A fire incident report says downed power lines sparked at least 13 fires during a period of high winds last week between two Oregon communities that were devastated by flames.
The report from the Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center that was written last Thursday says the fires ignited between Mehama and Detroit east of the capital of Salem during peak winds on Sept. 7.
The report doesn’t say to what extent those fire starts affected a larger, separate blaze that started Aug. 16.
That wind-driven fire, called the Beachie Creek Fire, swept through a canyon on Sept. 8 and wiped out the towns of Detroit, Gates, Mill City and Idanha. Its cause is still under investigation.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission told local media Tuesday that it had no information that attributed a “specific wildfire to any specific Oregon utility.”
The Oregon Department of Forestry is closely monitoring 12 major fires in Oregon, (see table below for details).
Fires are removed from the list when they are 100% lined and fire managers are confident in their progress toward containment.
There are about 6,500 personnel assigned to these fires from across the nation and Canada. This doesn’t include the many government emergency response employees, landowners, forestland operators, and members of the community who are contributing to the fight in whatever way they can. About 1 million acres have burned in Oregon since the start of this year, which is nearly double the 10-year average of approximately 557,811.
|Fire name||Acres burned (est.)||Containment||Location|
|Beachie Creek||191,138||20%||15 miles N of Detroit|
|Lionshead||189,316||10%||20 miles W of Warm Springs|
|Holiday Farm||170,637||8%||3 miles W of McKenzie Bridge|
|Riverside||135,956||3%||2 miles SE of Estacada|
|Archie Creek||128,020||20%||20 miles E of Glide|
|Brattain||44,800||20%||8 miles S of Paisley|
|Slater||38,721 in Oregon||10%||SE of Cave Junction (also in No. California)|
|S. Obenchain||32,814||25%||5 miles E of Eagle Point|
|Two Four Two||14,473||29%||W/NW of Chiloquin|
|Thielsen||8,645||1%||E of Diamond Lake|
|Echo Mtn. Complex||2,552||45%||4 miles NE of Lincoln City|
|North Cascade Complex||2,315||
||Multiple locations in ODF’s North Cascade District|
Please note: The acres burned estimates above are based very limited information available. These numbers will change over the next several days, in some cases significantly. We will be taking every opportunity to map these fires. Fire maps are an important tool for both ongoing response operations and keeping people informed.