The city of Molalla has been downgraded to a Level 2 evacuation alert. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office announced at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, that it had reduced the evacuation level from Level 3 (red) to Level 2 (yellow), effective immediately. The downgraded evacuation notice also applies to some areas north and southwest of the city, including Mulino.
Level 2 advises residents to "be set" and ready to leave if needed and to be on the lookout for hazards like downed power lines. CCSO advises residents with livestock not to bring those animals back to their homes yet.
The change in status means many residents who had to evacuate due to fires may now return home.
Additionally, urban areas like Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Milwaukie and Tualatin have all been removed from Level 1.
The sheriff's office warns that air quality in the area remains hazardous and advises everyone to stay indoors.
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