Fires lead to evacuations and closures in the Estacada area
Many Estacada community members have evacuated their homes as multiple fires burn in the area.
The Faraday, Dodge, Tumala Mountain and Three Linx areas, along with Barton and parts of Eagle Creek, were on level three evacuation as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. The city of Estacada and the Springwater, Tracy and George areas were on level two evacuation.
Clackamas Fire said there were 15 fire-related incidents underway throughout the county as of Tuesday, Sept. 8, including the Dowty Road fire in Eagle Creek and the Riverside fire, which began in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Both the Dowty Road and Riverside fires began early in the week. According to information from the Clackamas County Wildfire map, the Riverside fire began near Three Linx, has burned 10,000 acres and is 0% contained as of Sept. 8.
During a press conference on Tuesday night, Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton said there had not been any injuries or fatalities from the fires, though multiple structures have been lost.
All of Clackamas County is on level one evacuation, which means residents should be ready for the possibility of leaving. On Sept. 8, Clackamas County Commissioners declared a state of emergency because of the wildfires.
"We are facing extreme fire conditions," Charlton said during Tuesday's press conference. "The last 24 hours have been really impactful on our community. Our hearts go out to those who have lost property and have lost their homes. Right now we're working as hard as we can with every resource to help protect our community."
During the press conference, Clackamas County leaders estimated that 2,000 homes have been evacuated.
After Estacada students returned from summer break for online classes Sept. 8, school district leaders announced that online classes would be canceled through Friday, Sept. 11, because of the fires. School buildings will serve community members who need to evacuate their homes.
Multiple local businesses, including the Freckled Peach and the Book Nook, posted on social media saying they would be temporarily closed because of the fires.
The Mt. Hood National Forest closed to the public on Tuesday evening. The closure includes developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day-use areas, wilderness areas and all forest roads and trails, and will be evaluated on a daily basis.
"At this time, with extreme fire danger, multiple wildfires growing, and new wildfires igniting and multiple evacuations, it's simply not safe to visit," said Forest Supervisor Richard Periman.
On Tuesday, staff at Timber Lake Job Corps on the Mt. Hood National Forest were evacuated. Students were not present at the center.
Clackamas County leaders partnered with the American Red Cross to facilitate evacuation centers at Sandy High School, 37400 Bell St., Sandy; and Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Livestock can be brought to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 N.E. Fourth Ave., Canby.
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