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ODW Award
JCSO Marine Patrol Wins National Award (Photo) - 09/14/18

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies have been recognized for their work in enforcing impaired boating laws.  This week, JCSO received the “Top Agency” award for “Operation Dry Water,” a nationwide effort to keep waterways safe from alcohol-related fatalities.    

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, JCSO representatives were presented with the award during the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) conference in Indianapolis.  The Oregon State Marine Board nominated JCSO for the honor.  JCSO was one of three agencies nationwide to receive the Top Agency award.

Deputies Jason Denton and Ian Lance combined to arrest nine boaters for boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII) during the “Operation Dry Water” enforcement weekend, June 29 to July 1.  The nationwide event is part of a year-long awareness campaign sponsored by NASBLA.  According to NASBLA, alcohol is responsible for 15 percent of boating fatalities, making it the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. 

Oregon’s laws for driving and boating under the influence of intoxicants (DUII and BUII) are generally similar.  Unlike driving laws, however, Oregon boating laws allow open containers of alcohol in boats, and boat operators are allowed to consume alcohol. 

Like vehicle drivers, however, boat operators must not be impaired to a perceptible degree.  The “legal limit” for both is .08% blood alcohol content.  BUII laws are enforceable on any public waterway and pertain to any kind of boat, including motor boats, rafts, and other paddle craft.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit http://www.operationdrywater.org/boaters.  Information about statewide boating laws and regulations can be found on the Oregon State Marine Board website: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Statewide-and-Local-Regulations.aspx .

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Attached Media Files: ODW Award , Dep Denton and Dep Lance
Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
Classroom "Grandpa" Sentenced for Sex Abuse (Photo) - 09/13/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – A former classroom volunteer arrested for sexually abusing two kindergarten students is headed to prison.  Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree sexual abuse in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

As part of a negotiated settlement, Lodge received a sentence of 75 months in prison, without the possibility of early release due to Measure 11 sentencing guidelines.  He has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since his arrest on December 9, 2017.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lodge after investigating a report that Lodge sexually abused a 5-year-old girl while volunteering at Lower Table Rock Elementary School in White City.  Detectives later learned of a second victim in the class.  A grand jury indicted Lodge on charges related to the abuse of both girls. 

During an interview with detectives, Lodge confirmed both girls’ claims that he touched their genitals on the inside of the their underwear.  Lodge told detectives he found opportunities to touch the girls when others weren’t looking.  He said he even did so in the middle of the classroom, using his body to shield the act from the teacher.  The girls reported that Lodge told them to keep the abuse a secret.

Lodge was known as “Grandpa Jerry” to the children in the class.  He was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS).  The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley.  Participants must pass a criminal background check.

Detectives say as soon as the abuse allegations surfaced on December 6, officials with the Eagle Point School District and PRS cooperated fully with the criminal investigation; they prevented Lodge from having any further contact with students. School officials and JCSO detectives held a meeting with parents in the classroom following Lodge's arrest to answer questions about the incidents.

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Attached Media Files: Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
Marijuana grow - Sept 4 2018
Marijuana grow - Sept 4 2018
Grants Allow Deputies to Focus on Marijuana (Photo) - 09/13/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) will receive a grant award of more than $573,000 from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to help with enforcement of marijuana laws.  Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1544, creating the Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement grant program.  The grant is designed to help law enforcement agencies address the local impact of the illegal marijuana market.

The funds will allow the creation of a multi-agency team consisting of investigators from JCSO and the Medford Police Department, as well as a crime analyst and a prosecutor.  The state grant requires that the positions be dedicated specifically to the enforcement of marijuana laws. 

Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler says the grant is a step in the right direction, and he looks forward to getting the team up and running.

“With the new grant, we will be able to begin recruiting for new deputies soon, but it will take time to get them hired and trained,” Sickler said.  The positions on the multi-agency team will be filled by current deputies as job openings are filled by new employees.

In the meantime, JCSO is taking advantage of a federal grant to focus on problems that affect livability for Jackson County residents. Among the greatest needs is addressing complaints involving marijuana, which have increased since recreational and commercial production was legalized. 

