Residents relieved after evacuation levels downgraded

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Thu, August 7 2014 at 5:46 PM, Updated: Thu, August 7 2014 at 6:24 PM

Ashland, Ore. --  There is a sigh of relief from residents near the Oregon Gulch fire as evacuation levels along Copco Road have dropped to level one.

And living along Copco Road, is something Stephani Odom wouldn't change for anything in the world.

"My grandmother got this place in 48. So I've known it my whole life," said Odom.

But the past week, has been one of the most stressful of her life.

"You look at 40 foot wall of fire across the back of your house, and you're out in the meadow, with all your neighbors watching everything burn,  you don't know if your going to have a house," Odom explained.

That meadow she and her neighbors were in, was untouched.

And while Odom had confidence firefighters would be able to save her home, most of the land on her property was burned.

Despite being issued a level 3 evacuation last week, Odom never left.

And now that evacuation levels have been downgraded to level one or 'be ready', Odom and her neighbors are counting their blessings and they're grateful for the firefighters hard work. While at the same time trying not to relive an experience she will never forget. 

"It's not something you can even visualize what it would be like until you do, it's pretty frightening."

Meanwhile, a level one evacuation notice remains in effect for residents between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66.

And all evacuation orders in Klamath County have been lifted.

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