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Canyon Creek Complex fire forces more evacuations

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Changes in weather has helped the Canyon Creek Complex fire continue to grow, and forced the largest evacuations in Oregon so far this summer.

As of Friday, the town of Prairie City from the John Day River south is reported at a Level 3 evacuation status..

Road 62 north from the Forest boundary to Prairie City is at a Level 3 evacuation status. Upper Strawberry is at a Level 3 evacuation status as well.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued Friday as very high winds and low humidity are hitting the John Day area, which is expected to increase fire activity at the Canyon Creek Complex Fire.

Officials warn hot and dry conditions in the area with unstable air masses will persist.

Fire crews anticipate smoke columns and aggressive fire movements throughout the day.

Because of the high wind, anticipate varying levels of smoke in the area.

Officials report evacuees can go immediately to the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall, or the Mount Vernon Community Center, which will be available as a shelter after 4 p.m.

Fire officials say Task-Forces from the Office of State Fire Marshals continue to work structure protection in the Pine Creek, Indian Creek and Dog Creek areas.

Access into some of these areas are limited and difficult with few escape routes and safety zones for firefighters.

The fire began August 12, and has now grown to over 87,100 acres.

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