Two deputy positions are funded by a grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Deputies Michael Hermant and David Bartlett were selected to fill the two COPS grant-funded positions, which went into service on July 1, 2018.  Their ability to focus on ongoing problems frees patrol deputies to respond to everyday calls for service. 

“Our deputies get a lot of complaints related to marijuana grows such as extra traffic, odors, and neighbor disputes,” said Deputy Hermant.  “We are able to take the time to look into each case, and then work with other agencies to find the best solution.”

The deputies work to determine whether a marijuana grow is operating legally.  Rules vary depending on whether the grow is recreational, commercial, or medical.  The deputies contact authorities such as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to check the legal status of the grow. 

Ongoing problems with permitting and compliance are referred to agencies such as Jackson County Code Enforcement or the Watermaster’s Office.  Large overproduction cases may be forwarded to local drug enforcement units such as the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement unit, or to the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Marijuana Team for further investigation. 

So far, the majority of the growers the deputies have contacted based on complaints have initially been out of compliance in some aspect.  In minor cases, deputies provide education to growers and give them an opportunity to bring their grows into compliance prior to enforcement action being taken. 

Some growers are operating completely outside of legal parameters, however.  An example is a recent case at a rural property near Gold Hill.  After investigating the initial complaint, deputies found a large grow with no permits or OMMP association.  They served a search warrant on September 4 and removed nearly 90 plants, which were destroyed. 

Nobody was present at the property during the warrant service, so no arrests were made at that time. The case remains under investigation.

The COPS deputies expect to have more time to devote to other problems in the community once marijuana harvest season has completed.  They already have plans to attend neighborhood meetings this fall to help address citizen concerns.  They are also spending time in rural schools, assisting with the JCSO School Safety Deputy program. 

Anyone with a complaint regarding a marijuana-related issue, or any other problem, can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.  After contact with a patrol deputy, applicable cases will be forwarded to the COPS deputies.

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Football DUII collage
Football DUII collage
Football Season Brings DUII, Seat Belt Patrols (Photo) - 09/10/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are on the lookout for impaired drivers as the 2018 National Football League (NFL) regular season kicks off.  A week-long enforcement effort will also include an emphasis on occupant safety.

September 10, 2018, marks the first Monday Night Football games of the NFL regular season.  Deputies will patrol roadways throughout the county looking for impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who aren’t properly restrained.  

The focused enforcement will continue through the weekend, with an emphasis during and after NFL games on Thursday evening and all day Sunday.  Grant funding allows JCSO to add the patrols without reducing the number of deputies available for regular calls for service.

For many fans, football season and alcohol go hand-in-hand.  If your game day celebrations include drinking, please consider the following tips:

  • DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.
  • GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Get a ride from a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.
  • PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
  • HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
  • SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.
  • BUCKLE UP: Whether you’re a driver or passenger, your odds of surviving a crash increase greatly when you are properly restrained.

Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is a crime, punishable by incarceration and/or fines.  Additional or enhanced consequences may apply for some drivers, including those who drive impaired with children in the car, those with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.15%, those with prior DUII convictions, and those who cause injury or property damage.

Oregon law requires adults and children to be properly restrained with a seat belt or child safety seat.  For more information on occupant safety, go to https://www.oregon.gov/odot/safety/pages/belts-seats.aspx .

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Attached Media Files: Football DUII collage
Banks booking photo 090718
Banks booking photo 090718
Man Jailed After Assault, Standoff (Photo) - 09/07/18

GOLD HILL, Ore. – A Gold Hill man is in jail Friday after reportedly assaulting a woman and then barricading himself in his home with two children.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested the man after a three-hour standoff. 

On September 6, 2018, at 10:10 p.m., JCSO deputies responded to a home in the 1100-block of Fourth Avenue, Gold Hill, for a report of a domestic violence incident.  The female victim came outside to meet deputies.  She had injuries consistent with an assault.

The suspect, Cody Everett Banks, 25, refused to speak with deputies and barricaded himself inside the home with the couple’s two children.  Banks made statements regarding having a firearm.   

The JCSO SWAT team responded to assist.  Deputies and SWAT members attempted to negotiate with Banks to exit the residence .  Banks refused to comply.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence.  The SWAT team entered the home at 1:15 a.m. and took Banks into custody without further incident.  The children were found to be unharmed. 

