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Because of multiple active fires in the region, the city of Estacada is on Level 3 evacuation

COURTESY PHOTO: U.S. FOREST SERVICE - The Riderside fire is pictured from La Dee Flats on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

As crews continue to respond to the Riverside fire in the Mt. Hood National Forest, the city of Estacada and many surrounding areas are on Level 3 evacuation.

Three is the highest evacuation level and means that residents should leave immediately.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Riverside fire spanned 40,000 acres and is seven miles southeast of Estacada. The fire, which began Tuesday, Sept. 8, near Three Lynx, is one of multiple active wildfires in the region. Its cause is unknown.

In a press release, leaders from the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday's high winds and low humidity could continue to drive fire growth on the Clackamas River corridor of the forest and surrounding private lands.

More than 20 engines and 100 personnel are working to stop the fire's growth. On Tuesday, the fire moved 17 miles west because of high winds.

"This weather is extremely hazardous to our firefighters and first responders," said Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Richard Periman. "We responded immediately when the fire was first reported, and we'll keep all of the firefighting resources we have available on the Riverside Fire as we keep life and human safety as our top priority."

For more information about evacuations, including check-in sites, click here.

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