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Updates on size and cause of fires, areas affected, evacuation orders and where to go

Last update: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14

Riverside, Beachie Creek, Unger, Wilhoit and Dowty fires

Size and scope:

The fires have burned more than 1 million acres on 1,500 square miles.

More favorable weather conditions and federal reinforcements on Friday, Sept. 11 helped crews turn the corner in fighting the fires.

Air quality in the valley ranges from very unhealthy to hazardous due to smoke from the fires. Residents should stay inside their homes as much as possible and wear a mask when forced to go outside.

Riverside and Beachie Creek

The Riverside Fire has burned approximately 133,799 acres as of Sunday, Sept. 13 and is 0% contained.

The fire stopped short of hitting Colton, stopped about 3-4 miles short of hitting Molalla, got right up to and slightly into the community of Scotts Mills and jumped over Estacada, per Doug Grafe, Oregon Department of Forestry Chief of Fire Protection.

These two fires are of biggest concern for the State Fire Marshal and they're keeping a close eye to see how those two react to changing weather conditions as they begin to converge.

Unger Road, Wilhoit, Dowty fires

Unger Road is located in Colton, Wilhoit is in the outskirts of Molalla and Dowty Road is in the Estacada area. Combined, these fires have burned approximately 5,000 acres as of Saturday, Sept. 12.

Areas affected:

COURTESY: OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY - Pictured are descriptions of the three evacuation levels.Colton, Molalla, Mulino, Union Mills, Scotts Mills, Estacada, Canby, Oregon City

Evacuation orders in effect:

Level 3: Scotts Mills, Colton, Estacada

Level 2: Molalla, Mulino, Union Mills, outlying areas of Canby and Oregon City (see evacuation map)

Level 1: Canby, Oregon City, Sandy

View live evacuation updates on the Clackamas County evacuation map.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Pictured is the Clackamas County wildfire evacuation map as of Monday, Sept. 14. Canby and Oregon City are down to level 1, while the cities' Southern outlying areas remain at level 2. Molalla and Mulino have been downgraded to level 2.

Where to go:

Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

• congregate shelter

• wear masks

• pets allowed (no livestock)

Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley

• Northeast area of parking lot available for RVs only

• Contact security at 503-653-6962 for check-in

Oregon Conference Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists, 19800 Oatfield Road, Gladstone

• RVs only

Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby

• animals and people

• Though previously full, Executive Director Laurie Bothwell said Friday morning there is now more room.

Champoeg State Park, 8239 Champoeg Rd. NE, St. Paul

• Vehicles only

• corrals available

Clackamas Community College and Oregon City High School previously were listed as evacuation sites, but have since been removed from the list since Oregon City is at a level 2 evacuation status.


Kristen Wohlers
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503-263-7512
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