UPDATE (9:35 p.m.) — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is downgrading some evacuation areas in the Taylor Creek fire.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the following areas have been downgraded from a Level 3 “Go” to a Level 2 “Set” status:
- Pickett Creek Road
- West Pickett Creek Road
- Green Tree Loop
- Bickford Drive
- Sanders Creek
- Paradise Garden Road
- Sallsten Road
- Hussey Lane
- Steelhead Lane
- Cliffside Drive
- Bartlett Lane
- Galice Road between, and including, 3153 to 4849
- Abegg Road between 3000 to 6000
The following areas have been downgraded from a Level 2 “Set” to a Level 1 “Ready” status:
- Galice Road between 2396 and 4880
- Hog Creek Road between 200 and 4776
- Rogue Rim Drive between 200 and 585
- Thornridge Lane between 150 and 344
- Thornbrook Drive between 160 and 855
- Abegg Road between 801 and 2747
- All of Lancelot Lane
- All of Ray Drive
- All of Waggle Way
Bear Camp Road is also closed due to increased fire behavior and firefighting operations on the Taylor Creek fire.
JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – The Taylor Creek fire burning 10 miles west of Grants Pass has grown to 31,596 acres.
On August 2, the U.S. Forest Service said the fire was 30% contained as crews finish lines on the north and northeast flanks to protect the community of Merlin.
The latest maps show the southern-most portion of the fire has been successfully lined with the majority of growth limited to the north.
Shade caused by a considerable amount of smoke helped keep down temperatures over the Taylor Creek Fire Wednesday. Thursday is expected to be cooler and slightly more humid, aiding firefighters in their ultimate goal of 100% containment.
Residences around the Taylor Creek Fire have been subject to numerous and ever-changing evacuation notices. For the latest information, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with local agencies to provide and an interactive map of fire perimeters and evacuation areas. That map is available HERE.