Evacuation alerts remain in place for south and north Jackson County
A Level 3 "Go" evacuation is in place stretching from north Ashland to Barnett Road in south Medford due to the Almeda fire, according to a 7:30 a.m. update on Wednesday from the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center.
Southwest Medford is under a Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation alert. Residents should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
People who have evacuated from the Phoenix and Talent area should not return due to continued fire activity, the emergency center said.
"Crews were battling fires all night long and an initial damage and safety assessment needs to be conducted during daylight. We don't want residents at risk when evacuation levels are lifted," the center said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning.
The center will continue to post updates at facebook.com/jacksoncountyoregonem.
The area north of Eagle Point through the Shady Cove and Trail area is under a Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation alert from the South Obenchain fire.
The Brownsboro area north of Highway 140 is under a Level 1 "Go" evacuation alert from the South Obenchain fire.
The South Obenchain fire was reported at 8,000 acres Tuesday night. The Almeda fire was estimated at 2,500-3,000 acres Tuesday night.
Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the conflagration act and an Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Blue Team incident management team has arrived to help local fire agencies.
I-5 reopened late Tuesday night but Exit 21 at Talent and Exit 24 at Phoenix remain closed as of Wednesday morning.
Highway 99 is closed between Garfield Street in Medford to South Valley View Road near Ashland.
The Butte Falls Road is closed from Highway 62 to the town of Butte Falls.
In Josephine County, Highway 199 is closed from the Oregon and California border to the Illinois Valley Airport by the request of Del Norte County in California. A large complex of Northern California fires is burning near the border.
Visit tripcheck.com or call 5-1-1 for updates on road closures.
People can enter information about missing family members and friends during the Almeda fire at survey123.arcgis.com/share/32cf9423f8774ffcbc330a3b6fc76cf4.
People who have evacuated can report that they are safe at survey123.arcgis.com/share/022badb7807140038117dfd1d3db600c.
The latest evacuation maps can be found atjcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3caa39804db54631a61007180d5ef415.
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