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If you’re planning on traveling through Oregon, make sure you’re avoiding the areas that are impacted by the Lionshead, Beachie Creek and other wildfires burning across the western half of the state.
The fires have sparked evacuation orders and road closures, and Marion County — home to the state capital — is now under a state of emergency.
Drivers are urged to travel with extreme caution and to be prepared for road conditions to change quickly.
Highway 20 east of Sweet Home, Highway 22 east of Stayton and Highway 126 east of Springfield are among the roads closed as the wildfires continue to burn rapidly through Oregon.
Here is a running list of road closures, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation and county officials:
Fire-related road closures in Oregon
- Santiam Highway (OR 20) between Sweet Home and Santiam Junction
- McKenzie Highway (OR 126) between Springfield and Belknap Springs
- Highway 22 between Stayton and Santiam Junction
- Northbound Interstate 5 from Central Point to California border (MP 1-19)
- Oregon 138E between Glide and Dry Creek MP 17-47
- Oregon 97 north of Klamath Falls
- Oregon 224 east of Estacada
Willamette Highway (OR 58) is open for travel between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon
Many local roads are closed due to downed trees or power lines. Visit tripcheck.com for the latest road closures.
Daniella Medina is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @danimedinanews.