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As of Wednesday, the fires have burned a combined total of 114,200 acres; communities are on level three evacuation

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

The Riverside and Dowty Road fires continue to burn in the Estacada area, and city limits and many surrounding communities are on level three evacuation — meaning that residents should leave immediately.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Dowty Road Fire in Eagle Creek had burned 2,200 acres and is 10-15% contained. An estimated 12 structures have been lost, six of which were houses.

The Riverside Fire, which began on the Mt. Hood National Forest near Three Linx, was two air miles southeast of Estacada city limits as of 6 p.m. Wednesday. The fire, which is 0% contained, has burned 112,000 acres.

Leaders from the U.S. Forest Service said the fire was human caused but did not specify further details.

Since the Riverside Fire began earlier this week, east winds have continued to push it west toward Estacada, and heavy smoke and low visibility prevented air tanker pilots from safely dropping fire retardant to slow the growth.

"We're working closely with the Clackamas Fire District, Sheriff's Office, and many others to protect our communities," said Richard Periman, Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor. "Nothing matters more right now than human life as we stand together to face this unprecedented situation."

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Skies over downtown Estacada were hazy on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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