Wildfire Recovery Update - March 19, 2021

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Marion County Oregon

March 19, 2020

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In this issue:

Debris Management Task Force Update

Hazard Tree Removal

Hazard tree removal is well underway with crews working along Hwy. 22 from MP 57-59 and near MP 40.

Ash & Debris Removal

Residents should start seeing ash and debris cleanup activity pickup over the next few weeks. Initial work orders have been completed with almost 100 properties on deck. Additional work orders have been issued for chimney tipping, which must be completed before asbestos abatement can begin.

Property owners should receive a phone call from the task force’s hotline 24 to 48 hours in advance of contractors arriving to perform debris cleanup on their property.

Additional Information

Debris Management Task Force Hotline: (503) 934-1700 or ODOT.Wildfire@odot.state.or.us

Debris Management Task Force new blog: DebrisCleanupNews.com 

Marion County Public Works: (503) 588-5036

Oregon Wildfire Recovery website: wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup

North Fork Corridor closed to public access

Access limited to property owners and their guests, contractors, and agents

Burned trees along North Fork Road

Marion County is temporarily restricting access and closing parks along the Little North Fork Santiam River corridor. Public access to North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads will be limited to property owners and their guests, contractors, and agents. The county is additionally closing North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, and Bear Creek Park and Campground and the corridor will be closed to bicyclists and non-resident pedestrians.

Public and private lands around the Little North Fork Santiam River basin were heavily damaged during the September 2020 Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires. The closures are meant to support rebuilding and reconstruction of wildfire damaged properties.

Public Works anticipates it will take approximately 18 months to restore wildfire damaged roads and two to three years to fully rebuild county parks. 

A large volume of woody debris, both floating and submerged, is moving down the watershed on a daily basis making it unsafe for the public to enter the Little North Fork Santiam River at this time.

Marion County Public Works will post road signs on North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads notifying the public of the restricted access. Signs are expected to be in place within the next month.

Additional restrictions include:
- No parking and no bicyclists within the North Fork, Gates Hill and Pioneer Road rights-of-way.
- No recreational access to the Little North Fork Santiam River from North Fork Road, Gates Hill Road, Pioneer Road, North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park or Bear Creek Park and Campground.

Marion County wildfire closures are now listed on tripcheck.com

We appreciate the public’s partnership as we begin the process of making our beautiful North Fork corridor safe for residents and visitors.

Read the press release

Santiam Canyon Wildfire Recovery Events - March 20

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, the Marion County Board of Commissioners will host two wildfire recovery open house events. We'll also be on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Detroit Community Center and City Hall. We're looking forward to seeing you! 

Detroit Community Center and City Hall Groundbreaking 
March 20 - 9:45 a.m. 
345 Santiam Ave., Detroit
Hosted by Santiam Rebuild Coalition 

Wildfire Recovery Open House - Detroit 
March 20 - 10:30-Noon
Detroit City Park, 105 S Patton, Detroit 

Wildfire Recovery Open House - Gates
March 20 - 1:30-3:00
Gates Fire Hall, 140 E Sorbin, Gates 

Each open house will feature representatives from Marion County Planning & Building, State Debris Management Task Force, Santiam SIT, cities, and the North Santiam Sewer Authority.