(Updated 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22)
There are four large wildfires burning in and around the mid-valley, and all of them grew slightly from Monday to Tuesday. Here’s the latest information on their status:
Beachie Creek Fire
The Beachie Creek Fire started Aug. 16 in the Opal Creek Wilderness Area from unknown causes. As of Tuesday, the fire had grown to 192,775 acres and was declared 38% contained. The communities of Gates, Mill City, Lyons and Mehama have been significantly impacted. Some 470 homes have been destroyed as well as 818 minor nonresidential structures. In addition, 46 homes and 88 other structures were damaged. At least four people have died in the fire. On the scene fighting the fire are 18 hand crews, six helicopters, 52 engines and a total of 788 personnel. On Tuesday, firefighters were working to secure areas around private property and clearing ground ahead of forecasted wind and rains on Wednesday.
The Lionshead Fire was started by lightning on Aug. 16 about 20 miles west of Warm Springs and spread to meet the edge of the Beachie Creek Fire at Detroit. It has grown to 199,016 acres and is 13% contained. The fire has destroyed 264 homes, damaged 60 others and is threatening an additional 397 residences. A total of 16 other structures have been destroyed, 10 damaged and another three are still being threatened. On the scene fighting the fire on Tuesday were 23 hand crews, 10 helicopters, 29 engines and a total of 1,029 personnel were combating the blaze. Little expansion of the fire’s perimeter is expected, but winds pose a hazard in the area due to the possibility of falling trees. Structure protection work is ongoing in areas including Idanha.
Holiday Farm Fire
The Holiday Farm Fire started on Sept. 7 about 3 miles west of McKenzie Bridge. The cause is under investigation. It has grown to 173,094 acres and is 22% contained. The blaze spread into southern Linn County on Sept. 9, prompting evacuations in the Holley-Crawfordsville area. The fire devastated the Lane County community of Blue River and burned a number of structures in Vida, where one person has been found dead. As of Tuesday, 431 residences had been destroyed and 25 were damaged. Another 3,667 residences remained threatened. On the scene fighting the fire Tuesday were 32 hand crews, 54 engines, seven helicopters and 1,085 total personnel. Firefighters worked to strengthen containment lines in several areas in advance of the weather system that will bring winds and rains on Wednesday.
This wildfire ignited Sept. 8 about 8 miles east of Estacada. The fire's origin is under investigation but it is believed to have been human-caused. It has grown to 138,820 acres with 26% containment. The fire has prompted mass evacuations in Clackamas County. About 9,500 residential structures were being threatened by flames on Tuesday, 57 have been destroyed and 10 damaged. On the scene fighting the fire on Tuesday were 15 hand crews, 29 engines, four helicopters and 689 total personnel. Firefighters now have a fire line in place along the entire western perimeter of the fire. Firefighters now have a fire line in place along the entire western perimeter of the fire.
Source: Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Forest Service
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