Clackamas County's Emergency Operations Center deactivates after Otty Road, Camp Creek fire incidents

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The Clackamas County Emergency Operations Center deactivated Sept. 21 after officials confirmed two fire incidents no longer posed a risk to the public. 

The Camp Creek Fire, based in the Mount Hood National Forest, was caused by a lightning strike in the Bull Run Watershed on Aug. 24. The fire was located about 1.5 miles south of Bull Run Reservoir No. 1 near the junction of Forest Road 1210 and Forest Road 12. 

At its highest, there were approximately 600 firefighters battling the blaze that burned more than 2,000 acres. Multiple incident management teams took part in limiting the fire's growth. Thanks to the work of all of the firefighters and other responders, no residents were evacuated from their homes. Also, the Bull Run Watershed, which supplies all of the drinking water to the city of Portland and other local municipalities, was not harmed by the fire.  

The fire is now being managed by the Mount Hood National Forest. Find the most updated information on the Camp Creek Fire.  

The county's Emergency Operations Center on Sept. 16 also responded to a commercial structure fire at 8855 SE Otty Road in unincorporated Clackamas County.  

The building, owned by the county’s Development Agency, was vacant for years and set to be demolished. Fire investigators reported the fire was intentionally set, but cannot confirm it was arson.  

Due to the possible asbestos associated with the fire, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 went door-to-door to residents of two buildings in the nearby Rosewood Station apartment complex, to give notice to residents that they should evacuate from their home. The Emergency Operations Center also sent out alerts via text, email and audio recording regarding evacuation notices. The following day, Sept. 17, Clackamas County Public Health officials confirmed the buildings are safe to return to, based on the preliminary air test results. Surface swab test results of the Rosewood Station apartment buildings returned Sept. 19 were negative for asbestos. 

County officials also worked with those residents who evacuated to find them temporary accommodations. 

The Development Agency has moved forward with demolition of the building and will continue working with contractors on debris removal.

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