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Douglas County Commissioners Declare State of Emergency

Douglas County declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday, as wildfires burn up the North Umpqua Highway at French Creek, Archie Creek, and Star Mountain. At the time of the declaration, numerous homes and structures in the area were under LEVEL 3 – GO NOW- mandatory evacuation orders.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has already declared emergency conflagration declarations in Jackson, Lane and Marion Counties, and more counties are expected to be added to the list as wildfires surge all over the state.

The order cited conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and/or the protection of property that have arisen with the county, caused by unprecedented fire conditions. The Governor's emergency wildfire declaration will allow increased flexibility in how the fire is managed to ensure that limited fire resources are used as efficiently as possible, and to authorize state agencies to expedite fire management tools.

Douglas County Evacuation information as of 8:45am, 9/10/20:


Level 3 - GO NOW- evacuation orders were issued for all homes and businesses in Dry Creek, including Happy Creek, Felix Flat, and Illahee road. Residents in Dry Creek, all of Little River Road, and Steamboat Creek to Little River Road in Glide are under those go now orders. The Diamond Lake area including all recreation sites, Diamond Lake Lodge, and private summer homes are under Level 3.

Level 2 - BE SET- notices are in effect for all residents living on the south side of Nonpareil Road from Plat K Road east to Banks Creek. This includes Fraser Canyon and all other side streets to the east to Banks Creek. Level 2 is also in effect for North Bank Road, Rivershore Drive, Single Tree Lane, and Nonpareil Road 4400-7500 block (Including Fair Oaks Road, Fraser Canyon, Bonanza Mine, Plat K).

LEVEL 1 – BE READY- applies to all of Douglas County besides those in the Level 2 and Level 3 areas noted above.

The Archie Creek/Star Mountain Wildfire is currently burning up the North Umpqua Highway. The Thielsen fire is burning near Diamond Lake.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has created a page on its website to which contains maps of the current evacuation zones. The maps attempt to provide a visual of the most current evacuation zones by showing roads and specific addresses in some cases. The maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations and are updated as quickly as possible. 

The Douglas County Fairgrounds is serving as an evacuation center.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.