(Adrees Latif/Reuters) INITIAL REPORT: While a fast-moving wildfire continues to burn between Ashland and Phoenix, a new fire has grown simultaneously east of Eagle Point on Tuesday afternoon, likewise driven by strong winds and dry conditions. UPDATE: Evacuation orders for the South Obenchain Fire were unchanged as of Thursday morning, with few updates coming in from the fire lines. An unmanned aircraft (UAS), also known as a drone, was reported over the fire area. UPDATE The Butte Falls area is now uder a Level 3 "GO" evacuation order, Jackson County announced minutes ago. On Monday, slies might stiill be gray, but “it will be a welcome gray, as moisture laden clouds increase,” per the weather service. Vehicles lie damaged in the aftermath of the Obenchain Fire in Eagle Point, Oregon, September 11, 2020. Tags Wildfire Top Stories Oregon News Appfeed Wildfire 2020 ET On the south end of the fire, firefighters are holding a line beginning at Whiskey Creek and circling around to South Obenchain Road, extending northwest toward Shady Cove. “This is about possible looters, not antifa or setting of fires,” the edit read. My colleague Vivian Ho has written about how Californians without shelter or protective masks face dangerous, extended exposure: Some national Democratic leaders also have been slow to call attention to the fires in California, Oregon and Washington which have killed more than 20, forced millions to breathe ash from orange-tinted skies that are blocking out the sun, and seen hundreds of thousands of people flee their homes. Extremely, extremely hazardous air quality, even worse for anyone camped outside in a tent. @Oakland air respite centers open this weekend (Sat-Sun): 81st St Library: 1021 81st Av, 1 pm – 7pm St. Vincent de Paul: 2272 San Pablo Av, 9 am -3 pm Dimond Library: 3565 Fruitvale Av, Noon – 7 pm North Oakland Senior Center: 5714 MLK Jr. Way, Noon – 5 pm #OakMtg. Four task forces of structural engines, with the Oregon State Fire Marshal, are working along the Butte Falls Highway and also the Shady Cove area triaging and providing point … This weekend, the region “will see widespread smoky conditions with smoke layers aloft keeping little if any sunshine from reaching the ground,” according to the NWS. The effects of this disinformation were dangerously evident on the ground. If the smoke layer thins enough, aircraft are on stand by to help firefighting efforts. Vehicles lie damaged in the aftermath of the Obenchain Fire in Eagle Point, Oregon, U.S., September 11, 2020. #wawx pic.twitter.com/CKykvCChaF. The Level 3 zone now encompasses Shady Cove, Trail, and everything to the east up to and including the west side of Crowfoot Road. The department did not explain what necessitated the leadership change. Hundreds of thousands of acres have been scorched and thousands have fled their homes. On Thursday afternoon, three journalists were confronted by men with AR-15s and summarily ordered to leave Molalla. “We have taken advantage of the weather and smoke cover to reduce loss of property and resources. UPDATE: Containment on the South Obenchain Fire increased for the second day in a row, moving from 25 percent containment to 35 percent, while the fire remains at 32,833 acres. The Obenchain Fire, burning in rugged, remote terrain about 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point, reached 30,503 acres as of Sunday and was 20% contained, according to … Crews chased a few spots over the created fireline.". Spotty rain and moisture will help fire crews contain the flames burning through the area. Roughly 5,000 people have been evacuated from the Shady Cove area. Spanning across 846,812 acres, the fire is 25% contained. It started late Thursday afternoon around roughly 4 P.M. ODF said it grew to 150 acres by 5:45 Thursday evening and is spreading East. A reported nine structures had been destroyed. "The mountainous terrain means it’s a hard spot for dozers to dig a line," the agency said. A permit will be issued by the guards and will be required for re-entry. EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The Worthington Fire is burning between Eagle Point and Butte Falls. With humidity levels increasing overnight and winds dying down, firefighters were able to make substantial progress in creating and holding fire lines. Winds are expected to increase Sunday which would clear some smoke out of the area. All perimeters of the fire are in "mop-up and patrol status." 