Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass.
Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Brian Ballou says the Reeves Creek fire was spotted Monday evening between the communities of Selma and Kerby a few miles east of U.S. Highway 199. It sent up a column of smoke visible from Grants Pass.
No one was evacuated, but structural firefighters were stationed around the homes and a nearby trailer park. Retardant bombers, helicopters and bulldozers joined hand crews. A Level One evacuation has been issued for Wild Park Lane. Here's a rundown of the different evacuation levels and what that means to those living in that area:
A Level 1 Evacuation 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 movement 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.
A Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate.
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either
voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if
choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice.
Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions
rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
A Level 3 Evacuation means "GO" Evacuate NOW
Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you
choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not
be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or
make efforts to protect your home.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.
Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.
Ballou said by Tuesday morning, there was a line around 70 percent of the fire, which had burned about 200 acres.
Red flag warnings were up for hot temperatures, wind and isolated lighting across southwestern Oregon on both sides of the Cascades.