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Marion County Sheriff's Office Evening Update 9/20/20 (Photo) - 09/20/20

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Evening Update 9/20/20

As we head into the evening hours, evacuation levels, in Marion County remain unchanged as of 9:30 a.m. today, September 20, 2020. As level 3 areas are reduced to level 2, we want to remind community members they are permitted to return to the area, though they should remain prepared to evacuate should conditions change.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work closely with the Beachie Creek fire incident management officials, ODOT, and Marion County Public Works to re-evaluate evacuation levels.  Prior to reopening access to county roadways, assessments of culverts, bridges, and retaining walls along roadway systems are being conducted.

Highway 22 will remain closed at North Fork Rd SE and Mile Post 29, near the west end of Mill City. The four mile section of Highway 22 between the cities of Mill City and Gates will be open for travel. Community members returning to Gates and Mill City will need to use the following travel route to access their residences and businesses:

- Highway 22 east to Hwy 226

- Hwy 226 turns into Lyons/Mill City Dr

- Lyons/Mill City Dr to SW Kingwood Ave

- Kingwood Ave to Gates School Rd

- Gates School Rd to E Sorbin Ave

- E Sorbin Ave to Highway 22

The areas immediately to the north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates remain at a Level 3 – “Go” evacuation status. Road closures will be in effect on Carr Road, Hudel Road and Gates Hill Road north of the city limits.

Current evacuation areas as of 5:00 p.m. today, September 20, 2020:

Level 3 – “Go”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Highway 22 @ North Fork Rd east to Mile Post 29, including North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, and other roadways in this corridor.

 

Level 2 – “Be Set”

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

Wagner Rd

Wagner Ln

Teeters Rd

Gopher Ln

Jennie Rd south of Hwy 22

 

Level 1 – “Ready”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek, and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

 

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Marion County Sheriff's Office North Fork Road and Gates Hill Road update, September 20, 2020 - 09/20/20

 

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has been working closely with Marion County Public Works, ODOT and the Beachie Creek Fire incident management team over the past few weeks. Our number one priority is the safe return of residents to the North Fork canyon. Due to the extreme hazardous conditions still present, we are unable to open North Fork Road and Gates Hill Road at this time.

Some of the hazardous conditions are: falling trees and rocks, spot fires, downed power lines, limited road access due to trees still in the road, fire contaminants, damaged culverts and bridges, as well as the potential risk of generators back feeding to the power grid.

We acknowledge and understand the frustration our community is feeling. Please know that we want nothing else than to ensure a safe return for all and to start the rebuilding of our beloved Santiam Canyon.

We will continue to work diligently with our partner agencies on making the North Fork Road and Gates Hill Road accessible as we simultaneously work on Hwy 22. We will update you as new information becomes available.

Morning Evacuation Level Updates 9-20-20 - 09/20/20

This morning, September 20th, 2020, evacuation levels remain unchanged from the update at 12:00 pm, yesterday, September 19th. As level 3 areas are reduced to level 2, we want to remind community members they are permitted to return to the area, though they should remain prepared to evacuate should conditions change.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work closely with fire management officials, ODOT, and Marion County Public Works to re-evaluate evacuation levels.  Prior to reopening access to county roadways, assessments of culverts, bridges, and retaining walls along roadway systems are being conducted.

Highway 22 will remain closed at North Fork Rd SE and Mile Post 29, near the west end of Mill City. The four mile section of Highway 22 between the cities of Mill City and Gates will be open for travel. Community members returning to Gates and Mill City will need to use the following travel route to access their residences and businesses:

- Highway 22 east to Hwy 226

- Hwy 226 turns into Lyons/Mill City Dr

- Lyons/Mill City Dr to SW Kingwood Ave

- Kingwood Ave to Gates School Rd

- Gates School Rd to E Sorbin Ave

- E Sorbin Ave to Highway 22

The areas immediately to the north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates remain at a Level 3 – “Go” evacuation status. Road closures will be in effect on Carr Road, Hudel Road and Gates Hill Road north of the city limits.

Current evacuation areas as of 9:30 a.m. today, September 20, 2020:

Level 3 – “Go”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Highway 22 @ North Fork Rd east to Mile Post 29, including North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, and other roadways in this corridor.

 

Level 2 – “Be Set”

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

Wagner Rd

Wagner Ln

Teeters Rd

Gopher Ln

Jennie Rd south of Hwy 22

 

Level 1 – “Ready”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek, and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

 

 

Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Evening Update, September 19th, 2020 - 09/19/20

On September 17th, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, together with Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, found human remains on the property of George Atiyeh in the North Fork Road area.  At this time we are awaiting the results from the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office to provide us a positive identification of the human remains.  Mr. Atiyeh remains the last person reported as missing in Marion County following the wildfires.  To date there have been five total fatalities due to wildfires in Marion County.  To report a loved one as missing, please call 503-588-5032.

This evening, September 19th, 2020, evacuation levels remain unchanged from the update at 12:00 pm earlier today.  As level 3 areas are reduced to level 2, we want to remind community members they are permitted to return to the area, though they should remain prepared to evacuate should conditions change.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work closely with fire management officials, ODOT, and Marion County Public Works to re-evaluate evacuation levels.  Prior to reopening access to county roadways, assessments of culverts, bridges, and retaining walls along roadway systems are being conducted.

Highway 22 will remain closed at North Fork Rd SE and Mile Post 29, near the west end of Mill City. The four mile section of Highway 22 between the cities of Mill City and Gates will be open for travel. Community members returning to Gates and Mill City will need to use the following travel route to access their residences and businesses:

- Highway 22 east to Hwy 226

- Hwy 226 turns into Lyons/Mill City Dr

- Lyons/Mill City Dr to SW Kingwood Ave

- Kingwood Ave to Gates School Rd

- Gates School Rd to E Sorbin Ave

- E Sorbin Ave to Highway 22

The areas immediately to the north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates remain at a Level 3 – “Go” evacuation status. Road closures will be in effect on Carr Road, Hudel Road and Gates Hill  Road north of the city limits.

Current evacuation areas as of 5:00 p.m. today, September 19, 2020:

Level 3 – “Go”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Highway 22 @ North Fork Rd east to Mile Post 29, including North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, and other roadways in this corridor.

 

Level 2 – “Be Set”

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

Wagner Rd

Wagner Ln

Teeters Rd

Gopher Ln

Jennie Rd south of Hwy 22

 

Level 1 – “Ready”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek, and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

 

Marion County Wildfire Evacuee Resource Center

The Marion County Wildfire Evacuee Resource Center at the Salem Fairgrounds will be closed Sunday, September 20th and will re-open at 9a.m. Monday, September 21st.

