Beachie Creek Fire Update for Saturday September 12, 2020
Brian Gales, Incident Commander, NWIMT13
Les Hallman, Incident Commander, OSFM
Start date: Aug, 16, 2020
Location: Santiam Canyon west of Detroit, OR, Southern Clackamas County
Fire size: 186,988 Acres
Air Assets Assigned: 7
Total personnel: 532
Salem, Ore. – Firefighters spent yesterday morning assessing and cleaning up areas along the southern fire front within the Highway 22 corridor. Crews were successful in establishing anchor points in the Mehama and Lyons area. Structural protection and assessment were also done along the Abiqua drainage while additional crews established strategic anchor points to limit fire spread. As the fire continued north, work was performed along the northwest and northern fire fronts and additional anchor points were established. Extremely dry conditions allowed continued growth north toward the Riverside Fire. Because of positive nighttime humidity recovery levels, fire growth has slowed considerably.
Fire Officials continue to work closely with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT and the Oregon State Police to coordinate recovery efforts along the Santiam Canyon. Currently 13,764 structures are at Level 3 evacuations and another 18,528 homes are under in level 2 evacuations.
It is imperative to protect first responders and communities in the path of the fire that everyone heeds fire and law enforcement road closures and evacuations. Anyone who enters the fire perimeter is jeopardizing firefighting and rescue operations, increasing the time it will take to return residents to their communities and putting lives at risk.
WEATHER: The strong high pressure over the region for the past several days will weaken today and continue into the weekend. Winds should also begin to fall below critical thresholds elsewhere. Onshore flow will begin today and continue through the weekend. Temperatures are expected to reach 83-88 degrees today. These weather conditions are generally excepted to improve firefighting conditions as crews work to make progress on the fire.
SAFETY: Members of the public are encouraged to heed local evacuation orders issued by the county sheriff’s office and emergency notification systems. Know each Ready, Set, Go levels and make appropriate preparations. READY your belongings; SET your things at the door or prepack them in your car; GO Leave immediately.
SMOKE: Smoke is expected to remain heavy throughout the area for the next several days. Individuals with respiratory issues may find themselves affected by the intense smoke. Smoke levels are fluctuating between unhealthy for sensitive groups (orange) and hazardous (maroon) in these areas. Areas closest to fires - near Detroit, Florence, Chiloquin and Eugene - are having the worst smoke impacts. Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on DEQ's Air Quality Index or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone.
CLOSURES: Willamette National Forest roads, trails, and lands around the fire area are closed. View the official order (Order 06-18-04-20-13) or go to InciWeb (link below) for a list and map of the closed roads, trails, and recreation sites.
Phone: 541-583-0526, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oregon Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/p/air-quality-now.html