11 Arizona on the road, 67-51. UPDATE: Fire officials say that containment lines on the south and western flanks of the South Obenchain Fire have held up through several shifts as crews continue to work on strengthening those lines and mopping up within them. A farm is leveled by the South Obenchain Fire along Butte Falls Highway in Eagle Point, Oregon, September 10. The air is hazardous in Butte County, as the North Complex fire rages on. As of Friday morning, the South Obenchain Fire was still estimated at 23,150 acres with no containment. The City of Eagle Point 17 Buchanan Avenue South P.O. The focus will be to contain these spots and to protect Shady Cove. [WEST ZONE of the complex] is 28,247 acres. Please, folks, stay calm and use common sense.”. Much of Butte Falls Road east through McNeil Creek remains on Level 3 as well, as does the west side of Highway 62 to the Rogue River. #Paradise is forecast as Very Unhealthy and #Oroville is experiencing Hazardous air quality. The fire is estimated at 32,833 acres and 25 percent contained. The fire's northern tip has reached the Indian Creek area. Anyone seeking shelter should call 211. https://t.co/RFgDpbwdOl. "A spot fire that ignited near Reese Creek on Tuesday night has merged with the main South Obenchain Fire.". First published on Sat 12 Sep 2020 11.00 EDT. Crews are also working to improve dozer and hand lines, along with some hazard tree removal, on the northern edge of the fire near Indian Creek as they transition into the mop-up phase. The Oregon Department of Forestry said that structures are threatened. UPDATE: Fire officials reported on Saturday that the South Obenchain Fire is now 29,432 acres in size. Last week, Pelosi barely mentioned the fires, which are ravaging her own home state of California, until Thursday, when she was asked about them on MSNBC and in a weekly press conference. A hotshot crew is working in the area on Friday to tie in fire line. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office along with fire managers from the South Obenchain fire decided to lower evacuation levels this evening from a level 3 to a level 2 in the Indian Creek area for people living outside of the fire's perimeter. "In cooler parts of the fire, fire suppression repair work will begin in preparation for fall and winter rains," officials said. Fire crews are getting into place and at least one air tanker is working on the fire. #AQI values today are forecast as Unhealthy with periods of Very Unhealthy in valley locations (#Chico & #Gridley). While this is good news, fire officials are wary of increased winds this afternoon that could test fire lines. "The boundaries include Rogue River Drive to Hwy 62 and all connecting roads North to including all of Shady Cove and Trail area," Jackson County said. Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office are upgrading the area from Butte Falls Road north along both sides of Highway 62 (west to the Rogue River) to Brophy Road at the south end of Shady Cove. . Fire officials said on Thursday that the "forward progress of the fire has been stopped" as cooler weather persists. The most active area of the fire remains on the east, toward Butte Falls. Only call 911 if flames are actively spreading and life or property are threatened. There is a temporary evacuation point at the Jackson County Expo, no sheltering is available," Jackson County Emergency Management said. Officials said that the influx of more favorable weather would aid fire crews in further containing the flames this weekend, which have engulfed a massive area north of Sacramento. A task force from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office is still patrolling along Butte Fall Highway and the town of Butte Falls, protecting structures in the area. This is a large wildfire that has burned 32,671 acres since September 7, 2020. Here’s what that looks like in satellite imagery: Latest satellite imagery shows wildfire smoke above Oregon, Washington and the entire West Coast @NASA @NOAA #OregonFires #WashingtonFires #CaliforniaFires pic.twitter.com/rTvq2k0MYp. UPDATE: Containment for the South Obenchain Fire has increased again, going from 35 percent containment to 45 percent. REUTERS/Adrees Latif Reuters Available for everyone, funded by readers. Here are some more images of the devastation in Oregon: Oregon’s fire marshall – who is responsible for leading the state’s fire service – was placed on administrative leave. As more than 1m acres burn in Oregon, dozens are still missing and tens of thousands have been displaced. The SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE started on September 8, 2020 at 1359 (1:5pm) PT from an unknown cause, which is currently under investigation. REUTERS/Adrees Latif Reuters / Donnerstag, September 10, 2020 Although one person was arrested for alleged arson amid the fires, the majority of fires across Oregon and the west appear to have been sparked by power lines and other ignitions. With a growing population of over 9,000 residents, but miles of fields and farmland, Eagle Point is a scenic retreat from the bigger city pace. Multiple agencies responded. The fire has burned more than 