Information Resources

Environmental Services has created a web page with information on disposal of ash/fire-damaged materials and erosion control. The page is here: http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/ES/disposal/Pages/Wildfire-Information.aspx 

New Evacuation Levels Update - 09/19/20

*New Evacuation Levels Update*

 

As of 12:00 p.m., today September 19th, 2020, the following roads/areas will be reduced from a Level 3 to a Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation level:

 

  • Wagner Rd
  • Wagner Ln
  • Teeters Rd
  • Gopher Ln
  • Jennie Rd south of Hwy 22 only at this time.

 

 

As a reminder, levels for the Cities of Mill City and Gates were reduced to Level 2 – “Be Set” as of 10:00 a.m. yesterday, September 18th, 2020. In a level 2 evacuation area, community members are permitted to return to the area, though they should remain prepared to evacuate should conditions change.

 

As access to these cities reopened, Highway 22 will remain closed between Highway 226 and Mile Post 29, near the west end of Mill City. The four mile section of Highway 22 between the cities of Mill City and Gates will be open for travel. Community members returning to Gates and Mill City will need to use the following travel route to access their residences and businesses:

 

- Highway 22 east to Hwy 226

- Hwy 226 turns into Lyons/Mill City Dr

- Lyons/Mill City Dr to SW Kingwood Ave

- Kingwood Ave to Gates School Rd

- Gates School Rd to E Sorbin Ave

- E Sorbin Ave to Highway 22

 

The areas immediately to the north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates remain at a

Level 3 – “Go” evacuation status. Road closures will be in effect on Carr Road, Hudel Road and Gates Hill Road north of the city limits.

 

Current evacuation areas as of 12:00 p.m. today, September 19, 2020:

 

Level 3 – “Go”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Highway 22 @ North Fork Rd east to Mile Post 29, including North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, and other roadways in this corridor.

 

Level 2 – “Be Set”

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

 

Level 1 – “Ready”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek, and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

 

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

 

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Morning Update, September 19th, 2020 - 09/19/20

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Wildfire Efforts Morning Update, September 19th, 2020.

All evacuation levels continue to remain the same throughout Marion County. As a reminder, levels for the Cities of Mill City and Gates were reduced to Level 2 – “Be Set” as of 10:00 a.m. yesterday, September 18th, 2020. In a level 2 evacuation area, community members are permitted to return to the area, though they should remain prepared to evacuate should conditions change.

As access to these cities reopened, Highway 22 will remain closed between Highway 226 and Mile Post 29, near the west end of Mill City. The four mile section of Highway 22 between the cities of Mill City and Gates will be open for travel. Community members returning to Gates and Mill City will need to use the following travel route to access their residences and businesses:

- Highway 22 east to Hwy 226

- Hwy 226 turns into Lyons/Mill City Dr

- Lyons/Mill City Dr to SW Kingwood Ave

- Kingwood Ave to Gates School Rd

- Gates School Rd to E Sorbin Ave

- E Sorbin Ave to Highway 22

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with fire officials, ODOT, Marion County Public Works, and other partner agencies to develop plans for the safe re-openings to the evacuated areas. Roadway, bridge, and culvert assessments continue to be under way by Marion County Public Works in the North Fork Rd corridor. We will share information about a timeline for the re-opening of the North Fork Rd corridor as it becomes available.

Current evacuation areas as of 9 a.m.

Level 3 – “Go”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Highway 22 @ Highway 226, east to Mile Post 29, including North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, and other roadways in this corridor.

The areas immediately to the north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates remain at a Level 3 – “Go” evacuation status. Road closures will be in effect on Carr Road, Hudel Road and Gates Hill Road north of the city limits

Level 2 – “Be Set”

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

Level 1 – “Ready”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek, and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

Emergency Alert Systems

There are two types of emergency alert systems used in Oregon where Oregonians can receive the most up-to-date and critical safety information. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) WEAs are delivered straight to your phone via broadcast from local officials. These messages look like a text but have a distinct sound and vibration to help get your attention. Be sure to check your phone settings to make sure these alerts are enabled on your phone as default options vary by phone and carrier. County Emergency Alerts. Every Oregon County maintains an emergency alert system to provide local emergency notifications.  

Information Resources

Active fire dashboard  https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/6329d5e4e13748b9b9f7f33f06a3c376/

Oregon Wildfire News   https://odfwildfire.wpengine.com/

Sign up for Individual Assistance   https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Emergency management websites by County   https://wildfire.oregon.gov/county-resources

 

Evening Update of Evacuation Levels in Marion County - 09/18/20

*Evening update as of 5:00 p.m. today, September 18, 2020*

 

All evacuation levels continue to remain the same throughout Marion County. As a reminder, levels for the Cities of Mill City and Gates were reduced to Level 2 – “Be Set” as of 10:00 a.m. today, September 18th, 2020. In a level 2 evacuation area, community members are permitted to return to the area, though they should remain prepared to evacuate should conditions change.

 

As access to these cities reopened, Highway 22 will remain closed between Highway 226 and Mile Post 29, near the west end of Mill City. The four mile section of Highway 22 between the cities of Mill City and Gates will be open for travel. Community members returning to Gates and Mill City will need to use the following travel route to access their residences and businesses:

 

- Highway 22 east to Hwy 226

- Hwy 226 turns into Lyons/Mill City Dr

- Lyons/Mill City Dr to SW Kingwood Ave

- Kingwood Ave to Gates School Rd

- Gates School Rd to E Sorbin Ave

- E Sorbin Ave to Highway 22

 

The areas immediately to the north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates remain at a

Level 3 – “Go” evacuation status. Road closures will be in effect on Carr Road, Hudel Road and Gates Hill Road north of the city limits.

 

Current evacuation areas as of 5:00 p.m:

 

Level 3 – “Go”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Highway 22 @ Highway 226, east to Mile Post 29, including North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, and other roadways in this corridor.

 

Level 2 – “Be Set”

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

 

Level 1 – “Ready”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek, and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

 

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

 

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

 

Please see the message below from FEMA regarding disaster assistance:

State and federal officials are encouraging Oregon residents affected by the wildfires and straight-line winds, which began on Sept. 7 and are continuing, to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program for survivors has been made available in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties.

Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

If you have phone or Internet access, you may register by:

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to homeowners, renters, and businesses. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. Public Assistance has been made available to 20 counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, and Yamhill counties). All areas statewide are eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation assistance.

Mill City and Gates reduced to Level 2 with specific route for entry to these cities - 09/18/20

*Important Information*

 

Evacuation levels for the Cities of Mill City and Gates are being reduced to Level 2 – “Be Set” at 10:00 a.m. Today, September 18th, 2020.  In a level 2 evacuation area, community members are permitted to return to the area, though they should remain prepared to evacuate should conditions change.

