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Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories Update - 09/21/14
Grants Pass, OR - Effective Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:00pm, there are no evacuation level changes, however, at 6:00pm tonight all of the areas lifted below as Level 1 will be lifted. This will mean there will be no more evacuation zones for this fire. the same Level 1 areas are still in effect, As of 6:00pm tonight ALL Level 1 Evacuation Advisories will be lifted, there will then be NO evacuation areas for this fire.. Please be careful while recreating in the forest this weekend as fire season is still in effect with an extreme fire danger warning. Local residents and visitors to the Merlin area are advised to drive cautiously and adhere to posted closure notices for both public and firefighter safety. Even after the Level 1 areas are released, these recreation and road closure will continue. Recreation, forest area closures are as follows: Sam Brown Campground and Horse Camp, Briggs Campground, Myers Campground, Portions of Forest Road (FR) 2500, FR 2509, and FR 2706.
The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 4105 acres with 40% containment.

Yesterday, forecasted winds did not materialize over the fire and crews were able to focus on patrol and mop-up activities. The affect of recent rain was still evident on much of the fire, giving crews continued opportunities to make good progress with suppression activities.

Firefighters all around the fire perimeter continued to reinforce existing lines, monitor interior areas, and mop-up any hot spots found. Hose lays were extended along the perimeter, bringing water to many sections of the line, thus increasing the effectiveness of the mop-up activities. Several hot spots were found 60 to 100 feet inside existing lines. These were actively treated by ground crews and should present no serious threat to the current perimeter.

Minimal Impact Suppression Tanks (portable water tanks) were placed by helicopter in remote sections of the fire. These provide water to hose lines where water sources are inadequate and/or unavailable. Helicopters will be used to fill and resupply these tanks in support of mop-up activities.

Today, crews will continue to monitor and mop-up along all sections of the perimeter. Helicopters will support ground crews as needed. Chippers will be used to treat and scatter brush removed from roadways that are being used as contingency or control lines. The weather is expected to cool gradually over the next few days; humidity will rise; winds will be light out of the west. This should decrease the chance of active fire developing. Possible wetting rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory ALL being lifted at 6:00pm Tonight, There will no longer be any Evacuation areas due to this fire:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
4. Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.

Reminder of what a Level 1 consists of: A Level I Evacuation is "Be Ready". "Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire. For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies. For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/.
Attached Media Files: PDF VERSION OF PRESS RELEASE
Onion Mountain Fire Update - 09/20/14
Release Date: September 20, 2014, 1:00PM
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories

Grants Pass, OR - Effective Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:00pm, there are no evacuation level changes, the same Level 1 areas are still in effect. These will be reassessed Monday based on the fire behavior this weekend with the hotter, drier weather. Please see below the advisories that are still in effect. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 4105 acres with 30% containment.

Firefighters fortified existing containment lines by wetting down the fire's edge with water pumps and hoses, extinguishing burning material within the fire perimeter. Crews made progress establishing and securing fireline on previously unlined areas, including the west and northwest flanks, leaving most of the fire with at least a minimal control line. Several spot fires found outside of the fire perimeter were corralled and secured during the previous shift.

Yesterday's clear skies allowed helicopters to drop water on areas of heat inside the fire perimeter. Air operations will continue supporting ground troops today, especially in areas posing containment issues due to inaccessible terrain. Dozers finished a contingency line east of the fire, providing an additional safeguard between the fire perimeter and residences.

Firefighters will brace for another round of hot and dry weather today as near-record temperatures may reach 100 degrees with minimum humidity in the upper teens to lower 20s. Strong east winds transitioning to west winds in the afternoon and an unstable atmosphere will also challenge containment efforts on all flanks by stimulating fire activity.

Please be careful while recreating in the forest this weekend as fire season is still in effect with an extreme fire danger warning. Local residents and visitors to the Merlin area are advised to drive cautiously and adhere to posted closure notices for both public and firefighter safety. Recreation, forest area closures are as follows: Sam Brown Campground and Horse Camp, Briggs Campground, Myers Campground, Portions of Forest Road (FR) 2500, FR 2509, and FR 2706.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory STILL IN EFFECT are:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
4. Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.