250,000 acres and has killed at least nine people – in a region that just two years ago was hit by the deadly Camp Fires. Klamath Basin News, Thursday, 9/10 – Two For Two Chiloquin Fire Rages at 12,500 Acres, Rogue Valley Fires are Devastating The Area From Ashland to Medford to Eagle Point September 10, 2020 September 10, 2020 Keep up with The Guardian’s rolling coverage of the fires here: Here’s another satellite view of the smoke: Today’s real color visible satellite loop of the West Coast really captures the magnitude of the smoke coverage. The focus for Saturday's firefighting efforts will be focused on the east and southeastern edges to prevent the fire from moving into steep terrain that bulldozers cannot access. UPDATE: The South Obenchain Fire is now just two miles south of Shady Cove, according to the latest from fire officials. As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the Worthington Fire burning about five miles northeast of Eagle Point will shift from Oregon Department of Forestry command to a local Type 3 Incident Management Team. High temperatures and strong winds continue to create disastrous fire conditions across Oregon. All perimeter areas of the fire have been downgraded to a level 2 evacuation order, including Butte Falls. Fire officials said that the fire did make a "small push" to the east, into a burn scar from the 2008 Double Day Fire. "Residents of Shady Cove should Be Set to evacuate! Generated: 2020-12-31 11:00:02pm, Dense morning fog with afternoon sunshine, An updated interactive map of Jackson County evacuations can be viewed, a fast-moving wildfire continues to burn between Ashland and Phoenix. The Oregon Department of Forestry said on Friday evening that a special interagency task force is working to build a line between Highway 62 and Indian Creek Road, and will be in the area to protect homes. Temperatures Thursday afternoon in Eagle Point reached 100 degrees and high temperatures are expected to be above 90 through the weekend. The fire made a fire made a major push to the southeast towards Butte Falls and an evacuation Level 3 was issued for Butte Falls by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. It's the second day in a row of a 10 percent increase in fire containment. The coronavirus pandemic has complicated efforts to shelter those not only fleeing fires but also those without shelter, who need to be shielded from the smoke blanketing the region. The fire is still 20 percent contained. Sat 12 Sep 2020 18.13 EDT ... Bryan Alvarez holds a sign for oncoming traffic as utility workers repair power lines in the aftermath of the Obenchain Fire in Eagle Point, Oregon. On Sept. 8, Roganja co-owner Peter Butch stood in the garden of his family's cannabis farm in Eagle Point, watching as the Obenchain Fire climbed over the ridge bordering his 1-acre grow. EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The Worthington Fire is burning between Eagle Point and Butte Falls. A report from Oregon Public Radio has corrected false claims that arsonists are responsible for the fires. I have the absolute confidence in Mariana to lead OSFM operations through this critical time,” he continued. Associated Press Scenes of devastation in Oregon; 500,000 evacuated as wildfires rage Published: Sept. 10, 2020 at 8:53 p.m. "Dry southeast winds pushed the fire towards Shady Cove resulting in the evacuation of 5000 residents," the agency said. An update posted by ODF on Wenesday night said that the fire covered an estimated 20,500 acres, burning primarily in mountain forestland north of Eagle Point and extending east toward Butte Falls. UPDATE: Firefighters are trying to dig in along the north and east flanks of the South Obenchain Fire in order to keep it from reaching Shady Cove and Butte Falls, according to the latest from fire officials. "There is a fast moving, wind driven wildfire in your area, Please Evacuate now.". The Air Quality Index in Oroville is between 800 and 1000 - well above where the government’s AQI chart cuts off at 500. As the fires turn the air toxic, unhoused people are especially vulnerable. The entire air operation must be shut down until the air space is reported clear. Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) told NewsWatch 12 that the Worthington Fire is now estimated at roughly 500 acres. UPDATE: As of 8 pm Sunday evening, the South Obenchain Fire is 65 percent contained and holding at 32,671 acres. The South Obenchain Fire started on Tuesday, burning over 8,000 acres of private land. At least 12 residences have been destroyed by the fire. At the time of the request, the fire threatened 1,291 households in and around the communities of Eagle Point, White City, Butte Falls, Shady Cove, and the surrounding Rouge Valley. 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