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Dozen homes upgraded to 'set' fire evacuation status

 
September 2, 2022

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, residents of about 12 homes on Westside Road have been upgraded to “Set” status due to observed spot fires in the area caused by the Scotch Fire that is burning in the Ball Creek drainage two to three miles from Westside Road. “Set” is the last stage of readiness before an actual evacuation takes place. If not voluntarily evacuating already, residents in this stage are advised to at least gather their evacuation supplies together, or pre-load them into their vehicles to enable a quick exit if evacuation is advised.

Residents in “Set” stage of evacuation preparations are also advised to take final steps to make their homes less vulnerable to wildfire such as cleaning debris from gutters, removing flammables from around the home, and shutting all windows.

The Scotch fire was started by lightning and was last estimated to be about 45 acres in size. U.S. Forest Service and North Bench Fire Association firefighters are observing the fire overnight to respond quickly to any spot fires that may arise.

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