Warning Alert

Wildfire: Emergency crews continue to respond to multiple wildfires in Oregon, US, as of early Sept. 9. Evacuations, transport disruptions underway.

  • Alert Begins 09 Sep 2020 10:42 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires 14 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Multiple wildfires
  • Location(s): Oregon State (map)
  • Time/Date: Sept. 9
  • Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

 

Summary

Emergency crews continue working to contain multiple wildfires burning in different parts of Oregon State, as of early Sept. 9. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a statewide state of emergency due to further threat of wildfires. Several counties, including Marion and Clackamas, have separately declared states 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, windy, and dry conditions will persist across the region over the coming days which may temporarily hamper relief efforts.

Evacuations

Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in the following locations as of late Sept. 8:

Marion County

 

  • Lyons

 

  • Mehama

 

  • Mill City

 

  • Gates

 

  • Detroit

 

  • Idanha

 

  • North Fork area

 

  • Brietenbush

 

  • Highway 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Scotts Mills

 

  • Aumsville (Evacuation Warning)

 

  • Mount Angel (Evacuation Warning)

 

  • Silverton to Drakes Crossing (Evacuation Warning)

 

  • Stayton (Evacuation Warning)

 

  • West of Highway 213 to Mount Angel (Evacuation Warning)

 


Clackamas County

 

  • Redland and Potter Road in Oregon City

 

  • Unger Road in Colton

 

  • Wilhoit and Bird Road in Molalla

 

  • South of OR 211 between Estacada and Woodburn

 

  • Burns Road to Graves Road to Howards Mill Road

 

  • Barton to Eagle Creek

 

  • Estacada (Evacuation Warning)

 

  • Northeast of OR 224 including Bissell and George (Evacuation Warning)

 


Jackson County

 

  • South of Glenwood Avenue 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

 


Washington County

 

  • Dundee Road near Hagg Lake

 

  • Southwest Weaver Drive

 

  • Southwest Wildfire Drive

 

  • Northeast Brooks Lane

 

  • Northeast Jaquith Lane

 

  • Southwest Jaquith Road to Southwest Vanderschuere Road

 

  • Northeast Ellis Lane

 

  • Northeast Mountain Top Road

 

  • Northeast Bald Peak Road

 

  • Northeast McCormick Hill Road

 

  • Northeast Bryan Creek

 

  • Northeast Quarter Mile Lane

 

  • Northeast Chehalem Drive

 

  • Hillside Drive

 

  • Southwest Neugebauer Road

 

  • Southwest Buckhaven Road

 

  • North to Southwest McCormick Hill Road to Vanderschuere Road

 

  • East of Southwest Neugebauer Road to Highway 219 between Southwest Jaquith Road to Southwest Vanderschuere Road

 


North Lincoln County

 

  • Echo Mountain Road off of Highway 18

 

  • Deer Valley Road

 

  • North Yodel Lane

 

  • North North Bank Road

 

  • North Jade Wade

 

  • North Duncan Creek Drive

 

  • Kimberling Mountain Road of off Highway 18

 

  • North Meadow Place

 

  • North Mable Drive

 

  • North Widowcreek Road

 

  • North Schwartz Road

 

  • North Salmon Berry Lane

 


Lane County

 

  • Walterville Elementary east to the McKenzie Ranger Station, including all roads to the north and south of the highway

 

  • Mohawk Valley north of Marcola Road and Hill Road

 

  • McKenzie Ranger Station to the junction of Highway 126 and Highway 20 (Evacuation Warning)

 

  • Walterville Elementary west to Thurston Road, including Deerhorn Road (Evacuation Warning)

 


Additionally, authorities have shut down the Mt. Hood National Forest to the public until further notice. 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

 

  • Mountainside High School in Washington County

 


Transport

The wildfire has caused transport disruptions in the affected areas. Several road closures and disruptions are underway in the following locati:

 

  • 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.

 

Advice

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.