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7:30 a.m. update: Prairie City empties as fire approaches

By Tim Trainor

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on August 29, 2015 6:00AM

Last changed on August 29, 2015 8:05AM

Photo by Tim Trainor          Multiple emergency crews are evacuating people who live north of County Road 62, and many in Prairie City are leaving the town Saturday morning as the Canyon Creek Complex fire approaches.

Photo by Tim Trainor Multiple emergency crews are evacuating people who live north of County Road 62, and many in Prairie City are leaving the town Saturday morning as the Canyon Creek Complex fire approaches.

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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.



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