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Barn Fire outside of Dallas (Photo) - 09/15/20

Sheridan, SW Polk and West Valley Fire personnel are working a barn fire in the 3400 block of Liberty Rd. outside of Dallas. The barn is approximately 1200 square feet and was full of hay. Due to the nature of the fire, there will be a lot of smoke and it will continue to burn for a while. At this time, the fire remains controlled within the structure. Crews will remain on scene for several hours to monitor the fire.

We want to thank Salem Fire, Dallas Fire, Polk County Fire District No. 1, Falls City Fire, Oregon Department of Forestry, Polk County Public Works, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office for their assistance on this scene.

Additional details will be released when they become available.

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9-10-2020 Weather and Fire Condition Update - 09/10/20

Sheridan, SW Polk or West Valley Fire Districts continue to monitor the one fire near Mill Creek Park on Mill Creek Rd. in Polk County. This is the only fire in Polk or Yamhill County as of 9:00 AM. This fire is being controlled by ODF resources and continues to not threaten any residences or structures. Most of the smoke that is in our area is from fires outside of our counties.

Our personnel that were providing assistance on the Echo Mountain Complex to our mutual aid partners from Lincoln City/Otis returned this morning. Our personnel are in the process of deploying a brush unit and a water tender through the Oregon State Fire Marshal Mobilization Plan. This is in addition to the personnel and our Deputy Chief still deployed as part of a conflagration response of Yamhill and Polk County resources to the Rainbow Fire. We, also, have a water tender with personnel deployed to the Slater Fire. There are several fires in the surrounding counties that we are watching closely, as they are close to the county lines. These fires have required some evacuations in Yamhill County. This was the latest they posted yesterday:

“NEW AREAS DESIGNATED AS LEVEL 1 EVACUATION READINESS

Based on recommendations from the Chehalem Mountain Fire Command, Level 1 evacuation readiness is being implemented for the addresses on, and east, of Kings Grade Road between North Valley Road and Bald Peak Road.”

 

“ADDITIONAL AREAS TO BE DESIGNATED AS LEVEL 1 EVACUATION READINESS

In addition to the previous post, the following locations in Yamhill County will be placed on Level 1 evacuation status at the recommendation of the Chehalem Mountain Fire Command:

• Bachelor Blvd.

• Bjur Lane

• SW Cady Road

• SW Casavant Drive

• SW Colby Lane

• SW Cougar Hill Lane

• SW Finnigan Hill Road

• SW Holly Hill Road

• SW McCormick Hill Road

• SW Ornduff Road

• SW Turner Hill Lane

As a reminder, Level 1 is defined as follows:

Level 1: Means “BE READY“ for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

Notifications should be going out through Yamhill County Alerts and will be followed up with personal contact by official personnel.”

 

We strongly encourage everyone to stay inside with the windows closed due to the air quality. This is especially important for young children, elderly persons, or those with respiratory conditions. We, also, encourage anyone with livestock or pets to secure them inside, due to the wind and air quality.

We understand that this is a scary time and our communities are anxious. Here are a couple things you can do to be prepared and help ease your concerns:

  1. If it is safe to do so, take a video of all your belongings.  Insurance companies have estimated that when a structure is lost, the owners remember roughly 60% of the contents after the loss.
  2. Have a go-bag ready at the front door. In the go-bag have:

a. Directions of at least two evacuation routes

b. Medications, supplies and other medical devices needed by your family

c. Keys to your home and vehicles

d. Clothes for a week

e. Corrective lenses for everyone in the household with vision needs

f. Enough cash for a week

g. Tape, first-aid kits, and a car tool kit including jumper cables

h. Water

 

If there are any updates or concerns for our immediate area, we will be posting updates on our Facebook pages. Please be alert for tree limbs and powerlines down across roadways as well as low visibility due to smoke. Lastly, if you see active flames or sparks, please call 9-1-1.

Here is a link to a map that shows fire activity and evacuation zones: https://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx

Below are resources for getting updates and alerts from the Polk and Yamhill Emergency Management. We encourage you to get signed up so you know where the notifications will come from.

