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Ramsey Canyon fire improves

Evacuation orders for the Ramsey Canyon fire have been downgraded after fire crews and favorable weather conditions helped reduce the threat to residences.

Currently, there are no Level 3 or “go” orders on the 1,971-acre Ramsey Canyon fire that started last Wednesday and is 25-percent contained.

Many Level 3 evacuations were downgraded to Level 2, or “be set.”

A water tender overturned near Ramsey and Meadows roads early Sunday morning, with the driver sent to a hospital for sustaining a non life threatening injury, according to fire officials. An official with Medford Fire-Rescue said crews were cleaning up diesel from the accident scene.

Areas affected by Level 2 include East Evans Creek Road, beginning at 17935, and continuing east to include 18505 and 18509 then continuing to include 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd. Also on West Fork Evans Creek at 18504 and 18508 and Ramsey Road beginning at 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to Meadows Road intersection. On Meadows Rd, south from East Evans Creek to include the address of 16880, are subject to Level 2 evacuation notices.

Areas affected by Level 1 notices include East Evans Creek Road, beginning at 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043; Meadows Road, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Road, beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

Roadblocks remain in place to restrict traffic to residents and fire personnel.

The fire is burning 12 miles northwest of Eagle Point in steep country that previously burned in the 1994 Hull Mountain fire.

While still under investigation, the fire is believed to be human caused.

Work continues to protect structures and to strengthen lines around the fire, while spot fires are being located and contained.

The 1,072 fire crews are also prepared to provide initial attack in case the fire tries to advance.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.

Initial attack of the Ramsey Canyon fire. Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry