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#ClackamasWildfires UPDATE: Reduction of all evacuation levels

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UPDATE (Tuesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.) -- REDUCTION OF ALL EVACUATION LEVELS

Effective immediately (Tuesday, Sept. 29), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office -- in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team (Pacific Northwest Team 3), Clackamas Fire District #1Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73Colton Rural Fire Protection District #70, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation -- is announcing a reduction of ALL evacuation levels.

All evacuation areas have been eliminated and returned to normal throughout Clackamas County, except in parts of the U.S. National Forest.

The U.S. National Forest is closed in the Clackamas River District, and there are partial closures to the Zig Zag Ranger District. Details here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247

Please refer to the Wildfire Evacuation Zones map for details:
https://ccgismapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

Additional wildfire and resource information is available at https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires .

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Sept. 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.) -- NEW EVACUATION LEVEL REDUCTIONS; ESTACADA BACK TO 'NORMAL'

Effective immediately (Wednesday, Sept. 23), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office -- in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team SWA Team 1, Clackamas Fire District #1, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73, Colton Rural Fire Protection District #70, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation -- is announcing additional reductions to evacuation levels.

Please refer to the Wildfire Evacuation Zones map to see if your area has been changed:
https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

UPDATES INCLUDE:

  • Additional areas have been removed from evacuation level status and returned to “Normal,” coinciding with the scaling back of Level 1 “Ready” (green) and Level 2 “Set” (yellow) areas across the county.
  • The City of Estacada has returned to “Normal” status (grey).
  • The areas of the Dowty Fire and the Unger Fire have been returned to Level 2 “Set” (yellow).
  • The immediate area surrounding Riverside Fire remains at Level 3 “Go” (red).
  • The Mt. Hood National Forest remains under a closure order.

The Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Operations Center want to caution residents returning to their homes to be aware of the following:

  • The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew order is in effect for Level 3 (red) areas only.
  • Stay out of Level 3 evacuation areas and respect road closures — increased traffic in these areas creates additional safety concerns for firefighters and other first responders operating in these areas.
  • Monitor your evacuation level area and be “Ready” or “Set” to evacuate if conditions change.
  • Be on the lookout for downed powerlines, roadway debris or other hazards.
  • Report criminal damage or theft to your home by calling non-emergency dispatch at (503) 655-8211.
  • Conserve water usage.
  • Refer to the Clackamas County EOC resource page for additional information: https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires/returning-to-your-home

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Sept. 21, 2020, 1 p.m.) -- NEW EVACUATION-LEVEL REDUCTIONS; ESTACADA TO LEVEL 1

Effective immediately (Monday, Sept. 21), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office -- in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team SWA Team 1, Clackamas Fire District #1, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73, Colton Rural Fire Protection District #70, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation -- is announcing additional reductions to evacuation levels.

Please refer to the Wildfire Evacuation Zones map to see if your area has been changed:
https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

Details on Sept. 21, 1 p.m. changes:

  • Additional areas have been removed from evacuation level status and returned to “Normal” -- coinciding with the scaling back of Level 1 “Ready” (green) and Level 2 “Set” (yellow) areas across the county.
  • The area of the Wilhoit fire has been returned to Level 1 “Ready” (green).
  • The immediate areas surrounding the Dowty Fire, Unger Fire, and Riverside Fire remain at Level 3 “Go” (red).
  • The City of Estacada is now at Level 1“Ready” (green).
  • The Mt. Hood National Forrest remains under a closure order.

The Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Operations Center want to caution residents who are returning to their homes to be aware of the following:

  • The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is now in effect for Level 3 (red) areas only.
  • Stay out of Level 3 evacuation areas and respect road closures -- increased traffic in these areas creates additional safety concerns for firefighters and other first responders operating in these areas.
  • Monitor your evacuation level area and be “Ready” or “Set” to evacuate if conditions change.
  • Be on the lookout for downed powerlines, roadway debris or other hazards.
  • Report criminal damage or theft to your home by calling non-emergency dispatch at (503) 655-8211.
  • Conserve water usage.
  • Refer to the Clackamas County EOC resource page for additional information: https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires/returning-to-your-home

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, 4 p.m.) -- NEW EVACUATION-LEVEL REDUCTIONS

Effective immediately (Thursday, Sept. 17), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office -- in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team SWA Team 1, Clackamas Fire District #1, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73, Colton Rural Fire Protection District #70, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation -- is announcing additional reductions to evacuation levels.