Information for Yamhill County Emergency Alert System:

https://www.co.yamhill.or.us/content/emergency-alert-program-frequently-asked-questions

Link to sign up for Yamhill County Emergency Alert System:

https://member.everbridge.net/892807736727638/login

Information Polk County Emergency Alert System:

https://www.co.polk.or.us/sheriff/civicready

Link to sign up for Polk County Emergency Alert System:

https://polkcounty.regroup.com/signup

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9-9-2020 Weather and Fire Condition Update (Photo) - 09/09/20

Sheridan, SW Polk or West Valley Fire Districts are currently monitoring one fire near Mill Creek Park on Mill Creek Rd. in Polk County. This is the only fire in Polk or Yamhill County as of 10:30 AM. This fire is being controlled by ODF resources and is not threatening residences or structures at this time. The majority of smoke that is in our area is from fires in the surrounding areas.

We are currently sending an engine and personnel to Lincoln City to provide assistance to our mutual aid partners, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue. The engine, personnel, and our Deputy Chief that were deployed as part of a conflagration response out of Yamhill and Polk County to the Rainbow Fire remain on that fire. There are several fires in the surrounding counties that we are watching closely as the get closer to the county lines.

We strongly encourage everyone to stay inside with the windows closed due to the air quality. This is especially important for young children, elderly persons, or those with respiratory conditions. We, also, encourage anyone with livestock or pets to secure them inside, due to the wind and air quality.

Below are resources for getting updates and alerts from the Polk and Yamhill Emergency Management. We encourage you to get signed up so you know where the notifications will come from.

If there are any updates or concerns for our immediate area, we will be posting updates on our Facebook pages. Please be alert for tree limbs and powerlines down across roadways as well as low visibility due to smoke. Lastly, if you see active flames or sparks, please call 9-1-1.

Information for Yamhill County Emergency Alert System:

https://www.co.yamhill.or.us/content/emergency-alert-program-frequently-asked-questions

Link to sign up for Yamhill County Emergency Alert System:

https://member.everbridge.net/892807736727638/login

Information Polk County Emergency Alert System:

https://www.co.polk.or.us/sheriff/civicready

Link to sign up for Polk County Emergency Alert System:

https://polkcounty.regroup.com/signup

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Weather and Fire Condition Update - 09/08/20

Currently, there are no active fires in Sheridan, SW Polk or West Valley Fire Districts. The smoke that is in our area is from fires in the surrounding areas. However, there are several power lines and trees down in the area and our crews are responding to fires in surrounding districts and areas. Please follow these safety rules if you come across downed power lines: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/electrical-safety/what-to-do-if-you-see-a-downed-power-line/what-to-do-if-you-see-a-downed-power-line.page We currently have a brush unit and personnel in Otis assisting our Lincoln County mutual aid partners. An engine, personnel, and our Deputy Chief were deployed as part of a conflagration response out of Yamhill and Polk County to the Rainbow Fire. There are two other fires in the surrounding counties, the Beachie Fire to the East in Marion County and a fire near Hagg Lake to the North in Washington County. We strongly encourage everyone to stay inside with the windows closed due to the air quality. This is especially important for young children, elderly persons, or those with respiratory conditions. We, also, encourage anyone with livestock or pets to secure them inside, due to the wind and air quality. If there are any updates or concerns for our immediate area, we will be posting updates. The area is currently in a wind advisory. Please be alert for tree limbs and powerlines down across roadways as well as low visibility due to smoke. Lastly, if you see active flames or sparks, please call 9-1-1.

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Brush Truck Recovered Near Amity (Photo) - 09/01/20

The missing Brush 198 Truck out of Sheridan Fire District's Ballston Station was recovered this evening near Amity by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. There were several small items missing from the truck, but thankfully nothing that will inhibit the truck's ability to respond. The truck itself appears to be in good condition still. The crews will work tonight and tomorrow morning to comb through the vehicle to ensure it is safe to respond in before it is put back into service. We want to thank everyone who shared the pictures and kept an eye out for the truck. Polk and Yamhill County Sheriff Offices are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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Brush Truck Stolen from Ballston Station (Photo) - 08/31/20

Today, August 31, 2020, between 11 AM and noon, the Sheridan Fire District’s Ballston Fire Station was illegally entered, and the Brush unit was stolen from the station. The Brush unit pictured here is the missing apparatus. The vehicle is a 2019 Ford F550 with the following distinguishing features: a winch on the front end, the “BR198” decal near the hood, aluminum diamond plate compartments, and the standard Sheridan blue decaling. If you see this Brush unit, please call 911 immediately. Polk County Sheriff's Office is aware and investigating. This apparatus is a critical part of our fire suppression services, especially during the current wildland fire season. 

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