 

As access to these cities is reopening, Highway 22 will remain closed between Highway 226 and Mile Post 29, near the west end of Mill City. The four mile section of Highway 22 between the cities of Mill City and Gates will be open for travel. Community members returning to Gates and Mill City will need to use the following travel route to access their residences and businesses:

 

  • Highway 22 east to Hwy 226
  • Hwy 226 turns into Lyons/Mill City Dr
  • Lyons/Mill City Dr to SW Kingwood Ave
  • Kingwood Ave to Gates School Rd
  • Gates School Rd to E Sorbin Ave
  • E Sorbin Ave to Highway 22

 

The areas immediately to the north of the city limits of Mill City and Gates remain at a Level 3 – “Go” evacuation status.  Road closures will be in effect on Carr Road, Hudel Road and Gates Hill Road north of the city limits.

 

Current evacuation areas as of 10:00 am, 9/18/2020:

Level 3 – “Go”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Highway 22 @ Highway 226, east to Mile Post 29, including North Fork Road, Pioneer Road, and other roadways in this cooridor.

Level 2 – “Be Set”

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd & Moss Lane

Level 1 – “Ready”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek, and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

Deputies to speak on personal experience while evacuating residents ***Drop Box Link*** - 09/17/20

****Update - Drop box Link for dash cam video**** https://www.dropbox.com/s/7qj4ijfg3fm3tyb/Deputy%20QA.mp4?dl=0

 

This afternoon, September 17th, at 4:00 pm the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will have two deputies available to do a question and answer session about their personal experiences while evacuating residents from the Santiam Canyon on Monday, September 7th, 2020.

 

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Chemekta Community College

4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR

 

Front of building 8 near fire map.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Evening Update, September 16, 2020 - 09/16/20

Earlier today, September 16, 2020, Scotts Mills saw their evacuation level reduced from Level 3 to Level 2. As we move in to the evening, evacuation levels continue to remain the same.  

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Mill City

Gates

Highway 22 east of Highway 226

North Fork Rd north of Highway 22

LEVEL 2 “BE SET”

Lyons

Mehama west of Highway 226

Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

2. Community Safety and Security

We want to remind everyone that there continues to be road closures and there is increased presence of patrol deputies in the evacuated areas to be available for search and rescue needs to help prevent criminal behavior in the closure areas. No new arrests were made today.

3. Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund

The Santiam Service Integration Team, SIT, of Santiam Hospital has established the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund to aid in the immediate relief efforts of those living in the Santiam Canyon who are affected by the 2020 Santiam Fire. The Santiam SIT program was established in 2017 to coordinate community providers and services to identify needs, find solutions, and avoid duplication of services. If you have been impacted please email ile@santiamhospital.org">sitmobile@santiamhospital.org or call/text 503-409-3652. For more information visit their website at https://santiamhospital.org/

4.  Returning to Wild Fire Affected Areas.

Residents returning to fire damaged homes and structures need to take precautions. Hazardous materials as well as structural damage pose serious threats to your health and safety. It is strongly advised you take some basic safety measures when inspecting and cleaning up your home and property.

Please visit Marion County Emergency Management website for more information https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/BuildingInspection/Pages/onsite.aspx  

5. Missing Persons

As of this evening the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has one remaining person reported as missing. To date, there have been four total fatalities in Marion County as a result of the recent wildfires. If you wish to report a loved one as missing, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

 

 

 

 

Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Evacuation Update, September 16, 2020 - 09/16/20

At 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, September 16, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports that Scotts Mills evacuation was downgraded from a Level 2 to a Level 1. There were no changes in the other evacuation levels.

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Mill City

Gates

Highway 22 east of Highway 226

North Fork Rd north of Highway 22

LEVEL 2 “BE SET”

Lyons

Mehama west of Highway 226

Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Scotts Mills

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org

 

Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuations Morning Update, September 16, 2020 - 09/16/20

At 1:00 pm yesterday, September 15th, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced a reduced evacuation level for portions of Mehama and Lyons. As we enter a new day, those evacuation levels remain in effect.The Marion County Sheriff's Office will continue their search and rescue efforts. 

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Mill City

Gates

Highway 22 east of Highway 226

North Fork Rd north of Highway 22

 

LEVEL 2 “BE SET”

Lyons

Mehama west of Highway 226

Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill

Scotts Mills

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

 

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Response Evening Update - 9/15/2020 - 09/15/20

At 1:00 pm today, September 15th, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced a reduced evacuation level for portions of Mehama and Lyons.  As we enter the evening hours, those evacuation levels remain in effect.

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Mill City

Gates

Highway 22 east of Highway 226

North Fork Rd north of Highway 22

 

LEVEL 2 “BE SET”

Lyons

Mehama west of Highway 226

Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill

Scotts Mills

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

 

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org.

2. Missing Persons

As of this evening, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has one remaining person reported as missing, George Atiyeh, 72, of Lyons.  The Sheriff’s Office has continued to remain in contact with family members of Mr. Atiyeh, they are requesting no contact from the media at this time.  To date, there have been four total fatalities in Marion County as a result of the recent wildfires.  If you wish to report a loved one as missing, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

3. Evacuation Update Level 3 Access for Animals/Livestock

We’re continuing to work with many partner agencies who are working on the wildfires impacting the Santiam Canyon. Due to the danger from falling trees, rock slides, and continued roadway hazards along Highway 22, access to the Level 3 evacuation zone for animal removal and feeding has been suspended.  We anticipate hazardous tree removal along the Highway 22 corridor to begin tomorrow, September 16th, 2020.

4. Pets and Livestock:

Marion County Community Services is coordinating animal care. Evacuees can get help and shelter for their livestock including sheep, goats, swine, horses, cattle, poultry, and domestic pets. No appointment is necessary, and people on site 24 hours a day, however, specific accommodations and special needs should be coordinated before arriving. Persons seeking animal respite should call 208-437-3002 to make arrangements. Below you will find volunteer links for horse, livestock, and small animals. Please pay close attention to the job descriptions and only sign up in areas that you have experience.

  • Horse Area: https://signup.com/go/wpgZceD MUST have horse experience. Some of these positions are adult –only, but the stall cleaning and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Livestock Area: https://signup.com/go/CNtcane MUST have livestock experience. Some of these positions need to be filled by adults but cleaning, watering, and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Small Animal Area: https://signup.com/go/mtZoXPp MUST have small animal experience.

5. Mental Health Services available

If you’re struggling due to the impacts of the Beachie Creek Fire and other wildfires impacting our region, Marion County’s Behavioral Heath Team is available to help. They have teams on-site at the Oregon State Fairgrounds offering support to those who have been displaced. Below are some other teams that are offering their services.

  • The Psychiatric Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help those experiencing a mental health crisis. Please call 503-585-4949 to speak to a team member.
  • Marion County Youth and Family Crisis Services are available to support youth up to 24 years of age who are struggling. The program can be reached at 503-576-4673.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available to provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people in distress. Connect with the lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255

6. How to support wildfire relief efforts

Marion County Emergency Operations is seeking more volunteers for the Wildfire Evacuee Center in Salem. Please visit https://bit.ly/MarionCoVolunteers

Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Level Update 1:00 pm at 9/15/2020 **Correction** - 09/15/20

***Correction made to clarify North Fork Rd is still closed north of Highway 22***

 

            As of 1:00 pm, on September 15th, 2020, evacuation levels are being updated for portions of the Mehama and Lyons communities, being downgraded to a Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation status.  Existing closures on Highway 22 will remain in effect due to continuing extreme hazards from falling trees.  As residents prepare to return to fire impacted areas, we want to remind them to be prepared for hazards they may encounter.

