Wildfire: Emergency crews continue to respond to multiple wildfires in Oregon, US, as of late Sept. 8. Evacuations, transport disruptions underway.
- Alert Begins 09 Sep 2020 03:55 AM UTC
- Alert Expires 11 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Multiple wildfires
- Location(s): Oregon State (map)
- Time/Date: Sept. 8
- Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages
Emergency crews continue working to contain multiple wildfires burning in different parts of Oregon State, as of evening Sept. 8. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a state-wide state of emergency due to further threat of wildfires. Several counties, including Marion County, have also separately declared a state of emergency. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment time frame. While firefighters have made significant progress in containing the fires, forecast models indicate above-normal temperatures and dry conditions will persist across the region over the coming days which may temporarily hamper relief efforts.
Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in the following locations as of late Sept. 8:
- Mill City
- North Fork area
- Highway 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Scotts Mills
- Redland and Potter Road in Oregon City
- Unger Road in Colton
- Wilhoit and Bird Road in Molalla
- South of Glenwood Aveue on Highway 99
- Phoenix area, including I-5, north to Voorhees Road, west to Coleman, and south to Pioneer and Culver Road
- West Nevada Road in Ashland to Suncrest area in Talent
- South of Stewart Avenue, until west of Dark Hollow Road, and I-5 on the East.
Authorities could expand mandatory evacuation orders depending on evolving wildfire conditions. Authorities have set up evacuation centers in the following locations:
- Oregon State Fairgrounds and Volcanoes Stadium in Marion County
- Jackson County Expo in Jackson County.
The wildfire has caused transport disruptions in the affected areas. Several road closures and disruptions are underway in the following at:
- McKenzie Highway (OR 126) between Springfield and Belknap Springs
- Santiam Highway (OR 20) between Sweet Home and Santiam Junction
- Highway 22 between Stayton and Santiam Junction
- Northbound Interstate 5 from Central Point to California border
- Oregon 138E between Glide and Dry Creek MP 17-47
- Oregon 97 north of Klamath Falls
- Oregon 224 east of Estacada
Depending on the progression of the wildfire, the status of nearby roads could change over the coming hours and days; authorities could close additional routes near the wildfires and evacuate more communities due to fire activity and the needs of response operators. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during re-entry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours will cause increased congestion and delays. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Charge battery-powered devices in the case of prolonged power outages.