Beachie Creek Fire

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MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV)- The Beachie Creek Fire has grown to 186,968 acres and remains at zero percent containment as of Saturday morning.

Due to favorable nighttime humidity recovery levels, the fire’s growth has slowed down considerably, according to fire officials. Weather conditions are expected to improve firefighting conditions as crews work to make progress on the fire.

The fire has already claimed at least four lives and five people remain missing as of Saturday, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office asks for people to report missing family members by calling the non-emergency line at 503-588-5032.

Fire officials say 13,764 structures are at Level 3 evacuations and 18, 528 homes are in Level 2 evacuations due to the Beachie Creek Fire. A total of 532 fire personnel are battling the wildfire, along with seven air assets.

As of 1:00 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office reduced the evacuation levels in several cities in Marion County. They are as follows:

Level 3: Go Now

  • Detroit
  • Idahna
  • Breitenbush
  • Lyons
  • Mehama
  • Mill City
  • Gates
  • North Fork Rd recreation area
  • Scotts Mills
  • Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

Level 2: Be Ready

  • Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

 Level 1: Get Ready

  • Stayton
  • Sublimity
  • Aumsville
  • Silverton
  • Mt. Angel
  • Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy
  • West of Davis Creek
  • West of Victor Point south to the County line

A map of the evacuation orders for the Santiam Canyon can be found here. Information on how to support fire efforts can be found here

Animals and Livestock

People living along Highway 22 in the Santiam Canyon west of Gates Hills Road will be allowed into the Level 3 evacuation area for the purpose of feeding and removing animals. Anyone who may need assistance regarding their animals or to find lost pets can contact 503-391-7294.

Additional resources regarding livestock and animal shelters can be found at Oregon Department of Agriculture website

People with respiratory issues may find themselves affected by the heavy smoke throughout the area for the next several days. Fire officials said smoke levels are fluctuating between unhealthy (orange) for and hazardous (maroon) in these areas.

Areas closest to the fires near Detroit, Florence, Chiloquin and Eugene are having the worst smoke impacts.

The Willamette National Forest roads, trails and land around the fire remain closed.

On Friday, firefighters spent the morning assessing and cleaning up areas along the southern forefront within the Highway 22 corridor. Fire crews were successful in establishing anchor points in Mehama and Lyons area.

Structural protection and assessment were done along the Abiqua drainage while crews established a strategic anchor points, according to fire officials. As the fire continued north, work wad performed along the northwest and northern fire points and additional fire anchor points were established.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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(2) comments

racecar57

Is the problem that there are no older foresters that are in leadership rolls that have experience fighting fires with bulldozlers and backfires. Are they so use to fighting these fires with air support that when they don't have it, because of smoke covering the fires or no air fighting equipment left because of use elsewhere, that they do not know what to do ??? That sure looks like what is going on right now !!!

racecar57

There appears to be a complete lack of leadership on attacking these fires. You must aggressively attack the fires when there is no wind and temperatures are lower. By not doing this you will have a greater risk of fire spread when the winds and heat return. And the winds will return along with the heat and lower humidity. There are a lot of logging outfits just waiting for the word to attack this fire but no leadership to lead the attacks It appears the forest service is stretching this out to possible prove some point or to draw more funds in for fighting the fire. Overtime pay for officials in the forest service need to be eliminated and credited to time off in the winter so they do not have a big incentive to drag a fire out. On calm days loggers should be punching lines around the fire with backfires being set. I have hear none of this being done. Someone is dropping the ball !!!!

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