Skip to main content

Beachie Creek Fire

Unit Information

Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Springfield, OR 97477

USFS Shield

Incident Contact

Beachie Creek Fire Information
Email: 2020.beachiecreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-583-0526
Hours: 8am-8pm

Highlighted Activity

09/26/2020 Willamette National Forest Closure Order 06-18-00-20-21
ORDER # 06-18-00-20-21 FOREST ORDER OCCUPANCY AND USE Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited in the areas...
Closure - 09/26/2020
perimeter of Beachie Creek Fire 09212020Image options: [ Full Size ]

Southwest Incident Management Team 2, under the leadership of Incident Commander John Pierson, is managing the Beachie Creek Fire.


Additional hot shot crews and Canadian firefighters are directly attacking hot spots Monday on the Beachie Creek fire. These resources are working the southern edge of the fire along State Route 22 between Stayton and Detroit.


The Incident Management Team and Marion County Sheriff are advising residents about potential hazards of hot ash, falling trees, hazardous debris, and possible rockslides. A tree may look alive and green; and yet, the fire may have burned the base, making it a falling hazard. On State Route 22, debris is constantly being removed which is why it remains closed. Insurance firms are getting in the area to assess damage, and utility companies are making repairs. The Marion County Sheriff deputies are also escorting specific boat owners in the removal of boats from Detroit Lake due to low water levels; only those owners whose names are on the Sheriff’s list are allowed in the area.


Firefighters are working directly on the western edge connecting the pieces of containment line, and weather conditions will be favorable this Saturday and Sunday.  Just to the east of Silver Falls State Park, adjacent to the fire line, heavy equipment will be used to strengthen the containment lines. Over on the eastern edge of the fire, there is more intense heat in the Nasty Rock area, pushing towards Burnt Mountain; additional acreage will burn there on Monday.  which has backed down to the bottom of the slope along Molalla River.When it crosses the drainage, expect fire to accelerate up the western aspect towards Burnt Mountain. which has backed down to the bottom of the slope along Molalla River.When it crosses the drainage, expect fire to accelerate up the western aspect towards Burnt Mountain..

SAFETY: As more residents are allowed back into the area, it is imperative that everyone heeds road closures and safety messages. Anyone who enters the fire perimeter jeopardizes firefighting operations and puts lives at risk. The roads are extremely hazardous due to falling debris, smoke and heavy traffic. Members of the public in the immediate area are asked to keep the Ready, Set, Go levels of evacuation in mind. READY your belongings; SET your things at the door or prepack them in your car; GO Leave immediately.

CLOSURES: Willamette National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands around the fire remain closed to the public.  View the official order located in the closure section of this page. Some state forests re-opened to the public on Friday September 18 and Saturday, September 26.

For a complete list of what is and is not allowed, please visit the Willamette National Forest fire webpage: fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/fire. Never leave a campfire unattended. Drown it with water, stir it thoroughly, and feel it with your hand to ensure that it is out cold. Fires are only allowed in designated campgrounds.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginSunday August 16th, 2020 approx. 11:18 AM
LocationFire started 2 miles south of Jawbone Flats.
Incident CommanderJohn Pierson, Southwest IMT 2
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire Suppression.
Coordinates44.821 latitude, -122.188 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel628
Size192,838 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained55%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal

Smoldering

Early morning fog and high cloud cover cleared off by noon. High based clouds remained over the fire area with light winds in the valleys. Isolated heat sources continued producing smoke which rose to almost treetop height before dispersing. No appreciable growth throughout the day.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Utilize heavy equipment to open existing road systems in DIV A, Abiqua Basin. Purpose is to mitigate hazard trees to allow crews safe access to work remaining areas of heat. Construct handline and cold trail with Type 1 crews. Heavy equipment will be utilized to finish direct and indirect lines in divisions W and R. Engines will be used to patrol and mop up areas of heat and hazard trees adjacent to private property and associated infrastructure.

Canadian resources in DIV Z continue mopping up hotpots and mitigating hazards in the communities along the Highway 22 corridor. Initial Attack group will continue to be ready to respond to any new initial attacks in the TFR.

Projected Incident Activity

The isolated heat sources will continue smoldering with primary combustion sub-surface in root systems and partially buried dead/downed fuels.

Weather is finally shifting back to warmer and drier for the remainder of the week. Fuels will require several days of drying for the fuels adjacent to the remaining heat sources to become available for any significant fire movement. Smoke production will be slightly increased this shift, but negligible growth.

Remarks

Evacuated home occupancy numbers is equal to 2.5 times the total number of residences evacuated under

Level 3.

Evacuated residents by county:

Clackamas County- 348

Linn County- 15

Marion County- 2433

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Observed: Moist onshore flow brought low clouds and light showers across the fire Saturday. A few breaks in the clouds did allow for temperatures to warm back into the lower 60s. Infrequent southwest wind gusts of 15-18 mph were common around showers in the afternoon.

Predicted: A thermal trough strengthening along the southern Oregon Coast will result in increasing offshore flow on Sunday. Patchy morning fog and low clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine along with warmer and drier weather conditions. Afternoon highs will rebound back into the 60s and lower 70s.