Wildfires have torn through 1 million acres of Oregon, including hundreds of thousands of acres near Salem. Here are the most recent updates from fire officials:

Updated: 1:13 p.m.:

Evacuation level lowered for Stayton, Silverton and nearby cities

The evacuation level has been lowered from level 2 – Get Set – to level 1 – Get Ready – for several cities in eastern Marion County.

At 1 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s office announced the change, saying, “The reduction from level 2 to level 1 is being made following close consultation with Beachie Creek Fire management officials.”

Here is the current status:

  • Level 1 (get ready to leave): Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Meridian Road South to Cascade Hwy, west of Davis Creek, west of Victor Point south to the county line
  • Level 2 (be set to leave at a moment’s notice): Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek and Victor Point
  • Level 3 (leave immediately): Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, Gates, North Fork Road recreation area, Scotts Mills, both sides of Hwy 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drake’s Crossing, including Grade Road and Bridge Creek.

Updated 9:30 a.m.

Beachie Creek fire at 187,000 acres

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The Beachie Creek fire in Santiam Canyon has burned nearly 187,000 acres, according to the most recent update from fire officials Friday morning.

  • Fire officials say that firefighters spent Thursday “mopping up,” or taking steps to start making the fire safer such as putting out burning material and moving logs near the southern fire front along U.S. Highway 22.
  • Crews established “anchor points” in the Mehama and Lyons areas and then worked on protecting buildings in Silver Falls State Park, Drake’s Crossing and Scotts Mills.
  • Very dry conditions “fueled the fire’s growth” toward another fire burning southeast of Estacada, the Riverside Fire.
  • The following communities are in evacuation levels:
    • Level 3 (leave immediately): Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, Gates, North Fork Road recreation area, Scotts Mills, both sides of Hwy 214 north of Silver Falls State Park to Drake’s Crossing, including Grade Road and Bridge Creek
    • Level 2 (be set to leave at a moment’s notice): Areas east of Meridian Road, Davis Creek and Victor Point
    • Level 1 (get ready to leave): Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Meridian Road South to Cascade Hwy, west of Davis Creek, west of Victor Point south to the county line

Lionshead fire 5 percent contained

The Lionshead fire has burned 138,000 acres and is 5 percent contained as of 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • Officials say that the growth of the fire was “minimal” on Friday.
  • Firefighters are making progress in preparing containment lines and structure task forces are securing buildings and infrastructure in and near Idanha and Detroit and finding access to the Breitenbush area. Firefighters spent the night fighting fire in areas on the Warm Springs Reservation.
  • Roadways in burned areas “continue to be very hazardous,” and there is heavy smoke, officials say.
  • On Saturday, officials expected firefighters to keep preparing containment lines and create a “catcher’s mitt” that is “meant to stop the main body of the fire as it burns into the hardened containment lines.”

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Riverside Fire growth slows

The Riverside Fire southeast of Estacada has burned 130,000 acres and has not been contained at all, as of an update at about 10 p.m. Friday night from the Mt. Hood National Forest. 

  • Officials say that “wind shifts, a marine layer and the fire’s own smoke” provided shade and “gave crews more opportunities to build firelines” on Friday.
  • Fire managers are still focused on saving lives, scoping out the fire and protecting structures when it can be done “safely and effectively,” officials say.

Evacuation levels lowered at Echo Mountain Complex

The Echo Mountain Complex Fire about four miles east of Lincoln City has burned 2,435 acres and is not contained at all, according to a 4:30 p.m. update on Friday from the West Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

  • At least 100 buildings have been damaged or destroyed, according to fire officials. Two “structural task forces” are expected to start assessing what has been affected by the fire, but that can take several days.
  • “There are many hazards still present,” officials say. “Fire weakened trees and falling debris, as well as downed power lines present dangerous conditions.”
  • However, as of 7 a.m. Saturday morning, officials have downgraded evacuation notices for the Lincoln City area.
    • NE East Devils Lake Road south to Mile Post 3.6 (the bridge replacement cutoff) and the Neotsu neighborhood have been downgraded to a level 2 (Be ready to go at a moment’s notice) evacuation, as have all other west and east side streets off NE East Devils Lake Road.
    • S Schooner Creek Road is no longer under any evacuation level.
    • If you need transportation back to your home, you can call the County Call Center at 541-265-0621.

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