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Whitewater Fire Announcement

Level 2 Evacuation Notice for Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort Area

Incident: Whitewater Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/3/2017

Per Marion County Emergency Management

Level 2 Evacuation Notice for Breitenbush

Hot Springs resort area and a portion of the Willamette National Forest North of Highway 46

in the Breitenbush Drainage

Salem, OR – Today Marion County Emergency Management released a Level 2 evacuation

notice for the Breitenbush Hot Springs resort area and a portion of the Willamette National

Forest as described in the attached map. The area includes the Humbug and Breitenbush

Campgrounds, the Fox Creek and Cleator Bend Group Sites, and the Short Mountain and Bald

Butte Trailheads. The notice is in response to wildfires currently burning within approximately

two miles of the Breitenbush Hot Springs resort area.

A Level 2 evacuation notice alerts those within the evacuation area that there is significant

danger in the area, and that residents and visitors should either voluntarily relocate outside the

affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

There are currently several active wildfires in the North Santiam Canyon including the

Whitewater Fire, Little Devil Fire, and the Scorpion Fire which is threatening the Breitenbush


The Marion County cities of Detroit and Idanha are not included in this evacuation notice.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the region until 10 PM PDT Tuesday for significantly dry and

unstable conditions. Residents and visitors are reminded that a burn ban remains in effect in

Marion County. The ban prohibits all fires, including recreational, backyard, and fire pits in

parks and campsites. For specific questions, residents are encouraged to contact their local fire


To receive emergency notifications, including evacuation notices, in the North Santiam Canyon

sign-up for the Emergency Alert Program through the METCOM 9-1-1 Alert System at


For additional information, contact Marion County Emergency Management at (503) 588-5108.

Unit Information

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Suite D
Springfield, OR 97477

Incident Contact

Detroit Ranger District
Phone: 503-854-3366
Hours: M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM

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