(Updated 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25)
There are four large wildfires burning in and around the mid-valley. There was no growth on one of the fires, the Holiday Farm Fire. Here’s the latest information on their status:
Beachie Creek Fire
The Beachie Creek Fire started Aug. 16 in the Opal Creek Wilderness Area from unknown causes. As of Friday, the fire was holding 192,838 acres and was declared 52% contained. The communities of Gates, Mill City, Lyons and Mehama have been significantly impacted. Some 486 homes have been destroyed as well as 837 nonresidential structures. In addition, 60 homes and 100 other structures were damaged. At least four people have died in the fire. Fighting the fire on Friday were 17 hand crews, three helicopters, 45 engines and a total of 755 personnel. Continued rainfall was expected to assist with firefighting efforts.
The Lionshead Fire was started by lightning on Aug. 16 about 20 miles west of Warm Springs and spread to meet the edge of the Beachie Creek Fire at Detroit. It has grown to 204,250 acres and is 28% contained. The fire has destroyed 264 homes, damaged 60 others and is threatening an additional 397 residences. A total of 16 other structures have been destroyed, 10 damaged and another three are still being threatened. On the scene Friday were 43 hand crews, six helicopters, 48 engines and a total of 1,515 personnel.
Holiday Farm Fire
The Holiday Farm Fire started on Sept. 7 about 3 miles west of McKenzie Bridge. The cause is under investigation. On Friday the fire was holding at 173,094 acres and was 35% contained. The blaze spread into southern Linn County on Sept. 9, prompting evacuations in the Holley-Crawfordsville area. The fire devastated the Lane County community of Blue River and burned a number of structures in Vida, where one person has been found dead. Some 431 residences have been destroyed and 25 damaged. Another 1,332 residences remain threatened. A reported 337 nonresidential structures have been destroyed, while another 40 have been damaged and 332 remain threatened. Fighting the fire on Friday were 27 hand crews, 52 engines, seven helicopters and 949 total personnel.
This wildfire ignited Sept. 8 about 8 miles east of Estacada. The fire's origin is under investigation but it is believed to have been human-caused. It is holding at 138,029 acres with 34% containment. The fire prompted mass evacuations in Clackamas County. About 3,000 residential structures were being threatened by flames, 56 have been destroyed and 10 damaged. On the scene fighting the fire on Friday were 15 hand crews, 23 engines, four helicopters and 632 total personnel.
Source: Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Forest Service
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