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News Release
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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