Smoke blankets Western Oregon

The smoke is coming from the Lionshead Fire and the Beachie Creek Fire, both north of Detroit, Oregon

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 8:19 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 11:27 AM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Thick smoke from fires in Northern Oregon made its way into Western Oregon Monday afternoon.

The smoke is coming from the Lionshead Fire and the Beachie Creek Fire, both north of Detroit, Oregon. Combined they have burned over 21,000 acres. Heavy winds from the northeast are pushing the smoke into the Willamette Valley. Wind speeds have clocked between 50 and 70 mph in the Cascades near where the fires are burning. 

These fires are not a threat to our area in Western Oregon at this time, and are burning over 75 miles away from Eugene.  The smoke is expected to stick around through Tuesday.

Central Lane 911 say they have been getting numerous calls reporting the smoke blowing into our area.

They ask that you do not call 911 about the smoke unless you see a specific source of a fire or smoke.

What you can do:

1. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors shut
2. Do not exercise outdoors
3. Be prepared for power loss by having flashlights, headlamps and candles available
4. If you have heart or lung disease or asthma, follow your healthcare provider's advice

Please only call 911 about the smoke if you see smoke or fire coming from a specific source.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for the very latest. 

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