A deputy transported Banks to Providence Medford Medical Center for a medical assessment.  He was lodged in jail Friday morning on the following charges: fourth degree assault (felony), harassment, and interfering with a peace officer.  Bail at lodging was $15,000.

Case #18-18832

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Attached Media Files: Banks booking photo 090718
Photo - Jail exterior 090418
Photo - Jail exterior 090418
Sheriff Adds Jail Beds, Raises Nighttime Capacity (Photo) - 09/05/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – Some creative reorganization at the jail is allowing Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) officials to keep more inmates locked up.  The change increases overall capacity and lowers the number of inmates released due to overcrowding, especially during the crucial nighttime hours. 

By adding eight beds and moving female inmates to the basement level, officials have been able to raise the daytime capacity to 300 inmates – an increase from the previous capacity of 292.  At night, the jail can hold up to 315 inmates.

The changes mean that jail officials are less likely to be forced to release inmates in the middle of the night.  This keeps released inmates from wandering nearby neighborhoods, and gives them an opportunity to proceed directly to local services during operating hours. 

“We are always looking for ways to make the best use of the space we have, while being mindful of how the jail affects the greater community,” said Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler.

Sheriff Sickler says JCSO is actively integrating more mental health services into the jail.  They are also working with Jackson County Community Justice and other partners on a concept to connect inmates with resources upon their release from jail.

“The program will be a great opportunity for inmates who are ready to accept help for needs such as housing, employment, or treatment,” Sickler said. 

Sheriff Sickler says the added capacity and partnerships help, but he stresses that it is a partial fix to a bigger problem.  Current jail space is limited to the current structure; a larger, more modern jail facility is needed for the local criminal justice system to be effective. 

JCSO officials are working on plans to secure a site and identify the most efficient jail design.  Meanwhile, they continue to work with county officials to find ways to secure funding for the project in a way that would have the least impact on taxpayers. 

“A larger jail would allow us to hold criminals accountable and keep them longer to give them a chance to take advantage of the services they need,” said Sickler. 

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Attached Media Files: Photo - Jail exterior 090418
Rural DUII patrols - file photo
Rural DUII patrols - file photo
Labor Day Weekend DUII Patrols - UPDATE (Photo) - 09/04/18

Update 9/4/18 at 4:00 p.m. - 

Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested three impaired drivers over the 2018 Labor Day holiday weekend (Friday through Monday).  All cases involved alcohol as the primary intoxicant.  

During the entire designated grant period, which ran from August 17 to September 3, deputies made 15 arrests for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).  The majority involved alcohol as the primary intoxicant; one involved a controlled substance (methamphetamine). 

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Original release, 8/30/18 at 10:08 a.m.-

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies advise drivers to plan ahead if alcohol is included in their end-of-summer celebrations.  JCSO will have extra patrols on the road through Labor Day weekend, keeping an eye out for impaired drivers. 

Deputies on grant-funded overtime patrols may be found anywhere in the county through Monday, August 3; however, the focus will be on rural roadways and popular summer recreation areas.  The grant funding is part of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. 

According to NHTSA, about one-third of all roadway fatalities in the United States involve intoxicated drivers. In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk driving crashes—that’s one person every 51 minutes, every day of the year.

Deputies offer the following tips to help prevent impaired driving fatalities:

 * DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.

  * GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Get a ride from a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

  * HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.

  * CAMP OUT: Rural areas may not have cell phone service. Take an overnight bag with the clothing and gear needed to spend the night if you’re too intoxicated to drive.

  * PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.

  * HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

  * SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.

Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is a crime, punishable by incarceration and/or fines.  Additional or enhanced consequences may apply for some drivers, including those who drive impaired with children in the car, those with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.15%, those with prior DUII convictions, and those who cause injury or property damage. 

For more information on preventing fatalities caused by risky driving, go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving .

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Attached Media Files: Rural DUII patrols - file photo
Deputies Investigate Shady Cove Fires - 09/01/18

SHADY COVE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking help to identify the suspect in a string of grass fires. Deputies believe the same suspect is likely responsible for setting three suspicious fires in the Shady Cove area Thursday night.