Current evacuation information for Marion County:


LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd north of Highway 22

Highway 22 east of Highway 226

 

LEVEL 2 “BE SET”

Lyons

Mehama west of Highway 226

Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill

Scotts Mills

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

 

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

 

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org.

After the wildfire evacuation restrictions have been lifted, and residents are given permission to return home, many additional hazards can remain. Firefighters, local governments, utility companies, and road departments begin restoring fire damaged areas as soon as they can, but making the area safe for the public can take multiple days. Stay out of the evacuation area until fire officials tell you it is safe to return. It is extremely important to be aware of the hazards and know what to look for when the evacuation order is lifted.

Two Marion County Wildfire Victims Identified - 09/15/20

This morning, September 15th, 2020, search efforts are continuing in wildfire impacted areas within Marion County.  As of this morning, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has one remaining person reported as unaccounted for.  Deputies are coordinating search and rescue efforts which include assets from FEMA’s National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System. 

To date, there have been four confirmed fatalities in Marion County as a result of the wildfires.  Investigators have identified the two previously unidentified victims as Justin Cook, 41, and Cathy Cook, 71, both of Lyons, Oregon.  The Cooks were located near their property in the 32000 block of North Fork Ln SE, Lyons.

Deputies are asking people wishing to report a loved one as missing within Marion County to contact our non-emergency dispatch center at 503-588-5032.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Morning update September 15, 2020 - 09/15/20

As of this morning, September 15, 2020, there are no changes to the evacuation levels. If anything changes we will make sure to update the community as quickly as we can. Our community has been, and continues to be, severely affected by the wildfires, but as always, during difficult times, our community comes together and together we will get through this.

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:
LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd recreation area

LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

Scotts Mills

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org.

2. Evacuation Update Level 3 Access for Animals/Livestock

We’re continuing to work with many partner agencies who are working on the wildfires impacting the Santiam Canyon. Due to the danger from falling trees, rock slides, and continued roadway hazards along Highway 22, access to the Level 3 evacuation zone for animal removal and feeding has been suspended. This afternoon officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and Marion County Board of Commissioners met to develop a plan to allow for safe access for residents to feed and care for animals. Once a finalized plan has been confirmed, we will share that information.

3. Pets and Livestock:

Marion County Community Services is coordinating animal care. Evacuees can get help and shelter for their livestock including sheep, goats, swine, horses, cattle, poultry, and domestic pets. No appointment is necessary, and people on site 24 hours a day, however, specific accommodations and special needs should be coordinated before arriving. Persons seeking animal respite should call 208-437-3002 to make arrangements. Below you will find volunteer links for horse, livestock, and small animals. Please pay close attention to the job descriptions and only sign up in areas that you have experience.

  • Horse Area: https://signup.com/go/wpgZceD MUST have horse experience. Some of these positions are adult –only, but the stall cleaning and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Livestock Area: https://signup.com/go/CNtcane MUST have livestock experience. Some of these positions need to be filled by adults but cleaning, watering, and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Small Animal Area: https://signup.com/go/mtZoXPp MUST have small animal experience.

4. Mental Health Services available

If you’re struggling due to the impacts of the Beachie Creek Fire and other wildfires impacting our region, Marion County’s Behavioral Heath Team is available to help. They have teams on-site at the Oregon State Fairgrounds offering support to those who have been displaced. Below are some other teams that are offering their services.

  • The Psychiatric Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help those experiencing a mental health crisis. Please call 503-585-4949 to speak to a team member.
  • Marion County Youth and Family Crisis Services are available to support youth up to 24 years of age who are struggling. The program can be reached at 503-576-4673.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available to provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people in distress. Connect with the lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255

5. Santiam Fire Animal Rescue

This group has a fully assembled team and they are doing a rescue in Mill City. They are able to get to locations up to Mill City if they are reasonably close to the main highway. Off the highway or farther east towards Detroit will be determined based on how the situation evolves. The link to the Santiam Fire Animal Rescue is www.facebook.com/groups/658653904834026. If your animal is still in the evacuation zone for the Beachie Creek/Santiam/Riverside fire area please fill out a rescue/relief request form. The link to the rescue/relief request for is: https://forms.gle/q884AzfSoCDBjc9k7

6. How to support wildfire relief efforts

Marion County Emergency Operations is seeking more volunteers for the Wildfire Evacuee Center in Salem. Please visit https://bit.ly/MarionCoVolunteers

Attached Media Files: 09152020_am_update.docx
Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Evening Update, September 14, 2020 - 09/14/20

As we move into the evening, the evacuation levels continue to remain the same.  We have received some additional updates regarding various aspects of the Beachie Creek Fire that we are including below.

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:
LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd recreation area

LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

Scotts Mills

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane
 

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at: www.LinnSheriff.org.

2. Evacuation Update Level 3 Access for Animals/Livestock *** Update***

We’re continuing to work with many partner agencies who are working on the wildfires impacting the Santiam Canyon. Due to the danger from falling trees, rock slides, and continued roadway hazards along Highway 22, access to the Level 3 evacuation zone for animal removal and feeding has been suspended. This afternoon officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and Marion County Board of Commissioners met to develop a plan to allow for safe access for residents to feed and care for animals. Once a finalized plan has been confirmed, we will share that information.

3. Pets and Livestock:

Marion County Community Services is coordinating animal care. Evacuees can get help and shelter for their livestock including sheep, goats, swine, horses, cattle, poultry, and domestic pets. Evacuees can stay with their animals on-site at the fairgrounds or drop off their pets and livestock where qualified staff and volunteers will care for the animals. While owner-care and feeding are preferred, volunteers are equipped to take care of pets and livestock in the barns if their owner is unavailable because of the wildfires.

No appointment is necessary, and people on site 24 hours a day, however, specific accommodations and special needs should be coordinated before arriving. Persons seeking animal respite should call 208-437-3002 to make arrangements.

Below you will find volunteer links for Horse, Livestock, and small animals. Please pay close attention to the job descriptions, Please only sign up in areas that you have experience. Most of these animals are not show animals and so as a volunteer you need to have an in-depth understanding of animals and their behavior.

  • Horse Area:  https://signup.com/go/wpgZceD MUST have horse experience. Some of these positions are adult –only, but the stall cleaning and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Livestock Area:  https://signup.com/go/CNtcane MUST have livestock experience. Some of these positions need to be filled by adults but cleaning, watering, and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Small Animal Area: https://signup.com/go/mtZoXPp  MUST have small animal experience.

