Search crews were not able to recover or identify two of the victims because of treacherous conditions.
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Four people had died in the Beachie Creek Fire burning in Marion County as of Tuesday morning, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said one person remained missing, down from the initial report of 10 missing people.
A 13-year-old boy and his grandmother in Lyons were killed in the fire. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said searchers found the two victims deceased in a car, along with the remains of an animal.
Family told KGW that 13-year-old Wyatt Tofte was found dead with his dog. Search crews also found the body of his grandmother, 71-year-old Peggy Mosso.
Search and rescue teams located two more fire victims but have not been able to recover or identify their remains due to treacherous conditions.
The Beachie Creek Fire and Riverside Fire in Clackamas County remained about one mile apart Tuesday morning. The Beachie Creek Fire had burned more than 190,000 acres as of Monday evening, according to InciWeb. The Riverside Fire had burned more than 134,000 acres.
Officials said a merger of the two fires is not imminent.
“The current combination of winds, record dry forests, and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding areas mean it is still possible the fires could burn together in the coming days. Based on current weather, it is anticipated that a future merger would not result in dynamic fire behavior as seen in the last week,” officials said Monday.
The Beachie Creek Fire and Lionshead Fire, which had burned more than 168,000 acres as of Monday evening, prompted Level 3 (Go Now) evacuation orders for residents in the area. Evacuation shelters were established at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, the Polk County Fairgrounds and Volcanoes Stadium. Impacted residents can call 503-391-7294 for more information.
INTERACTIVE MAP: Evacuation orders in Marion County
Due to dangerous conditions in the Santiam Canyon, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday it was limiting access to the area to fire and law enforcement only. There was a phone line set up for displaced residents to call and have a deputy check on their homes in Detroit and Idanha only. People were asked to call 503-798-6823 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The sheriff’s office said to leave a name, address, phone number, anyone missing from the location and any animals at the location.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was also working closely with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office to help people evacuate the area. For information on Linn County evacuations, click here. You can also call 541-812-2260 for questions regarding current evacuation levels, resource availability, volunteer needs and other question pertaining to the fires.
INTERACTIVE MAP: Fires burning throughout Oregon
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday morning that it would allow residents to enter some Level 3 evacuation areas to remove and feed their animals. To learn more, read the post from the sheriff’s office. Additional resources can be found here.
Due to fire danger, more than 1,000 inmates were evacuated from three Salem prisons to the Oregon State Penitentiary.