August 4, 2014
Due to changing fire patterns and threats there is an adjustment in the current evacuation levels for areas affected by the Oregon Gulch Fire in the Beaver Creek Complex.
The Red Cross will assist displaced people and will provide preparedness information. For assistance you can call, 1-888-680-1450.
Addresses from the 6,000 block on COPCO ROAD and south to the Oregon border will change from a LEVEL 3 EVACUATION to LEVEL 2 EVACUATION.
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.
Residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66 are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno. Level 1 Evacuation means “Be Ready” for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.
Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only.
The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a LEVEL 3 EVACUATION to a LEVEL 2 EVACUATION. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.
Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.
Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.
Copco Road is closed at Fall Creek.