Little Devil Fire prompts Breitenbush Hot Springs evacuation

Area has few permanent residents

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - People staying in the Breitenbush area north of Detroit have been told to evacuate immediately because of a wildfire that has grown to nearly 2,000 acres.

The area is a vacation destination in the Willamette National Forest that has few permanent residents. A lower-level evacuation has been in place for weeks, so many people have already left.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office increased the evacuation to a Level 3 on Thursday. That's a recommendation to leave now.

The sheriff's office says the Little Devil Fire, at 1,885 acres at last report, is moving closer to the Breitenbush Hot Springs resort and 72 cabins.

Here's the Marion County Sheriff's Office news release:

The Marion County Sheriff's Office moved the evacuation level from Level 2 (Set) to Level 3 (Go) for the areas of Breitenbush Hot Springs and Breitenbush/Devil Creek Summer Homes. These areas are now being threatened by the Little Devil Fire and are no longer considered safe for occupation.

Working in cooperation with fire managers, the Marion County Board of Commissioners, Marion County Emergency Management and the Marion County Fire Defense Board, deputy sheriffs will be responding to the area and posting residences and notifying building occupants that it is recommended they evacuate immediately.

The Breitenbush area is a vacation destination with very few permanent residents and the area has been at a Level 2 evacuation for several weeks, as a result few residents remain in the area. The intent of the evacuation is to notify those few remaining residents and message to those planning to come to the area to seek other options until the area is safe for return.

For the most up to date information on Marion County evacuations please go to the Alerts and Emergency tab on the Marion County web page or call the Marion County Sheriff's Office T (503) 588-5108.

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