September 16, 2020 4:30 a.m.

Residents of Idleyld Park will have the opportunity to access their properties on Thursday.

Sergeant Brad O’Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said access will be granted to residents only. Individuals will be asked to provide proof of residency at checkpoints. The general public and members of the media will not be permitted. Search and rescue volunteers, deputies and troopers from Oregon State Police will assist in the process.

O’Dell said this will be the first look most of these community members have had to see the damages to their homes. O’Dell said, “We want to provide an opportunity for them to see their properties with the pressure of the media or other members of the public, while still maintaining control over the hazard area”.

Staff from Douglas County Public Works and the Oregon Department of Transportation have been working to remove immediate hazards from the roadways and on the right of ways in order to facilitate the effort.

O’Dell said officials recognize the need for people to have the opportunity to access their properties to assess damages, collect items or take pictures for insurance claims. O’Dell said its critically important that residents wishing to return understand that there are inherent risks with returning to the area. Residents are asked to drive cautiously and watch for debris, firefighting efforts, utility work and other activities that may be taking place.

Due to the hazardous conditions, limited visibility with heavy smoke, and other concerns, those visiting can only be in the area from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.