VIDEO: Mountain top video captures ferocity of Beachie Creek Fire

An image from a video taken on top of a mountain ridge near Detroit on Sept. 8, 2020, shows the Beachie Creek Fire as it burns out of control. (Oregon Department of Transportation video)

On the night of Monday, Sept. 7, the Beachie Creek Fire exploded as winds up to 65 mph swept the terrain above the Santiam Canyon.

The Oregon Department of Transportation managed a video camera on a communications tower that night on a Hall Ridge, at about 4,500 feet. The video captures the ferocity of the wind-whipped fire that later joined with the Lionshead Fire and covered several hundred thousands acres of public and private forestland and destroyed an estimated 500 homes.

Firefighters have contained about 60% of the fire as of Sunday, Oct. 4, and the number of people working the fire has been reduced to less than 200.

Here is the Transportation Department video:

The map shows the location of a communications tower on top of a mountain ridge near Detroit on Sept. 8, 2020, where video was recorded of the Beachie Creek Fire. (Google maps)

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