All of Jackson County on Level 1 'Be Ready' evacuation alert
One day after cool temperatureshelped firefighters battling a pair of unprecedented fires in Southern Oregon , crews are bracing for another round of dry, gusty winds.
The National Weather Service in Medford issued another Red Flag Warning for Sunday that could exacerbate the still active Almeda and South Obenchain fires, or could lead to new fire starts.
Due to the warning, all of Jackson County is on a Level 1 'Be Ready' evacuation alert, the National Weather Service said at 6 p.m. Saturday in emergency phone alerts sent out to people who've signed up to receive them.
People should pack medication, clothing, important documents, food, water and other important items and evacuate immediately if they know danger is approaching or officials issue a Level 3 "Go" evacuation warning.
In Jackson County, meteorologists expect westerly winds of about 10 to 15 miles per hour with occasional gusts of about 25 miles per hour starting at 11 a.m. Sunday and lasting until about 9 p.m. In Shasta Valley and east of the Southern Oregon Cascades, winds will blow southwest between 15 and 25 mph with wind gusts of between 30 and 40 mph, according to a release Saturday afternoon. Fire officials encourage people in the area to to observe all local fire restrictions and avoid outdoor activities that could cause sparks near dry vegetation.
Sunday’s warning contrasts with the conditions Friday and Saturday night that led to progress fighting the two still-active fires. Helped by cooling temperatures, the still active Almeda hardly changed its footprint as of Saturday morning.