Reminder of what a Level 1 consists of: A Level I Evacuation is "Be Ready". "Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/.
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories Update - 09/19/14
Release Date: September 19, 2014, 9:00 AM
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories

Grants Pass, OR - Effective Friday, September 19, 2014 at 9:00 am, we are continuing some of the Level 1 evacuation advisories, however some of those Level 1 Evacuation areas were lifted this morning at 6:00 am. Please see below the advisories that are still in effect and the ones that are being discontinued. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 4102 acres with 20% containment with growth to the north.

Firefighters had another productive day building containment lines around a good portion of the fire perimeter, taking advantage of decreased burning conditions from cool, wet weather. Crews progressed significantly in their effort to contain the western and northern flanks by constructing direct line along the unchecked fire edge.

Crews began installing pumps and hoselays so that water can be used to bolster completed handline and dozer line and begin mopping up burning materials along the fire perimeter. As a contingency or back up plan, crews and heavy equipment will continue brushing road systems and use chippers to dispose of the debris.

The majority of aircraft assigned to the fire remained grounded yesterday due to poor visibility, but clear skies today should enable helicopters and airplanes to assist the firefighting effort by dropping water and providing aerial surveillance.

Fire personnel will now dig in as hot and dry weather paired with steady east winds and poor overnight humidity recovery should elevate fire activity and test existing control lines over the next few days. The forecast calls for daytime highs in the mid-70s and mid-80s with relative humidity bottoming out at 20 to 25 percent.

Approximately 150 people attended the public meeting last night at Fleming Middle School. Fire management team members and local agency representatives addressed the audience providing the fire situation, dispelling community rumors, and answering questions from concerned citizens.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory STILL IN EFFECT are:

1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
4. Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.

LEVEL ONE Evacuations which are being lifted to NO ADVISORY This Morning at 6:00 am.

1. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
2. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.

Reminder of what a Level 1 consists of: A Level I Evacuation is "Be Ready". "Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/.
Attached Media Files: PDF VERSION OF PRESS RELEASE
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Changes - 09/18/14
Release Date: September 18, 2014, 8:00 PM

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories

Grants Pass, OR - Effective Friday, September 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm, we are continuing some of the Level 1 evacuation advisories, however we are lifting some of those Level 1 Evacuation areas tomorrow, Friday September 19th at 6:00sm. Please see below the advisories that are still in effect and the ones that are being discontinued. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 4077 acres with 8% containment with growth to the north.

Wednesday's cooler temperatures and a small amount of rain assisted fire fighters working the Onion Mountain Fire today. They have made progress building lines on the east and south sides of the fire; however as a warming & drying trend continues through the weekend we are still anticipating active fire behavior. For these reasons, we have evaluated the current evacuation levels and are making the following updates.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory STILL IN EFFECT are:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
4. Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.

Level 1 Evacuation Advisory Areas that will be lifted(no more evacuation level for these areas) FRIDAY MORNING AT 6:00 am.
1. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
2. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.

Reminder of what a Level 1 consists of: A Level I Evacuation is "Be Ready". "Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, uniformed emergency services personnel will make every attempt to contact you. You may be contacted by an emergency notification system." We strongly encourage all county residents to subscribe to the Flash Alert network!

Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/.
Attached Media Files: PDF Version
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Update - 09/18/14
Release Date: September 18, 2014, 9:30 AM

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories

Grants Pass, OR - Effective Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 9:30am, we are continuing the below listed Level 1 Evacuation advisories due to the Onion Mountain Fire, as well as adding one additional Level 1 Evacuation advisory as listed below. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 4077 acres with 8% containment with growth to the north.

A Public Informational Meeting is set up for TONIGHT Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:30 pm at Fleming Middle School. Members of the Fire Incident Management Team will be there to discuss fire information and answer some questions. News from the fire team continues to be encouraging however we still remain cautious with the Level 1 advisories already set in place.

Rain occurred over much of the fire area yesterday afternoon and throughout the night, giving fire personnel an opportunity to make good headway building containment lines. Firefighters held and improved existing lines, while continuing fireline construction along the south and east flanks of the fire. Crews and heavy equipment also made progress preparing indirect lines on the western portion of the fire utilizing existing roads and ridgetops.

