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News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 22nd, 2014 11:01 AM

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

36 PIT FIRE UPDATE: Evacuation levels reduced, lifted as firefighters continue to make progress

Following this morning's 10 a.m. meeting with fire personnel managing the response to the 36 Pit Fire, more evacuation levels are being downgraded.

"Level 1" means residents at these locations need to 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. 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 residents via an emergency notification system.

According to InciWeb's 7:30 a.m. update on the fire (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/ ), "Yesterday [Sept. 21] was a productive day for firefighters as they worked to suppress the 36 Pit Fire. Crews and aircraft did a great job securing the fire line at the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS), Retardant Planes, and Helicopters with water bucket drops assisted firefighters on the ground to contain the fire. Mop up of hot spots continues at the northwest, northern, and southern perimeters of the fire. Today, we are anticipating another very productive day to suppress and contain the fire. At the northwest, northern, and southern perimeters of the fire, we are continuing to mop up all hot spots 100-300 feet in from fire lines. We will attempt to minimize acres burned while evaluating firefighter success vs. their exposure."

A PDF on evacuation levels can be found here:
www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Documents/Ready,%20Set,%20Go!%20Evacuation%20Levels.pdf

This information is also attached to this release and pasted below.

For the latest information on the 36 Pit Fire from InciWeb, including news releases, maps and more:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/

And for the latest info from Clackamas County Emergency Management:
www.clackamas.us/emergency/36pit.html

Oregon Evacuation Levels:
1, 2, 3 = Ready, Set, Go

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
LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! 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.

Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
nathantho@clackamas.us
503-237-2643

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