Evacuees can return to parts of Phoenix, Talent
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will allow some residents who fled the Almeda fire to return to their homes after a reduction in the evacuation level for parts of Talent and Phoenix on Friday afternoon.
Based on a recommendation from fire officials, Sheriff Nathan Sickler downgraded part of the Level 3 "Go" evacuation area to a Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation level.
“Working cooperatively with fire command, we believe it is safe to let those residents on the outer edge of the fire return,” said Sheriff Nathan Sickler. “Keep in mind these areas will be compromised as these areas may not have power or water service.”
The areas being opened to residents includes those areas generally west and east of Phoenix and Talent, including those outside the city limits.
- On the west side of Phoenix: the Carpenter Hill Road, Dark Hollow Road, Pioneer Road and Coleman Creek Road areas
- Portions of Phoenix on the west side of the railroad tracks
- Areas east of Interstate 5, including Suncrest Road, Payne Road and Fern Valley Road, and East Phoenix
- Portions of Talent west of Talent Avenue
Residents living in the immediate burn zone of the communities are still under a Level 3 "Go" evacuation notice and will not be allowed in until it’s safe to return. Access into those areas will still be staffed by law enforcement to keep the area secure, the sheriff's office said.
Central Phoenix and part of central Talent remain under the Level 3 "Go" evacuation level. The evacuation alert was issued Tuesday when the Almeda fire broke out.