Oregon wildfire updates: Saturday, September 12, 2020


Wildfires burned more than 1 million acres already

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The wildfires that erupted when a Labor Day windstorm roared through Oregon have already torched more than 1 million acres and continue to present challenges to those battling on the front lines.

Here’s an overview of where the fires stand on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Wildfires: Officials said there are 36 wildfires burning in the state
Wildfires in Oregon: Names, locations, size, containment

Evacuations: More than 40,000 have fled their homes, more than 500,000 are in evacuation zones.
Fires and evacuations: Here’s what you need to know

Shelters: Shelters are set up around the state, including some that take livestock
LIST: Temporary shelters as wildfires rip through Oregon

Weather: Dense smoke will blanket Oregon and Washington this weekend, and the air quality remains, frankly, awful

In Marion County, the Beachie Fire and Lionshead Fire have burned more than 323,000 acres. But some evacuation levels have been downgraded.

In Clackamas County, the Riverside Fire is more than 130,000 acres. Estacada and Molalla remain under Level 3 evacuations.

Along the Oregon coast, evacuation levels have been downgraded regarding the Echo Mountain Fire
Evacuation levels downgraded for Echo Mountain Fire

In Southwest Washington, residents continue to keep a wary eye on the Big Hollow Fire
Winds, warm temps worsen conditions for containing Big Hollow Fire

Leadership switch: In the midst of all of this, the Oregon Fire Marshal was placed on paid administrative leave although the reasons were not disclosed. He later resigned.
Oregon Fire Marshal put on leave, resigns; deputy marshal appointed

Power: Thousands of people in Oregon remain without power since Monday, But PGE is restoring power to an area near Mount Hood.
Power slowly returning, thousands still without electricity

Devastation: Photos tell the story of the large swath of destruction these fires have already caused
Photos: Oregonians endure devastation left by fires

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