Evacuation warning causes mixed reaction

Neighbors in Azalea say that this fire is nothing compared to ones they've seen in years' past while others say it is making them lose sleep at night.

Posted: Jul 28, 2019 8:51 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2019 10:29 AM

AZALEA, Ore. -- Following a  Level 2 evacuation warning, neighbors in Azalea said they have mixed reactions to the effects they're seeing from the Milepost 97 Fire. 

Noel Anderson is originally from Redding, California, and he said when he first saw things getting bad, it reminded him of home.

"When I first saw the smoke, the first comment I had to everybody was, 'Are we in California?' Because this is not normal," said Anderson.

Neighbors in Azalea have been in a Level 2 evacuation for over 24 hours, and with the smoke thickening, some said this just reminds them of what they have to deal with every summer.

Jeremiah Colley said even though he is somewhat used to this he is getting nervous because it is unsettling seeing the amount of smoke in the air.

"This happens every year," said Colley. "We always have a fire that we at least get the smoke from. We didn't sleep much last night. We'd go out and look and you can see the glow from the fire, and you know, it's got our hearts racing."

Anderson called this fire a "baby fire" and had some tips that he has said helped his property from getting damaged every fire season when he lived in Redding.

"The most important thing is defensible space," said Anderson. "Don't worry about the grass. Worry about the trees."

Neighbors told KEZI even if the evacuation level were to be pushed -- they're prepared and they're most likely not moving.

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