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More houses evacuated on Blackburn Fire

— More households are now under evacuation order in connection with the Blackburn Fire.

These evacuation orders are effective immediately, August 22, 2013 at 11:15 am. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following:

• Level III(GO) Evacuation notification for residents on Ketchum Road

• Level III (GO) Evacuation notification for residents Vensel Road to the Osburn Cut-Off and any side roads.

• Level II (SET) Evacuation notification for residents on Chenoweth Road west of Vensel Road and any side roads.

• Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents on Chenowith Road and side roads, east to the Browns Street intersection.

• Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents for ALL of Browns Creek road and any side roads.

• Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents for the 5000 block of Cherry Heights to Browns Creek road .

Other Evacuation levels remaining in effect are:

• Level II (Get SET) Wells Road and any side roads

• Level II (Get SET) Upper Mill Creek Road east to the 6500 block of Mill Creek Road.

• Level II (Get SET) Orbrist Road.

When you hear the terms Level I, II, or III evacuation notice, remember “ready, set, go.” Level I means be aware of the fire in your area and start getting ready, Level II means make final preparations and get and set to evacuate, and Level III means evacuate immediately—GO NOW.

The American Red Cross has established an evacuation center at their office, 507 West 9th Street, The Dalles. Please register on their Safe and Well program either at the center or on line at www.redcross.org. Their public number is (888) 680-1455.

For information regarding the evacuation, please contact the WASCO County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580 during business hours.

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