On August 30, 2018, at 9:10 p.m., the first fire was reported to dispatch in the area of Train Lane and Highway 62. A second fire, at Brophy Way and Highway 62, was reported four hours later at 1:11 a.m. The third fire, in the 2500-block of Indian Creek Road, was reported at 1:19 a.m.

Fire crews from Jackson County Fire District #4 (Shady Cove Fire) and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to fight the fires. No structures were lost; nobody was injured. A resident was able to extinguish one of the fires with a shovel before fire crews arrived. The fires remain under investigation.

Witnesses reported seeing a light-colored, possibly tan, Pontiac Sunfire sedan leaving the area immediately prior to the fire being spotted. Deputies hope someone can provide information about the driver and occupants of the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Corporal Steven Scow at (541) 776-7206. Refer to case #18-18294.

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Ramsey Canyon map - image 082918
Ramsey Canyon map - image 082918
Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Reduced - Update (Photo) - 08/29/18

Update - August 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Based on the recommendation of fire officials managing the Ramsey Canyon Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reducing all remaining Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation zones to Level 1 “Be Ready.”  In the meantime, residents are advised to remain vigilant to changes in weather and fire behavior, and to monitor fire information resources.

The following is comprehensive list of all current evacuation levels related to the Ramsey Canyon Fire:

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

East Evans Creek Road, 15500 through Meadows Road; West Fork Evans Creek Road, addresses of 18504 and 18508;  Ramsey Rd., from the 11600-block through the intersection with Meadows Road; Meadows Road, from East Evans Creek Road, south to the address of 14765.

Roadblocks will be removed and National Guard troops will be demobilized soon.  Residents and motorists in the area are advised to anticipate fire traffic to continue and to drive carefully.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Follow the Ramsey Canyon Fire Information page on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/RamseyCanyonFireInfo/ .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Update - 08/26/2018 4:00 p.m.

White City, Ore – Thanks to the work of fire crews, and favorable weather conditions the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation levels of the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Areas previously under a Level 3 “Go” evacuation notice will reduce to Level 2 “Be Set.” Areas previously under a Level 2 “Be Set” notice will reduce to a Level 1 “Be Ready.”

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire:

Level 3 “Go”

There are no Level 3 notices currently associated with the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 1 “Be Ready”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

Roadblocks will remain in place to restrict traffic to residents and fire personnel.  

A Level 1 evacuation means “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, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means “Go,” and you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/24/2018 3:15 p.m.

White City, Ore – As the Ramsey Canyon Fire progresses, new evacuation orders have been issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the safety of residents and fire crews.  Changes in level 2 “Be Set” to Level 3 “Go,” notices have been made.

The following is a list of today's changes.

Level 3 “Go”

Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire:

Level 3 “Go”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

A shelter for families and companion animals is currently open at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill.

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at (541) 226-1124, or Expo staff at (541) 821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/23/2018 8:30 p.m.

White City, Ore - The Ramsey Canyon Fire has grown and further evacuation warnings have become necessary.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is upgrading some locations which were previously level 2 “Be Set” to Level 3 “Go.”  

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 3 “Go.”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

A shelter for families and companion animals is open at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill.

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at (541)226-1124, or Expo staff at (541)821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go towww.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/23/2018 4:00 p.m.

White City, Ore - The Ramsey Canyon Fire continues to grow and further evacuation warnings have become necessary.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is adding to the list of Level 2 “Be Set,” and Level 3 “Go” evacuations.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 3 “Go.”

Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16840 and 16880, this includes 4 new addresses who were contacted last night.

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18504, 18505, 18508, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), and continuing to include the address of 20001 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

A shelter for families and companion animals is being organized at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill (806 6th Ave N, Gold Hill, OR 97525).

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at (541)226-1124, or Expo staff at (541)821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/RamseyCanyonFireInfo

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/22/2018 10:00 p.m.

White City, Ore - The Ramsey Canyon Fire in the area of Sam’s Valley has progressed.  Level 3 evacuations are now necessary.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 3 “Go.”

Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd., intersection; Crane Lane, all of Crane Lane; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans Creek Rd. to include the address of 17000.

