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Taylor Creek Fire: The Latest

Taylor Creek Fire 7/19/18 (Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry)

[Update 7/24/18 4:00 p.m] - The Taylor Creek Fire has burned 9,624 acres. Officials say the fire is very active, but progressing slowly. The fire has burned south to the Shan Creek. Due to the lay of the land, fire managers have taken a more indirect approach when fighting the flames. Officials say there are primary and secondary control lines that are being built around the entire fire and its burning toward those lines. Officials say there was very little fire spread Monday night.

[Update 7/24/18]

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has downgraded evacuation levels.

The following addresses on West Pickett Creek Road have been reduced from a Level 3 Go!" notice to a Level 2 "Be Set" notice.

  • Pickett Creek Road to 574 West Pickett Creek Road
  • Addresses above 574 West Pickett Creek Road will stay on a Level 3 "Go!" notice.

[Update: 7/23/18 4:27 p.m]

Josephine County Sheriff's Office has downgraded evacuation levels in Shan Creek and Limpy Creek Roads. Some addresses on these areas have been downgraded from a Level 3 "Go!" to a Level 2 "Be Set" notification.

Riverbanks Road to 989 Shan Creek Road has been downgraded to a Level 2 "Be Set" notice.

Addresses above 989 on Shan Creek Road remain on a Level 3 "Go!" notice.

The Sheriff's Office says Riverbanks Road to 333 Limpy Creek Road has been downgraded to a Level 2 "Be Set" notice. Addresses above 333 Limpy Creek Road remains on a Level 3 "Go!" notice.

[Update: Sunday, 7/22/18]

All residents on Limpy Creek and Shan Creek Roads are being placed on a Level 3 "GO" Evacuation.

Dutcher Creek Road and secondary roads associated with Dutcher Creek Road have been elevated to Level 2 “BE READY” Evacuation.

[Update: Afternoon, 7/21/18]

Residents on Shan Creek Road are being placed on a LEVEL 2 “BE SET” Evacuation Notice.

A LEVEL 1 “BE READY” evacuation notice is also being issued to the residents on Limpy Creek Road and Riverbanks Road, including all secondary road and streets, from Limpy Creek Road to Pickett Creek Road.

Redwood Christian Church in Grants Pass is opening up their facility as an evacuation shelter.

The church has spots for sleeping (cots, sleeping bags, & air mattresses), showers, & adequate parking for RV (non-hook up).

The church location is 4995 Redwood Ave, Grants Pass, Oregon.

The Sheriff's Office says there is a shelter at Grants Pass High School.

[Update 7/20/18 5:20 p.m] - Josephine County Sheriff's Office had issued a Level 3 "Go!" evacuation notice for all residents on West Pickett Creek Rd in Grants Pass.

This will be the last notice residents will receive.

The Sheriff's Office says there is a shelter at Grants Pass High School.

[Update 7/19 10:05 a.m] - Fire officials say the Taylor Creek Fire is 160 acres. The Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notice is still in placed for residents affected in Josephine County.

Additional 10 and 20 person crews are going to be added Thursday, to help with fighting efforts. Additional aircraft will also be added.

Officials say the plan of action is to directly and aggressively fight the fire. Crews will be working to open the ridge line as a fire break.

Both the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest are working together as command of the Taylor Creek Fire.

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[Original Story]

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office, based on recommendations from the Oregon Department of Forestry, have issued a Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notice due to the Taylor Creek Fire in Grants Pass.

The following areas are under the evacuation notice:

  • Pickett Creek Road
  • West Pickett Creek Road
  • Green Tree Loop
  • Bickford Drive
  • Sanders Creek
  • Paradise Garden Road
  • Sallsten Road
  • Hussey Lane
  • Steelhead Lane
  • Cliffside Drive
  • Bartlett Lane

A Level 1 "Be Ready" notice is in place for residents of Shan Creek Road.

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