Middle Fork Complex Fires Information

Updated: August 31, 2021 at 1400
Evacuation levels reduced.
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Information regarding evacuations related to the Middle Fork Complex, including the Kwis, Gales, and Ninemile fires. For fire management purposes the various incidents have been officially named the Middle Fork Complex.


Para ver la información de evacuación en español, haga clic aquí. Para ver la siguiente información en español, haga clic en el botón "Translate" en la parte inferior derecha de esta página web.


General Safety Messages

AVOID THE AREA: Do not approach closure areas as fire crews are working to respond. Unnecessary traffic can cause delays and confusion during the response. Respect all road and forest closures.

Evacuation Information

View the evacuation map and search for your address here.

LEVEL 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:

All homes, campgrounds and dispersed recreation along Forest Service Road 18 (Big Fall Creek Road) east of the intersection with Forest Service Road 1821, including Puma Campground and Bedrock Campground, are at LEVEL 2 (Be Set). 

 

Level 2 means there is significant danger in your area. You should either voluntarily relocate now or be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.


View a guide to all three evacuation levels: Level 1 (Be Ready), Level 2 (Be Set) and Level 3 (GO NOW).

Oakridge area residents who need help with transportation to evacuate can pre-register with the City of Oakridge online.

Shelter Information

There is no shelter at this time. Should evacuations levels be raised to Level 2 (Be Set) or Level 3 (GO NOW), Lane County will work with the Red Cross to re-establish a shelter.

Livestock and Pet Evacuation

There are no large animal or domestic pet shelters in operation at this time. Should evacuations levels be raised to Level 2 (Be Set) or Level 3 (GO NOW), Lane County Animal Services and Greenhill Humane Society will be ready to re-open animal shelters.

Information about large animal evacuation and transport is available by calling Lane County Animal Services at 541-285-8227. 



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GUIDE TO EVACUATION LEVELS FOR LIVESTOCK OWNERS

Level 1 (BE READY)

  • Know the location of all your animals (rotate animals out on pasture closer to your loading location, consider kenneling hard to catch barn cats etc.).
  • Top off all water troughs and available water containers.
  • Ensure vehicles are fueled, trailer tires have good air pressure and trailer lights work.
  • Make sure your human and animal “go kits” are ready to grab
  • Consider evacuating high needs/special needs animals or those that are difficult to load. *Please note: for capacity and resource purposes Lane County operated emergency livestock shelters are intended for level two and three evacuees*
  • Allow time for multiple trips!!
  • If you do NOT have your own trailer begin making phone calls to arrange for assistance should evacuation be necessary.

Level 2 (BE SET)

  • Your hauling vehicle(s) should be hooked up to your trailer(s) and ready to leave at a moment’s notice.  
  • Depending on your situation and the number of livestock you own, if you are relying on someone else to transport your animals ensure that person is on their way to help remove your animals.
  • Begin transporting all livestock (don’t forget a plan for your chickens!) and take everything you might need… you may not have the chance to return to your property!
  • Make the best decision for your safety and that of your livestock. IF YOU FEEL UNSAFE, DON'T WAIT TO EVACUATE.

Level 3 (GO NOW)

  • Leave immediately! Take the animals you have loaded and go, do not hesitate.
  • In fast moving events not all animals will be evacuated!
  • Report animals left behind to Lane County Animal Services! Only authorized Animal Search and Rescue personnel will be allowed through the roadblocks to retrieve animals left behind and to provide necessities to animals sheltering in place.

For more information about preparedness and animals, visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/LCAID

 



Smoke Safety

BE AWARE OF WILDFIRE SMOKE

Oakridge Air provides up-to-date air quality and wildfire smoke information for the Oakridge area. View current information and sign up for alerts at oakridgeair.org/smoke or by texting "Oakridge Air" to 313131.

Track wildfire smoke statewide and its impacts via Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's smoke blog: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com


Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Limit your exposure to wildfire smoke.

  • Reduce time spent outdoors. This can usually provide some protection, especially in a tightly closed, air-conditioned house. Set your A/C to recycle or recirculate, when at home or in your car, to limit your exposure.
  • Reduce time you engage in vigorous outdoor activity. It can be an important, effective way to lower the amount of smoke you are breathing in. It can minimize health risks during a smoke event.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
  • Reduce other sources of indoor smoke and dust. These can be burning cigarettes, candles, gas, propane and wood burning stoves and furnaces, and vacuuming.
  • If you have heart or lung disease or respiratory illnesses such as asthma, follow your health care provider’s advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.

Lea esta información de seguridad contra el humo de incendios forestales en español.

Oregon Health Authority has wildfire smoke FAQs online.

La Autoridad de Salud de Oregón tiene preguntas frecuentes sobre el humo de los incendios forestales en línea.




Weather Information

The National Weather Service is the best resource to receive up to date information on current or forecasted weather conditions: https://www.weather.gov/.

Download the FEMA mobile app for weather alerts: 
https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app.



Roads and Other Closures

How can I get updated information from Lane County?

Facebook

facebook.com/LaneCountyGovernment

Twitter

twitter.com/lanecountygov

Website

www.lanecountyor.gov

Media Partners

We regularly send updated information to our local media partners – digital, print, radio.

Road Closures:

  • State Highways,www.tripcheck.comor 511
  • County Roads –www.tripcheck.com– we will also post the information to this update report.
  • Special District – currently special road districts do not have a centralized way to report their closures – Lane County will post information as it is received.
Forest Closures:  Willamette National Forest - https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices/?aid=68085

Where can I get information from cities:

Fire Response Information

The United States Forest Service is the lead agency for the Middle Fork Complex, including the Gales, Ninemile, and Kwis fires.

Middle Fork Complex resources:

  1. Inciweb fire response information forMiddle Fork Complexinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7745/.


For questions about fire response, contact:
2021.middlefork@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-625-0849 (8am-6pm)


Follow Willamette National Forest on 
Facebook and Twitter for additional updates.

Mental Health Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, our community offers the following resources:

White Bird Clinic
341 East 12th Eugene, Oregon 97501
Phone:  (541) 342-8255

The White Bird Crisis Line will continue to be accessible 24/7 at 541-687-4000 and 1-800-422-7558. It offers humanistic, person-centered crisis intervention. For an in-person response, CAHOOTS continues to operate 24/7 at this time, if you are in Eugene, please call 541-682-5111. If you are in Springfield, please call 541-726-3714.

Hourglass Community Crisis Center
71 Centennial Loop, Suite A, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 505-8426
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Oregon Safe + Strong Helpline: 800-923-4357
 (HELP).


Text HOME to 741741 
to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Senior Loneliness Line: If you or a loved one are experiencing loneliness or isolation, please call us at: 503-200-1633 | 800-282-7035. For more information visit: facebook.com/SeniorLonelinessLine | www. SeniorLonelinessLine.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

South Lane Mental Health is located at 1345 Birch Avenue in Cottage Grove. SLMH can be reached at 541-942-3939.

The Child and Family Center (CFC) at the University of Oregon is a mental health clinic run out of the UO that offers free and/or reduced therapy services to children and families. In response to the social distancing guidelines, they are now offering free telehealth services for families with children ages 2-17. Services are available in both Spanish and English. Please call the clinic at 541-346-4910 to schedule your appointment today.