Lionshead Fire Story & Data

Lightning sparked the Lionshead Fire, which began Aug. 16, 2020, in Lionshead Canyon on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation approximately 14 miles west of the Warm Springs community.

An historic windstorm arrived in the area on Monday, Sept. 7, rapidly spreading the fire west onto the Willamette, Deschutes and Mt. Hood National Forests.

The Lionshead Fire has heavily impacted several communities in the Santiam drainage and Breitenbush area, including the loss of 264 resident homes in Detroit. Highly valued natural and cultural resources were also threatened.

See and Hear the Fire Story

Screenshot of the storymap for Lionshead

Explore an interactive multimedia timeline of the 2020 Lionshead Fire. Read narrative about the fire and response, explore maps, and view photographs.

Lionshead women in firefighting screenshot

Meet five of the women who worked on the Lionshead Fire.

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Meet two people who work for the Warm Springs Agency. See more operational videos and a series called "Faces of Fire" on the Lionshead Fire's official YouTube channel.

Lionshead Fire helicopter dumping water

View photos from the Lionshead Fire and response efforts.

Fire Facts, Maps, and Data

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Browse more original documents on the Lionshead Fire InciWeb page, which served as the official source of information while the incident was active. 

You can always search for active fire information on Inciweb.

Screenshot of the Lionshead BAER report

Learn from scientists's analysis of post-fire landscape changes and hazards in the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) findings (pdf).

Lionshead BAER Veg Mortality report screenshot

Explore the severity and geography of fire's impact in the Vegetation Mortality Basal Area Loss (pdf) generated by scientists on the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.

Lionshead Burn Severity map from BAER team

Explore the severity and geography of fire's impact in the Soil Burn Severity Map generated by scientists on the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.


















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