Beachie Creek Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 192,848 ac.
Start Date: August 16, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Personnel: 480
Weather and Fire Behavior: Unseasonably warm and dry weather is expected to continue throughout the day. Temperatures could be 2-4 degrees higher than yesterday with light winds coming from the southwest. Stable weather conditions have trapped some of the smoke from California in the valleys and it is likely for smoke to become more visible throughout the day. Fire behavior will continue to be minimal with smoldering.
Beachie Creek Fire: Mop up operations have yielded success in securing the area around structures in the Highway 22 corridor and in the North Fork/Elkhorn area. Contingency lines were strengthened and patrolled along the entire southern edge of the fire. In the Abiqua basin, heavy equipment continued to operate along fire impacted roads clearing vegetation and removing hazards. Firefighters responded to 9-1-1 calls reporting smoke within the fire perimeter. Engines and hand crews worked together to seek out and eliminate remaining ground heat within the fire perimeter.
Patrol, monitor, and mop-up operations will continue today. Suppression repair in the Mollala area is ongoing and firefighters are coordinating with Resource Advisors on future suppression repair needs.
Evacuations: Current evacuation information for Clackamas County is 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
Mt. Hood National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247
Willamette National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices/?aid=61574
Willamette Valley Smoke outlook: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/
Bureau of Land Management: www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/orwa-fpo-nwo-092220.pdf
Road Closures on TripCheck: www.tripcheck.com/
Santiam State Forest is closed
Hunting Season: Various fall hunting seasons are beginning across western Oregon. Most notably, general rifle season for Black-tailed deer begins Saturday October 3rd. Hunters are reminded to “know before you go” and to check Forest Service websites for closure information and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) webpages for hunting specific regulations. 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.
Beachie Creek Fire Public Information:
Phone: 509-228-7805, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.