Severe winds, above 45 mph, have fueled another advance of the Canyon Creek Complex, putting the town of Prairie City in danger.
At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a steady stream of residents both in the Level 3 mandatory evacuation areas and the Level 2, be ready to move evacuation areas, were leaving in a steady stream. Many were headed to John Day.
The wind was blowing strong, but rain poured briefly and a light drizzle was felt for more than 30 minutes. Ash is falling on Main Street and throughout the city.
Evacuation updates thus far:
Level 3 evacuation:
* 62 Road North from Forest Boundary to Prairie City
* Upper Strawberry
* The south side of Prairie City (south of Highway 26)
Level 2 Evacuation
*The north side of Prairie City (north of Highway 26)
The Mt. Vernon Middle School parking lot or the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall are assembly areas until the Mt. Vernon Community Hall opens at 4 p.m.
This is a developing story. Check back at bluemountaineagle.com throughout the day.