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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Level 1 – Ready Evacuation Ordered for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area on the Missouri Fire

Valley County Sheriff’s Office
P.O. Box 1350 - Cascade, Id. 83611                   Phone (208) 382-7159               Fax (208) 382-7170

  
PRESS RELEASE
July 20, 2017
Level 1 – Ready Evacuation Ordered for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.
This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellowpine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

A Level 1 - Ready evacuations is an alert to residents to be ready to evacuate the area. Specifically, the order states: Persons are warned that current or projected threats from hazards associated with an incident are severe. This is the time for preparation, precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions change every attempt will be made to notify residents and businesses.

Valley County has three levels of evacuation. “Level 1 – Ready”, “Level 2 – Set”, and Level 3 – GO!” Should a Level 2 evacuation follow, it would mean that residents should be set to evacuate the area at any time. A Level 3 evacuation is a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Sheriff. Visit this webpage for a full explanation of the Valley County evacuation levels: http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley- county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/

“Knowing what to expect during an evacuation can be stressful, said Sheriff Patti Bolen” “A Level 1 – Ready evacuation provides time for residents to consider what they would take, where they would go, and how they would leave in a safe manner. One of the best ways to be ready is stay informed on the fire’s location and activity, as well as the changing weather conditions.”

According to Payette National Forest fire managers, and the Incident Management Team that is managing the Missouri Fore, the Edwardsburg/Big Creek community is not in immediate danger; however, the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellowpine and Edwardsburg is closed, and the road from Warren to the South Fork is damaged due to winter and spring storms – large trucks and trailers are not advised for use on this section of the road.

Valley County and fire managers are working to minimize impacts to the local communities that result from the Missouri Fire.

A community meeting will be held tomorrow at noon at the Big Creek Work Station to discuss the fire activity, road closures, and evacuation potential. Representatives from
Valley County, the Incident Command Team, and local agencies will be there to provide information and answer questions.

For information on the Missouri Fire: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at
@Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.