PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Devastating wildfires have torched more than 1 million acres across Oregon since last week, killing at least 8 and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee from their homes and hundreds of thousands to prepare to leave their property.
However, evacuation zones have been reduced for several of the major wildfires, including evacuation zones in Clackamas County, Marion County, Lincoln County and Washington County.
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Clackamas County Wildfires
Thursday afternoon, Officials lifted all evacuation levels for all areas west of Highway 213 and the areas surrounding Oregon City. Areas between Molalla and Scotts Mills, and areas northwest of the Unger Fire, have been lowered to Level 1.
An area northwest of Estacada has been reduced to Level 2.
Areas encompassing the Dowty Fire, Unger Fire, and Riverside Fire remain at Level 3 “Go Now,” and the Mt. Hood National Forest is still closed, according to the sheriff’s office.
Firefighters are battling several wildland blazes in the county, with the largest being the Riverside Fire which is still just 3% contained and more than 135,000 acres large.
Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires
Authorities have downgraded a few evacuation zones since the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires erupted in full force. Scotts Mills and the area surrounding the town was downgraded from a Level 2 to a Level 1 Wednesday. The areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek and Victor Point south the Marion County line, Upper Calapooia Road, Crescent Hill Road, West Brush Creek Road and Brush Creek Road from Highway 228 to the county line and all spur roads off these roads near Holley/Crawfordsville are under Level 1 orders, according to officials in Marion and Linn counties.
Sweet Home, Crawfordsville and Holley are no longer under any evacuation alerts, along with the area north of Highway 228, the Wiley Creek area and the Highway 20 corridor.
However, some of the areas hardest-hit by the infernos remain under a Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation order, including Detroit, Idahna, Breitenbush, Mill City, Gates, Highway 22 east of Highway 226 and North Fork Road north of Highway 22.
Lyons, Mehama west of Highway 226, Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill, Crooked Finger Road and Moss Lane are under Level 2 alerts.
The Beachie Creek Fire has swallowed nearly 200,000 acres with 20% containment. The Lionshead Fire, which is at about 10% containment, has burned nearly 190,000 acres as of Wednesday.
Holiday Farm Fire
The perimeter for the Holiday Farm Fire in Lane County is more than 260 miles — about the distance between Portland and Medford.
Officials said Wednesday afternoon infrared mapping pins the size at more than 170,000 acres. Since it began when the Labor Day windstorm hit, 503 structures have been destroyed, 9 more failed, 28 are damaged.
Nearly 800 personnel are actively working to contain this fire, which is currently listed as 6% contained.
Some evacuation orders were downgraded Wednesday. The evacuation level for residents along Highway 126 from Camp Creek Road to the east side of Holden Creek Road, including the concurrent section of Deerhorn up to 42113, has been reduced to Level 2. The entire Mohawk Valley has also been reduced to Level 2.
Level 3 evacuation orders remain for residents between milepost 19 and milepost 47 of Highway 126.
Echo Mountain Complex Fire
As of Friday afternoon, all Level 2 evacuations for the Echo Mountain Fire have been removed. The Westside of N. North Bank Road still has a checkpoint where residents are required to show ID to limit traffic to the area.
All of N. Panther Creek Road, N. Deer Valley Road and N. Yodel Road and all side roads, North Corkhill Road, North Durette Road and addresses on N. North Bank Road between N. Deer Valley and N. Panther Creek reman under Level 3.
Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire
Fire officials with Tualatin Valley Fire& Rescue announced Monday afternoon the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire that stretched from Washington County into neighboring Yamhill County was 100% contained.
As a result, all Level 3 evacuations have been lifted; however, officials asked residents to remain vigilant as firefighters mop up hot spots through the week.
Residents should be on the look out for smoldering stumps and vegetation, and are encouraged to check their roof and landscape for embers, wells and pump-houses to make sure they’re working and to call 911 immediately if there are any active fires or any perceived danger.