PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Lookout Fire, which started earlier this month in the Willamette National Forest in Lane County, has grown to more than 5,000 acres and has triggered Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation orders in Linn County.
On Friday, authorities announced the Lookout Fire crossed into Linn County resulting in Level 3 evacuations, along with Level 2 “Be Set” and Level 1 “Get Ready” evacuation orders.
Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations in place for the following areas:
- Trail Bridge Reservoir & Campground
- Olallie Campground
- Trail systems and roadways north of the Linn County line, and west of Hwy 126, extending north to intersection of National Forest Service Road 73-0 and Hwy 126 (entrance to the Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric facility)
Level 2 “Be Set” evacuations in place for the following areas:
- East side of Olallie Campground east to the Willamette National Forest Boundary
- North along the boundary to Ice Cap Campground and Trailhead
- West to encompass Lakes End Campground and trail system
- South in line with the intersection of the National Forest Service Road 730 and Hwy 126 (entrance to the Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Facility)
- Tamolitch Falls/Blue Pool and Smith Reservoir
The fire, which was started by lightning on Aug. 5, grew to just over 5,500 acres Thursday and still is listed at 0% containment. According to the U.S. Forest Service, crews have been successful in preventing the fire from spreading past Forest Road 700 and in protecting the nearby communities of McKenzie Bridge.
Lane County’s Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation orders have remained in place for the following areas: Taylor Road, North Bank Road, all areas north of Highway 126 between Blue River Reservoir Road and Drury Lane, Mona Campground, Lookout Campground and HJ Experimental Forest headquarters..
Areas south of Highway 126 between Blue River Reservoir Road and Foley Ridge Road and Mckenzie River Drive are all under a Level 1 ‘Be Ready’ evacuation.
An evacuation center is set up at Lowell High School for evacuees from both the Lookout and Bedrock Fires.