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., from West Fork Evans Creek Rd beginning with the address 16840 to Antioch Rd ending at the address 22185; Meadows Rd, the addresses 16840, 16880, 16901, and 16933.  

A shelter for families and companion animals is open at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill.

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at 541-226-1124, or Expo staff at (541)821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 "Go" evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go towww.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations - (Photo) - 08/22/2018

White City, Ore - A new fire started this afternoon in the Ramsey Canyon area of Sam’s Valley.  Multiple fire resources are in the area and working in the unforgiving terrain.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation notice for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.0

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., from West Fork Evans Creek Rd beginning with the address 16840 to Antioch Rd ending at the address 22185; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans until the address 16840 Meadows Rd.; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection.  

A LEVEL 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go towww.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Suspect Jailed in Prospect Stabbing (Photo) - 08/27/18

PROSPECT, Ore. – One woman is in jail and another is recovering from a stab wound after a fight in Prospect on Sunday afternoon.  Detectives say the altercation started outside the library, which was closed at the time.

On August 26, 2018, at 1:02 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a stabbing at the Prospect branch of the Jackson County Library, 150 Mill Creek Drive.  A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputy patrolling in the area arrived on scene within three minutes of the 911 call, but both the victim and suspect had already fled.

Detectives later learned that Melissa Renea Peck, 21, and Haylee Nicole Brewer, 19, both of the Prospect area, arrived at the library and began arguing about their romantic involvement with the same man.  The fight turned physical, and then Peck obtained a knife and stabbed Brewer in the chest. 

Brewer fled to a nearby residence to get help.  Deputies noted that cell phone coverage is inconsistent in the area; nobody was able to call for help from the scene.  

Medics from the Prospect Rural Fire Protection District responded to assist Brewer.  She was transported to the Prospect airport and then flown to Rogue Regional Medical Center by Mercy Flights helicopter.

Deputies found Peck hiding nearby and took her into custody without further incident.  She was uninjured.

Deputies transported Peck to the Jackson County jail for lodging on a charge of assault in the first degree.  Peck was also lodged for outstanding warrants for failing to appear on charges of menacing, harassment, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, giving false information to police, and resisting arrest.  Peck’s total bail at lodging was $112,500.  

Lehman Louis Adams III, 24, of Prospect, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and a contempt charge for violation of a no-contact release agreement.  His bail at lodging was $12,500.

The case has been forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  The case will be reviewed to determine whether additional charges are warranted.

Deputies and detectives spoke with several people during the investigation, but they believe there may be others who have not yet provided statements.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-17958.

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Miles Fire Evacuations Reduced - Update (Photo) - 08/20/18

Update - August 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.:

TRAIL, Ore. – Due to progress made by crews fighting the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is further reducing evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area on August 20, 2018.  

There are no level 3 evacuations associated with the Miles fire.  All areas of the Miles fire currently under level 2 evacuation will be reduced to level 1 as of 6 p.m. today.  

There will still be a roadblock on Elk Creek Rd restricting traffic to allow residents and fire personnel only.  The danger to homes in the area has diminished, however for the safety of fire crews the traffic restriction is still necessary.  

The following is a complete and updated list of evacuation zones associated with the Miles Fire:

Level 3 "Go":

There are no level 3 evacuations associated with the Miles fire.

Level 2 "Be Set":

There are no level 2 evacuations associated with the Miles fire.

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

Trail: Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Elk Creek Road, from Highway 62 through the 18,000 block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, all addresses and uninhabited areas, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses; Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Prospect: Lewis Road, all addresses; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, all addresses; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Information regarding the fire is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Update - August 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.:

TRAIL, Ore. – Due to progress made by crews fighting the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is further reducing evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area on August 17, 2018.  All areas of the Miles fire currently under level 3 evacuation will be reduced to level 2 as of 6 p.m. today.  

The following is a complete and updated list of evacuation zones associated with the Miles Fire:

Level 3 "Go":

There are no level 3 evacuations associated with the Miles fire.

Level 2 "Be Set":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 5700-block through 18,000 -block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, upper section (uninhabited); Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses.

