Fire at Mt. Hood Meadows burns two acres, mostly suppressed
While many consider Labor Day weekend the end of summer, in Clackamas County it marked the start of several wildfires now endangering much of the county and putting neighboring Estacada in level three evacuation.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 9, all of the county and Sandy remains in level one evacuation — meaning people should be prepared for the possibility of leaving — and city and county officials are warning that because of the red flag warning still in effect because of dry and unstable weather conditions until 8 p.m. tonight, people should take extreme caution to not spark any new fires.
The Red Cross is already involved in assisting evacuees and taking volunteers. Check-in sites include:
• Clackamas County Fairgrounds
694 N.E. 4th Ave.
• Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave.
• Red Cross
3131 N. Vancouver Ave.
Clackamas County leaders have 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.
Meadows fire mostly suppressed
The fire ignited near Mt. Hood Meadows on Monday, Sept. 7, which was previously referred to as the Heather Canyon Fire, is now mostly contained and only burned about two acres about a quarter of a mile east of the Shooting Star chair lift in the Heather Canyon drainage. Reports from Mt. Hood Meadows representatives say Forest Service fire crews "are very happy with the progress on containment."
"Most ground crews and all aerial support left Mt. Hood Meadows by mid-day (Tuesday, Sept. 8)," said Dave Tragethon, VP of marketing for Meadows. "There is still a crew working the fire today, (but) they anticipate wrapping up this evening or by tomorrow."
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.
Neighboring communities evacuate
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.
During a press conference, Clackamas County leaders estimated that 2,000 homes have been evacuated.
Sandy Storm Cleanup Aid
The city of Sandy will offer use of the wood chipper to help residents clean up limbs and branches leftover from the Sept. 7 wind storm.
You can bring these items, (limbs and branches only — no yard debris) to the Public Works/Transit Operations Center at 16610 Champion Way between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.
City staff will be on hand to help unload and will chip up the debris for you. This service is limited to city of Sandy residents only. ID with an in-city-limits address is required.
Each person is limited to one pickup load (bed-high) equivalent so as to allow as many people as possible to take advantage of the service.
Those with more than one pickup load or who don't have a way to haul the debris can use the city's brush chipper free of charge at their home by making a reservation. To reserve the chipper, call 503-668-5310.
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