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The ordinance allows the city manager to take actions to protect the community's health and safety.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Downtown Estacada was enveloped in smoke on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The city of Estacada declared a state of emergency in response to the threat of the nearby Riverside and Dowty Road fires.

The Sept. 13 declaration of emergency allows for greater flexibility and authorizes the city manager to take actions to protect the community's health and safety, including flexibility with purchasing, resource allocation and accessing state and federal assistance if needed.

The declaration will be in effect through Friday, Sept. 25.

"Estacada is running out of resources for firefighting, and sheltering assistance is needed for residents, as well as other necessities to provide for those (who) evacuated," the declaration states. "In addition, the city of Estacada government supports the need for a conflagration if the Clackamas County Fire Defense Board deems necessary."

If needed, city leaders may establish a curfew for locations designated as emergency areas, limit the number of people who gather in emergency areas, barricade roads and streets, evacuate people from emergency areas, close bars and prohibit the sale of alcohol, commit to mutual aid agreements, and redirect funds for emergency use.

As of Sunday, Sept. 13, the Riverside Fire has grown to 133,799 acres and is 0% contained, and the Dowty Road Fire is at 1,500 acres and is 20% contained.

The full text of the declaration of emergency is available here.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada city hall is shown here on Saturday, Sept. 12, as multiple wildfires burn near the city.


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