North Fork Road Closed Due To Forest Fire.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information from the US Forest Service of a fire in the Opal Creek Wilderness area near Beachie Creek. The fire is burning approximately 10 acres. North Fork Road (FR2209) is closed at the forest boundary, including Three Pools and Opal Creek trail, all of FR2207 from North Fork to French Creek Road is closed. At this time the US Forest Service and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue are working together to facilitate evacuations of the aforementioned areas. These areas remain closed until further notice.

*Updated With Victim Info * Fatal Accident Closes Hwy 22 East of Gates. Lengthy Closure Expected.

From ODOT at 4pm today.

OR 22 is closed in both directions 5 miles east of Gates following a multi vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality. This could be a lengthy closure for a law enforcement investigation and reconstruction. There is no easy detour. Travelers should avoid the area, use an alternative route or expect long delays.

Use an alternate route. Visit for updates.

___ Update from OSP____

On Sunday, July 26, 2020 at approximately 2:59 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on Hwy 22 near mile post 38.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver Ford F150, operated by Scott Zadow (43) from Portland. was traveling eastbound when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and sideswiped a Nissan Pathfinder operated by Curtis Gagner (42) of Canby.

The Ford F150 continued westbound and collided into a VW Passat operated by John Berquist (50) of Turner.

Berquist sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Zadow was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by Gates Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

The Interstate remained closed for approximately 6.5 hours.  The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. Anyone who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact OSP.


First Election Results In From Marion County.

Marion County Elections has released the first results for today’s primary election.  A couple of items of interest:

  • 5th District Congress Republican primary – Amy Courser with 51%, easily ahead.
  • Measure 24-444 Hubbard FD local option tax levy passing 60%-40%

Full report here below. Next results about 11pm.

Cumulative – no PCPs-5-19-2020 8 PM


Election Day Is Tuesday, May 19. Here’s Where You Can Drop Your Ballot In North Marion County.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of ballot drop sites in Marion County has been reduced.  Here’s the list of ballot drop sites in the north end of the County and their status:

  • Donald City Hall – Temporarily Closed
  • Gervais City Hall – Temporarily Closed
  • Hubbard City Hall – Temporarily Closed
  • Mt. Angel Public Library – Curbside Dropoff
  • Silverton – Curbside Dropoff
  • St. Paul – US Bank branch – Temporarily Closed
  • Woodburn Public Library – Curbside Dropoff

Car Drives Off Wheatland Ferry Ramp Into Willamette. Police And Fire Departments Investigating. Ferry Closed.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire Departments from Woodburn and Marion County FD, along with EMS and a dive team,  are actively searching the Willamette River at the Wheatland Ferry crossing for a car that drove off the east on ramp into the river shortly after 4pm today.  The occupants of the car have not been located.

The ferry is closed for the incident and the scene is still active. Please avoid the area.



Marion County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assistance From Public In Death Investigation.

February 28 UPDATE:  On Thursday, February 27th, deputies recovered the unidentified body of a male in the Willamette River near the Buena Vista Ferry. Following an autopsy conducted earlier today at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office, investigators believe they have tentatively identified the deceased person. In the coming days additional investigation will be done to confirm the identity, at which time the next of kin will be notified. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our community members for their efforts to help attempt to identify the deceased male.  No further information is available for release at this time.


Press Release From MCSO: On February 27th, 2020, at approximately 11:22 am a boater reported finding a partially decomposed body in the Willamette River near the Buena Vista Ferry.  Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to investigate along with emergency personnel from the Jefferson Fire District.  Marine Patrol and Search and Rescue Deputies were able to coordinate the recovery of the deceased by boat.

At this time it is unknown how long the deceased, an unidentified male, has been at the location.  Investigators are working to attempt to determine the identity of the deceased; an autopsy is scheduled for 10:30 am on February 28th at the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information about missing persons believed to have been in the area to contact Detective Bob Evarts at 503-588-8507.



Hwy 22 Closure At Idanha Ends.

From ODOT: OR 22 just east of Idanha is opening to all traffic by 9:45 p.m. this evening. The road had been closed between Idanha and the OR 22/U.S. 20 junction since last Sunday morning when a double tanker carrying fuel crashed spilling most of its load. A 600 foot section of road needed to be excavated, removing contaminated materials and then rebuilt.

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill Set For October 17 at 10:17am.

Press Release From Marion County Emergency Management : The Great ShakeOut Drill

Major earthquakes can cause unprecedented catastrophes. With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, people should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.  What we do now, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. The Great ShakeOut, an earthquake drill and preparedness activity in which everyone can participate, was first created in California. There are now over 50 million citizens and businesses worldwide that participate. To register as a participant for a ShakeOut drill in your area visit There you will find everything you need to plan, advertise, and conduct your drill.

Marion County Emergency Management has participated in the Great ShakeOut since 2010; each year we practice DropCoverHold On and evacuate our building; which is located at Marion County Public Works.  This year, will be no different.

The drill is conducted on the third Thursday of October of each year. This year it will be on 10/17 at 10:17 a.m. local time.

Anyone can participate;

  • Individuals / People with Disabilities
  • Schools
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Businesses
  • Senior Facilities
  • Neighborhood Groups

Be sure to register that you are participating and you’ll get a certificate of participation afterwards.

Good luck and have fun!