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Evacuation orders lifted as firefighters put out Washington County fires, but air quality remains hazardous

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Smoke was still rising from Bald Peak Fire around the noon hour on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Flames were visible on the southern slope of Bald Peak near the state park., Portland Tribune - News Evacuations, firefighting and darkened skies continue to be the story for the metropolitan region for Wednesday, Sept. 9.

 Wildfires, smoke plague Portland metro region

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14

Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak fire (Washington County & Yamhill County)

Size: 875 acres have burned (reduced from earlier estimates of 2,000 acres) as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10

Containment: 100% contained

Areas affected: east side of Chehalem Mountain; Scholls, Midway, Bald Peak, Buckheaven

COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Three different evacuation levels indicate fire danger. Level 3 is the highest.

As of Sunday, Sept. 13, all Level 3 evacuation orders have been lifted. Fire officials with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue note that air quality remains dangerous, and residents in areas marked Level 2 (yellow) evacuation zones should remain "prepared to leave again if fire conditions change."

(See evacuation map below)

Evacuation map

Where to go:

NW Christian Church, 2315 Villa Road, Newberg

-site offering air conditioning, food, water and showers

Northside Community Church, 1800 N Hoskin, Newberg

-site offering air conditioning, food, water and showers

Red Hills Church, 115 N Third St., Newberg

-site offering air conditioning, food, water and showers

For livestock:

Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Rd, St Helens

-site offering areas for temporary storage of livestock

Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville

To make arrangements: call 503-341-4572

Westside Commons (formerly known as Washington County Fairgrounds), 801 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro

Call 503-314-3433 to make arrangements

Damage: No injuries to people or animals; no homes lost; three barns destroyed

Cause of wildfire: Unknown. Investigators still working to determine cause.

All remaining evacuation orders have been lifted.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue reported Sunday, Sept. 13 that evacuation zones and levels were lifted to allow residents to return home, but cautioned about residual smoke and poor air quality.

Size: About 126 acres have burned (reduced from earlier estimates based on more accurate mapping)

Containment: Fire at 100% containment

Areas affected: Scoggins Valley Park (Henry Hagg Lake), Cherry Grove

Damage: No injuries to people or animals; no structures lost

Cause of wildfire: Downed utility pole (suspected)

How to help: Agencies report they have ample supplies for crews working the fire. Consider a financial donation to the American Red Cross Cascades Region, or Oregon Food Bank. Remain clear of the working area while fire operations are ongoing.

Editor's note: Information updated: Monday, Sept. 14


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