Milo, Ore.–As National Guard choppers were filling up their buckets to help contain the Stouts Creek Fire; just down the street at the Milo Volunteer Fire Department dozens who live in the areas of Milo, Drew, and Days Creek are getting a better understanding of what’s going on with the fire at a Town Hall meeting.
“I have a lot of confidence in these firefighters.”
Like Stanley Petrowski he’s lived on Tiller Trail Highway in Drew for 25 years and finds himself packing up because he’s under a level two evacuation–meaning be ready to go.
“It’s not easy and it’s interestign how it affects you in terms of what you are looking at when youre packing things.”
The Oregon Department of Forestry Hosted the meeting and talked about the fire as being a challenging one. Especially in areas like Hatchet Creek.
They warned residents they may see more smoke plumes because of their burnout strategybut assured them that it’s the best way to put the fire out.
“We don’t always get our way so it’s best to go that you’re ready to go when the threat arrives,” said Brian Ballou with ODF.
If things change and more evacuations are issued Ballou said people will get areverse 911 phone call or a knock on their door from a Sheriff’s Deputy.