Level 3 evacuation orders all lifted for Chehalem Mountain Fire
All evacuees from the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire are now being allowed to return.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue announced at about 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, that the last of the Level 3, "Go Now," evacuation orders associated with the wildfire north of Newberg have been lifted.
The previously evacuated area, from North Valley Road near Newberg north to Southwest Vanderschuere Road in the Midway/Scholls area west of Sherwood, bounded to the east by Southwest Hillsboro Highway (Highway 219), is at a Level 2, "Be Set," evacuation level.
Level 2 means residents should be prepared to leave again if fire conditions change.
The wildfire started in unincorporated Washington County on Tuesday, Sept. 8. It quickly grew into a blaze estimated at 875 acres, although initial estimates were as high as 2,000 acres before aerial reconnaissance allowed TVF&R and the Oregon Department of Forestry to formulate a more accurate picture of the fire.
Washington County and Yamhill County sheriff's deputies worked overnight Tuesday to evacuate residents living near the fire.
No houses have been destroyed in the wildfire, which is 75% contained as of Sunday. However, TVF&R characterized the work of about 30 firefighters still working the scene as "mopping up."
"Additional hand crews from Oregon Department of Forestry are also dousing hotspots and contending with tree snags," the fire district added.
Power has not yet been fully restored throughout the evacuation area. Portland General Electric crews are working to safely restore power to affected homes.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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