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Beachie Creek Fire Update: Fire Size Reaches More Than 186,800 Acres

Marion County Sheriff's Department

Crews battling the Beachie Creek fire east of Salem spent Thursday morning mopping up areas along the southern fire front along Highway 22. The fire size, as of Friday morning, is 186,856 acres, according to a fire officials.

Fire officials said crews have been successful in establishing anchor points in the Mehama and Lyons area where significantly less fire growth occurred. Crews then transitioned to doing structure protection in Silver Falls State Park, the areas of Drake’s Crossing, Scott’s Mills, and the Abiqua drainage.

Credit Northwest Incident Management Team
Map of the Beachie Creek Fire from Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, officials say additional fire crews established anchor points to limit spread. As the fire continued north, work was performed along the northwest and northern fire fronts. Extremely dry conditions fueled continued growth toward the Riverside Fire.

Fire Officials said they’ll continue to work closely with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT and the Oregon State Police to coordinate recovery efforts along the Santiam Canyon. As of Friday morning, 13,700 structures are at Level 3 evacuations and more than 18,500 homes are under level 2 evacuations.  

The pubic is being warned by officials that anyone who enters the fire perimeter is jeopardizing firefighting and rescue operations, and increasing the time it will take to return residents to their communities and putting lives at risk.  

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.