Lake Oswego city manager declares state of emergency due to fires
The Lake Oswego City Council will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, to ratify a state of emergency declared Friday by City Manager Martha Bennett in response to the wildfires spreading across Clackamas County.
Bennett formally declared the state of emergency at 11:59 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, citing "extreme fire risk." The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners also declared a countywide state of emergency this week, as did the nearby city of Wilsonville on Thursday evening.
As of Friday afternoon, Lake Oswego remained under Level 1 evacuation orders, meaning residents should be ready for potential evacuation. Level 2 means residents should be set to evacuate at a moment's notice, and Level 3 means "Go now."
Under the state of emergency, which can last no longer than 36 hours before it must be extended, the city can prohibit certain activities, close or restrict access to parks and other facilities, procure goods and services without complying with normal procedures, and redirect any necessary funds for emergency purposes.
"High winds, drought conditions and dry air mass have caused large, unprecedented and dangerous wildfires in Clackamas County and elsewhere in the state, resulting in large-scale evacuations and orders for evacuation readiness," the declaration read. "Because of the current extreme conditions and the demands placed on firefighting and other public safety resources, it is necessary that extraordinary measures be taken to prevent and reduce the risk of wildfires within the city, and to suppress any fires that may occur."
To that end, the city will be prohibiting all open burning or open flames, as well as outdoor smoking, the use of powered outdoor yard maintenance or construction equipment that creates sparks (including lawnmowers, chainsaws, chippers, blowers and weed whackers), and all other devices that cause an outdoor spark or flame.
Under the state of emergency, the following Parks & Recreation sites are closed through Sunday, Sept. 13 according to the city:
• Parks, including restrooms and parking lots
• Athletic Fields
• Christ Church Parks & Recreation Annex, including Teen Lounge
• Lake Oswego Golf Course
• Lake Oswego Indoor Tennis Center
• Luscher Farm
• Natural areas
• Water Sports Center
In addition, the following Parks & Recreation programs are canceled:
• Lake Oswego Farmers' Market Saturday, Sept. 12
• All tennis classes and activities at the Indoor Tennis Center, through Sunday, Sept. 13
• All Parks & Recreation activities at Christ Church Parish, through Sunday, Sept. 13 (church programs may still take place)
• Pickleball Clinic & Play Class Sunday, Sept. 13
• Community Supported Agriculture Pickup
• Cooking in the Classroom Saturday, Sept. 12 is rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 19
• Farm Family Dinners Sunday, Sept. 13
• Skyhawks Classes scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, and Monday, Sept. 14, including Tiny-Hawks Soccer, Mini-Hawks Multi-Sport and Mini-Hawks Basketball
• Challenger Tiny Tykes classes through Monday, Sept. 14, including Tiny Tykes Cubs and Lions Soccer classes
• Meals on Wheels delivery and pickup Friday, Sept. 11
• High school golf prep class Friday, Sept. 11.
Other things to know
— The city noted Friday that water demands are high throughout the region, and residents should limit their water use to the extent that they can.
"Our water treatment plant is fully functional and our water is safe to drink. Please do your part: reduce your water use and save water for fighting fires in our region," the city said in a post on its website.
— Go here to register for emergency notifications from the county.
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