FIRES MERGE

The Beachie Creek Fire and Riverside Fire are inching closer together. Authorities in Marion County say the two wildfires have not yet merged thanks to work on fire line and reinforcement around Highway 22. Incident commanders say that if the fires do merge, it won’t be as bad as it would have been last week, noting some better weather conditions and more equipment on the front lines. The two wildfires have burned about 323-thousand acres combined.