News Release September 11, 2020
With all the smoke in the air and the fires in the Chiloquin and Medford areas it is time to update the community on what is happening, and what to do.
Currently, Rocky Point is in no imminent danger whatsoever. All the surrounding fires are moving away from us. The closest fire is more than 24 miles away. The landscape is extremely dry and the fire danger is extremely high making the possibility for new fires to pop up a real possibility and concern.
Your first responders would be the Rocky Point Fire Department which is staffed and ready to respond. Chief Walker-Pope is in constant contact with fire officials in the surrounding districts and the forest departments and knows 24/7 what is available for resources should we need help.
With the fire danger at the level it is, there are some things we each need to be thinking about and doing to be personally prepared in case we face a wildland fire here in our community.
Plan ahead – don’t wait until it’s time to go. In the planning ahead stage which is now:
Ø Keep your gas tank on full
Ø Do you have livestock? Where will you move them if needed?
Ø Plan for your pet’s evacuation. Where’s the cages, the leash, food, water to go etc.
Ø Do you have a safe place to store your RV? Maybe move it to there now.
Ø Get important documents gathered together and all in one place
Ø Think about ample water in containers to go
Ø Gather all your medicines in one location easy to pack up and go
Ø If you had to evacuate, do you need assistance? Contact the Sheriff’s Office (541-883-5130) now and let them know who you are, where you are and that you would need assistance.
Ø Remove the pine needles and debris from your roof and from around your house and out buildings. Remove from your property.
Ø Plan ahead for water needs in case the power goes out
Ø Know where your flashlights are and have fresh batteries ready
If there is a need for evacuation, know the levels and what they mean.
Ø Level 1 – Prepare and gather in one place everything you will take with you. Clothes, documents, medicines, valuables, water, food/snacks, pets transport cages etc.
Ø Level 2 – Load up all the valuables you have gathered and be ready to go.
Ø Level 3 – Turn off your propane, set sprinklers and turn on the water, close all windows and doors (locked) and leave. Follow the instructions which way to go to get out.
The Sheriff’s Department will be conducting the evacuation, notifying you when to prepare, then when to go and which way to go.
Fremont-Winema National Forest has once again opened up the Cold Springs location, to Rocky Point residences only, for pine needles and pine cones and small branchesso you have a place to take the debris you clean from your roof and around your house in preparation for possible fire. No large stumps, or trees and no house hold trash is to be dumped there. Your debris must be piled on top of the debris that is already there. No new piles. This is a special courtesy extended to you as a resident of Rocky Point specifically for the purpose of preparing your home landscape for fire wise safety. Please don’t abuse it by dumping anything other than small yard debris.
If you have any resources available like stock trailers that the community can use, please email us at email@example.com.
Keep up on stuff by listening to the radio, tv news and checking our website at RPFIRE.com
On the Internet, go to http://wildfire.oregon.gov
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