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Oregon wildfires: Little fire growth reported Tuesday; air quality mostly good, moderate

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PORTLAND — No Oregon wildfires grew more than 300 acres from Monday to Tuesday, authorities say, and several of the state’s most prominent blazes did not grow at all.

Meanwhile, air quality throughout most of the state is good or moderate, though the air in some parts of southern Oregon is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Here are updates on Oregon’s biggest wildfires, including how much they’ve grown from Monday to Tuesday:

Lionshead

Location: West of Warm Springs

Size: 198,916 acres

Growth: 269 acres

Containment: 13%

Cause: Lightning

Evacuation resources: Marion County; Warm Springs Police Department

Latest information: InciWeb

Fire officials said Monday that as light fuels dry over the next couple days, fire activity may increase. There may be more smoke, particularly as green islands inside the fire’s perimeter burn out, according to fire officials. However, little growth is expected.

Thielsen

Location: Diamond Lake area

Size: 9,916 acres

Growth: 227 acres

Containment: 26%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: Douglas County

Latest information: InciWeb

Firefighters on Monday will continue to focus on directly attacking the fire where possible, protecting critical infrastructure and securing and holding the blaze’s southern edge near Diamond Lake, according to fire officials.

Firefighters will also continue securing and mopping up along containment lines and improving the defense of buildings around the Cinnamon Butte communications tower as weather permits.

Level 3 evacuation orders remain in effect.

Riverside

Location: Near Estacada

Size: 138,020 acres

Growth: 140 acres

Containment: 26%

Cause: Human

Evacuation resources: Clackamas County

Latest information: InciWeb

Authorities on Monday reduced the city of Estacada’s evacuation notice to Level 1, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Other changes were also announced.

Also on Monday, the sheriff’s office lifted a curfew for areas under Level 2 evacuation notices. The curfew, which spans from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., is now in effect only for areas under Level 3 evacuation orders.

Fire line is now in place along the blaze’s entire western perimeter, fire officials said Monday. Firefighters continue to work their way around the fire, constructing fire line where possible, and are working to protect various places of significance.

Fire officials said people should expect to see smoke inside the blaze’s perimeter as conditions warm and dry out.

Slater

Location: Northern California; Josephine County

Size: 148,677 acres

Growth: 94 acres

Containment: 22%

Cause: Under investigation

Evacuation resources: Josephine County

Latest information: InciWeb

Authorities on Monday downgraded the evacuation level for the Cave Junction area from Level 2 (be set) to Level 1. The evacuation level for residents of the Dick George Road area has been downgraded from a Level 3 (Go now) to a Level 2. Greenview Drive remains at Level 3.

Brattain

Location: Lake County

Size: 50,510 acres

Growth: 63 acres

Containment: 55%

Cause: Human

Evacuation resources: InciWeb

Latest information: InciWeb

Fire officials on Monday noted only moderate fire behavior the day before. They said firefighters are moving into more repair and rehabilitation operations.

No Level 3 (go) evacuations remain in effect. All of Paisley is under a Level 1 (be ready) evacuation notice.

Beachie Creek

Location: Santiam Canyon east of Salem; southern Clackamas County

Size: 192,775 acres

Growth: 39 acres

Containment: 38%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: Marion County

Latest information: InciWeb

Authorities on Monday moved multiple areas — including a several-mile section of Oregon 22 — from Level 3 to Level 2 (be set) evacuation notices.

The stretch of Oregon 22 spans from North Fork Road to Mill City, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Other areas, including those immediately north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates, remain under Level 3 evacuations.

Detroit, Idanha and Breitenbush are among the other areas remaining under Level 3 orders.

Also on Monday, fire crews, including a team from Canada, attacked hot spots on the fire’s southern edge along Oregon 22 between Stayton and Detroit, according to the fire’s command center.

Authorities now estimate it could take them until Halloween to contain the blaze.

View all currently active wildfires in the U.S. on The Oregonian/OregonLive’s interactive wildfire map.

Fires that did not grow Monday to Tuesday:

Archie Creek

Location: Northeast of Roseburg

Size: 131,598 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 44%

Cause: Under investigation

Evacuation resources: Douglas County

Latest information: InciWeb

Firefighters flying over the blaze noticed a new fire Sunday about two miles north of the Archie Creek fire’s northeast flank, officials said. A lightning strike from a recent thunderstorm probably caused the blaze, which flared up when conditions became warmer and drier, according to fire officials.

Archie Creek fire crews responded to the blaze and will keep working on it Monday.

Firefighters will also focus on cooling hot spots and continuing to build, connect and strengthen fire lines on the Archie Creek fire, officials said.

Holiday Farm

Location: East of the Eugene-Springfield area

Size: 173,025 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 17%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: Lane County; Linn County

Latest information: InciWeb

Lane County authorities on Monday publicly identified the person killed by the Holiday Farm fire as David Perry.

Perry, a 59-year-old Vida resident, is one of nine people killed by wildfires throughout Oregon this year.

Two other people remain missing and unaccounted for in the Holiday Farm fire, according to a Lane County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

S. Obenchain

Location: Jackson County

Size: 32,671 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 70%

Cause: Under investigation

Evacuation resources: Jackson County

Latest information: InciWeb

Fire officials said Monday that flames and smoke will persist inside the perimeter of the blaze until a season-ending rain or snow event. They urged people to call 911 only if flames are spreading and life or property are threatened.

The immediate burn area remains under Level 3 evacuation orders, and areas outside that zone have been downgraded to Level 2.

Two Four Two

Location: Chiloquin area

Size: 14,473 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 89%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: InciWeb

Latest information: InciWeb

Firefighters are almost done mopping up 100 feet into the interior of the fire, around its perimeter, officials said Monday. Crews planned to focus on some remaining heat on the west side of Oregon 62.

Echo Mountain Complex

Location: Lincoln County

Size: 2,552 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 90%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: Lincoln County

Latest information: InciWeb

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