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Oregon City moves to fire evacuation Level 2 Thursday afternoon; West Linn deals with smoke

PMG SCREENSHOT - A map of Clackamas County shows fire evacuation zones. Oregon City residents just across the Willamette River from West Linn are now at a Level 2 evacuation status as fires continue to devastate Clackamas County.

As of the latest Clackamas County update at 1 p.m., West Linn was still at Level 1.

West Linn Interim City Manager John Williams said city officials are watching the situation closely and following the lead of other agencies like Clackamas County and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, which are leading the fire fight.

At the moment the biggest hazard facing West Linn appears to be smoke, Williams said. In fact, city facilities like the library, City Hall and the public works building had closed Thursday afternoon due to the smoke level inside the buildings.

"The main thing is we are watching where these fires are. They still seem to be pretty far from West Linn," Williams said. "The main bodies of fire are 20-25 miles away from us. If everyone behaves responsibly, we hopefully won't see any actual fire here in West Linn."

Officers with the West Linn Police Department were helping evacuate residents in Molalla, which is under a Level 3 evacuation.

On Thursday afternoon, TVF&R Public Information Officer Cassandra Ulven told Pamplin Media Group that West Linn should be safe from significant danger.

"For our areas in the county such as West Linn, portions of Wilsonville that we have marked in green (on a map of evacuation levels), we are not worried about those places at all," Ulven said.

That being said, fire risk remains very high and people should be aware of the danger wherever they are.

"Everyone needs to be vigilant at this time. Things can dramatically change," Ulven said.

Reporter Mark Miller contributed to this story.

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