Smith River Complex Fire Prompts Evacuation Warnings in Josephine County

In response to the escalating threat posed by the Smith River Complex near the California-Oregon Border, authorities have issued a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation for the O’Brien community and southern Josephine County.

The evacuation area encompasses Highway 199, spanning from south of Rough & Ready Creek up to the California Border. As the situation develops, local officials are closely monitoring the complex’s progression and are prepared to take further actions as necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

Residents within the affected area are urged to remain prepared, keeping a watchful eye on official updates from local authorities. The Level 1 evacuation notice is a proactive step to ensure that residents are well-informed and ready to take immediate action if the situation escalates further.

As the Smith River Complex continues to evolve, cooperation and adherence to evacuation protocols will play a crucial role in safeguarding the community. Residents are encouraged to have essential supplies, important documents, and a well-thought-out evacuation plan ready, should the need arise.

Authorities continue to work to manage and contain the Smith River Complex, and they are committed to keeping residents informed with real-time information and guidance. The safety of the O’Brien community remains a top priority, and officials are closely coordinating efforts to minimize risk and ensure a coordinated response.

While the situation is being closely monitored, residents are urged to prioritize their safety and follow all official directives promptly.

Medford Alert will continue to monitor this incident and provide updates as they become available.

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