The Red Cross is responding by opening a shelter at Dilley Elementary, located at 4115 SW Dilley Road, Forest Grove, and will continue to assess the situation as it develops.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue: ALERT: Evacuations orders for the fire burning above Hagg Lake in western Washington County's Coast Range are as follows: Level 3 Evacuation (means GO NOW) has been ordered for all residents off SW Stepien Road. This means all residents off SW Stepien Road have been ordered to leave their homes immediately. Level 1 Evacuation (means get ready) has been ordered for residents in the following areas: SW Plumlee Road, SW Carpenter Creek Road, SW Bear Creek Drive, SW Morel Lane, SW Chanterelle Drive, SW Easterday Road, SW Reeher Place, SW Ihrig Road, SW Jex Lane SW Sylvia Lane, and SW Oppenlander Lane. Level 1 means get ready to evacuate and an order can come at any time Level 2 means get set, it's time to leave Level 3 means GO NOW you must evacuate immediately. At this time a shelter has been requested but has not been established, we will post as soon as we hear more. This is a very dangerous and rapidly evolving situation - please do not come out to Hagg Lake at this time.
According to Master Sergeant Lang Hinkle, on September 16, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon containing one person was traveling eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve when it went off the side of the highway and struck a tree.
The vehicle caught fire and a passing motorist stopped at the scene. Due to the spreading fire, they weren't able to get the victim out of the vehicle or put the fire out as it spread to several trees and surrounding brush.
Firefighters from Lane Fire Authority and Lane Rural Fire Rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the fire that spread to an estimated 3/4 of an acre area.
OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices, along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene. The cause of the crash is unknown.
The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was opened to traffic. ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control.
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