2020 SANTIAM FIRE CAUSES RAGES ACROSS
OREGON’S CLACKAMAS COUNTY
In August 2020, a small fire around Beachie Creek smoldered unremarkably in a remote area of Oregon’s Opal Creek Wilderness. Then almost overnight in September 2020, the fire grew to become one of the most destructive wildfires in Oregon history. As of September 26th, the Santiam Canyon fire had burned 186,000 acres, killed at least four people, and burned through countless area houses and other structures.
Our thoughts and our hearts go out to our colleagues and friends in and around Oregon’s Santiam Valley, especially those who have lost their homes and businesses in this newest series of horrific fires.
It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the safety personnel and first responders working tirelessly to bring the fires under control and provide aid during this extremely difficult time throughout the affected areas.
Questions remain about the origin of the Santiam Canyon fire, including how it may be related to earlier fires purportedly caused by downed power lines.
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