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

Trail: Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Elk Creek Road, from Highway 62 through the 1600-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage; Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Prospect: Lewis Road, all addresses; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, all addresses; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Information regarding the fire is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .  Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Update - August 15, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.:

TRAIL, Ore. – Due to progress made by crews fighting the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is further reducing evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area on August 15, 2018.  The affected area includes only a few homes, plus uninhabited areas.    

The latest reduction means all homes in the Prospect area previously notified of evacuations are now reduced to a Level 1 “Be Ready” notification.  A Citizen Alert notification will be sent today to advise residents affected by the reduced evacuation status.

The following is a complete and updated list of evacuation zones associated with the Miles Fire:

Level 3 "Go":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 8800-block and above; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses.

Level 2 "Be Set":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 5700-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, upper section (uninhabited).

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

Trail: Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Elk Creek Road, from Highway 62 through the 1600-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage; Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Prospect: Lewis Road, all addresses; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, all addresses; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Information regarding the fire is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .  Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Update - August 14, 2018 at 10:00 am:

TRAIL, Ore. – Based on recommendations from fire officials managing the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reducing some evacuation levels on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  The affected addresses are in the area of Elk Creek Road, Highway 62, and the dam at Lost Creek Lake.  A Citizen Alert notification will be sent today to advise residents affected by the reduced evacuation status.

The following is a complete and updated list of evacuation zones associated with the Miles Fire:

Level 3 "Go":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 5700-block and above; West Branch Elk Creek Road, upper section (uninhabited); Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses.

Level 2 "Be Set":

Trail: Elk Creek Road, 1600-block; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Prospect: 4000-block Lewis Road; Ulrich Road, 2500-block.

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

Trail:  Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Elk Creek Road, from Highway 62 through the 1200-block; Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses.

Prospect: Lewis Road from Highway 62 to the 3000-block; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road from Highway 62 to the 820-block; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org . 

Information regarding the fire is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .  Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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Update - August 13, 2018 at 9:45 am:

PROSPECT, Ore. – Due to progress made by fire crews on the Miles Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reducing evacuation levels in the Prospect area.  Zones previously designated as Level 3 “Go” are now Level 2 “Be Set.”  Zones previously designated as Level 2 “Be Set” are now Level 1 “Be Ready.” 

Affected residents will receive a Citizen Alert notification today to advise them of the reduced evacuation status.  At this time, there are no changes to evacuation zones in the Trail/Elk Creek area. 

The updated evacuation zones for the Miles Fire now include the following:

Level 3 "Go":

    Trail:  Elk Creek Road, all addresses above West Branch Elk Creek Road; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block and the upper section; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Level 2 "Be Set":

    Trail:  Elk Creek Road from Highway 62 to the 1600-block; Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage.

    Prospect:  4000-block Lewis Road; Ulrich Road, 2500-block.

Level 1 “Be Ready”: 

    Prospect:  Lewis Road from Highway 62 to the 3000-block; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road from Highway 62 to the 820-block; Shelly Lane, all addresses; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org

Information regarding the fire is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .  Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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Update August 10, 2018:

PROSPECT, Ore. – Due to efforts of fire personnel, and favorable conditions, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation level for Ulrich road in the Prospect area.

Level 2 "Be Set": Ulrich Road, 829 and above.  This road was previously at Level 3.

For more information on preparedness and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

To check the status of a specific address, refer to the interactive fire map at http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840 .

The nearest Red Cross shelter currently in operation is at Grants Pass High School.  

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Update August 7, 2018: 

TRAIL, Ore. – At the recommendation of fire officials managing the Miles (Sugar Pine) fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is upgrading and expanding evacuation zones in the area of Elk Creek and Lost Creek Lake. 

The upgraded Level 3 “Go” zone includes two addresses in the area near the intersection of Elk Creek Road and West Branch Elk Creek Road that were previously advised of a Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation.  Another upgraded Level 3 zone is located on the north side of Lost Creek Road and contains no structures.

Expansion of the Level 2 “Be Set” extends the Elk Creek drainage zone south to Highway 62, and along the west side of Lost Creek Lake, including the dam.  Search and rescue personnel will be in the area contacting residents today.  Citizen Alert notifications will also be sent to the affected addresses.

