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Oregon’s largest wildfire surpasses 200K acres

Blaze near Lincoln City now 100% contained

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Wildfire damage in Gates, Oregon off Highway 22 in Marion County on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Wildfires ripped through the small town of less than 500 people a little over a week ago, destroying many homes and businesses.
Wildfire damage in Gates, Oregon off Highway 22 in Marion County on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Wildfires ripped through the small town of less than 500 people a little over a week ago, destroying many homes and businesses. Sean Meagher/Staff Photo Gallery

One of two large wildfires burning in Marion County has become the first Oregon blaze to surpass 200,000 acres this year. Meanwhile, a fire near Lincoln City is now 100% contained.

The Lionshead fire west of Warm Springs grew over 4,500 acres to a cumulative 203,420 acres, according to daily figures reported Wednesday by the National Interagency Coordination Center.

The Echo Mountain Complex near the coast is completely contained, and firefighters have increased containment of Clackamas County’s Riverside fire to 31%.

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

Lionshead

Location: West of Warm Springs

Size: 203,420 acres

Growth: 4,504 acres

Containment: 15%

Cause: Lightning

Evacuation resources: Marion County; Warm Springs Police Department

Latest information: InciWeb

Slater

Location: Northern California; Josephine County

Size: 150,230 acres

Growth: 1,553 acres

Containment: 24%

Cause: Under investigation

Evacuation resources: Josephine County

Latest information: InciWeb

Authorities on Tuesday reduced the evacuation level for the O’Brien area from Level 2 to Level 1.

Brattain

Location: Lake County

Size: 50,751 acres

Growth: 241 acres

Containment: 87%

Cause: Human

Evacuation resources: InciWeb

Latest information: InciWeb

Holiday Farm

Location: East of the Eugene-Springfield area

Size: 173,094 acres

Growth: 69 acres

Containment: 27%

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, a Lane County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Monday.

Beachie Creek

Location: Santiam Canyon east of Salem; southern Clackamas County

Size: 192,805 acres

Growth: 30 acres

Containment: 46%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: Marion County

Latest information: InciWeb

Riverside

Location: Near Estacada

Size: 138,027 acres

Growth: 7 acres

Containment: 31%

Cause: Human

Evacuation resources: Clackamas County

Latest information: InciWeb

Authorities on Monday reduced the city of Estacada’s evacuation notice to Level 1 (be ready.) 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.

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

Fires that did not grow Tuesday to Wednesday: 

Thielsen

Location: Diamond Lake area

Size: 9,916 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 26%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: Douglas County

Latest information: InciWeb

The Oregon Department of Transportation reopened Oregon 138E on Tuesday.

Authorities on Tuesday also reduced the evacuation level for Diamond Lake from Level 3 (go) to Level 2 (be set.)

Archie Creek

Location: Northeast of Roseburg

Size: 131,598 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 52%

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.

Crews continued to work on the blaze Tuesday.

Minimal fire behavior was expected again Tuesday, and firefighters planned to construct fire lines as close to the fire’s edge as possible in preparation for gusty winds forecasted for Wednesday.

At least a half-inch of rain is expected to fall on the blaze Wednesday evening through Friday, according to fire officials.

S. Obenchain

Location: Jackson County

Size: 32,671 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 80%

Cause: Under investigation

Evacuation resources: Jackson County

Latest information: InciWeb

Two Four Two

Location: Chiloquin area

Size: 14,473 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 95%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: InciWeb

Latest information: InciWeb

Echo Mountain Complex

Location: Lincoln County

Size: 2,552 acres

Growth: 0 acres

Containment: 100%

Cause: Unknown

Evacuation resources: Lincoln County

Latest information: InciWeb

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