Fires continue to cause issues during the hot, dry summer months in Oregon as the month of September begins. Here are the details about the latest fire and red flag warning information for the states as of September 11, 2020. Read on for the latest details about the wildfires’ locations, containment and evacuations. Remember to also check your local news sources, as fire details can change quickly and with little warning.
For the latest September 12 fire update for Oregon, please see Heavy’s new story here.
Interactive Fire Maps for Oregon
A great way to keep track of fire activity is by looking at interactive maps. You can see an interactive map of the Oregon and Washington fires here, provided by NIFC.gov. You can also see the map below. Just click “OK” to get past the flash screen. Note that due to server traffic, it may take a while for the map below to load.
One of the best interactive maps available right now is Inciweb’s map. You can see the full map here. Inciweb is “an interagency all-risk incident information management system.” There’s an embeddable Google Map that includes Inciweb fires, which you can see below and also here. Depending on your browser, you may need to zoom into the map below using the + button within the map or go to the “Layers” dropdown box and turn off everything but Wildfire Preparedness and Inciweb Wildfire Information.
Here’s another real-time fire map via Public RAPTOR for the Oregon area:
You can see weather warnings and Inciweb fire notices in Washington and Oregon in Google’s Crisis map at this link or on the map below. Depending on your browser, you may need to click the + sign to zoom into your region.
The Statesman Journal also provides a live map here.
Oregon Emergency Management is also providing a map here, which you can also view below depending on your browser.
Next are details on the individual fires updated for September 11, 2020, in alphabetical order. Some fires that are 100% contained may not be included, and this list is focusing mostly on major fires in the region.
Individual Oregon Fires
Please note that evacuation details can change rapidly, so stay tuned to your local news for the latest on evacuations. Local city police and sheriff’s office Facebook and Twitter pages are also good sources for local evacuation updates in Oregon.
We’re also listing some county-specific information below, so search for your particular county for that information if available.
Almeda Drive Fire & Glendower Fire
This fire is 3,574 acres and 20% contained as of September 11, and started four miles northwest of Ashland, Oregon. Officials are estimating containment could happen as soon as March 12.
There are a number of evacuations in place. You can see evacuation updates for Medford and Shady Cove and Jackson County on the map here. This map is also embedded below, but may not be viewable depending on your browser.
Follow Josephine County Emergency Management on Facebook for updates.
Josephine County has a fire and evacuation map here for Josephine and Jackson counties. It may take a bit to load and although it’s embedded below, it may not always be viewable depending on your browser.
Jackson County’s Facebook is also posting updates.
Archie Creek Fire / Glide Fire / Star Mountain Fire
This fire is now more than 115,857 acres and 1% contained as of September 11, having started September 8 about 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The Star Mountain and Archie Creek fires merged. It was also once called the Glide Fire. (Note: KQEN reported that the French Creek Fire was a different fire that was stopped at 400 acres.)
The Douglas Forest Protective Association is posting updates.
Inciweb‘s last update was September 10. Another map can be accessed that show’s the fire’s size based on satellite data but is not for emergency planning.
Beachie Creek Fire & Santiam Fire
This fire was estimated to be 513 acres as of September 7 at 11:37 a.m., according to Inciweb. But since then it has exploded in size and as of September 11, it’s now estimated to be 185,856 acres in size. The fire now includes the Santiam Fire, and the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires meet at Detroit, Oregon. Beachie Creek is everything west of Detroit, and Lionshead is everything east of Detroit. The cause of the fire is not known.
Many evacuations are still in place.
Beachie Creek has a Facebook page with updates here.
Here’s the information page on the fire for September 11.
Clackamas County evacuation zones are here and in the map below.
Linn County evacuation zones are here and in the map below.
This Twitter list is another good source for East Marion County Fires.
This fire is 1,000 acres and started September 7 about 8 miles south of Paisley, Oregon. It’s near Morgan Butte. It was caused by human activity. (NIFC lists the fire as now being 4,000 acres in size.)
The fire was discovered Sept. 7, 2020 late in the evening. As of 8:30 p.m. Sept., the fire is moving from Brattain Butte west-southwest towards the Chewaucan River and Coffeepot Flat. (away from Paisley, Ore.). It is burning in sagebrush-juniper with stringers of Ponderosa pine. There is spotting 100 to 200 yards ahead of the fire due to strong winds.
Clackamas County Fires
More than one fire is affecting Clackamas County, OPB reported.
For Clackamas County fires, consider following these accounts for updates:
- Clackamas Fire
Clackamas County evacuation zones are here and in the map below.
Douglas County Fires
If you are mostly concerned about Douglas County fires, then your best source for updates is the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Grizzly Creek Fire
This fire is 325 acres and 25% contained, according to NIFC on September 9, the last update. Estimated containment is September 15. It started 16 miles east of Ashland, Oregon. (Not to be confused with a fire by the same name in Colorado.)
Echo Mountain Complex Fire
This fire is 2,435 acres and human-caused, having started four miles east of Lincoln City, according to Inciweb on September 10 at 8:54 p.m. The fire boundary map above was posted by Lincoln County on September 11.
Lincoln County has a webpage for the fire here. Their latest evacuation map is below.
At 9:25 a.m. on September 11, Lincoln County wrote about the fire: “Most recent fire map updated below- not much change. Incident command is briefing now, stay tuned here for updates as we learn them. We will send notice as people are able to return back home. At this time, there are no needs for donations or volunteers. We will let our community know if that changes and also where you can go to help. Thank you so much for the outpouring of support.”