4. Mental Health Services available

If you’re struggling due to the impacts of the Beachie Creek Fire and other wildfires impacting our region, Marion County’s Behavioral Heath Team is available to help. They have teams on-site at the Oregon State Fairgrounds offering support to those who have been displaced. Additionally, the Psychiatric Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help those experiencing a mental health crisis. Please call 503-585-4949 to speak to a team member.

This can also be an especially stressful time for youth who are directly impacted by the fires. Marion County Youth and Family Crisis Services are available to support youth up to 24 years of age who are struggling. The program can be reached at 503-576-4673.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available to provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people in distress. Connect with the lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255

5. Santiam Fire Animal Rescue

This group has a fully assembled team and they are doing a rescue in Mill City. They are able to get to locations up to Mill City if they are reasonably close to the main highway. Off the highway or farther east towards Detroit will be determined based on how the situation evolves. The link to the Santiam Fire Animal Rescue is www.facebook.com/groups/658653904834026. If your animal is still in the evacuation zone for the Beachie Creek/Santiam/Riverside fire area please fill out a rescue/relief request form. They will do their best to connect your information with aid groups going into the affected areas. The link to the rescue/relief request for is: https://forms.gle/q884AzfSoCDBjc9k7

6. How to support wildfire relief efforts

Marion County Emergency Operations is seeking more volunteers for the Wildfire Evacuee Center in Salem. Volunteers are needed for the phone bank at Marion County Public Works and the Oregon State Fairgrounds at the Jackman Long Building. Various jobs are available with staggered times between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice. After sign up, volunteers should report to their assigned locations in time for COVID-19 screening and check-in at the volunteer tables. Please visit https://bit.ly/MarionCoVolunteers

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Level Updates - 09/14/20

Important Evacuation Information *Reduction of Levels*
 

Current evacuation information for Marion County:

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd recreation area

 

LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

Scott’s Mills

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane
 

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

 

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones


 If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Beachie Creek Fire Search and Rescue Efforts Update September 14, 2020 - 09/14/20

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to coordinate search and rescue efforts for areas in Marion County impacted by the Beachie Creek Fire.  As of this morning, the Sheriff’s Office has just 1 person remaining who has been reported as missing, we remain at 4 total confirmed fatalities at this time.

Starting today, FEMA’s National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System will be helping the Marion County Sheriff’s Office with our continuing search efforts.  This team, which was established under the authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1989, is a framework for organizing federal, state and local partner emergency response teams as integrated federal disaster response task forces. The US&R are able to provide assistance in structural collapse rescue and have K9 units and special equipment that is used for searching through fire and debris.

If you have a loved one who is missing within Marion County, please contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 503-588-5032.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Level Updates - 09/13/20

** Marion County Sheriff’s Office IMPORTANT Evacuation update **

As of 3:30 PM on September 13, 2020 the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation levels for the City of Scotts Mills and surrounding areas in Marion County. The reduction from level 3 to level 2 is being made following close consultation with Beachie Creek Fire management officials. Below are the following updated evacuation levels.

Current evacuation information for Marion County

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idanha

Breitenbush

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd recreation area

Grade Road and Bridgecreek Road east of the Level 2 line

Crooked Finger Road east of the level 2 line

LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

Scotts Mills

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Stayton

Sublimity

Aumsville

Silverton

Mt. Angel

Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy

West of Davis Creek

West of Victor Point south to the County line

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

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Detroit and Idanha Residents Can Request Property Status Updates (Photo) - 09/13/20

Due to dangerous and unpredictable conditions in the Santiam Canyon, we are continuing to limit access to these areas to Fire and Law Enforcement personnel only. However, we have set up a phone line to call into and have a deputy go check on your residence and report back to you with a status update on the condition of your property in DETROIT and IDANHA only at this time.

Please call 503-798-6823 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. 7 days a week to request a check on your residence. We will need the following information when you call:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Anyone missing from the location, including name, age, phone number
  • Any animals at location

We will process these requests as we receive them and a deputy will call you back. We understand the anxiety of not knowing the condition of your property and want to get you answers as soon as we safely can.

Attached Media Files: Detroit, OR
Marion County Sheriff's Office Beachie Creek Fire Update - 8:30 am 09/13/2020 - 09/13/20

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports no changes in evacuation levels overnight.  Current evacuation status in Marion County remains at:

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idahna

Breitenbush

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd recreation area

Scotts Mills

Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Stayton

Sublimity

Aumsville

Silverton

Mt. Angel

Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy

West of Davis Creek

West of Victor Point south to the County line

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our community. Marion County Emergency Management has let us know there is a need for gas cards and pre-paid cell phones for the evacuees. These can be dropped off at the United Way donation site located at 1705 Silverton Rd NE, Salem (across the Oregon State Fair grounds. They are accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx

We would like to thank our media partners for their continued support in sharing updated evacuation information.  We ask that our media partners regularly check maps and alert banners to ensure the most accurate and up to date information is being shared.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Beachie Creek Fire Evening Update - 9/12/2020 - 09/12/20

Earlier today, September 12th, 2020, there were several cities, in Marion County, that saw their evacuation levels reduced from level 2 to level 1.  As we move into the evening, evacuation levels continue to remain the same.

1.)   Current evacuation information for Marion County

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idahna

Breitenbush

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd recreation area

Scotts Mills

Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

 

LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

 

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Stayton

Sublimity

Aumsville

Silverton

Mt. Angel

Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy

West of Davis Creek

West of Victor Point south to the County line

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at www.LinnSheriff.org.

2.)  Community safety and security

We want to remind everyone that there continues to be road closures and there is increased presence of patrol deputies in the evacuated areas to be available for search and rescue needs and to help prevent criminal behavior in the closure areas. No new arrests were made today in the Level 3 evacuation areas.  Oregon law gives law enforcement the authority to arrest individuals who fail to adhere to evacuation directives while in prohibited areas during an emergency declaration. People arrested for crimes in Level 3 evacuation areas will have a public safety override to remain in custody until the time of arraignment.  We continue to receive assistance from the Oregon National Guard who is staffing road closures leading into evacuated areas.

3.)  Missing persons

We continue to receive questions about how to report someone believed to be missing in the evacuation area within Marion County. To report a family member missing, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.  As of today, we have 5 people who have been reported as missing.  The total number of known fatalities in Marion County due to the Beachie Creek Fire remains at 4.

