Selma residents plan ahead as Chetco Bar Fire moves into Illinois Valley
SELMA, Ore. -- A level three evacuation is in order for all residents on Illinois River Road within the forest service boundaries, and a level one evacuation is in place for residents of the Illinois Valley west of Highway 199 from Hayes Hill down to the California border.
Selma residents like Pattie Goff said after the Redwood Highway Fire and Biscuit Fire they plan ahead in the summer, but they're not used to seeing conditions like this.
"I was here when they had the fire that burned across the highway last summer. But I've never been here when it's been this big. You can't see much. You can't breathe. Hence the masks. And now they don't have any more masks available either," Goff said.
As locations like AllCare are running out of masks, residents are staying indoors.
Businesses like the Siskiyou Field Institute hope defensible space and irrigation will protect properties.
"People don't take anything for granted and everybody is prepared. We recognize the problem and look after each other as a community," executive director Robin Hartmann said.
Across Highway 199, residents hope the fire stays put while public works projects create detours around Lake Selmac.
"A lot of them are carrying RVs and livestock and things like that so worrying about getting in a traffic jam and not being able to get out," Goff said.
Fire crews said that part of town is not a concern at this time. The forest service is working to firm up fire lines from the Biscuit Fire while protecting structures.