As more than 1m acres burn in Oregon, dozens are still missing and tens of thousands have been displaced. [WEST ZONE of the complex] is 28,247 acres. "The east flank of the fire remains most active and continues to burn in steep terrain and heavy timber," officials said. In Portland, authorities are doing the same: Please share: The PDX/@multco Joint Office of Homeless Services is providing smoke shelter for a third day, Sept. 12, and working with outreach teams and volunteer groups to provide KN95 masks. UPDATE: Evacuation orders for the South Obenchain Fire were unchanged as of Thursday morning, with few updates coming in from the fire lines. The coronavirus pandemic has complicated efforts to shelter those not only fleeing fires but also those without shelter, who need to be shielded from the smoke blanketing the region. REUTERS/Adrees Latif Reuters / Thursday, September 10, 2020 ET The evacuated areas are bounded by Butte Falls Highway to the south and all connecting roads 2 miles past Butte Falls on Butte Falls -Fish Lake Road Northward including the first 4 miles past Butte Falls on Butte Falls - Prospect Hwy and northwesterly to toward Lost Creek Lake Dam, Highway 62 the northern boundary. UPDATE: Level 3 "GO" evacuation orders are being expanded along Highway 62 Wednesday morning due to the South Obenchain Fire. A farm is leveled by the South Obenchain Fire along Butte Falls Highway in Eagle Point, Oregon, September 10. At least 12 residences have been destroyed by the fire. It's the second day in a row of a 10 percent increase in fire containment. UPDATE: Right now the fire is at 23,150 acres and 0% contained. You may have seen a certain twitter journalist beloved by white supremacist groups blaming people with "out of state plates" for starting Oregon fires.I and other OPB reporters have spoken with multiple eyewitnesses who saw downed powerlines start many of the fires. “She is tested, trusted and respected – having the rare combination of technical aptitude in field operations and administration.”. This fire is 20,250 acres and 0% contained, having started five miles east of Eagle Point, Oregon. Fire officials said that the fire did make a "small push" to the east, into a burn scar from the 2008 Double Day Fire. For instance, we've notived the South Obenchain fire (near the old Worthington Fire, in red) this way. EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The Worthington Fire is burning between Eagle Point and Butte Falls. The agency said that it spotted the fire just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday. In the wake of these unprecedented fires, many fundraisers have been created to help those affected. UPDATE: The South Obenchain Fire is now just two miles south of Shady Cove, according to the latest from fire officials. Only call 911 if flames are actively spreading and life or property are threatened. "The mountainous terrain means it’s a hard spot for dozers to dig a line," the agency said. Spanning across 846,812 acres, the fire is 25% contained. Please, folks, stay calm and use common sense.”. REUTERS/Adrees Latif Reuters / Donnerstag, September 10, 2020 It started late Thursday afternoon around roughly 4 P.M. ODF said it grew to 150 acres by 5:45 Thursday evening and is spreading East. The August Complex fire –which began as 37 separate fires sparked a rare bout of dry lightning in mid-August – has grown into the largest fire on record in California, displacing the Mendocino Complex fire – which burned the same region 2018 – for the top spot. EAGLE POINT, Ore. --- UPDATE: As of 8 pm Sunday evening, the South Obenchain Fire is 65 percent contained and holding at 32,671 acres. Saturday, September 12, 2020 Vehicles lie damaged in the aftermath of the Obenchain Fire in Eagle Point, Oregon, September 11. EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The Worthington Fire is burning between Eagle Point and Butte Falls. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The focus will be to contain these spots and to protect Shady Cove. INITIAL REPORT: While a fast-moving wildfire continues to burn between Ashland and Phoenix, a new fire has grown simultaneously east of Eagle Point on Tuesday afternoon, likewise driven by strong winds and dry conditions. The fire's northern tip has reached the Indian Creek area. Officials said that the fire burned to Star Lake Reservoir and just above Salt Creek Road. Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) told NewsWatch 12 that the Worthington Fire is now estimated at roughly 500 acres. We know how this ends, Oregon, California and Washington fight historic fires, California governor makes urgent appeal for climate action. Last week, Pelosi barely mentioned the fires, which are ravaging her own home state of California, until Thursday, when she was asked about them on MSNBC and in a weekly press conference. Once the smoke clears enough for aircraft, they will be used to help firefighters pinpoint those hot spots and respond appropriately. Retardant was used to cool the fire and allowing dozerline to be constructed. With humidity levels increasing overnight and winds dying down, firefighters were able to make substantial progress in creating and holding fire lines. The City of Eagle Point has allocated some of our CARES Act funds to local non-profit agencies to assist residents with their Eagle Point utility bills as well as other expenses that may have fallen behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation warnings have been issued along Rogue River Drive from Highway 234 to Shady Cove, and along Highway 62 from Eagle Point to Shady Cove. UDPATE: Many evacuation orders have eased on the South Obenchain Fire over the past several days as growth of the fire began to slow, though Butte Falls remains on a Level 3. Anyone seeking shelter should call 211. https://t.co/RFgDpbwdOl. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. On Monday, slies might stiill be gray, but “it will be a welcome gray, as moisture laden clouds increase,” per the weather service. . Fire crews say that cooler weather in the area today allowed firefighters to make progress mopping up the south, north and western flanks while also reinforcing black lines. In northern California, a forecast of gusty winds tomorrow and Monday are a cause for some concern, per the National Weather Service. Thunderstorms moving into the area on Thursday afternoon could revive strong winds, and fire officials say that crews are remaining vigilant for gusts that could spread embers beyond their lines. There is a temporary evacuation point at the Jackson County Expo, no sheltering is available," Jackson County Emergency Management said. On the south perimeter in the Worthington Road area, good dozer line is established and holding. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has also lowered all level 3 evacuation areas outside of the fire perimeter to a level 2 for residents only. At least eight had been reported. This is a large wildfire that has burned 32,671 acres since September 7, 2020. Read about our policies and notice regarding Americans with Disabilities The air is hazardous in Butte County, as the North Complex fire rages on. An unmanned aircraft (UAS), also known as a drone, was reported over the fire area. High temperatures and strong winds continue to create disastrous fire conditions across Oregon. See the latest wildfire information for the Worthington Fire, near Eagle Point, Oregon, that has burned 761 acres since July 30, 2020 and is currently contained. Crews will fly reconnaissance flights twice a day scouting for smoking areas and make sure they stay within the fire's perimeter. Crews were able to connect fire lines on the south and western edges of the fire and are now in the mop-up stage. See the latest wildfire information for the South Obenchain Fire, near Lake Creek, Oregon. The fire is estimated at 32,833 acres and 25 percent contained. Officials also said that a large spot fire has spring up near the junction of Derby Creek Road and Crowfoot Road, but structural firefighters are in the area. In addition to satellites, we can also use our radar to determine smoke plumes from fires. Multiple agencies responded. Although few vehicles were left in Mulino save those belonging to emergency services, on the trip there and again on back roads en route to Oregon City, men in trucks bearing thin blue line flags – a badge of membership for rightwing movements – were observed in states of hypervigilance. Highway 62 has been shut down from Highway 234 north through Shady Cove to the intersection with Tiller-Trail Highway as people continue to evacuate the area, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). EAST on Butte Falls-Fish Lake or South on Hwy 62 you will be escorted through Shady Cove. UPDATE: Containment for the South Obenchain Fire has increased again, going from 35 percent containment to 45 percent. Areas under evacuation order include all of Butte Falls, Cobleigh Rd., the McNeil Creek Area, and Crowfoot Road due to the Obenchain Fire. Thunderstorms are still a possibility for tomorrow, so fire crews say that they will stay alert for those strikes and for increases in winds that could help spread the fire. Fire crews say that cooler weather in the area today allowed firefighters to make more progress mopping up the south, north and western flanks while also reinforcing black lines.The cooler weather also pushed smoke out of the area, providing increased visibility and allowing air attacks to support the fire. UPDATE- The Northwest Incident Management Team 8 says the South Obenchain Fire is now 55 percent contained and 32,671 acres. On Thursday afternoon, three journalists were confronted by men with AR-15s