Oregon wildfire updates: Sunday, September 13, 2020


Updates from around the state on fires, weather

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here’s the latest on where the fires stand, Sunday, September 13, 2020:

Molalla evacuation level reduced to level 2

7:15 p.m.

People who live in the city of Molalla can return home Sunday night, after the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office announced the city and some areas to the north and south would be reduced to Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation orders. Check the map for exact boundaries.

Residents are encouraged to keep their bags packed and not bring their livestock home yet. They should also stay inside as much as possible due to poor air quality.

Portland Public Schools to resume meal distribution Monday

6:42 p.m.

Meal distribution for students will resume Monday afternoon, officials at Portland Public Schools announced Sunday evening, as the district announced some teachers were impacted by the ongoing wildfires and making alternate plans for students.

The meals will be distributed at all PPS meal sites, with the exception of Woodlawn Elementary, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; however, door-to-door meal deliveries will be postponed on Monday due to ongoing hazardous air quality forecasts. They will resume on Tuesday morning.

Deputies to start property inspections in Echo Mountain Complex Fire

6:30 p.m.

Officials in Lincoln County announced deputies will start doing status checks for property owners in areas that remain closed to due to ongoing efforts battling the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.

Residents are asked to call the Lincoln County Call Center at 541-265-0621 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and provide their name, address (along with any helpful information in locating the address, as street signs and address markers have been destroyed), phone number, anyone missing from the location and any animals at the location. Residents can also fill out an online form.

Officials say deputies will make the status checks as they can, and warn of long callback delays.

Some evacuation levels reduced in Marion County

3:30 p.m.

Effective 3:30 p.m., the City of Scotts Mills and surrounding areas have been downgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 2 evacuation notice. The following is the current evacuation information for Marion County:


  • Detroit
  • Idanha
  • Breitenbush
  • Lyons
  • Mehama
  • Mill City
  • Gates
  • North Fork Rd recreation area
  • Grade Road and Bridgecreek Road east of the Level 2 line
  • Crooked Finger Road east of the level 2 line


  • Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point
  • Scotts Mills


  • Stayton
  • Sublimity
  • Aumsville
  • Silverton
  • Mt. Angel
  • Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy
  • West of Davis Creek
  • West of Victor Point south to the County line

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

Gov. Brown: Fires a ‘wake-up call’ on climate change

2:40 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown appeared on “Face The Nation” with Margaret Brennan Sunday morning and said these wildfires are a “wake-up call for all of us that we have got to do everything in our power to tackle climate change.”

Brown also said the fires are a result of “decades of mismanagement of our forests in this country, and it is the failure to tackle climate change. We need to do both. And we can.”

Evacuation levels dropped to normal for some Clackamas County cities

12:45 p.m.

Several urban areas in Clackamas County had their evacuation levels dropped from Level 1 to normal Sunday afternoon.

Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Tualatin, Milwaukie, and some areas near Boring and Damascus are all back to normal levels, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Curfew lifted in Clackamas County Level 1 evacuation areas

12:15 p.m.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the curfew for areas under Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation orders, the department announced Sunday. The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will remain in effect for areas under Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation orders, though.

Level 3 evacs lifted in Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak fire

1:04 p.m.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said Sunday all Level 3 evacuations have been lifted at the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak fire.

The fire was approximately 75% contained when crews began mop up efforts Sunday.

PGE said it also still trying to restore power to customers in the area.

Oregon Zoo closed through Monday, Sept. 14

12:00 p.m.

The Oregon Zoo announced it would remain closed through Monday, Sept. 14 due to air quality concerns. Purchased tickets will be automatically refunded on the card used for purchase.

Beachie Creek Fire

11:30 a.m.

Firefighters plan to resume work Sunday around the perimeter of the Beachie Creek Fire once the fog lifts. They will also mop up and assess damage to structures inside the fire.

Fire officials say the Beachie Creek and Riverside fires remain about a mile apart and, at this point, a merger of the two fires is not imminent.

Currently, 16,776 structures are at Level 3 evacuations and another 18,528 homes are in Level 2 evacuations, according to fire officials.

Property check in Marion County

11:17 a.m.
Marion County remains in a State of Emergency as wildfires continue to roar throughout the county.

While law enforcement is still limiting access to the Santiam Canyon, Detroit and Idanha residents can request a check on their property by calling 503.798.6823 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day of the week. They should provide the following information when they call: Name, address, phone number, information about anyone missing from the location, and any animals at the location.

