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DRY CREEK LEVEL 3 EVACUATION NOW! - UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX FIRES (Photo) - 08/16/17

***UPDATE #6 08/16/2017 7:00 PM**

The Dry Creek Community including the Last Chance RV Park and residence on Illahee Road are now under a Level 3 or "GO" evacuation notice by the Sheriff's Office and Fire Managers.

A Red Cross shelter is available to displaced residents at the Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 19085 North Umpqua Highway in Glide.

LEVEL 3: A Level 3 or "GO" Evacuation means to Evacuate NOW. 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.

Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.

Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

For additional information the media may call 541-378-6944.

***END UPDATE #7***

***UPDATE #5 08/15/2017 12:00 pm***

Fire Information Line (541) 378-6944
UmpquaNorthComplex17@gmail.com
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Recorded Information: (855) 419-2349

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5505/

Incident: During the week of August 9th, lightning started dozens of fires across the northern Umpqua National Forest along both sides of State Route 138 east of Roseburg in Douglas County, Oregon.

Incident Command: Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, Tom Kurth, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 1,410 acres
Containment: 0%
Current Resources: Crews: 6, Engines: 6, Dozers: 1, Total Personnel: 191

Current Situation:
Dry Creek Level 3 Evacuation Dropped to Level 2, Effective August 15, 2017
The Douglas County Sherriff's Office, in coordination with the Umpqua North Complex Fire Managers, lowered the Level 3 Evacuation Notice for the Dry Creek area effective today.

Changes in the closure of the North Umpqua River
Floating on and fishing along the North Umpqua River between Steamboat/Gravel Bin take-out and Susan Creek remains closed due to rolling debris and falling trees. The section of the river between Boulder Creek and Steamboat/Gravel Bin take-out has been reopened, effective today, August 15, 2017.

Road shoulder and pullout closures along Highway 138
The road shoulders and pullouts between Mile Posts 31 to 35 and Mile Posts 45 to 50.5 of the State Highway 138 East, also known as the North Umpqua Highway, are being closed to protect public and firefighter safety. The road remains open to through traffic. Please drive with extra care on this highway.

A Community Meeting will be held Tuesday, August 15, at 7 p.m. at the Glide Community Center, 20062 N. Umpqua Highway, Glide. Agency representatives and the Alaska Team will provide an update on the fires and answer questions.

The Umpqua National Forest has announced the following closures in the Umpqua North and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts.
Umpqua North Complex Closure Area: See attached map.
National Forest System (NFS) Roads:
NFS Road No. 4750 and all roads with in the area closure listed above. NFS Road No. 2800-620
Trails: Trail No. 1414- The North Umpqua Trail, from the Forest Service boundary to the Mott & Panther Trailheads on NFS Road No. 4712, Trail No. 1502 - Fall Creek Falls Trail, Trail No. 1513 - Williams Creek Trail, Trail No. 1530 - Riverview Trail, Trail No. 1510 - Deception Trail, Trail No. 1521, Twin Lakes Loop, Trail No. 1500, Twin Lakes Trail.
Recreation Sites: Steamboat Falls Campground, Wright Creek Campground, and Horseshoe Bend Campground.

Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaNationalForest/

***END UPDATE #5***


***UPDATE #4 08/13/2017 3:45pm***

In the interest of public safety, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has closed a section of the North Umpqua River to boaters/rafters due to the Umpqua North Complex fires. The closure is in effect from the Boulder Creek take-out to the Susan Creek take-out.

The public is urged to adhere to the closure due to the hazards posed by the fires.

All other areas of the North Umpqua River remain open at this time.

***END UPDATE #4***

***UPDATE #3 08/12/17 8:00pm***

A LEVEL 3 evacuation is now in effect for the Community of Dry Creek including Illahee Flats. Residents may relocate to the American Red Cross evacuation shelter at the Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church (19085 North umpqua Highway, Glide)

LEVEL 3 or "GO!": 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.

***END UPDATE #3***

***UPDATE #2 08/12/2017***

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been notified the United States Forest Service has issued a Level 3 evacuation notice for all campers at the Horseshoe Bend Campground. Evacuation and closure of the campground is currently in progress.