and summarily ordered to leave Molalla. In preceding days, Facebook pages associated with the town were filled with rumors of looters and Antifa raids. All rights reserved. As of Monday, the South Obenchain Fire was estimated at 32,031 acres and 20 percent contained. It extends more than 800 miles off of the Washington coast and is being wrapped around an area of low pressure west of California. UPDATE: With a Red Flag Warning in place for Sunday, fire crews are reinforcing containment lines to help prevent the spread of the South Obenchain Fire. The entire air operation must be shut down until the air space is reported clear. In addition, repair groups are cleaning up dozer lines, fixing fences and other things damaged or moved during fire suppression tactics. Although one person was arrested for alleged arson amid the fires, the majority of fires across Oregon and the west appear to have been sparked by power lines and other ignitions. 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Obenchain Area Fire Map, Eagle Point - Jackson County, Oregon First published on Sat 12 Sep 2020 11.00 EDT. Gusty south to west winds are expected tomorrow & Monday over the northern Valley & northern Sierra. Flames raced east from the fire toward Butte Falls on Thursday, forcing evacuations in the Butte Falls area and south to Highway 140. Fire crews are getting into place and at least one air tanker is working on the fire. #wawx pic.twitter.com/CKykvCChaF. In a statement, police superintendent Travis Hampton said, “Mariana is assuming this position as Oregon is in an unprecedented crisis which demands an urgent response.”, “This response and the circumstances necessitated a leadership change. A farm is leveled by the South Obenchain Fire along Butte Falls Highway in Eagle Point, Oregon, on Sept. 10, 2020. Firefighters on the night shift worked to construct a primary lines, and more resources are being sent in the area to build up a containment line. 11 Arizona on the road, 67-51. Keep up with The Guardian’s rolling coverage of the fires here: Here’s another satellite view of the smoke: Today’s real color visible satellite loop of the West Coast really captures the magnitude of the smoke coverage. This is close to where the Worthington Fire burned at the beginning of August. While the fire has increased, crews have also increased containment to 20 percent as of 9 am Saturday morning. Associated Press Scenes of devastation in Oregon; 500,000 evacuated as wildfires rage Published: Sept. 10, 2020 at 8:53 p.m. Vehicles lie damaged in the aftermath of the Obenchain Fire in Eagle Point, Oregon, U.S., September 11, 2020. On its Facebook page overnight, Molalla police were forced to amend an earlier call for residents to report suspicious activity. This could bring periods of fire weather concerns, especially since vegetation is still very dry. If the smoke layer thins enough, aircraft are on stand by to help firefighting efforts. A farm is leveled by the South Obenchain Fire along Butte Falls Highway in Eagle Point, Oregon, September 10. The department did not explain what necessitated the leadership change. “There has been NO antifa in town as of this posting at 02am. UPDATE: Fire officials say that containment lines on the south and western flanks of the South Obenchain Fire have held up through several shifts as crews continue to work on strengthening those lines and mopping up within them. For more info: https://t.co/8OMUxCyaUq@CALFIRE_MEU @CALFIRE_HUU @MendocinoNF pic.twitter.com/QGHwP96Q5A. UPDATE: Shady Cove and Trail are now under evacuation orders due to the South Obenchain Fire. One sensor says #Oroville AQI is 999 (another says 809) this morning. The fire has burned more than 250,000 acres and has killed at least nine people – in a region that just two years ago was hit by the deadly Camp Fires. Misinformation about the fires in Oregon has continued to be an issue. “We have taken advantage of the weather and smoke cover to reduce loss of property and resources. On the south end of the fire, firefighters are holding a line beginning at Whiskey Creek and circling around to South Obenchain Road, extending northwest toward Shady Cove. The South Obenchain Fire is now estimated at upwards of 25,000 acres, according to the latest from fire officials. Box 779 Eagle Point, OR 97524 Phone: 541-826-4212 Hours Monday - Tuesday & Thursday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. I really want to thank everyone for their hard work to get us to this point," said Northwest Incident Management Team 8 Deputy Incident Commander Kevin Stock. An updated interactive map of Jackson County evacuations can be viewed here. Be sure to practice fire safety! #AugustComplex in Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, & Trinity County is 846812 acres and 25% contained. 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