Beachie Creek & Riverside Fires Update, October 15

General Information: This will be the last combined update for the Riverside and Beachie Creek fires.  Both fires will be under the management of local type 3 teams.  The Southern Cascades type 3 Interagency team managing the Beachie Creek fire will oversee activities on both the Willamette National Forest and Northwest Oregon District of the Bureau of Land Management lands.

Field work on both the Beachie and Riverside Fires continues to be repairing of fire lines, patrolling and mop-up when conditions allow.  Recent winds and rains can weaken trees, increasing the danger of them falling.

State Highway 22 is now open.  Crews with heavy equipment are still working along the highway.  The speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph between Gates to Pamelia Creek road and stops are expected.  The public is advised to stay cautious and to plan accordingly.

All evacuations levels have been lifted for Marion and Linn counties.

Weather and Fire Behavior:  Temperatures will rise, and winds will subside over the next few days making it easier and safer for firefighters to access the fire area and complete suppression repair work.  Drier conditions are expected but it will not be significant enough to increase fire behavior. The fire area has received about 3 to 5 inches of rain making decreasing fire activity significantly. 

Closures: Multiple forest and area closures remain in effect for the safety of firefighters and the public.  For the most up to date information, see the following websites: 

With more areas of the forest opening again keep safety in mind.  Roads will be wet after the recent weather events.  There may be increased runoff from the fire area and possible land flows.  Stay on paved roads if possible and respect current closures.

After Wildfire Resources: For information regarding assistance after a wildfire about timber salvage, landowner assistance and replanting see the following website: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/afterafire.aspx

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