MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – Firefighters battling the Beachie Creek Fire have established strong control lines around the fire, according to fire authorities. Firefighters will continue to monitor and secure the lines.
In the Saturday morning update, fire officials are monitoring the now 192,838-acre fire and is now 52 percent contained. The communities of Wilhoit, Scotts Mills, Silverton, Silverton hills, and Silver Falls State Park are protected in the northern fire flank. The western flank communities of Sublimity, Stayton, Mehama, Lyons and Fox Valley were also reported as secure.
Fire crews will spend the day clearing hazardous trees and mop up other debris, according to fire officials.
On the southern edge of the fire perimeter, the towns along Highway 22 of Mill City, Gates, Niagara, Detroit, and Idanha all have strong control lines.
The ODOT is working to remove hazardous trees and debris along OR 22E between milepost 33 in Gates and milepost 65 near Marion Forks. ODOT will be using pilot cars to lead residents through closed sections of OR22E between Gates and Detroit. Residents may travel between Detroit and Idanha with OR 22E closed to eastbound traffic at mile post 56.2 west of Cooper's Ridge Road.
There is no access to Santiam Pass from the Detroit/Idanha area. Tree removal in the area between Gates and Detroit will cause delays for the inbound and outbound pilot car trips. Residents should expect at least one hour to make a one-way trip. Pilot guided travel between Gates and Detroit will be limited to the following daily schedule:
• 9 a.m. – Pilot car departs Gates to Detroit
• 11 a.m. – Pilot car returns from Detroit to Gates
• 1 p.m. – Pilot car departs Gates to Detroit
• 5 p.m. – Pilot car returns from Detroit to Gates
Evacuation levels for communities in Marion County as of 4:30 p.m. are as follows:
Level 3 – “Go”
- Crooked Finger Rd south of the cattle guard
Level 2 – “Be Set”
- OR 22E between milepost 33 to 56.2, west of Cooper’s Ridge Road
Level 1 – “Ready”
- Mill City
An evacuation map and resources for community members can be found here.
People needing help finding food pantries, emergency financial assistance, medical services, housing information and support can be found here.
A total of 677 firefighters are working to contain the Beachie Creek Fire which began on Aug. 16. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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