4.)  Evacuation Update Level 3 Access for Animals/Livestock

For residents living along Highway 22 in the Santiam Canyon west of Gates Hill Road will be allowed entry into the Level 3 evacuation area for the purposes of removing and feeding animals.  Residents will be required to present identification that shows residency at road closure points to be allowed entry. Residents should leave immediately after caring or loading their animals/livestock. The Level 3 areas are still a high-risk area to be in and residents entering the area need to use extreme caution.  If you need assistance regarding your animals or find loose domestic animals, please contact 503-391-7294.  Additional resources regarding livestock and animal shelters can be found at Oregon Department of Agriculture at https://www.oregon.gov/oda/Pages/default.aspx

5.)  Boat Removal Information for Detroit Lake Marina & Kane’s Marina

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has been in regular contact with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on water levels in Detroit Lake regarding time lines for getting boats removed from two different marinas. Based on current water level projections, Detroit Lake Marina will be accessible once it is safe to do so until September 18, 2020. Kane’s Marina boat owners will have until October 5th, 2020. Current conditions do not allow for the safe removal of boats from either marina. As a reminder, we are asking boat owners to email Marion County Marine Patrol Deputy Garrett Olson at GOlson@co.marion.or.us their contact information. This will ensure all pre-planning measures can be set and ready for when safe removal can be made. Once it is determined to be safe we will advise the residents of date and time.

6.)  How to support wildfire relief efforts

We appreciate the amazing outpouring of community support. Please avoid dropping off supplies directly at evacuation sites. Learn about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx

Marion County Sheriff's Office Evacuations Update as of 1 pm - 09/12/20

** Marion County Sheriff’s Office IMPORTANT Evacuation update  **

As of 1 PM on September 12, 2020 the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation levels of several cities in Marion County. The reduction from level 2 to level 1 is being made following close consultation with Beachie Creek Fire management officials. Below are the following updated evacuation levels.

 

Current evacuation information for Marion County

LEVEL 3 “GO”

Detroit

Idahna

Breitenbush

Lyons

Mehama

Mill City

Gates

North Fork Rd recreation area

Scotts Mills

Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road and Bridgecreek.

 

LEVEL 2 “BE READY”

Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point

 

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”

Stayton

Sublimity

Aumsville

Silverton

Mt. Angel

Meridian Rd South to Cascade Hwy

West of Davis Creek

West of Victor Point south to the County line

 

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

Beachie Creek Fire Update from Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast - 09/11/20

On 09/09/20, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced our search and rescue crews found human remains along with animal remains in a vehicle near the 26000 block of North Fork Road in the Santiam Canyon.  The following day search and rescue personnel with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office returned to the area, escorting investigators.  While conducting the recover, the remains of another individual were located in the vehicle.

On 09/10/20, the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified the two deceased people as 13-year-old, Wyatt Tofte of Lyons, Oregon and 71-year-old Peggy Mosso also of Lyons, Oregon.

Our search and rescue teams continue  their efforts to locate people who have been missing.  Tragically, searchers have located two additional victims of the fire.  Due to treacherous conditions, recovery efforts will be underway once a safe plan can be put into place. Once the remains are identified, names will be released pending notification of next of kin. The remains of two additional deceased individuals were found in the afternoon hours on 9/10/20.

As of this afternoon, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has received a total of 27 missing persons reports since the beginning of the wildfires in the Santiam Canyon area. 

Sheriff Joe Kast said, “At a time of great loss, the women and men of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office want to express their deepest condolences to those in our community who have lost loved ones and homes during these last few days”.

As of 6:00 P.M. today September 11, 2020, 13 of those reported as missing have been found and are safe. At this time, 10 people are still unaccounted for and 4 people have died during the Beachie Creek Fire in Marion County.

 

Marion & Linn County Sheriff's Offices Joint Update on Wildfire Efforts - 09/11/20

The Marion & Linn County Sheriff's Offices are releasing a joint update on current wildfire efforts impacting Maroin and Linn Counties. 

 

 

 

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Efforts Update (Photo) **Corrected to include Mill City & Mt. Angel Evac Info** - 09/10/20

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County

Level 3 "GO"

Lyons

Mehama

Detroit

Gates

Mill City

North Fork Area

Breitenbush

Scotts Mills

Idahna

Both sides of 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drakes Crossing. This includes Grade Road, Ridgecreek and Powers Creek Loop.

 

Level 2 "BE READY"

Stayton

Sublimity

Aumsville

Silverton

Mt. Angel

Cascade south of Abiqua Rd north of Silverton

Anything south of Abiqua Rd

 

To see current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

To see statewide evacuation zones visit Oregon Emergency Management, OEM please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/RAPTOR.aspx

 

2. Community safety and security

We want to remind everyone that there continues to be road closures and there is increased presence of patrol deputies in the evacuated areas to be available for search and rescue needs and to help prevent criminal behavior in the closure areas. Oregon law gives law enforcement the authority to arrest individuals who fail to adhere to evacuation directives while in prohibited areas during an emergency declaration. People arrested for crimes in Level 3 evacuation areas will have a public safety override to remain in custody until the time of arraignment. We have been notified the Oregon National Guard will be assisting beginning tomorrow with staffing road closures.

 

3. Reporting missing persons

We continue to receive questions about how to report someone believed to be missing in the evacuation area within Marion County. To report a family member missing, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

 

4. Resident access to damaged areas

At this time our office is working on a plan for residents, who are displaced, to safely return to their residences. We currently don’t have a time line for when this will occur and will update our community members as soon as this information is available.

 

5. Detroit Lake:

We are working on a plan to have the boats removed from Detroit Lake as soon as it is safe to do so. County officials remain in contact with the U.S. Army Corps Engineers who are monitoring the water levels. Once it is determined to be safe we will advise the residents of date and time.

 

6. How to support wildfire relief efforts :

We appreciate the amazing outpouring of community support. Please avoid dropping off supplies directly at evacuation sites. Learn about current donation needs and drop off locations, please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/Fire/Pages/Additional-Resources.aspx.

 

7. Rumor Control

We've heard community concerns about looting, arson, and misinformation about evacuation statuses. The Marion County Sheriff's Office has received no reports of arson in Marion County. We encourage you to follow official websites and social media for up to date information concerning area wildfires.

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Beachie Creek Fire looters arrested after pursuit (Photo) - 09/10/20

Marion County Ore: Earlier today, at approximately 10:11 a.m. on Thursday, September, 10th 2020, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious van in the area near Detroit, Oregon. Fire crews also reported seeing the van earlier in the town of Idahna and were concerned it was involved in the recent lootings.

Deputies located the van near the Gates area driving at a high rate of speed.  Marion County deputies along with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police pursued the vehicle; as reports confirmed the vehicle was in fact involved in the recent lootings. The pursuit continued westbound on Highway 22 taking the exit into the Stayton/Sublimity areas. The suspect vehicle drove onto and through the golf course while deputies set up near Sublimity and successfully deployed spike strips and disabled the vehicle.  Two male suspects ran from the vehicle. With the assistance of Linn County’s K9 and other nearby agencies, one suspect was immediately located and taken into custody near the golf course. At the time he was seen as attempting to break into a home.

The other male was seen going into a goat shed near the Golf Lane SE area.  He was located by a Linn County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. Both suspects were taken into custody and identified as Anthony Travis Bodda age 21 and Alexander Justin Jones age 36.