Holiday Farm Fire / McKenzie Fire
This fire is 0% contained and 144,695 acres in size as of September 10 at 11:41 p.m., having started three miles west of McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. Some evacuation orders are in effect. The fire erupted overnight from September 7-8. The fire’s cause isn’t known.
On September 10, Inciweb noted:
The fire was mapped using an Infrared overflight last night at 144,695 acres. Containment remains at 0%. 207 personnel are assigned to the incident. Fire resources are spread thin across the western United States as large fires are burning in many states. Orders for critical needs have been placed.
Linn County’s evacuation map is here or embedded below.
On September 7, The Register-Guard reported that this was a fast-moving fire that led to hundreds being evacuated and catastrophic damage in the town of Blue River.
You can read updates about the fire and shelters in the Blue River Bulletin Board on Facebook.
Indian Creek Fire
This fire was 48,128 acres and 75% contained as of August 29, the last Inciweb update.
Northwest Incident Management Team 13 will transfer the Indian Creek Fire suppression to High Desert Type 3 Incident Management Team under the command of Rob Gubser tomorrow, August 30th. NWIMT13’s successful management and suppression efforts by firefighters over the past two weeks is due in large part to the tremendous support of the communities of Juntura, Harper, Westfall, and Vale. This will be the final update from Team 13. Future updates will be generated by Vale Bureau of Land Management as needed.
Jackson County Fires
Lane County Fires
In Lane County east of Springfield, much of the area is still under evacuation warnings, including from the Holiday Farm Fire.
Evacuation maps are being updated by Lane County here or embedded below.
This fire was 1,257 acres and 60% contained as of the last update by Inciweb on August 26. Inciweb noted:
This Laurel Fire is burning on lands managed by Prineville BLM, rangeland and ODF protected private lands six miles south of Spray in Wheeler County. The fire was started during a lightning storm the night of August 18th, 2020. This fire will be managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Type 1 Incident Management Team 2, Incident Comander Chris Cline.
Lincoln County Fires
Linn County Fires
If you’re mostly concerned about fires just in Linn County, the county is offering evacuation updates on this webpage.
Linn County evacuation zones are here and in the map below.
Lionshead Fire & P515 Fire
This fire was 131,110 acres and 5% contained on September 11 at 8:56 a.m., according to Inciweb. It started 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon and was caused by lightning. This fire is east of Detroit, Oregon, while the Beachie Creek fire is east of Detroit, Oregon.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown approved emergency declarations on September 8 because of the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires, and the Holiday Farm Fire, OPB reported.
Some evacuations are still in place.
Here’s a September 11 update:
Evacuation orders are constantly changing. For the latest evacuation updates from this fire:
- See the Linn County Sheriff’s office.
- See the Marion County Emergency Management web page.
- This Twitter list is another good source for East Marion County Fires.
- Willamette National Forest.
- Linn County evacuation updates.
- Lionshead Fire Facebook Page.
Marion County Fires
As of September 10, numerous evacuation orders are in place in Marion County.
This fire is 497 acres and 95% contained as of September 2, per Inciweb.
The 130,049 acre Riverside Fire is currently burning two air miles southeast of the community of Estacada, OR on the Mt. Hood National Forest. Extreme fire weather conditions and winds continue to push growth on this fire. Crews on the ground are reporting intense fire behavior including crowning, long-range spotting, and wind-driven ‘runs’ or rapid growth.
The fire was first reported in the early morning hours on Tuesday September 8th, 2020. Firefighters responded immediately to size-up the fire and began efforts to put it out. By 5:30am USDA Forest Service personnel were assisting campers to safely leave the area.
Numerous evacuations are active in and around the community of Estacada, OR and nearby areas throughout Clackamas County. Real-time evacuation updates at: twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff.
Inciweb also noted on September 11: “Yesterday erratic winds pushed new growth on virtually all sides of the fire with crews reporting the largest growth to the east and southeast throughout the day. Lighter winds are expected today. Heavy smoke is expected to continue to prevent pilots from conducting air operations, however firefighters plan to utilize a Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to help conduct aerial reconnaissance… With numerous wildland fires burning across Oregon and the West, resources continue to be stretched thin. Incident commanders are working together with nearby Incident Management Teams and partner agencies to share resources where they are needed most.”
See the Clackamas section of this article for more details on getting updates from that county and seeing their evacuation map.
S. Obenchain Fire
This fire is 20,250 acres and 0% contained, having started five miles east of Eagle Point, Oregon. At least 12 residences have been destroyed by the fire.
Jackson County has a number of evacuations in place due to this and other fires. Please see the Jackson County portion of this article for the evacuation map.
Steet Mountain Fire
This fire is 699 acres and 90% contained as of August 26, the last Inciweb update. It technically consists of six fires in Grant County that began August 18.
This fire is 5,500 acres and 0% contained, having started two miles southeast of Diamond Lake, Oregon, as of the latest update from NIFC on September 10. Five residences have been destroyed. Please see the Douglas County section of this story for more evacuation details.
Two Four Two Fire
This fire is 12,640 acres and 11% contained, having started seven miles east of Fort Klamath, Oregon, as of September 11 at 12:32 a.m. Some evacuations are in place. Updates are being posted on a Facebook page for the fire.
Inciweb is also updating information here.
White River Fire
Get updates here:
- Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Facebook.
- White River Fire Facebook page – No longer updating fire information on Facebook.