The following is an updated list of all current evacuations related to the Miles (Sugar Pine) fire:

Level 3 "Go":

Trail:  Elk Creek Road, all addresses above West Branch Elk Creek Road; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block and the upper section; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses; north side of Lost Creek Lake (uninhabited, accessed by Takelma Drive).

Prospect:  Ulrich Road, 829 and above; Shelly Lane, all addresses; 4000-block Lewis Road.

 

Level 2 "Be Set":

Trail:  Elk Creek Road from Highway 62 to the 1600-block; Highway 62, 26300 through the 31600-block (odd numbers only); Takelma Drive, all addresses; Cole M. Rivers Road, all addresses; the uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road, including Morine Creek Road, Buck Rock, and the upper Lewis Creek drainage.

Prospect:  Lewis Road from Highway 62 to the 3000-block; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road from Highway 62 to the 820-block; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

Refer to the interactive map to check a specific address: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .  Information regarding the fire is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .

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Update August 6, 2018:

TRAIL – Due to increased fire activity on the west side of the Miles/Sugar Pine fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is expanding the Level 3 “Go” and Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation zones.  These zones do not contain any residences. 

The new Level 3 area now includes the upper portion of West Branch Elk Creek Road.  The road is already closed to public traffic at the intersection with Elk Creek Road.  A Level 2 area is now located to the west and south of the new Level 3 area.  Because no residences are affected by the new evacuation zones, no evacuation notices or Citizen Alert notifications will be issued. 

The evacuation zones for the Miles/Sugar Pine fire now include the following areas:

Level 3 "Go": Elk Creek Road, 8800 and above; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, 829 and above; Shelly Lane, all addresses; 4000-block Lewis Road; upper section of West Branch Elk Creek Road.

Level 2 "Be Set": Elk Creek Road between West Branch Elk Creek Road and Alco Creek Road; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; Takelma Drive, along the north side of Lost Creek Lake; Lewis Road from Highway 62 to the 3000-block; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road from Highway 62 to the 820-block; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses; uninhabited area west of West Branch Elk Creek Road.

For more information on preparedness and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

To check the status of a specific address, refer to the interactive fire map at http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840 .  This map is complete and includes all updates to evacuations.

For more information from fire officials, follow the Sugar Pine Fire Information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarPineFireInfo/ .  You can also find information on the InciWeb page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .

The nearest Red Cross shelter currently in operation is at Grants Pass High School. 

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The joint information center also operates a website with fire information from around the region at http://swojic.blogspot.com/ .

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Update - August 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.:

Following the recommendations of fire officials on the Miles/Sugar Pine fires, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has added a new Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation zone to the south of the existing Level 3 "Go" zone on Elk Creek Road.  Two addresses are included in the new zone. Search and rescue personnel have already notified the affected residents in person. 

The western boundary of the Level 3 area on Elk Creek Road was also extended.  This change is visible on the map, however it does not affect any residences. 

Additionally, a Level 2 area was added along the north side of Lost Creek Lake, accessed by Takelma Drive.  This zone connects the Level 2 evacuation zone along Elk Creek Road with the existing Level 2 and 3 areas on the east side of the lake. This new evacuation zone does not include any residences.  

The evacuation zones for the Miles/Sugar Pine fire area now include the following areas:

Level 3 "Go": Elk Creek Road, 8800 and above; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, 829 and above; Shelly Lane, all addresses; 4000-block Lewis Road. 

Level 2 "Be Set": Elk Creek Road between West Branch Elk Creek Road and Alco Creek Road; West Branch Elk Creek Road, 200-block; Takelma Drive, along the north side of Lost Creek Lake; Lewis Road from Highway 62 to the 3000-block; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road from Highway 62 to the 820-block; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

For more information on preparedness and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

To check the status of a specific address, refer to the interactive fire map at http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840 .  This map is complete and includes all updates to evacuations.

For more information from fire officials, follow the Sugar Pine Fire Information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SugarPineFireInfo/ .  You can also find information on the InciWeb page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .

The nearest Red Cross shelter currently in operation is at Grants Pass High School.  

