Two men arrested in evacuation zone, one found with a minor
Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two people who illegally entered the closed area around Henry Hagg Lake.
According to the Sheriff's Office, on Thursday, Sept. 10, deputies arrested 59-year-old Clyde Willcutt of Portland after he admitted to driving around the road closure barriers.
Hagg Lake and its recreation areas remain closed because the lake is being used as an aerial water source for the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire.
A patrol sergeant found Willcutt after noticing a suspicious vehicle near the Twin Oaks turnout.
During the past week, deputies have been providing around-the-clock extra patrols in the areas affected by both fires in Washington County: the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire, burning west of Sherwood, and the Powerline Fire, west of Gaston.
"Even as some evacuation levels are being lowered, deputies will continue to patrol those areas to help ensure community safety and to make sure emergency crews can reach the fire zones," said the Sheriff's Office in a statement.
Willcutt's license was suspended at the felony level, and he was arrested for driving on a criminally suspended license, according to deputies.
That night, at about 10 p.m., deputies also arrested 27-year-old Alejandro Galvan Acosta, of Portland, after he was found inside a truck with an underage girl, said the Sheriff's Office.
Acosta was detained for sexual abuse in the second degree and unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor.
"Deputies appreciate the cooperation of the vast majority of the public in following closure orders so we can continue to focus on life safety, securing evacuated areas and supporting fire crews," the Sheriff's Office added.
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