Clackamas County evacuation orders downgraded Wednesday
As the immediate fire danger in Clackamas County continues to pass, additional reductions in evacuation levels in many areas were announced Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Evacuation orders, Levels 1 through 3 are, essentially, "ready," "set" and "go."
The cities of Oregon City, Canby and Sandy have returned to normal status, with no evacuation level assigned.
The city of Molalla is now at Level 1, with outlying areas still at Level 2.
Estacada has been downgraded from Level 3 to Level 2, while areas to the north and south of the city remain at Level 3.
Even parts of Colton were downgraded to Level 2 Wednesday, though the area where South Baurer Road and South Unger Road intersect remain at Level 3.
On Thursday, Sept. 17, there were additional downgrades to outlying areas.
View live evacuation updates on the Clackamas County evacuation map.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said the reductions were made in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal, The Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
As evacuated Clackamas County residents continue to return home, the Sheriff's Office and the Emergency Operations Center offered cautionary instructions, reminding people to stay out of Level 3 evacuation areas, to respect road closures, to continue to monitor evacuation levels, and to be on the lookout for downed powerlines or debris in the roadways.
Residents are asked not to bring livestock home yet.
Those who return home to any criminal damage or theft should report that by calling non-emergency dispatch at 503-655-8211.
Finally, residents returning home are asked to conserve water and to stay inside their houses because of the continued poor air quality from smoke.
This story has been updated.
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