Lori Kimbel – Northeast Oregon Business News
The Phillips Creek Fire continues to burn 7 miles northwest of Elgin and is currently at 1,100 acres with 0% containment. According to Kathy Arnoldus, Public Information Officer with the Type 3 incident management team for the Phillips Creek Fire, the only residents that have been put on alert and have been issued a Level I evacuation notice remains the same, Ruckle Road and Sanderson Springs Road west of Elgin. Level 1 means residents should ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.
At this point there have not been any evacuation notice for the town of Elgin and at this point there is not plan to issue any. “It is a wildfire,” said Arnoldus, “so it is wise to have a plan in place.”
She also mentioned that for people who have breathing difficulties it might be wise to go somewhere that is not so smoky.
Currently there are 228 people, eight crews, two helicopters and 13 engines working the Phillips Creek Fire. More crews will arrive throughout the day today.
The fire is in grass, brush, slash and heavy timber. It is located in the Phillips Creek Drainage on both Umatilla National Forest and adjacent to State protected private lands. The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation.
The command post for the Phillips Creek Fire is at the Elgin Stampede Grounds.
For the most up to date information at this time visit http://bmidc.org/ .
The following is a description of what the Ready, Set, Go Evacuation Levels Mean
LEVEL 1: 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.
LEVEL 2: 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.
LEVEL 3: 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.