Williams Residents Allowed to Return Home
As of 9:00 last night fire fighters and first responders began allowing local residents with proof of address and photo I.D. to return to the Williams area. The roadblocks remain in place on Williams Highway, Powell Creek Road and Watergap Road.
The latest ODF estimate of burned area, now dubbed the Pacifica Fire for its point of origin, is 500 acres and it is 100 percent lined. The increase in acreage is a more accurate estimate and does not indicate additional burning.
It is being fought by 5-20 man crews and 2-10 man crews with the support of four bulldozers, and at first light will have access to 5 helicopters and 4 air tankers.
At 5:20 Friday afternoon Governor Kitzhaber declared the Pacifica Fire a Conflagration, authorizing the state fire marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire and working to protect structures.
Reportedly Structural Task Forces from Lane and Linn counties are in route to fight the fire with two more scheduled to leave if needed.
One home has been lost, three outbuildings and a handful of vehicles. 150 homes are threatened.