The community of Dry Creek has been upgraded to a LEVEL 2 evacuation notice.

At this time there is no change to the LEVEL 2 evacuation notice for More Hill Lane.

There are three levels of evacuation Level 1, 2, and 3 or "Ready", "Set", "GO!"

Level 1 or "Ready": BE PREPARED - Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Level 2 or "Set": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.- 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.

LEVEL 3 or "GO!": 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.

***END UPDATE #2***

***UPDATE #1 08/11/2017***

Residents on Moore Hill Lane are being upgraded to a Level 2 or "Set" evacuation notice.

Level 2 or "Set": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.- 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.

See attachment regarding "Ready", "Set", "Go" below.

The Umpqua National Forest has established an information line for fires within national forest boundaries. That telephone number is 541-670-5289.

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been notified by the Umpqua National Forest of a Level 1 evacuation notice for residences starting at Moore Hill Lane to the community of Dry Creek along Highway 138 East due to wildfires in the area.

There are three levels of evacuation Level 1, 2, and 3 or "Ready", "Set", "GO!"

Level 1 or "Ready": BE PREPARED - Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Level 2 or "Set": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.- 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.

LEVEL 3 or "GO!": 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.

Residents may sign up to receive EMERGENCY ALERTS about emergencies near their homes, workplaces or other important locations by registering at: http://www.dcso.com/dccens/dccens_main.asp

The Umpqua National Forest has established an information line for fires within national forest boundaries. That telephone number is 541-670-5289.

There is no further information available at this time.

William Douglas Watkins
William Douglas Watkins
Man Arrested for Pointing Firearm During Disturbance (Photo) - 08/14/17

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 5:50 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a disturbance involving a firearm in the 24000-block of North Umpqua Highway in Idleyld Park.

Deputies arrived on scene and determined 47 year-old William Douglas Watkins of Idlelyd Park had engaged in a disturbance with neighbors during which time he pointed a rifle at a female.

Watkins was arrested and taken into custody for Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail.

Attached Media Files: William Douglas Watkins
DCSO
DCSO
Fatal Structure Fire (Photo) - 08/14/17

On Monday, August 14, 2017, at 1:33 am, the Douglas County 9-1-1 Center received multiple reports of a structure fire in the 300-block of Jordan Creek Road in Canyonville.

When responding units arrived on scene they found a single family residence fully-involved which also ignited a grass fire that threatened other structures.

At 3:17 am, the dispatch center was notified that the fire was knocked down. It was discovered that 89 year-old Donald Olsen was unable to leave his home and perished in the fire. Next of kin has been notified.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is working closely with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office on a joint investigation.

Canyonville-South Umpqua, Tri-City, Myrtle Creek and Riddle Fire Departments along with DFPA, Bay Cities, Pacific Power and Light and Avista Utilities responded to the scene.

Attached Media Files: DCSO
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance (Photo) - 08/09/17

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at 5:48 pm, a deputy noticed a black 1982 Pontiac Firebird T-Top near Brockway Road and Highway 42 in Winston. The deputy determined the vehicle had the wrong license plates on the vehicle and turned around to investigate further.

The deputy saw the vehicle speed away as he attempted to catch up. The driver of the Firebird turned onto Kent Creek Road from Brockway Road. Several miles up Kent Creek Road, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Additional resources, including a K9 team from Roseburg Police Department, arrived to assist. After searching for over an hour, law enforcement was unable to locate the driver of the vehicle. Evidence was collected and a follow-up investigation is continuing.

The driver was described as a white male approximately 40-50 years old with brown curly hair.

The Sheriff's Office asks that anyone who may have information about the driver or this vehicle to please call 541-440-4471 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us and reference case #17-3367.

Attached Media Files: Sheriff-Patch.png
**UPDATE** Gas Leak in Riddle - 08/08/17

**UPDATE**

The gas company has been able to stop the gas leak. The area and roads have been re-opened.

**END UPDATE**

**ORIGINAL RELEASE**

Riddle Fire Department is on scene of a gas leak in the area of Park Street/E. Fourth Avenue in Riddle.

