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Friday, August 21, 2015

WOODRAT FIRE EVACUATION STATUS UPDATES

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation alerts and notices to residents upriver from Syringa, due to potential high winds and the potential for fire growth on the Woodrat Fire.

Level II-   A Level II (2) evacuation warning has been issued from the area up-river from the existing Level III Syringa boundary east (up-river) to the western boundary of Lowell.

Level I – A Level I (1) evacuation alert has been issued for Lowell, as well as the area to the northeast, up-river and adjacent to the Lochsa River to Pete King Road.

The following existing evacuation notices and orders remain in effect:

The Level III evacuation order for residents in and around the community of Syringa, the Smith Creek Road, including approximately 1 ½ miles upriver from Syringa, as well as one residence, south of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River should be evacuating now.  This evacuation remains in effect.

Suttler Creek Road remains in Level II evacuation status. The evacuation status for these areas continues to be evaluated due to potential for high winds and fire growth on the Woodrat Fire. Citizens should remain vigilant to new notices, as the situation can change rapidly.

As a reminder to all citizens, the following are general descriptions of the three evacuation levels and necessary actions by residents:

LEVEL I (1)
EVACUATION or PROTECTION ALERT:  A wildfire threat is in your area. It would be wise to consider planning and/or packing, in the event an evacuation becomes necessary. 

LEVEL II (2)
EVACUATION WARNING or NOTICE:  High probability of a need to evacuate. 
§  You should prepare now by packing necessary items and preparing your family, pets, and vehicle for potential departure.
    • Remember the 6- P’s:
      • A plan for the persons in your family (including a meeting place.)
      • Personal items (including toiletries, food and water for 2-3 days and special personal possessions.)
      • Prescriptions- Have your full, current supply of prescriptions packed.
      • Photographs (and other momentos) which cannot be replaced.
      • Pets (Have a plan in place and pets secured so frightened pets don’t escape fenced yards or kennels.)
      • Papers- Pack all important papers, including reference phone numbers, account numbers, etc.
  • Now is the time to move persons with mobility or medical issues.
  • If you have livestock or large animals, please move them to a safe place now!
  • Please use common sense and evacuate at any time you feel uncomfortable or see active fire behavior.
LEVEL III (3)
EVACUATION REQUEST or ORDER:  Occupants of the affected area(s) are asked to leave within a specified time period, by pre-designated route(s). Perimeter roadblocks are typically established.  At this stage:
·         You should take your family, pets, and necessary items including medications and important papers and evacuate now if you are in a Level III area.
·         Check in with your local Red Cross shelter (even if you don’t intend to stay there.) For the Woodrat Fire, the Red Cross shelter is set up at Kooskia Elementary School located at 306 Pine Avenue, Kooskia.  Please check in with them and let them know where you will be in case your family is looking for you.

·         Drive with your lights on, safely and SLOWLY remaining aware of your surroundings as you leave.