Warning Alert

Wildfires: Emergency crews responding to several large wildfires in Oregon, US, as of Sept. 21. Evacuations, transport disruptions ongoing.

  • Alert Begins 21 Sep 2020 07:55 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires 26 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Multiple wildfires
  • Location(s): Oregon (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 as of Sept. 21. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a statewide state of emergency due to further threat of wildfires. Several counties, including Marion and Clackamas, have declared their own local states of emergency. At least 500,000 residents across Oregon were forced to evacuate; however, many evacuation orders have since been lifted. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment time frame. Firefighters have made significant progress in containing the fires. Forecast models indicate additional rounds of rain and thunderstorms will impact much of western Oregon through at least Sept. 24, which should further aid in the relief efforts and reduce air quality concerns.

Currently, many fires are burning across Oregon, but the most impactful are Archie Creek, Beachie Creek, Holiday Farm, Lionshead, Riverside, South Obenchain, Almeda Drive, and Slater-Devil. These fires have prompted numerous evacuation orders across the state.

Additionally, authorities have closed 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 53,255 hectares (131,598 acres) and is 41-percent contained as of midday Sept. 21. At least 1,121 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Click here for details concerning ongoing evacuation orders and transport disruptions.

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 77,997 hectares (192,736 acres) and is 38-percent contained, as of midday Sept. 21. At least 830 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Click here for details concerning ongoing evacuation orders and transport disruptions.

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 70,020 hectares (173,025 acres) and is 17-percent contained, as of midday Sept. 21. At least 985 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Click here for details concerning ongoing evacuation orders and transport disruptions.

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 80,541 hectares (199,022 acres) and is 13-percent contained, as of midday Sept. 21. At least 1,122 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Click here for details concerning ongoing evacuation orders and transport disruptions.

Riverside
The Riverside Fire is burning in Clackamas County approximately 43 km (27 miles) southeast of Portland. The fire is 55,834 hectares (137,971 acres) and is 25-percent contained, as of midday Sept. 21. At least 729 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Click here for details concerning ongoing evacuation orders and transport disruptions.

South Obenchain
The South Obenchain Fire is burning in Jackson County approximately 21 km (14 miles) north-northeast of Portland. The fire is 13,221 hectares (32,671 acres) and is 65-percent contained, as of midday Sept. 21. At least 897 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Click here for details concerning ongoing evacuation orders and transport disruptions.

Slater/Devil
The Slater/Devil fires are burning approximately 65 km (40 miles) southwest of Medford, along the California-Oregon border. The fires are a combined 60,130 hectares (148,585 acres) and is 22-percent contained, as of Sept. 21. At least 1,355 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Click here for details concerning ongoing evacuation orders and transport disruptions.

Transport
Depending on the progression of the wildfires, 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.