prescription medications, clothing, and any other items you might need should you be away from home for several days.