Warning Alert

Wildfire: Emergency crews are responding to several expanding wildfires in Oregon, US, as of Sept. 15. Evacuations, transport disruptions ongoing.

  • Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 03:45 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires 18 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Multiple wildfires
  • Location(s): Oregon State (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

 

Summary

Emergency crews continue working to contain several wildfires burning in different parts of Oregon State as of Sept. 15. 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. So far, at least 500,000 residents across Oregon have been forced to evacuate. 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 windy, dry conditions will persist across the region over the coming days, which may hamper relief efforts.

Currently, many fires are burning across Oregon, but the most impactful are Archie Creek, Beachie Creek, Holiday Farm, Lionshead, Riverside, South Obenchain, Two Four Two, Almeda, and White River. These fires have prompted numerous evacuation orders across the state.

Additionally, authorities have shut down the Mount Hood National Forest to the public until further notice. Authorities could expand or rescind mandatory evacuation orders depending on evolving wildfire conditions.

Archie Creek
The Archie Creek Fire is burning in the North Umpqua corridor and is approximately 34 km (21 miles) east of Roseburg. The fire is 49,120 hectares (121,379 acres) and is 15-percent contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least 708 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

Beachie Creek
The Beachie Creek Fire is burning in the Opal Creek Wilderness and is approximately 24 km (15 miles) east of Salem. The fire is 76,946 hectares (190,138 acres) and is not contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least 545 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

Holiday Farm
The Holiday Farm Fire is burning in the Willamette National Forest and is approximately 29 km (18 miles) east of Eugene. The fire is 66,782 hectares (166,503 acres) and is 6-percent contained, as of early Sept. 14. At least 767 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

Lionshead
The Lionshead Fire is burning in the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation and is approximately 73 km (45 miles) east of Salem. The fire is 68,026 hectares (168,097 acres) and is 5-percent contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least 1,340 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

Riverside
The Riverside Fire is burning in Clackamas County approximately 43 km (27 miles) southeast of Portland. The fire is 54,460 hectares (134,575 acres) and is not contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least 458 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

South Obenchain
The South Obenchain Fire is burning in Jackson County approximately 21 km (14 miles) north-northeast of Portland. The fire is 32,031 hectares (32,031 acres) and is 20-percent contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least 903 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

Two Four Two
The Two Four Two Fire is burning in the Chiloquin area approximately 38 km (23 miles) north of Klamath Falls. The fire is 5,882 hectares (14,536 acres) and is 15-percent contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least 500 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

White River
The White River Fire is burning in Wasco County approximately 91 km (57 miles) east of Portland. The fire is 7,034 hectares (17,383 acres) and is 70-percent contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least 714 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

Almeda
The Almeda Fire is burning in Jackson County approximately 10 km (6 miles) southeast of Medford. The fire is 1,205 hectares (2,977 acres) and is 60-percent contained, as of early Sept. 15. At least three people have died as a result of the blaze. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here.

Transport
The wildfire has caused transport disruptions in the affected areas. Several road closures and disruptions are ongoing. 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.

Health
Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Individuals with chronic respiratory illnesses may be more susceptible to the negative effects of smoke inhalation. Eye irritation is possible; flush irritated eyes with copious amounts of clean water.

 

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.