Big Hollow Fire

5:45 p.m.
The Big Hollow Fire, about 7 miles southeast of Cougar, is now around 18,110 acres and not contained.

The 42 cabins at Government Mineral Springs are under a Level 3 evacuation. Carson Fish Hatchery is not under an evacuation order.

The areas SE and NW of Yale Lake, including the communities of Yale and Cougar, are under a Level 1 evacuation. The areas NE and SW of the Level 2 evacuation area, including the community of Northwoods and portions of the towns of Amboy and Yacolt, are under a Level 1 evacuation.

The Forest Service has issued area closures in the SW portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, and most forest roads and trails within the closure area. The Department of Natural Resources has issued closures for the Siouxon Block and Merrill Lake Natural Conservation Area. The Pacific Crest Trail is open.

Riverside Fire

10:42 a.m.
There are still Clackamas County evacuation orders in place for the Riverside Fire — now more than 132,000 acres and not contained — but some evacuation orders were downgraded Saturday night.

Canby, Oregon City, and Sandy were downgraded from a Level 2 to a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation order, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

There are no reductions to Level 3 areas at this time, said authorities. Both Estacada and Molalla remain under Level 3 “Go Now.”

Fire officials will hold a 2 p.m. Sunday press conference with details on their efforts. KOIN.com will stream this event.

Echo Mountain Complex

10:30 a.m.
Officials monitoring the Echo Mountain Complex in Lincoln County said much of the fire line surrounding the blaze is complete. On Sunday, crews will finish the line and begin mop up operations.

At 2,435 acres, the fire is currently 20% contained.

Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires

10:22 a.m.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office downgraded the evacuation statuses of some areas that had been threatened by the Beachie Creek Fire and the Lionshead Fire.

Stayton, Siblimity, Aumsville, Silverton and Mt. Angel were lowered to Level 1 “Get Set” Saturday, according to fire officials.

However, some of the areas hit hardest by the fires remain under a Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation order including Detroit, Idahna, Breitenbush, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, Gates, the North Fork recreation area and Scotts Mills.

The Beachie Creek Fire has swallowed nearly 200,000 acres with 0% containment about six miles north of Detroit. The fire has claimed the lives of at least four people with 10 people still missing.

The family of George Atiyeh claims the famed Oregon environmentalist has gone missing following the decimation of his home. Atiyeh, 72, has not been seen since the fire spread over the house.

Atiyeh is also the nephew of the late Governor Vic Atiyeh, who served from 1979 to 1987.

Theft and other arrests in Clackamas evac zones

9:22 a.m.
An attempt to steal a trailer from Good Samaritans, a generator and tool heist, and a car full of meth and heroin are just a few of the crimes Clackamas County deputies have responded to during the past few days in the evacuation zones.

Calls for service have exploded in the Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation zones, mostly to report suspicious vehicles, people, and concerns about burglaries, according to the sheriff’s office. Though the sheriff’s office said the vast majority were “non-criminal,” they did release details on several arrests.

Most missing in Almeda Fire accounted for

8:30 a.m.
(AP) — Authorities say almost all of the people listed as missing from a deadly wildfire in southern Oregon have been accounted for.

Late Saturday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s office said that four people had died in the Almeda Fire that burned in the Ashland area.

Authorities earlier this week said as many as 50 people could be missing from the blaze, but now say the number of people unaccounted for is down to one.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement that the number could fluctuate.

At least 10 people were killed in wildfires that burned the past week throughout Oregon. Officials have said more people are missing from other blazes and the number of fatalities is likely to rise.

Don’t drive if you don’t have to

6:45 a.m.
Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation said there are “changing conditions in different places” on Sunday morning. Some areas have thicker wildfire smoke which obviously causes more visibility issues.

ODOT TripCheck

“Don’t use your high beams,” Hamilton said. “If you have them, use your fog lights.” He also said drivers should not use their flashers while they’re driving because that will confuse other drivers who think the flashing lights are on the shoulder.

Wildfire smoke keeps air quality at harmful levels Sunday

5:15 a.m.
Wildfire smoke continues to hug the Willamette Valley and just about all of the West Coast on Sunday. That means the air quality is going to remain in the categories that are harmful. There is an Air Quality Warning in place for everyone the next day. Some counties carrying that warning over into Monday. That does include Multnomah and Clark counties.

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

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