Friday, September 25, 2020

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9/25/2020 Beachie Creek Fire Update


BEACHIE CREEK FIRE UPDATE – September 25, 2020 

Acres: 192,838 acres                                                                           Percent Containment: 52% 

Start Date: August 16, 2020                                                              Cause: Under Investigation 

Origin Location: Opal Creek Wilderness:                                        Fuels: Timber and logging slash 

two miles south of Jawbone Flats                                                  Resources: 755                            

 six miles north of Detroit, Oregon.                                          Flights: Temporary Flight Restriction    

Friday Brings Soaking Rains – Helpful in Fire Suppression  

Some Evacuation Levels Lowered 


Salem, Ore. – The Beachie Creek fire received an inch of rain Thursday over the north and west perimeters. Rainfall amounts varied elsewhere. Friday brings soaking rains – the slower penetrating precipitation that’s helpful in fire suppression. With this moisture, there was no new fire growth and minimal activity from within the fire boundary. No growth is anticipated today.  


The Marion County Sheriff’s Office lowers some evacuation levels today. Home and business owners will be escorted by the Oregon Department of Transportation on a pre-arranged schedule in to and out of their properties Friday. The escorted repopulation is for those along the Highway 22 corridor from Lyons to Detroit and on to Idanha. Fire Information Officers will be on site in Detroit Friday to answer questions for residents. The North Fork and Elkhorn evacuation levels are lowered to 2.  


All communities from the north to the west and along Highway 22 are secure. As residents return after evacuation, they will see a mosaic of blackened ground and unburned green trees; there is not a solid line of black ash or burned trees; the fire did not burn evenly across the landscape. It will take many days for firefighters and heavy equipment to connect every mile of montaged landscape and natural features for final control lines. The Detroit community will see smoke from smoldering tree stumps deep underground and well within the fire boundary. Please do not call 911; firefighters are already aware of these locations and methodically working them.  


First responders continue to caution drivers and residents about post-fire hazards. Trees compromised by fire could topple. Firefighters are mitigating those hazards around private property. Crews continue to secure, mop up, and monitor the fire. Most clearing activity Friday is east of the Silver Falls State Park. The fire still contains heat deep in the Table Top Wilderness.  


The Marion and Linn County Sherriff Offices continue to evaluate and lower evacuation levels; check updates on their websites:   

Marion County Sherriff’s website / evacuation maps: 
Linn County Sheriff’s website here: 

The Willamette National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands around the fire remain closed to the public. Go to for more information about closures in the area.   


Public Contact Information: 


Phone: 541-583-0526, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


Smoke and Air Quality 

9/25/2020 Thielsen Fire Update


September 25, 2020


Diamond Lake Ranger District, 5 miles north of Crater Lake National Park and within 1 mile of Diamond Lake Resort 



9,971 acres and 35% contained. Fire was discovered on Sept. 8 at 0830 PDT. Cause is unknown. 


(no change) 

Evacuation level is at Level 2 “SET” for the Diamond Lake area. Authorized residents and permit holders are allowed to enter the area. Road guards are at checkpoints around Diamond Lake to restrict access to unauthorized users. Visit the Douglas County Sheriff’s website for the most current information. 


Personnel: 489          Type 2 Crews: 7          Type 2IA Crews:  4        Helicopters: 2    Type 3 Engines: 1    Type 4 Engines: 4
Type 6 Engines: 11
  Water Tenders: 13  Masticators: 1  Dozers: 8

Fixed-wing Aircraft: 1     

Current Situation 

Yesterday, crews continued to construct handlines, secure and mop-up containment lines, and began to pull hose.  

Today, firefighters will work to hold and mop up along the western edge of the fire. Handcrews and engines will continue to construct handline from Cinnamon Butte to Hwy. 138. and to identify containment opportunities along the northern edge of the fire. Crews will construct handline, cold trail and mop up along the fire edge and continue to identify contingency containment opportunities along the southeastern edge of the fire. Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) are being implemented in the fire area. 




Road Closures: Hwy. 138 is open with pilot cars escorting traffic from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to mitigate risks to fire resources working along and adjacent to the roadway. For the latest road conditions, visit 

The route to Miller Lake via FS Road 9772 remains closed from the intersection with Hwy. 97 to the intersection with FS Road 110 due to firefighter traffic. Drivers are being directed to take FS Road 9774 to connect with FS Road 110 as an alternative route. 

Forest Closures: The Umpqua National Forest is currently at Industrial Fire Precaution Level III. No industrial operating waivers will be issued. The Fire Adjective Class is High.  

Temporary emergency closure orders remain in effect for all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the Cottage Grove Ranger District: ORDER NO. 06-15-01-20-423, Tiller Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-02-20-422, Diamond Lake Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-03-20-420 and North Umpqua Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-06-20-421. 

Flight restrictions: A temporary flight restriction remains in place from the surface up to and including 10,000 feet to provide a safe environment for fire-fighting aviation operations. 

Air Quality 

Air quality continues to improve. For more information visit 

Weather and Fire Behavior 

Early morning wetting rain is expected to bring moisture to the area. By noon winds will increase steady 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph.  


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