Marion County Sheriff’s Office Wildfire Response Update

Posted on September 16, 2020

Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office – 09/15/20 6:30 PM

At 1:00 pm today, September 15th, 2020, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced a reduced evacuation level for portions of Mehama and Lyons.  As we enter the evening hours, those evacuation levels remain in effect.

1. Current evacuation information for Marion County:





Mill City


Highway 22 east of Highway 226

North Fork Rd north of Highway 22




Mehama west of Highway 226

Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill

Scotts Mills

Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane



Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit:

If you happen to live in fire impacted areas of Linn County, updated evacuation maps can be found at:

2. Missing Persons

As of this evening, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has one remaining person reported as missing, George Atiyeh, 72, of Lyons.  The Sheriff’s Office has continued to remain in contact with family members of Mr. Atiyeh, they are requesting no contact from the media at this time.  To date, there have been four total fatalities in Marion County as a result of the recent wildfires.  If you wish to report a loved one as missing, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

3. Evacuation Update Level 3 Access for Animals/Livestock

We’re continuing to work with many partner agencies who are working on the wildfires impacting the Santiam Canyon. Due to the danger from falling trees, rock slides, and continued roadway hazards along Highway 22, access to the Level 3 evacuation zone for animal removal and feeding has been suspended.  We anticipate hazardous tree removal along the Highway 22 corridor to begin tomorrow, September 16th, 2020.

4. Pets and Livestock:

Marion County Community Services is coordinating animal care. Evacuees can get help and shelter for their livestock including sheep, goats, swine, horses, cattle, poultry, and domestic pets. No appointment is necessary, and people on site 24 hours a day, however, specific accommodations and special needs should be coordinated before arriving. Persons seeking animal respite should call 208-437-3002 to make arrangements. Below you will find volunteer links for horse, livestock, and small animals. Please pay close attention to the job descriptions and only sign up in areas that you have experience.

  • Horse Area: MUST have horse experience. Some of these positions are adult –only, but the stall cleaning and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Livestock Area: MUST have livestock experience. Some of these positions need to be filled by adults but cleaning, watering, and feeding can be done by older youth.
  • Small Animal Area: MUST have small animal experience.

5. Mental Health Services available

If you’re struggling due to the impacts of the Beachie Creek Fire and other wildfires impacting our region, Marion County’s Behavioral Heath Team is available to help. They have teams on-site at the Oregon State Fairgrounds offering support to those who have been displaced. Below are some other teams that are offering their services.

  • The Psychiatric Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help those experiencing a mental health crisis. Please call 503-585-4949 to speak to a team member.
  • Marion County Youth and Family Crisis Services are available to support youth up to 24 years of age who are struggling. The program can be reached at 503-576-4673.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available to provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people in distress. Connect with the lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255

6. How to support wildfire relief efforts

Marion County Emergency Operations is seeking more volunteers for the Wildfire Evacuee Center in Salem. Please visit

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