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Level 3 Notice of Evacuation Issued For Breitenbush Hot Spring ***Final Update*** (Photo) - 09/19/17

Today in cooperation with fire officials and Marion County Emergency Management the decision was made to move the Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Breitenbush summer homes to a level 1 or a ready evacuation state.

Recent rainfall has reduced the fire danger, however residents should be cautious when returning home. The continued forecast has called for additional rains and the potential for mudslides in the area.

The Breitenbush area will remain in a level 1 or ready state until the fire danger is no longer of concern which will most likely be sometime this fall or winter.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the personnel involved in the firefighting efforts during the Whitewater, Little Devil and Scorpion fires in Marion County.


Despite recent rain fall fire officials in cooperation with Marion County Emergency Management have elected to remain at a level 3 or "Go" evacuation for the Breitenbush Hot Springs and Breitenbush Summer Homes.

The decision was made after weather experts determined a risk for thunder and lightening in the Santiam Canyon. Forest conditions remain at an extreme danger for fire even with recent rains.

Please follow the Marion County Emergency Alerts web page for the most up to date information concerning evacuations in Marion County.


September 15th, 2017, the level 3 evacuation, "Go" remains in effect for the areas of Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Breitenbush Summer Homes. If you are in the area please leave immediately. The areas surrounding the hot spring remain closed to public access and visitors are asked to seek alternate areas to recreate. Updates regarding evacuation in the Marion County area can be found here:


Today the Marion County Sheriff's Office was advised to move to a level 3 evacuation for the areas of Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Breitenbush Summer Homes. These areas are now being threatened by the Little Devil Fire and are no longer considered safe for occupation.

Working in cooperation with the Marion County Board of Commissioners, Marion County Emergency Management and the Marion County Fire Defense Board, deputy sheriffs will be responding to the area and posting the residences and notify building occupants that it is recommended they evacuate immediately.

The Breitenbush area is a vacation destination with very few permanent residents and the area has been at a level 2 evacuation for several weeks, as a result few residents remain in the area. The intent of the evacuation is to notify those few remaining residents and message to those planning to come to the area to seek other options until the area is safe for return.

For the most up to date information on Marion County evacuations please go to Alerts and Emergency tab on the Marion County web page:

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Deputies Searching For Missing Man Near Woodburn **Located** (Photo) - 09/12/17

Search and rescue personnel have located Mr. Zarkoff not far from his residence. He is not injured and has been reunited with family.


Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, several surrounding law enforcement agencies and the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Jeep Patrol are currently searching for a missing man with dementia. Around 6:30 p.m. tonight Sava Zarkoff, age 68, left for a walk from the 13000 block of Bethlehem Drive NE near Woodburn, when he did not return after several hours family contacted the Sheriff's Office for assistance.

Mr. Zarkoff is a white, male adult, who is 5'05" tall, 205 pounds, with brown eyes, white hair and a white beard. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt and black pants. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who sees Mr. Zarkoff to please keep him in sight and call 911.

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Marion County Search and Rescue Team Deployed for Lost Hiker (Detroit) ***Located*** (Photo) - 09/09/17

Tonight around 5:30 p.m., searchers with Corvallis Mountain Rescue found Mr. Moung down a steep embankment, approximately one mile from his camp which was located earlier along the Elk Horn Ridge Trail. Rescuers were able to assist Mr. Moung back to the trail where he hiked out.

Mr. Moung was tired and hungry but otherwise uninjured. The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the searchers with Marion County Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Air National Guard.


Searchers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Mountain Rescue Team, Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Army Air National Guard have been on scene and searching through the night for missing hiker Daniel Moung.

This afternoon searchers located Mr. Moung's tent and food but they have not yet located Mr. Moung. Searchers with specialized skills in tracking are on scene and evaluating the area. The Sheriff's Office is asking any hikers preparing to come to the area to please seek other areas to recreate. The Sherriff's Office has adequate man power to search the area and any impromptu searchers risk damaging valuable evidence that may help the Sheriff's Office locate Mr. Moung.

There is no additional information available at this time. This release will be updated as the search progresses. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have been hiking in the area that may have seen Mr. Moung to please call MCSO at 503 588 5032.


A new photo of Mr. Moung without the computer cursor has been added.


Marion County Search and Rescue Team Deployed for Lost Hiker (Detroit)

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams are being deployed in an attempt to locate an overdue hiker. Daniel Moung, age 40, of Salem was dropped off yesterday afternoon at the Elk Horn Ridge Trail Head where he intended to hike and stay overnight and return to the trail head the following day.

Today at 1:00 p.m., when Mr. Moung did not arrive back at the trail head the Sheriff's Office was contacted. Mr. Moung is an experienced hiker with supplies for 24 hours. Searchers are concerned as Mr. Moung has a form of autism and diabetes which requires medication.

The area Mr. Moung is believed to be located in is extremely steep and was impacted last night by a lightning storm and heavy winds. Mr. Moung is a tan skinned male, who is 5'05" tall, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green tee shirt, kaki cargo pants, tan hiking boots and prescription glasses.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have been hiking in the area that may have seen Mr. Moung to please call MCSO at 503 588 5032.

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Power Pole Blocking Butteville Road at Parr Road, Use alternate routes. - 09/04/17

Deputies are on scene of a single vehicle accident on Butteville Road near Parr Road. In the early hours of the morning, deputies responded to a single vehicle accident that struck a power pole and sheared it off. There were two occupants in the vehicle with minor injuries.

Butteville Road is expected to be closed for several hours while crews work to remove the power pole. The Sheriff's Office is asking commuters to avoid this area and use alternate routes such as I5 or Hwy 99E.

Deputies respond to Britenbush Road Involving a Motorcylist who Crashed into a Bear - 08/27/17

Earlier this afternoon a motorcyclist was riding on Britenbush Rd near mile post 18.5 when he crashed into a black bear who was in the middle of his lane of travel. The motorcyclist was flown to a hospital to be treated for their injuries. It is unknown the extent of injuries to the motorcyclist at this time. The black bear died at the scene and was taken care of by the US Forest Service.

Please use this incident as a reminder to be careful while driving in the rural area as well as camping / hiking, as we frequently have wild animals of this nature sharing space and our roadways with us.

Deputy Zahn from the Marion County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigator in this incident and was assisted by members of the Detroit-Idahna Fire Department, Lyons Ambulance Service, and the United States Forest Service Fire and Police. We would like to thank all of our user partners as well as WVCC and METCOM emergency dispatch services as well as life flight for their assistance.

We do not have any additional information relating to this incident at this time. We are not prepared to release the motorcyclist's name and or any photos either.