Sheriff Kast stated, "I am disappointed that while in a state of emergency these people would victimize members of our community.  The women and men of the Marion County Sheriff's Office are committed to holding people accountable if they chose to victimize residents from our evacuated areas.  We will continue to patrol evacuated areas and do our best to protect these areas from criminal behavior."

Both were lodged at the Marion County Jail on a public safety override on the following charges: Attempted Theft in the first degree, Burglary in the second degree, Felony Elude, Att. Misdemeanor Elude, and Reckless Driving, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Possession of a Burglary Tool, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief in the first degreeI and Criminal Trespass in the second degree.

Several items were recovered from inside the suspect vehicle and it is estimated that the damage caused to the golf course is $1500

 

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Wildfire Response Effort Update (Photo) - 09/10/20

Overnight, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office continued to have deputies patrolling the fire affected areas.  They were also there to be available for evacuation assistance, should that have been necessary, as well as looking for people engaged in criminal behavior. We continue to work with and stay in close communication Fire Management Officials. We continue to have concerns for the safety of people in the evacuation area due to the extreme conditions. There were no changes to existing evacuation levels overnight.  An interactive evacuation map is available at http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones.

The Marion County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to provide us with updates about resources available to those in areas impacted by evacuations.  Shelter space for those evacuated remains available at the following locations:

  • Oregon State Fairgrounds
  • Polk County Fairgrounds
  • Volcanoes Stadium

Additional information about evacuation resources can be found on the Marion County website, www.co.marion.or.us.

We have received many questions about ways for our community members to help.  Please visit the local United Way website at www.unitedwaymwv.org for a current list of donation needs. People interested in volunteering may sign up to help through www.bit.ly/MCEvacVolunteers.  Monetary donations to support evacuation efforts to can be made to the American Red Cross through their website, www.redcross.org.

We anticipate having another update available later this afternoon.

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Sheriff's Office Confirms First Fire Related Fatality; Urge Community Members to Follow Evacuation Orders (Photo) - 09/09/20

Our hearts are heavy today in knowing that so many families in our communities have been affected by the fires of these last few days.   Earlier today, September 9th, 2020, search and rescue teams from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office initiated an operation on North Fork Rd east of the community of Mehama.  This particular mission was in response to reports of a missing teenager and his dog.

During the search and rescue mission, the roadways encountered by searchers were impassable.  Deputies utilized a front end loader and worked with fire teams and utility crews to clear a path to gain access to the area.

Tragically, when they arrived deputies discovered the remains of the first known victim to this fire.  Initial reports received indicated there were two victims located.  We have confirmed searchers from the Sheriff’s Office located one victim deceased in a vehicle along with the remains of an animal.  Based upon the location they were found, deputies believe the remains are those of the missing youth and his dog.  The Sheriff’s Office will be working with the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the identity of the deceased in the coming days. 

Sheriff Kast said, “I can say personally, and on behalf of all our first responders, our hearts go out to the family. The investigation as to the specifics around this loss of life is ongoing.”

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with Fire Management Officials to plan for the safe execution of further search and rescue efforts in the Santiam Canyon.  Conditions remain extremely dangerous in the evacuation areas and it is critical community members and media refrain from entering the evacuation areas to allow for emergency services to focus their efforts on life safety operations.  To stay up to date on evacuation levels and resources for impacted community members please visit https://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts?AlertId=83.

Media Q&A Following Marion County Board of Commissioners' Board Session on September 9th, 2020 - 09/08/20

On September 9th, 2020, at 9:00 am the Marion County Board of Commissioners will be holding their regular Board Session at Courthouse Square in the Senator Hearings Room at 555 Court Street SE, Salem, Oregon.  Following the Board Session the media are invited for a brief question and answer session with the Board of Commissioners and Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast.  The session will be broadcast on Facebook Live through the Marion County, Oregon Facebook page.

Due to COVID restrictions, we will only be allowing one media representative per outlet.  Once the room has reached capacity, no additional media partners will be permitted to enter.  We will be accepting questions via Facebook comments as well during this Q&A.  Questions can be submitted prior to 8:00 am by emailing pio2@co.marion.or.us

Marion County Declares Emergency Due to wildfires - 09/08/20

Salem, OR – On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency for Marion County due to rapidly spreading wildfires in the county. Fires are expected to continue and have required evacuations.

The emergency declaration allows the county to seek resources from the state government and implements the county’s Emergency Operations Plan. It provides for emergency purchasing procedures and more flexibility for personnel utilization.

The county will take all necessary steps to coordinate response and recovery from this emergency.

Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, “Our sheriff’s deputies and police and fire agencies were heroic and aided hundreds of people last night in the midst of fire. We will continue to work around the clock to protect our communities. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost homes or loved ones in this horrible fire.”

Current evacuations include:

Level 3: “Go”
Lyons
Mehama
Detroit
Idanha
Hwy. 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Scotts Mills

Level 2 evacuations: “Be Set”
Stayton
Sublimity
Aumsville
Silverton
Hwy. 213 west Mt. Angel Silverton to Drakes Crossing

An evacuation staging area has been established at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Additional information is available at (503) 391-7294.

Fire Activity Near Detroit
Fire Activity Near Detroit
Marion County Sheriff's Office Issues Level 3 Evacuation Notice in Santiam Canyon ***Update 6*** (Photo) - 09/08/20

***Update 9/8/2020 @ 7:15 am***

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to make evacuation notifications as fire activity progresses.  A Level 3 – “Go” evacuation notice is being issued from to residents in the City of Scotts Mills and south through the Crooked Finger area.  The previous Level 3 evacuations remain in place from Cascade Highway east to Idanha and north along Highway 214 to Drakes Road SE.

Marion County Emergency Management has coordinated with the American Red Cross to open an evacuation staging area at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, located at 2330 17th St NE, Salem, Oregon.  An information line has been established at 503-391-7294. 

****Updated 9/8/2020 @ 4:25 am****

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is expanding the area of the Level 3 – “Go” evacuations to include the area west of the Mehama community to Cascade Highway SE and north to Highway 214.  Deputies have reported fire as far west as Jennie Road SE.  Residents should continue to monitor for updated evacuation information as the fire progresses.   

Marion County Emergency Management has coordinated with the American Red Cross to open an evacuation staging area at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, located at 2330 17th St NE, Salem, Oregon.  An information line has been established at 503-391-7294. 

***Update 9/8/2020 @ 0320 am***

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office have been working extensively as part of a coordinated effort to evacuate areas in the Santiam Canyon spanning from Mehama east to Idanha.  The Level 3 – “Go” evacuation notices were the result of significant fire activity in the area.  Conditions in the Santiam Canyon east of Mehama have become extremely dangerous and all residents who have not yet evacuated need to do so immediately. 

