Santiam Canyon Level 3 Evacs

(Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff's Office)

MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - The Marion County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 3 evacuation notices to multiple communities in the Santiam Canyon.

Two wildfires - the Beachie Creek Fire and the Lionshead Fire - are burning in eastern Marion County.

On Monday evening, the sheriff's office raised evacuation levels for Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Devil’s Creek summer home community to Level 3, meaning residents in those areas should evacuate immediately.

Early Tuesday morning, due to significant fire activity, Level 3 "GO NOW" evacuations were issued by the sheriff's office to residents in the Santiam Canyon from the community of Mehama east to Detroit including Lyons, Mill City, Gates, Detroit, Idanha, and the North Fork corridor. Residents are being urged leave the area immediately and to head west on Highway 22 toward Salem.

Level 3 evacuations were also issued to include the area west of the Mehama community to Cascade Highway Southeast and north to Highway 214 after deputies reported fire as far west as Jennie Road Southeast. 

At 7:15 a.m., the sheriff's office said residents in the city of Scotts Mills and south through the Crooked Finger area were issued Level 3 evacuation notices.

“We care deeply about the safety of all of our community members. The extreme fire activity in the area poses an imminent danger to anyone who chooses to remain in the evacuated area. Our deputies are committed to helping keep our community safe; however, conditions have become too dangerous for them to continue with evacuation efforts at this time," said Sheriff Joe Kast. "I encourage anyone still in the Santiam Canyon to leave immediately following the deputies out of the area. I cannot say when the conditions will allow deputies and other emergency responders to return to the area to render assistance. Please leave now.”

Highway 20 is closed between Sweet Home and Santiam Junction, milepost 33 to 72, due to fire conditions, according to ODOT. OR 126 McKenzie Highway and Highway 22 remained closed due to the fire.

ODOT said Highway 58 is open for travel between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon, but travelers are asked to use extreme caution.

The sheriff's office requested that Highway 22 be closed eastbound from Stayton to the Santiam Junction to allow evacuees and fire personnel clear passage.

Oregon State Parks told FOX 12 that Silver Falls State Park has been evacuated and closed. Everyone in the park has made it out safely.

Residents in Aumsville, Silverton, Stayton and Sublimity were placed under Level 2 "BE SET" evacuation notice, according to Metcom 911. Residents are asked to be set and be prepared to evacuate.

Marion County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross have established an evacuation staging area at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Access to the fairgrounds is at 2330 17th Street Northeast in Salem. An information line is being established at 503-391-7294.

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