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m

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Update 8/2/18 at 7:00 p.m.:

PROSPECT, Ore. - Due to increased fire behavior on the Miles fire, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office is expanding the Sugar Pine/Miles evacuation area toward Prospect.  The current evacuation zone now includes the following areas in Trail and Prospect: 

Level 3 "Go": Elk Creek Road, 8800 and above; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road, 829 and above; Shelly Lane, all addresses; 4000-block Lewis Road. 

Level 2 "Be Set": Lewis Road from Highway 62 to the 3000-block; Evergreen Drive and all intersecting roads; Highway 62 between Lewis Road and Prospect Access Road; Cascade Gorge Road, all addresses; Ulrich Road from Highway 62 to the 820-block; Mill Creek Drive between Highway 62 and Prospect Access Road; Snodgrass Lane, all addresses; Mather Road, all addresses; Skookum Lane, all addresses.

A Level 3 "Go" evacuation means you should not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make further efforts to protect your home. This may be the last notice you receive.

A Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation means you should prepare to leave at a moment's notice; however, this may be the last notice you receive.

Deputies will deliver evacuation notices in person.  Those in the affected area will also receive Citizen Alert notifications.  For more information on preparedness and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

To check the status of a specific address, refer to the interactive fire map at http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840 .

The nearest Red Cross shelter currently in operation is at Grants Pass High School.  

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Update July 31, 2018, at 9:25 p.m.:

TRAIL, Ore. - Based on the recommendation of fire officials managing the Sugar Pine fire, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has increased the evacuation advisory for residences in the Elk Creek Road area from Level 2 "Be Set" to Level 3 "Go."  

A Level 3 "Go" advisory is now in effect for the following addresses: 8800 to 17600 Elk Creek Road; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek road, all addresses.

A Level 3 "Go" evacuation means you should not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make further efforts to protect your home. This may be the last notice you receive.

Deputies and search and rescue volunteers will deliver notices to these residences in person; however, residents do not need to wait for a notice to vacate their homes.  Citizen Alert notifications will be sent to those in the affected area.  

To register for future Citizen Alert notifications, go to jacksoncounty.org/alert . Information about evacuation levels and preparedness is available at www.rvem.org .

The nearest Red Cross shelter currently in operation is at Grants Pass High School.  An animal shelter is set up at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.  

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305.  The Sugar Pine fire is one of several fires managed by an incident management team under the collective name Sugar Pine.  For more information, visit the InciWeb fire page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/ .  Information on the Miles Fire, part of the South Umpqua Complex can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5940/ .

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Original release, July 27, 2018:

TRAIL, Ore. –  Fire officials are recommending “Level 2” residential evacuations in the Elk Creek area.  Both the Sugar Pine fire and Miles fire are creating a potential threat to homes in the area.  

As of Friday, July 27, 2018, a Level 2 (BE SET) advisory is in effect for the following addresses:  8800 to 17600 Elk Creek Road; Sugar Pine Road, all addresses; Dodes Creek road, all addresses.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and search and rescue personnel are making in-person notifications.  Citizen Alert notifications will also be made by phone to those in the affected area. 

While homes on Dodes Creek Road and the upper section of Elk Creek Road are still some distance from the fires, officials are concerned that the evacuation route down Elk Creek Road could become compromised if the Sugar Pine fire encroaches toward the intersection of Sugar Pine Road and Elk Creek Road.  Residents should consider these concerns when creating their evacuation plans.

To sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.jacksoncounty.org/alert .  Information about evacuation levels and preparedness is available at www.rvem.org.

A downloadable map of the evacuation area is included with this release.  Evacuation zones have also be added to the interactive fire map: http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840 .  Users are able to search for specific addresses on the interactive map. 

The Sugar Pine Fire is one of several fires managed by an incident management team under the collective name Sugar Pine.  For more information, visit the InciWeb fire page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/

The Miles fire is one of several fires that make up the South Umpqua Complex.  For more information, visit the InciWeb fire page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5940/ .

The Southwest Oregon Joint Information Center is continually updating information about all fires in the region at http://swojic.blogspot.com/ . Those with questions can call the public fire information number at (541) 474-5305.  Questions can also be asked via email at einfo@gmail.com">swofireinfo@gmail.com .

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