Go Now evacuation ordered for Garden Valley Road area


A prompt response from the Goshen Fire District and a timely assist from Mother Nature in the form of torrential rain helped stop a fast-moving grass fire that prompted a Level 3 evacuation order Wednesday.

The fire, which started around 5 p.m. Wednesday, was fully contained and evacuations cleared by 9 p.m., according to information provided by Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Andrew Smith.

Estimated to be between 6 and 8 acres in size, the fire only damaged one small outbuilding, Smith said. No homes were lost.

The responding fire fighters did receive air support from the nearby Holiday Farm Fire, which Smith said was instrumental in stopping the forward progress of the fire. Multiple ground resources also contributed to the swift response, he said.

Rain will continue to help with any lingering hot spots Wednesday, however there is a very firm perimeter, Smith said in the release.

The fire call came in at at 5:15 p.m. for the 34900 block of Seavey Loop Road, according to the computer assisted dispatch (CAD).

The fire appeared to have started along Seavey Loop Road, with westerly winds spreading fire in dry grass. People in the area reported seeing flames as high as 40 feet.

The Level 3 “go now” evacuation  notice was issued a little after 6 p.m. for Garden Valley Road area from Garden Valley Road to Drummond Drive near Mt. Pisgah. Lane County canceled the evacuation order at about 6:45 p.m., telling residents they could return home.

The scene was cleared a little after 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to dispatch records.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Smith said.

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