'Be aware and pay attention': Evacuation notice to 'Be Set' delivered door by door
MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. - Dozens of people have evacuated and hundreds more are prepared to go as wildfires put the upper McKenzie River valley in danger.
Several evacuees spent the night at a Red Cross Shelter at McKenzie Middle School in Vida.
The Lane County Sheriff's Office adjusted evacuation levels on Wednesday, reducing some areas from Level 3 "GO!" to Level 2 "Be Set."
But search and rescue crews went door to door on Wednesday making sure people are aware of the danger.
"We've knocked on over 200 doors with search and rescue volunteers just to let people know where they are," said Tim Chase, who coordinates search and rescue for the sheriff's office. "We are trying to get information out and make sure that folks know what level their residence might be in."
Several of the residents closest to the danger are staying at the shelter.
"We try to be an initial stop, give people a place to go while they assess what's going on, a safe place to stay while they can't be home," said Shirley Keeton, disaster program manager for the Red Cross.
Search and rescue focused Wednesday on people in the Level 2 "Be Set" areas, warning them to prepare now to leave at a moment's notice.
"We just want people to be aware and pay attention so that if things change either for the better or the worse, they can be well informed," Chase said.