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Additional Level 3 (GO!) evacuation notices issued for Chetco Bar Fire evacuees

Chetco Bar Fire, August 30, 2017. (Sheriff John Ward)

[UPDATE: 7:04 P.M.] The Curry County Sheriff's Office has issued a level 3 (GO!) for all areas along the Carpenterville Road north of the Cape Ferrelo Road intersection to the Carpenterville Road and Bosley Butte Road intersection.

The Red Cross has set up an additional evacuation center at the Nazarene Church located on 1600 Chetco Avenue in Brookings.

Travelers in campers and motels are asked to relocated somewhere along the coast. Residents should make arraigements to move both property and livestock.

[UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.] Anyone who can help or assist in transporting or housing livestock or pets are asked to call the Southern Oregon Emergency Aid by email at soeaevacteam@gmail.com, by phone at 541-226-1124, or Facebook. Anyone who needs help finding resources for pets or livestock are asked to call 541-474-5390 or email jocoanimalevacuation@gmail.com.

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A Level 3 (GO) has been issued for residents on Illinois River Road within the U.S. Forest Service Boundaries. This also includes Oak Flat Community.

A Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation order has been issued for the residents of the Illinois Valley west of Highway 199 from Hayes Hill to the California state line.

The U.S. Forestry Service has closed Illinois River Road and is turning traffic along the Illinois River Road back.

Salmon Run Gold Course is closed until further notice due to the Level 3 evacuation notice.

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Firefighters will continue installing sprinkler systems and clearing brush to protect homes and businesses in Oak Flats in Josephine County and to the north toward Agness. Crews will continue mop-up and a hose will be set into place near the fire perimeter to be used if the fire reaches containment lines; help mop-up.

Monday's focus will be on the southwest flank of the fire between Emily Creek and Winchuck area as the wind pushes the fire toward the southwest containment lines. Firefighters will also continue working on slowing down the fire spread coming from the Winchuck drainage.

An excessive heat warning remains in effect for Monday along with increased winds are also expected. Residents may see a column of smoke on the east side of the fire in the brush fuels.

Fire crews say the fire was active around the fire perimeter. In the eastern flank, a large 23,000 smoke column developed toward the south early Sunday afternoon. A fire spotted over Forest Road 1983 was established in the Wheeler Creek drainage. Improved viability allowed support air support for ground crews on a various points of the fire. Crews continued to connect roads, dozer lines, and form indirect and direct containment lines.

The fire has burned 142,857 acres and is 10 percent contained.

EVACUATIONS

Evacuations remain in place for both Curry and Josephine Counties. Residents are asked to monitor the following map for changes:

SHELTERS

The Red Cross has moved the evacuation center to the Curry County Fairgrounds showcase building 29392 Ellensburg Avenue. A second shelter has been set up by the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River.


This story will be updated throughout the day with additional information as it becomes available.

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