Watson Creek Fire within 6 miles of Paisley

LAKE COUNTY, Ore. – A wildfire burning in Lake County is less than six miles from the community of Paisley.

The Watson Creek Fire started on August 15 about 15 miles from town. Since then, it’s grown to 46,525 acres and is estimated to be between 6 and 5.5 statute miles from city limits. Luckily for residents, the fire appears to be holding.

212 residences and 300 other structures are threatened by the fire, which is 10% contained.

The U.S. Forest Service issued the following evacuation notices:

  • Level 3 (GO) Evacuation: Lakeview Estates neighborhood just north of Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes in the Fremont-Winema National Forest is still in effect. Lake County Sheriff’s Office evacuated area residents Sunday. Definition: Residents should leave immediately. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
  • Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation: Residents west of Highway 31 from Beachler’s Corner (Mile Post 105) north on Highway 31 to the Forest Road 29, also known as Government Harvey Pass Road. This includes the town of Paisley west of Highway 31. Residents should prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation: Residents east of Highway 31. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. Fire Area Emergency Closure Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-02 for the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in effect.

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