Learn the fire evacuation levels

In 2014, Oregon adopted three evacuation levels after thorough consideration by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Fire Chief’s Association, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

As we enter fire season, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and our partner agencies want to ensure you understand the three level evacuation system and where to get current information regarding fire activity.

The three level fire evacuation system:

Level 1: Be Ready

There is an incident in your area and residents should be aware of potential evacuation. Be aware of the danger, monitor emergency services sources and local media for information.  Those persons who will need additional time to exit an area or have health conditions (especially respiratory conditions that could be made worse by smoke) should consider leaving. You are encouraged to prepare or even move livestock and pets out of the area.  Be prepared to leave if conditions worsen.

Level 2: Get Set

There is significant danger in your area and residents should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. You are encouraged to leave and should do so as soon as possible. If you choose to stay, you should be able to leave immediately if conditions worsen.  You MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at your own risk.  Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until the hazard subsides.

This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee we will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

Level 3: Go Now!

There is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately. DO NOT DELAY LEAVING to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Leave immediately and as quickly as possible.  Drive carefully, turn on your headlights, and follow any directions from emergency services personnel.  Entry to evacuated areas will be denied until the hazard subsides.

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