Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager 9/7/18 Evening
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently assisting Central Oregon Fire Managment with the Tepee Fire off of Forest Service Road 18 (China Hat Rd).
After consultation with fire managers, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is issuing evacuation notices east of the fire in the area of Evans Well and the Millican Valley. This is based on an increase in fire behavior and movement of the fire towards the east.
Current Evacuation Levels:
Level 3 (Go Now!):
A current map of the evacuation area can be found at: https://arcg.is/D9OPi
ON THIS PAGE YOU CAN GET LOTS OF TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR DISASTERS AND REGISTER FOR THE DESCHUTES COUNTY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM. DON'T DELAY - CLICK TODAY SO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE READY!!!
As a reminder:
LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. GET YOUR EVACUATION SUPPLIES TOGETHER.
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.
LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to Evacuate. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS 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.
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.
LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means "GO" 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. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.
PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES AND EVCAUATIONS
Preparedness for evacuations is very important. Getting all your supplies together when you get a Level 3 evacuation notice is too late. Some pre-planning can go a long ways to allowing for a safe and less stressful evacuation. Go to the DCSO Emergency Preparedness website for a lot of great information on being prepared for an emergency and evacuation.