Beachie Creek Fire Quick Facts
Start Date: August 16, 2020
Approx. Size: 192,848 ac.
6 Water Tenders
Cause: Under Investigation
Pacific Northwest Team 3
Total Personnel: 513
Origin Location: Opal Creek Wilderness:
two miles south of Jawbone Flats, six miles north of Detroit, Oregon.
Beachie Creek Fire Update – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Sunny, clear and dry conditions are expected to continue today. Temperatures will be elevated in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s. Ground fuels such as sticks, leaves and organic materials will dry out as humidity levels drop as low as 15%. Light winds will blow out of the southeast with gusts to 5 mph. Significant growth of the fire is not anticipated but creeping and smoldering fire activity is expected within the fire perimeter. Isolated pockets of smoke may be observed in and adjacent to the burn area. The warming and drying trend will continue for the next several days.
Yesterday: Contingency lines continued to be reinforced adjacent to communities and other critical infrastructure. In the Highway 22 corridor and in the North Fork/Elkhorn area, firefighters patrolled the fire perimeter and responded to small, isolated burning pockets that produced visible smoke near fire lines. In the Abiqua basin, engines and hand crews focused on mop-up operations to seek out remaining ground heat. Heavy equipment worked east of the burn area to strengthen both direct and indirect contingency lines. No significant growth on the Beachie Creek Fire occurred.
Today’s Activities: 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.
Despite recent rains and cooler temperatures, fire season and regulated-use closure are still in effect for lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Clackamas, Marion, and Linn counties. Backyard burning is prohibited during fire season; other restrictions for outdoor activities can be found at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html.
Evacuations: Current evacuation information for Clackamas Countyis available at www.clackamas.us/wildfires, twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff or by calling 503-655-8224. Current evacuation information for Marion County is available at https://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts?AlertId=83 or by calling 503-588-5032. Current evacuation information for Linn County is available at https://www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/ or by calling 541-812-2260.
Smoke info: Oregon Smoke Blog:oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Willamette Valley Smoke outlook: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/
Closures: Willamette National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd811298.pdf
Bureau of Land Management: www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/orwa-fpo-nwo-092220.pdf
State managed lands: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Fire/Pages/default.aspx
Fire Information: 541-583-0526
Road Closures on TripCheck: www.tripcheck.com/