Please refer to the Wildfire Evacuation Zones map to see if your area has been changed:
https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

Details on level changes:

  • All areas west of State Highway 213, as well as additional areas surrounding Oregon City have been returned to “normal” status, with no evacuation level assigned.
  • Areas between Molalla and Scotts Mills, and areas northwest of the Unger fire have been reduced to Level 1 “Ready” (green).
  • An area northwest of Estacada has been reduced to Level 2 “Set” (yellow).
  • Areas encompassing the Dowty Fire, Unger Fire, and Riverside Fire remain at Level 3 “Go” (red).
  • The Mt. Hood National Forrest remains under a closure order.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Operations Center want to caution residents who are returning to their homes to be aware of the following:

  • Stay out of Level 3 evacuation areas and respect road closures – Increased traffic in these areas creates additional safety concerns for firefighters and other first responders operating in these areas.
  • Monitor your evacuation level area and be “Ready” or “Set” to evacuate if conditions change.
  • Be on the lookout for downed powerlines, roadway debris or other hazards.
  • Do NOT bring your livestock back to your home at this time.
  • Report criminal damage or theft to your home by calling non-emergency dispatch at (503) 655-8211.
  • Residents are encouraged to stay inside due to poor air quality. Details: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/aqi.aspx 
  • Conserve water usage.
  • Refer to Clackamas County's resource page for additional information: https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires/returning-to-your-home

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, 1 p.m.) -- NEW EVACUATION LEVEL REDUCTIONS

Effective immediately (Wednesday, Sept. 16), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office -- in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team SWA Team 1, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation -- is announcing additional reductions to evacuation levels in many areas of the county.

Please refer to the Wildfire Evacuation Zones map to see if your area has been changed:
https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

Details on new changes:

  • The cities of Oregon City, Canby, and Sandy have been returned to “normal” status, with no evacuation level assigned.
  • The city of Molalla is now at Level 1 “Ready” (green).
  • The city of Estacada is now at Level 2 “Set” (yellow).
  • Areas encompassing the Dowty Fire, Unger Fire, and Riverside Fire remain at Level 3 “Go” (red).
  • The Mt. Hood National Forrest remains under a closure order.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Operations Center also want to caution residents who are returning to their homes to be aware of the following:

  • Stay out of Level 3 evacuation areas and respect road closures – Increased traffic in these areas creates additional safety concerns for firefighters and other first responders operating in these areas.
  • Monitor your evacuation level area and be “Ready” or “Set” to evacuate if conditions change.
  • Be on the lookout for downed powerlines, roadway debris or other hazards.
  • Do NOT bring your livestock back to your home at this time.
  • Report criminal damage or theft to your home by calling non-emergency dispatch at 503-655-8211.
  • Residents are encouraged to stay inside due to poor air quality: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/aqi.aspx 
  • Conserve water usage.
  • Refer to the Clackamas County EOC resource page for additional information: https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires/returning-to-your-home

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Sept. 14, 2020, 2 p.m.) -- EVACUATION LEVELS REDUCED IN SOME AREAS

Effective immediately (Monday, Sept. 14), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team SWA Team 1, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation, is announcing additional reductions to evacuation levels in some areas.

Please refer to the Wildfire Evacuation Zones map for specific areas included:
https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

Details:

Level 2 “Set” (Yellow) to Level 1 “Ready” (Green):

  • An area south of the cities of Oregon City and Canby, encompassing some portions of the Mulino and Monitor areas.

