Wildfire Update for the Santiam River Canyon Area | Travel Salem | The Most Oregon Part of Oregon |

Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails staff and volunteers prepare free meals for evacuees, photo by Erick Durano

Updated January 6, 2021

We are devastated by the loss of life, homes and businesses due to the wildfires that decimated the Santiam River Canyon area (in Marion County, east of Salem) in September 2020. This is a huge loss for our region, and our hearts go out to our neighbors, friends and families affected by this tragedy. The destruction caused by the fires will have an unprecedented impact on our region’s tourism industry. While officials continue to oversee the clean-up process and help businesses and residents re-build, we want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has stepped up to offer assistance and support to those affected by the fires.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

Please be advised:

  • Hwy 22 (from Salem to Central Oregon) is open to thru traffic. The speed limit has been reduced to 40 MPH in some places as crews continue to conduct clean-up. Travelers should expect delays. Visit Tripcheck.com to find alternate routes and view the Statewide Road Closure Map for up-to-date changes.
  • Air quality is at "good" levels or better in the area and throughout the Salem region.
  • Since many businesses and other facilities were damaged or destroyed by the fires, services may be limited throughout the Santiam Canyon.

Travel Alerts & Updates:

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Disaster Assistance for Businesses & Residents:

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