Showers and cooler temperatures forecasted for today will drastically decrease fire activity and allow firefighters to continue direct handline and dozer line construction where safely possible. High temperatures are expected to range from 60 to 70 degrees, while minimum humidity will be around 50 to 55 percent, as the low pressure system remains in the area. Hot and dry weather is predicted to return to the area this weekend.

Air operations were limited for most of the day due to cloud cover and smoky conditions, and a low cloud base could keep much of the available aircraft grounded today. A structure protection group has completed their assessment of the nearby residences and will remain in place to implement a defensive strategy in the event the fire grows north and eastward and threatens residences.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
6. Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.
Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/.
Attached Media Files: PDF VERSION
Volunteer Property Crime Investigation Unit (PCIU) - 09/18/14
Release Date: September 18, 2014

Volunteer Property Crime Investigation Unit (PCIU) for the Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Grants Pass, OR - Due to limited resources of the Sheriff's Office during the last 28 months property crime investigations have consequently fallen to the wayside. Sheriff Gilbertson, working in concert with the District Attorney's Office, formed a team of vetted and well-trained Volunteers and Reserves to assume this function. These teams will be considered a cold case investigative operation under the direct supervision of the Sheriff's Office.

Some teams have already acquired over 100 hours of training and experience. In August, training was conducted at the Illinois Valley Fire District "burn-house" on Redwood Hwy. Three teams were sent through a "mock" crime scene of a home burglary. The teams processed the scene as if it were real; taking photos, dusting for prints and writing a report. As with a "real" case, the evidence and crime report were submitted and the conclusion was a successful "test run". This was followed by more training and mock scenes including property and vehicles.

One team is almost ready to assume processing evidence at property crime scenes with more teams still in training. Other interested citizens willing to participate and former law enforcement personnel with investigative skills are encouraged to apply for this specialty unit.
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories Update - 09/17/14
Release Date: September 17, 2014, 4:00 PM

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories

Grants Pass, OR ??- Effective Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm, we are continuing the below listed Level 1 Evacuation advisories due to the Onion Mountain Fire, as well as adding one additional Level 1 Evacuation advisory as listed below. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 3735 acres with 5% containment with growth to the north.

A Public Informational Meeting has been set up for Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:30 pm at Fleming Middle School. Members of the Fire Incident Management Team will be there to discuss fire information and answer some questions. News from the fire team continues to be encouraging however we still remain cautious with the Level 1 advisories already set in place from last night.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
6. Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.

Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/.
Attached Media Files: PDF VERSION OF PRESS RELEASE
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories Update - 09/17/14
Release Date: September 17, 2014, 11:00 AM

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories

Grants Pass, OR ??- Effective Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:00 am, we are continuing the below listed Level 1 Evacuation advisories due to the Onion Mountain Fire, as well as adding one additional Level 1 Evacuation advisory as listed below. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 3735 acres with 5% containment with growth to the north.

One new item of interest is a Public Informational Meeting has been set up for Thursday, Sept. 18th at 6:30 pm at Fleming Middle School. Members of the Fire Incident Management Team will be there to discuss fire information and answer some questions. News from the fire team continues to be encouraging however we still remain cautious with the Level 1 advisories already set in place from last night.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
6. Galice Creek Rd. to Soldier Camp and everything south.
Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

For more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441 or view online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/.
Attached Media Files: PDF Version of Press Release
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories Update - 09/16/14
Release Date: September 16, 2014, 9:30 PM

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories

Grants Pass, OR - Effective Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm, we are continuing the below listed Level 1 Evacuation advisories due to the Onion Mountain Fire. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations listed below despite rumors to the contrary. The fire was estimated this morning to be approximately 3000 acres with 2% containment, although the fire did have some growth to the north today we will not have a new estimate of size or containment until after the Infrared Flight that will occur tonight. We will pass on new information gained by this flight tomorrow morning in our early morning press release.

One new item of interest is a Public Informational Meeting has been set up for Thursday, Sept. 16th at 6:30 pm at Fleming Middle School. Members of the Fire Incident Management Team will be there to discuss fire information and answer some questions. News from the fire team continues to be encouraging however we still remain cautious with the Level 1 advisories already set in place from last night.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.

Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

Fire/Evacuation information can be obtained by calling the Josephine County Emergency Operations Center at 541-474-5305. Also for more specific fire questions, you can call the Onion Mountain Fire Information staffed by the Fire Team at 541-471-7441.
Attached Media Files: PDF Version of Press Release
Onion Mountain Fire Rumor Control - 09/16/14
Update for Onion Mnt Fire - Rumors have spread that Robertson Bridge is closed, and evacuations are being ordered. This is not true. The fire has had an increase in activity today, spread to the north is what Operations was expecting. All Level 1 evacuations for previous areas are still in place, but no other evacuations have been issued at this time.

For Fire information you can call 541-471-7441
Fire Update, Online Resources and Flashalert Instructions - 09/16/14
Release Date: September 16, 2014, 12:00 Noon

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories


Grants Pass, OR - Effective Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12:00 noon, we are continuing the below Level 1 Evacuation advisories due to the Onion Mountain Fire. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations listed below despite rumors to the contrary. The fire is estimated to be approximately 3000 acres. News from the fire team continues to be encouraging, however we still remain cautious with the Level 1 advisories already set in place from last night.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies. See page two of this release to view a list of online resources as well as step by step instructions for signing up for Flashalert Notifications. These resources and instructions have also been posted to our Facebook account.

Fire/Evacuation information can also be obtained at 541-474-5305.

Informational Resources:

1. Sign Up for flashalert
2. For Fires http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
3. For Fires http://www.nwccweb.us/index.aspx
4. For Fires http://www.swofire.com/
5. Facebook Pages:
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Josephine County Emergency Preparedness
Josephine County Search & Rescue
6. Twitter: @jocoeprep
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Attached Media Files: PDF VERSION
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories Update - 09/15/14
Grants Pass, OR - Effective Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:45pm, we are continuing the below Level 1 Evacuation advisories due to the Onion Mountain Fire. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations listed below despite rumors to the contrary. Minimal fire growth occurred today and news from the fire team tonight was encouraging, however we still remain cautious with the Level 1 advisories already set in place from last night.
LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:

1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.
Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

Fire/Evacuation information can also be obtained at 541-474-5305.
Attached Media Files: PDF Version of Press Release
Public Notice Regarding Evacuation Levels - 09/15/14
Grants Pass, OR - Calls have been coming in to the Emergency Operations Center from residents who are stating that they have received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office. The caller is telling residents that evacuation levels have changed and they need to evacuate.

THESE CALLS ARE NOT COMING FROM THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE! If a Level II or Level III Evacuation Notice occurs, generally the Josephine County Sheriff's Office and/or Josephine County Search and Rescue members would come IN UNIFORM to those residences to make notifications. They would NOT be placing phone calls.

For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.

An informational number has been set up at 541-474-5305.
Updated Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories - 09/15/14
September 15, 2014, 12:30 PM

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories


Grants Pass, OR - Effective Monday, September 15, 2014, the following evacuation advisories are in effect due to the Onion Mountain Fire. Please see evacuation level clarifications on attached document.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:
1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.
2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.
3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.
4. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west. (Added today)
5. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.

Based on today's fire behavior, we will have direction on possible upgrades to LEVEL TWO evacuations this evening or tomorrow. The public information line listed below will be updated with current evacuation information on a recording if those phones are not staffed.
Access to the Fire area is being limited by multiple staffed road blocks on all sides of the fire.

***For up to date notifications, please sign up for FlashAlert notifications go to https://flashalert.net and sign up for alerts from the various agencies.***

An informational number has been set up at 541-474-5305.
Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Advisories - 09/14/14
Release Date: September 14, 2014

Grants Pass, OR - Effective Sunday evening, September 14, 2014, the following evacuation advisories are in effect due to the Onion Mountain Fire. Please see evacuation level clarifications on attached document as well as a checklist helpful to anyone who may be affected by an evacuation.

LEVEL ONE Evacuation Advisory for the following areas:

1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.

2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.

3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.

4. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.

An informational number has been set up at 541-474-5305.