Paisley, in southern Oregon, is a small town of about 220 people. It is located on the edge of the large basin with forest chest to the east and forest to the west. A small spring-fed river, the Chewaucan, flows through it.
The mayor said success came after setbacks – at one point, the fire jumped the waterway.
The droughts, gusts of wind and temperatures of the 80s have not helped, he said.
“So it’s not a fun time for firefighters to tackle these things,” he said.
More burning took place Tuesday night, and the effort eventually worked, sending the flames away and up a ridge, he said.
Like other communities threatened by forest fires, the city initiated a Level 3 evacuation, meaning, as the mayor put it, only one thing: “Go.”
Some did so and loaded up trailers. Their options were to travel south to Red Cross facilities on reasonable grounds in Lakeview, but many did not. “People know other people. They went to friends’ houses and relatives. A kind of spread, ”said the mayor.
Others were put. As he explained, you can not force people to leave their homes, farms and livestock.