Multiple Fires Cause 'Go Now' Evacuation Orders

Sep 8, 2020

Updated 1:50 p.m. 9/8/20  As of early afternoon, no additional cities had been added to the Level 3 "GO" evacuation list for Marion County. A few communities have been added to the Level 2 "GET SET" list. Here is the current status, according to the Marion County Sheriff's office:

Current Level 3 evacuations:
Mill City, Lyons, Mehama, Detroit, Idanha, North Fork area, Breitenbush, Hwy 214 North of Silverfalls State Park to Scotts Mills

Current Level 2 evacuations:
Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Silverton, Mt. Angel

In Lincoln County, additional areas have been added to the Level 3 "GO" evacuation for the Echo Mountain Fire Complex east of Lincoln City:

·         N. Panther Creek Road and all side roads off of Panther Creek Road.

·         N. Hillside Drive

·         N Westside Circle

·         N. Westview Drive

·         N. Fawn Drive

·         N. Best View Drive

·         N. Vista Terrace

·         N. Spring Drive

·         N. Overlook Loop

·         N. Deer Lane Drive

·         N. Silvan Place

·         N. Bridge Street

·         N. Wayside Loop

·         N. Charmwood Loop

* Also, North Bank Road beginning at N Deer Valley Road to North Yodel Lane to and all side roads off of those roads.

A temporary evacuation point has been established at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.

Updated 10:20 am 9/8/20: OR 126 McKenzie Highway is closed between Springfield and Belknap Springs, mileposts 10 to 55. In Springfield, only local traffic is allowed past 69th Street. Avoid the area and leave the road open for responders and evacuation. Check TripCheck.com or call 5-1-1 for alternate route information. Many roads are closed by fire, downed powerlines, and trees. 

Hwy 126 from Walterville Elementary School west to Thurston Rd. has been upgraded to a Level 2 -"Be Ready"- evacuation notice.

Updated 9:05am 9/8/20: Level 3 GO NOW Evacuation extended to Walterville Elementary from McKenzie Ranger Station –  especially the North Gate Creek & Goodpasture areas as the fire is moving west.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3 "GO!" Evacuation Notice for all homes on Moore Hill Lane and for all visitors of the Bogus Creek Campground on the Umpqua National Forest. This is in regards to a fire burning on the forest, unrelated to the French Creek Fire. 

Original story: Evacuation notices have been issued for several communities throughout the Willamette Valley after high winds brought down power lines and sparked fires.

Along HWY 126 east of Springfield, the Level 3 “Go Now” order applies to everyone from Leaburg east to the McKenzie River Ranger Station, including all roads to the north and south of the highway.

For those residents in Blue River and west of Blue River, the updated evacuation point is Thurston High School. Those east of Blue River should travel east toward Sisters. An evacuation center has been set up at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.

A Level 1- “Be Ready”- evacuation notice has been extended to all residents from Leaburg west to Thurston Rd., including Deerhorn Rd. and all adjoining roads.

Near Swisshome north of Mapleton, the Siuslaw Valley fire chief has issued a Level 3- "Go Now"-evacuation notice for everyone on Village Loop Rd.

In Douglas county, there is a Level 3- “Go now” notice for residents living on French Creek Rd, Single Tree Lane, Rivershore Dr. and those living on North Bank Rd near Rivershore Dr. 

Also due to the French Creek Fire, homes between 13767 North Bank Rd and 16998 North Bank Rd, including all road systems in between the mentioned addresses are on a Level 2 “Be Set” notice. 

Flames can be seen approaching Detroit on Sept. 8, 2020.
Credit Marion County Sheriff's Office

In Marion county, multiple wildfires have broken out along HWY 22 in the Santiam Canyon, bringing a Level 3 evacuation for everyone from Lyons-Mehama through Idanha, including Mill City and Detroit. Stayton and Sublimity is on a Level 1- Be Ready- notice.

Lincoln County currently has three fires.  Residents and visitors should avoid travel if possible. Staying home is advised. 

Lincoln County Fire info:

  • North County
    • Echo Mountain Road off of Hwy 18 - (Level 3 and a Level 1 Evacuation Notices have been issued)
    • Kimberling Mountain Road of off Hwy 18 - (Level 3,2,1 Evacuation Notices have been issued)
  • South County
  • Waldport - Hwy 34 - Mile Post 4 (Contained)
  • Current road closures throughout the county due to downed trees and lines. Visit tripcheck.com for more information.
  • State of Oregon - Large Fires Map (not yet updated with Lincoln County Fires)

There are three levels of evacuation orders issued in any emergency. Lane County provides the following guidance:

LEVEL 1 - BE READY: You should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media for information. This is the time for preparation and the precautionary movement of people with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2 - BE SET: You must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is a significant danger to your area. You should either voluntarily relocate outside of the affected area or, if choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. You may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at your own risk.

LEVEL 3 – GO NOW: Leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive. Entry into evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.

We will continue to follow the fires and evacuation orders throughout the day. This story will be updated.

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