A new fire near Milo McIver State Park in Estacada started Friday night, prompting an evacuation order for local residents, as gusts of wind fanned flames across the state.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office announced evacuations late Friday night at Level 3, or “Go Now,” and the Red Cross set up a shelter at Clackamas Community College. Two more shelters were created, one for people with livestock in the Molalla Buckeroo at 815 Shirley Street in Molalla and another in Bohlander Park in Molalla for people with RVs. Officials warn that the park has no RV hookups.
Another evacuation order, a Level 2 – “Be Set” – came early Saturday for residents from south of Fischers Mill, north of Upper Highland, east of Redland and Ridge Road, west of Mattoon and Fellows Road in Estacada.
Public safety officials warn all residents of the region should be prepared for potential power cuts to prevent winds from dropping power lines and sparking new fires.
Be alert to forest fires related closures
Wildfires and firefighting efforts have resulted in road and park closures in many parts of Oregon and Southwestern Washington.
Among the road closures, Oregon 58 is closed from mile point 13.2, at Lowell Bridge, to milestone 70, at Crescent Lake.
For an up-to-date map of closures and delays, visit TripCheck.com or call 511. Drivers should also be prepared for stoplights being turned off as part of preventative power outages. In Oregon, traffic lights without power should be treated as four-way stops.
Due to a fire hazard, PacificCorp has closed all access to Yale and Swift properties in southwest Washington’s Lewis River Basin, including the Yale Day Use area and Swift Campground. The Beaver Bay Campground, Cougar Campground, and Saddle Dam Day Use Recreation Areas were closed for the season on September 5.
Anyone planning to hike or camp on the weekend should check conditions before leaving the house.
More power outages as hazardous conditions continue
As of Saturday morning, Portland General Electric had cut power to 37,000 homes and businesses.
That includes new outages to reduce fire hazards in Southwest Scotts Mills, South Molalla, George, Colton and Sandy.
Public safety blackouts began early Friday morning for Pacific Power and Portland General Electric customers in high fire risk zones. Rural areas prone to high winds saw the first power cuts. The full list of PGE terminations is available here.
So far, Pacific Power has closed the service to approximately 12,000 customers. The full list is available here.
Smoke now covers much of western Oregon, including the Portland area
People across much of western Oregon and southwestern Washington woke up Saturday morning to gray and orange skies as changing winds blew wildfire smoke into areas previously untouched.
Much of the smoke in the Portland area came from the Cedar Creek Fire, which burned more than 51,000 acres Saturday morning and contained only 12%, and the new fire near Milo McIver State Park.
And air conditions remain precarious in most of northeast and southwest Oregon. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality expanded its air quality advisory on Saturday to include Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Eastern Lane, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties. Malheur County was also added to the list of counties under an air quality warning.
Although weather conditions are expected to improve on Sunday, air quality warnings will remain in effect at least until Monday. People who are especially vulnerable include older Oregonians, small children, pregnant people, and anyone who suffers from heart or lung disease.
An advisory for Coos County ended Saturday.