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Fire Crews Battle Wildfire Near Detroit

Citizens are asked to remain clear of the affected area so that crews can get in and attack the fire.
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(SALEM, Ore.) - A fire was reported in the upper Elk Creek drainage area around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, approximately 8 miles southwest of the town of Detroit, and about 2 miles west of Slate Rock.

The fire was estimated to be 35 acres in size. Fire resources are responding to the location at this time.

These resources include a hand crew, an engine company, a heavy-lift helicopter and additional personnel from the US Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry. Personnel on scene report that the fire is currently “running up the ridge”.

We do not have any more specific information on which direction this fire is spreading, or any estimates for containment.

No road closures or flight restrictions have been put in place at this time. Reports of smoke are being called in throughout the Santiam Canyon area, from Idanha down to the outskirts of Salem.

Citizens are asked to remain clear of the affected area so that crews can get in and attack the fire.

Initial resources will likely be utilizing the Quartzville Road (FS Road 11) and the #1131 Road which branches off to the north near the Yellowbottom Campground. They also may be working off the #2212 Road (which crosses Detroit Dam) and the #2202 Road to the northeast.

Salem News will keep you updated on this story as more information is made available.

When time allows, Gerrit and his family make the break to the Detroit Lake area and other parts of Oregon where hunting and fishing are the order of the day. Gerrit has a way with words that is drawn from both education and life experience. While Gerrit has a full time career in law enforcement and firefighting before that, he has also taken the time to polish his natural skills at delivering written and visual information. He used to have an outdoor column in the South Salem Post. He has also written regular articles for Oregon Fishing & Hunting News and Gerrit's experience in life is both awe-inspiring and honorable. Gerrit is likable, uniquely qualified, energetic and down to earth. He helps fill the void when it comes to articles about all of the amazing things Oregon has to offer those who have a connection with nature; be it through hiking, fishing, photography, hunting, or so many other outdoor activities here.

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Eazymoney August 27, 2009 11:25 am (Pacific time)

Well I know where I'm gonna go hunt morels next spring.

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