A fast moving brush fire has forced a number of families to flee their Timberhill homes east of NW 29th in Corvallis. A number of other closeby neighborhoods were put on alert to be ready to move out in a moment’s notice due to the rapid movement of the fire.
Here’s the latest word from the Corvallis Fire Department:
URGENT NOTICE: Due to an uncontained wildfire in the north Corvallis area there is a mandatory evacuation order in effect for an area in the northern portion of Corvallis and Benton County as of 10:45 pm on September 05, 2014.
All residents east of NW 29th St. to NW Century Dr. and north of NW Walnut Blvd. to NW Crescent Valley Dr. are under MANDATORY evacuation. An evacuation point has been established at the Benton County Fair Grounds.
Residents east of NW Century Dr. to NW Highland Dr., north of NW Walnut Blvd. are under a LEVEL 2 EVACUATION notice, meaning residents need to be prepared to leave in a moment’s notice.
At this point the fire in zero percent contained and high winds and terrain are making suppression efforts difficult. There is no information at this time regarding a cause, injuries or property damage. Updated information will be posted as information becomes available.
UPDATE @ 12:01 am : Public safety personnel dealing with the fire situation in north Corvallis are requesting that all non public safety personnel stay out of the area of the fire and mandatory evacuation perimeter. Police and Fire personnel are encountering individuals coming to the area to spectate. This places them in danger and draws on emergency resources as people are moved to safety.
At around 1am, the Corvallis Fire Department was reporting that the fire is largely under control and that they are mopping up hot spots.
Here’s more from the Corvallis Gazette Times. Click here.