Level 3 “Go” (Red) to Level 2 “Set” (Yellow):

  • An area east of Oregon City encompassing some portions of the Redland, Beavercreek and Highland areas.
  • An area south of the city of Sandy, encompassing some portions of the Eagle Creek, Firwood, and Wildcat Mountain areas.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Operations Center want to caution returning residents to be aware of the following:

  • Monitor your evacuation level area be “Ready” or “Set” to evacuate if conditions change.
  • Be on the lookout for downed powerlines or other hazards.
  • Do NOT bring your livestock back to your home at this time.
  • Stay inside as much as possible during this period of poor air quality.

Air quality remains extremely poor due to wildfire smoke. Residents are encouraged to stay inside. Keep an eye on https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/aqi.aspx and other resources below for air-quality updates.

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Sept. 13, 2020, 7:05 p.m.) -- CITY OF MOLALLA EVACUATION LEVEL REDUCED TO LEVEL 2

Effective immediately (Sunday, Sept. 13), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation level from Level 3 (Red) to Level 2 (Yellow) for the City of Molalla and some areas north and southwest of Molalla.  

Please refer to the Wildfire Evacuation Zones map for specific areas included.

This change in the evacuation level allows the residents of Molalla to return home.  The Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Operations Center want to caution returning residents to be aware of the following:

  • You are still at a Level 2 evacuation. “Be Set” to evacuate if conditions change.
  • Be on the lookout for downed powerlines or other hazards.
  • Do NOT bring your livestock back to your home at this time.
  • Keep bags packed and be ready to leave (Level 2, "Be Set")
  • Stay inside as much as possible during this period of poor air quality.

The Sheriff's Office made the decision in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team SWA Team 1, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Air quality remains extremely poor due to wildfire smoke. Residents are encouraged to stay inside. Keep an eye on https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/aqi.aspx and other resources below for air-quality updates.

[END UPDATE]

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EARLIER (Sept. 13, 2020, 12:43 p.m.) -- #CLACKAMASWILDFIRES UPDATE: URBAN AREAS REMOVED FROM LEVEL 1; INCLUDES WILSONVILLE, LAKE OSWEGO, WEST LINN, CLACKAMAS, HAPPY VALLEY, GLADSTONE, MILWAUKIE, TUALATIN

Effective immediately (Sunday, Sept. 13), the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is dropping the evacuation level from Level 1 to Normal for Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Tualatin, Milwaukie, and some areas near Boring and Damascus.   

The newly revised fire-evacuation map is here:
https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

IMPORTANT: There are NO reductions in Level 3 ("Go") or Level 2 (“Set”) areas at this time.

The Sheriff's Office made the decision in collaboration with the Riverside Fire Incident Management Team SWA Team 1, Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Air quality remains extremely poor due to wildfire smoke. Residents are encouraged to stay inside. Keep an eye on https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/aqi.aspx and other resources below for air-quality updates.

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#ClackamasWildfires RESOURCE LINKS FOR CLACKAMAS COUNTY:

Official updates on the Riverside Fire:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7174/
Hotline: 541-638-0668

Clackamas County wildfire updates:
https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires
Hotline: 503-655-8224

Clackamas County wildfire evacuation map:
https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fe0525732f1a4f679b75a5ccf1c84b30

Clackamas County Disaster Management encourages people to sign up for PublicAlerts -- it allows county residents to opt-in to receive critical wildfire emergency messaging via email, phone call, and text. Sign up now at https://www.clackamas.us/dm/publicalerts

Wildfire resource from the State of Oregon — including a Fires & Hotspots Map, Air Quality Index info, a list of experts to follow, and more:
https://wildfire.oregon.gov

Air quality updates:

Curfew information from the Clackamas County Commissioners:
https://www.clackamas.us/news/2020-09-11/clackamas-county-establishes-curfew-during-wildfire-crisis-the-curfew-is-effective-immediately-between-10-pm-and-6-am

PublicAlerts "Wildfire 2020" resource page:
https://www.publicalerts.org/Hazards/Wildfire-2020

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INFORMATION ON FIRE EVACUATION LEVELS:

Level 1BE READY for potential evacuation. You should be aware of the danger that exists in the area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

Level 2BE SET to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Level 3GO! Evacuate now! Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

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Sgt. Marcus Mendoza 
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 
Public Information Unit