UPDATE, 1:45 P.M.:
After close consultation with Beachie Creek Fire management officials, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reduced evacuation levels for some cities in Marion County.
Remaining in Level 3 “Go” status are:
Mill City of Salem Gates
North Fork Road recreation Area
Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridge Creek
At Level 2 “Be Ready” status are:
Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek and Victor Point
Reduced to Level 1 “Get Ready” status are:
Meridian Road South to Cascade Highway
West of Davis Creek
West of Victor Point south to the county line
Weather is providing continued good news for crews working on the Beachie Creek Fire today. Calmer winds and lower temperatures are allowing firefighters to focus on structure protection and perimeter control. The west end of the fire, closest to Salem, has significantly calmed, according to fire officials.
Even as some City of Salem employees are directly affected by the fire, we are assisting neighboring cities and Marion County with a variety of efforts related to the fire. A few examples:
- 18 firefighters and equipment have been deployed to the Santiam Canyon Fire.
- City fire and communications professionals have been assisting Marion County through a Joint Information Center.
- Chief Moore, at the request of the Marion County Sheriff, will have patrols in the canyon to protect property.
- Greg Walsh, the City’s Emergency Manager, has been sharing his expertise with Marion County.
- Public Works provided drinking water to evacuees at the fairgrounds and is assisting Lyons with its water system.
- We have plans ready to assist cities that may have to relocate their operations because of the fires in Marion and Clackamas counties.
“We are assisting our neighbors, while making sure Salem is served and protected,” said Salem City Manager Steve Powers. “Staff are on a 24-hour fire watch at our Geren Island drinking water treatment facility. We continue to produce clean, safe drinking water.”
Air quality continues to remain a concern for the Willamette Valley, including the city of Salem. Unhealthy air advisories are expected to remain in place at least through Monday.