Level 3 evacuation ordered for Breitenbush Hot Springs

Level 3 evacuation means GO

The Whitewater Fire is burning more than 6,000 acres in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area. (Inciweb)
The Whitewater Fire is burning more than 6,000 acres in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area. (Inciweb)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — People staying in the Breitenbush area north of Detroit, Oregon, have been told to evacuate immediately because of a wildfire.

The area is a vacation destination in the Willamette National Forest that has few permanent residents.

A lower-level evacuation has been in place for weeks, so many people have already left.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office increased the evacuation to a level 3 on Thursday.

That’s a recommendation to leave now.

The sheriff’s office says the fire is moving closer to the Breitenbush Hot Springs resort and 72 cabins.