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Beachie Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

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

Highlighted Activity

10/01/2020 Beachie Creek Fires Update – Thursday October 1, 2020
Beachie Creek Fire Quick FactsApprox. Size: 192,848 ac.Containment: 58%                  Start Date:  August 16, 2020 Cause: Under Investigation Total Personnel: 480Weather and...
News - 10/01/2020
Hazard tree continues to burn in the roots near Highway 22Image options: [ Full Size ]

Pacific Northwest Team 3 will begin management of the Beachie Creek fire. Firefighters will resume work to secure the area around structures near the south end of the fire perimeter and the Highway 22 corridor/Elkhorn area. Mop up efforts will also continue in the Abiqua basin. Engines will be used to patrol and mop up areas of heat adjacent to private property and structures. Heavy equipment will be operating along fire impacted roads. An important focus will be on hazard tree mitigation to allow firefighters to work safely. The winds may cause smoke to drift into western Oregon from large wildfires in northern California. No significant fire growth on the Beachie Creek fire is anticipated.

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.

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 CommanderNoel Livingston, PNW Team 3
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire Suppression.
Coordinates44.821 latitude, -122.188 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel480
Size192,848 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained59%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fuel types consist of mixed conifer, grass and shrub fields with numerous snags and heavy dead and down. Private lands have various aged conifer plantations, NFS lands and upper elevations transition to mature Douglas fire with significant snag component. Live fuels are dormant, grasses are cured and both may contribute to fire intensity and spread. Previous management and multiple ownerships contribute to many fuel type changes, including residual activity fuels (slash).

Significant Events

Minimal

Smoldering

Creeping

Outlook

Planned Actions

Suppression repair work will continue on Branches One and Three; work performing continue mop up and patrolling line will also continue.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal smoldering and creeping, interior smokes will continue to increase.

Some spread is possible but unlikely, creeping and smoldering will continue, smoke to increase.

Remarks

Evacuated residents by county:

Clackamas County- 348

Linn County- 15

Marion County- 243

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A strong ridge of high pressure residing over Western Oregon delivered warm and dry conditions. For a second straight day overnight recoveries were very poor on the mid and upper slopes with morning humidity levels near 20 percent. A thin layer of high smoke from California wildfires moved into the area creating some haze, otherwise skies were sunny. Winds were light and temperatures warmed into the 80s. Warm and dry weather will continue on Thursday as a heat dome remains over Oregon. Humidity levels will be a bit drier on Thursday with afternoon temperatures warming back into the 80s. Smoke concentrations could increase in the valleys as additional smoke drifts in from the south. Winds will remain light with speeds around 5 mph.