Sheriff Joe Kast said, “We care deeply about the safety of all of our community members.  The extreme fire activity in the area poses an imminent danger to anyone who chooses to remain in the evacuated area.  Our deputies are committed to helping keep our community safe; however, conditions have become too dangerous for them to continue with evacuation efforts at this time.  I encourage anyone still in the Santiam Canyon to leave immediately following the deputies out of the area.  I cannot say when the conditions will allow deputies and other emergency responders to return to the area to render assistance.  Please leave now.”

Marion County Emergency Management has coordinated with the American Red Cross to open an evacuation staging area at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, located at 2330 17th St NE, Salem, Oregon.  A second evacuation staging area was established at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.  An information line has been established at 503-391-7294. 

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****Update 9/8/2020 @ 2:05 am****

All people evacuating the Santiam Canyon area, including from the Detroit and Idanha area are being asked to go WEST on Highway 22 toward Salem.  Highway 22 at Mile Post 59 is blocked and not currently passable.

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Marion County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross have established an evacuation staging area at the Oregon State Fairgrounds located at 2330 17th St SE, Salem, OR.  An information line for impacted residents is being established by Marion County Emergency Management at 503-391-7294. 

****Update 9/8/20 at 1:00 am****

The Level 3 evacuation in Marion County remains in effect and has been expanded to include the Idanha community.  Due to hazards in the roadway, residents evacuating from the Detroit and Idanha area are encouraged to go east to Santiam Junction.  

Marion County Emergency Management is establishing an evacuation staging area in coordination with the American Red Cross.  Once the site has been established that information will be released.

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 – “Go” Evacuation notice to residents in the Santiam Canyon from the community of Mehama east to Detroit including Mill City, Gates, Detroit, and the North Fork corridor.  Residents are being urged leave the area immediately.  We have requested Highway 22 be closed eastbound from Stayton to Santiam Junction to allow evacuees and fire personnel clear passage.

An information line for impacted residents is being established by Marion County Emergency Management at 503-391-7294.  Closure updates will be posted to Marion County Sheriff’s Office social media sites as they become available.

Attached Media Files: Fire Activity Near Detroit
Updated Evacuations
Updated Evacuations
Marion County Sheriff Evacuation Update Beachie Creek & Lionshead Fires (Photo) - 09/07/20

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office have continued to speak with Fire Management officials battling the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires in eastern Marion County.  The evacuation level for Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Devil’s Creek summer home community is being raised to Level 3 – “Go”.  Residents in those areas should evacuate now.

Effective tomorrow at 12:00 pm a Level 2 – “Be Set” evacuation notice is being issued for the areas north of Highway 22 between Gates Hill Rd SE to Breitenbush Rd SE, including the City of Detroit.  A Level 2 status indicates there is significant danger in the area and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter, other housing outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

The advanced notice of the Level 2 evacuation for the larger area is being issued due to high winds and low humidity which are creating the potential for significant growth on both fires.   Deputies are encouraging residents to be prepared for reduced visibility, heavy ash in the air, and the potential for road closures in the coming days.  Visitors should avoid the area if at all possible to allow safe passage of people evacuating and for fire vehicles to have clear access to the roadways.

An information line for impacted residents is being established by Marion County Emergency Management at 503-391-7294.  Up to date information about fire activity can be found at:

Lionshead Fire

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/announcements/7049/

Beachie Creek Fire

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/announcements/7001/

 

We encourage residents to continue to check Marion County Sheriff’s Office social media sites regularly for updated evacuation information.

 

 

Attached Media Files: Updated Evacuations
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Lionshead Fire Prompts Level 2 Evacuation Notice for Breitenbush Hot Springs & Devil's Creek Community (Photo) - 09/07/20

Early this morning, September 7th, 2020, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office notified Breitenbush Hot Springs they were being placed at a Level 2 – “Be Set” evacuation status in response to the Lionshead Fire.  This Level 2 notice is being expanded to include the nearby Devil’s Creek summer home community.  A Level 2 status indicates there is significant danger in the area and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter, other housing outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Deputies will be continuing to communicate closely with US Forest Service teams who are leading the Lionshead Fire response.  Updates regarding the Lionshead Fire can be found at:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/announcements/7049/

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind resident and visitors near our recreational areas to check ahead for closure information and avoid travel to impacted areas.

Elkhorn Community Level 2 Evacuation Status
Elkhorn Community Level 2 Evacuation Status
Beachie Creek Fire - Level 2 Evacuation Notice Issued to Elkhorn Community (Photo) - 09/07/20

On September 7th, 2020, at approximately 9:00 am Search and Rescue Teams from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office began notifying residents in the Elkhorn community of a Level 2 evacuation status in response to the Beachie Creek Fire.  This determination was made after careful consultation with teams from the U.S. Forest Service, the agency leading firefighting efforts.  A Level 2 status indicates there is significant danger in the area and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter, other housing outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

The areas impacted by this notice span along North Fork Road SE from Gates Hill Road to the Willamette National Forest boundary including Elkhorn Drive, Elkhorn Ridge Road, Meyers Road, and North Fork Lane.  Salmon Falls County Park has been closed to the public.

Additional information on the Beachie Creek Fire can be found by visiting the website or call the information line:

                https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/announcements/7001/

                (541) 583-0526

For additional information on resources needed for housing, shelter, etc. go to:

                Santiam Elementary School

                450 SW Evergreen St., Mill City, OR 97360

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind all residents and visitors to continue to check for updates on wildfire activity.

Sex Offender Notification - 09/01/20

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS163A.215, which authorizes Community Corrections to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.


The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, this person’s criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Busciglio, Kyle Edward
SID#: 22025007
DOB: 08/17/1996
CURRENT AGE: 024
RACE: W                      SEX: M
HEIGHT: 5' 09''             WEIGHT: 170lbs
HAIR: BRO                   EYES: BRO

RESIDENCE: 5646 Takelma CT NE
                       Keizer, OR 97303

Kyle Edward Busciglio is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: Sex Abuse I, Sex Abuse II


This person was granted supervision on: 08/04/2020
Supervision expiration date is: 07/04/2025


Special restrictions include:                   [X] No contact with minors
                                                           [X] Not possess or use intoxicating beverages
                                                           [X] Not to frequent places where minors congregate

Other: Used social media apps to contact teenage victims.

Attached Media Files: Busciglio_Kyle_Edward.docx
Marine Patrol Unit to focus on required equipment and permits Aug 29-30th, 2020 at Detroit Lake - 08/24/20

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit will be focusing efforts on required boating equipment and permits on August 29-30th, 2020 at Detroit Lake. As many people have noticed, we have seen a tremendous increase in waterway users this summer. With the drastic increase, we have had more water rescues and fatalities on our waterways. Wearing a life jacket could have prevented almost all of these unfortunate events. Please wear a life jacket when enjoying the water.

For more information on Non-Motorized Boating and Paddling, please visit:

https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Non-Motorized-Boating-and-Paddling.aspx