PHOTOS: Aumsville residents prepare for evacuation as Santiam Canyon wildfires continue burning

Scott Johnson and wife Mindy discuss their imminent evacuation from their home in Aumsville on Tuesday, September 8. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The sky in Aumsville shifted from burnt orange to a dark red on Tuesday, as residents prepared to possibly leave their homes. A wildfire raging through the Santiam Canyon[Read More…]


UPDATE: Winds forecast to shift to the south on Wednesday, no new evacuations reported overnight

This is the most recent map available from authorities showing the extent of the Santiam Fire. The red dots represent fire hot spots detected overnight by satellite. (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center) EVACUATIONS: The Marion County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t listed any updates to evacuation zones from those listed Tuesday afternoon. The[Read More…]


VIDEO: Wildfire lines the streets of Mill City

A video captured by a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy show Mill City burned on both sides of the highway. (Courtesy/ Joshua Tribby) A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy captured footage of Mill City burning Tuesday, with fire lining both sides of the highway. In a post on Facebook that[Read More…]

‘These fires will continue to be on the rampage’ – Dry conditions coupled with an unexpectedly strong wind scorch Santiam Canyon overnight

Virginia Brockman talks on the phone in Aumsville after loading up valuable and sentimental possessions to go to Salem for safekeeping on Tuesday, September 8. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Uncommonly forceful winds sent wildfire raging through the Santiam Canyon Monday night, sending thousands of residents fleeing from the blaze that by[Read More…]


The latest on the Santiam Canyon wildfires: Who’s evacuating, where to get help

Evacuees walk back to their vehicles at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Sept. 8 (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Current evacuation information No part of Salem is under an evacuation order, and city officials said city water remains safe to drink. Current Marion County evacuation orders as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday are:[Read More…]


PHOTOS: Smoke blankets the Salem area, casting an apocalyptic glow

Smoky skies over the Oregon State Capitol around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 (Ron Cooper/Special to Salem Reporter) Smoke from multiple wildfires burning in the Santiam Canyon area and around Oregon blew into the Willamette Valley starting Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning, Salem residents woke to dark orange and red[Read More…]


Fleeing wildfires, families wait for news at Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem

The Oregon State Fairgrounds around 9 a.m. Tuesday, as hundreds of families gathered after wildfire evacuations in the Santiam Canyon area. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Hundreds of families living up the Santiam Canyon have gathered at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, waiting for news about their homes and relatives. Just[Read More…]


Wildfire council releases report detailing $4 billion in investment

The Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response met Thursday for its final meeting. (Sam Stites/ Oregon Capitol Bureau) After revealing last month that it will take $4 billion to improve the state’s ability to respond to catastrophic wildfires, Gov. Kate Brown’s Council on Wildfire Response on Tuesday released recommendations on how[Read More…]