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Better weather conditions will allow crews to continue to build and strengthen containment lines

CENTRAL OREGON FIRE INFO PHOTO - Crews conduct a wet mop up of the Grandview Fire.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are adjusting evacuation levels around the Grandview Fire in coordination with fire managers.

As of Friday afternoon, July 16, the fire near Sisters remains at 5,971 acres and is 20% contained.

A Level 3 (Go Now) Evacuation notice remains in place for following areas:

Wilt Road addresses and any road off of Wilt Road from 17745 Wilt Road to the north

The last 1 mile of Stevens Canyon Road in Deschutes County.

All residences off the FS 6360 (road to Alder Springs).

Residences in Jefferson County in the Stevens Canyon area, Wilt Road and FS 63, and all areas south of Geneva.

Level 3: Means "GO" evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuation 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 you receive.

A Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice for the following areas:

Wilt Road south of 17745 Wilt Road to 17356 Wilt Road.

All areas of Stevens Canyon north of 70400 block.

Mountain View Lane north of 17820 Mountain View Lane.

Residences on the west and north side of Holmes Road from milepost 5 to Lower Bridge Road.

Level 2: Means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and 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 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 1 (Get Set) Pre-Evacuation notice is issued for the following areas:

All areas previously Level 2 including:

Wilt Road and adjacent roads south of 17356 Wilt Road to Camp Polk Road.

All areas including side roads off of Buffalo Road

Mountain View Lane, including side roads from 17820 Mountain View Lane to the south.

All residences on the east and south side of Holmes Road from milepost 5 to Lower Bridge Road.

Northern portion of McKenzie Canyon (70425 McKenzie Road north).

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.

This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. The departments will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. Please refrain from unnecessary travel through these areas as fire equipment and personnel are moving through the area. Wilt Road is closed to local and fire traffic only from Buffalo Road north. FS 6360 (Alder Springs Road) is also closed at Holmes Road.

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at: https://deschutes.org/emergency.

For fire information, visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at: www.centraloregonfire.org.

For American Red Cross assistance, call 1-888-680-1455.

Friday update

A Friday afternoon Central Oregon Fire update reports that a Red Flag Warning over the fire area expired at 11 p.m. Thursday with overnight temperatures dropping into the 40s and humidity recovering to reduce fire activity. The fire did not grow Thursday and remains at 5,971 acres and is 20% contained.

Overnight crews used infrared equipment to identify hot spots near the fire lines that the day shift will extinguish. Crews also worked to improve roads around the fire to reduce dust and improve access.

Two Oregon National Guard helicopters will support ground crews today. This extra assistance will aid firefighters in keeping the Grandview Fire inside the established containment lines.

Temperatures will be lower over the fire with highs in the 80s and winds out of the northwest at 5-9 mph and gusts to 15 mph. These better weather conditions will allow crews to continue to build and strengthen containment lines by cutting back or removing fuel on the perimeter, extinguishing hot spots near the fire line and remove hazard trees. This will allow crews to start mopping up deeper into the fire perimeter.

Two task forces of structure fire engines and a structural hand crew will continue working around homes in the fire area. Due to great progress firefighters have made on the fire, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office will be demobilizing their remaining fire crews at the end of the day Friday.

The fire began Sunday afternoon, July 11. The cause is under investigation.


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