Per the fire department road closures are in effect at Fourth St/Maple St and Park St/Fifth St in Riddle. Please avoid the area until further notice.

The gas company is currently on scene attempting to resolve the problem.

No further information available at this time.

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash - 08/03/17

On Wednesday, August 02, 2017, at 7:40 pm, the Douglas County 9-1-1 center received a report of an injury motor vehicle crash on Buckhorn Road near Little Pheasant in Roseburg.

Deputies determined the involved 2006 Mazda sedan was being operated by 26 year old Ryan Dickenson of Roseburg. The vehicle was traveling on Buckhorn Road when it left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest in a field.

Both Dickenson and his 20 year-old passenger, Alexis Campbell of Roseburg, were transported to Mercy Medical Center by ground ambulance. Dickenson was later transferred to a Portland area hospital by air ambulance.

At this time speed appears to be a contributing factor. The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

Douglas County Fire District #2 and Bay Cities Ambulance also responded.

Recovered Firearms
Recovered Firearms
Arrests Made and Stolen Firearms Recovered (Photo) - 08/01/17

On Monday, July 24, 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office took a report of a 2004 Ford F250 pickup that had been stolen from the 6000-block of Highway 99 North in Winchester.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, deputies responded to a residential burglary in the 4000-block of Rice Valley Road in Yoncalla where approximately 18 firearms were stolen.

During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered the two incidents were related.

With the assistance of the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Sutherlin Police Department and Eugene Police Department, Douglas County deputies were able to locate the stolen pickup at a Motel 6 in Eugene on Monday, July 31, 2017. A traffic stop was made on the stolen vehicle as it left the motel.

Deputies conducted a second traffic stop on a bus that had been associated with occupants of the stolen pickup along Interstate 5. All 18 stolen firearms were located in the bus.

The following arrests were made as a result of the investigation:

Christopher Robert Helm, age 33 of Yoncalla, OR - Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Warrant Arrest, Burglary I, Burglary II, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Felon in Possession of Firearm.

Jason Michael Vigil, age 37 of Eugene, OR - Theft I by Receiving, Felon in Possession of Firearm

Robin Lynn Vigil, age 30 of Eugene, OR - Theft I by Receiving

Matthew David Tong, age 39 of Eugene, OR - Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle

Jessica Nicole Blessent, age 29 of Eugene, OR - Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle

All of the subjects were transported to and lodged at the Douglas County Jail.

Leonel Jimenez
Leonel Jimenez
Arrest Made after Escape from Jail (Photo) - 07/27/17

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, an inmate of the Douglas County Jail escaped from the facility before being apprehended by Roseburg Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Office Deputies.

36 year-old Leonel Jimenez of Yuba, California, was in custody for non-violent property crimes. He was able to gain access to an exit door at 11:05 am.

Law enforcement personnel began looking for the escaped inmate and eventually located him in the 300-block of Pine Street in Roseburg at 12:37 pm. Jimenez was taken into custody without incident and charged with Escape II, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Theft III.

Jimenez was not considered to be a threat to the public during his escape.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is currently reviewing the incident and will take measures to prevent further occurrences. In order to provide for the safety and security of the jail, details of the escape will not be provided at this time.

Attached Media Files: Leonel Jimenez
Gerald Gerald Baczkowski
Gerald Gerald Baczkowski
Man Arrested Following Saturday Pursuit (Photo) - 07/25/17

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, around 6:00pm, the 9-1-1 center received a report of a 2004 Gray Jeep Grand Cherokee driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 108.

A deputy eventually located the vehicle on Pruner Road driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of travel. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit into the area of Lower Cow Creek Road. The pursuit continued on BLM land to approximately milepost 13.5 on Union Creek Road where the vehicle stopped in a ditch and the driver fled on foot.

Deputies tracked the male throught the woods where they found articles of his clothing that he had discarded. Eventually, an Oregon State Police Trooper located the driver near milepost 4.5 on Union Creek Road completely naked.

The driver was identified as 21 year old John Gerald Baczkowski of Eugene. Baczkowski was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle and Attempt to Elude on Foot.

Attached Media Files: Gerald Gerald Baczkowski