CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - Level 3 evacuation orders were issued for the city of Estacada on Wednesday.

Level 3 means “Go Now.”

Clackamas County deputies were going door-to-door Wednesday afternoon in Estacada to warn people that they need to evacuate their homes.

Earlier Wednesday, Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton said the largest fire in the county - the Riverside Fire burning about eight miles southeast of Estacada - has burned an estimated 40,000 acres. Charlton reported that the fire moved 17 miles in one day.

By Wednesday night, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the Riverside Fire had exploded to 112,000 acres with zero containment. 

Eastern winds continued to push the fire down the Clackamas River corridor and west toward the community of Estacada. 

"A lot of this has been up in the air nobody really knew which direction the fire was gonna go and how fast it was gonna travel with the wind," said Jimmy Huber, who was forced to leave his home. 

Riverside Fire - Clackamas Co.

(Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service)

Four other fires - Dowdy Fire, Unger Fire, Wilhoit Fire and Spangler Road Fire - had burned a combined 2,500 acres by early Wednesday. The Spangler Road Fire is under control.

A total of 22 structures have been lost and 600 structures are threatened.

The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

Clackamas County is working with state and local agencies, including 10 fire departments. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office has been brought in, along with four task forces.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has dedicated 10 fire engines, 10 hand crews and six dozers to help with the wildfires.

Since Tuesday, 35 evacuation orders have been issued in the county. Nancy Bush, Director of Disaster Management for Clackamas County, says they reached over 16,000 contacts with those evacuations order.

All residents in Clackamas County are under some sort of evacuation levels. Those that are not under a Level 2 "Be Set" or Level 3 "Go Now" notice should consider themselves under a Level 1 "Be Ready" notice.

An interactive evacuation map for the county can be viewed here.

An evacuation site has been set up a Clackamas Community College, located a 19600 Molalla Avenue in Oregon City. Animals are being accepted at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds, located at 694 Northeast 4th Avenue in Canby.

Other sites have been set up in Gladstone and Milwaukie. A full list of sites can be found here.

Clackamas County residents are asked to sign up for public alerts at www.clackamas.us/dm. More information about the wildfires can be found at www.clackamas.us/wildfires.

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Councilor408

Message from Canby Fire Chief:

Good morning. We just completed a morning briefing presented by the SW Area incident management team. We have this federal type 1 team in town and taking over management of these fires. At this time, they are saying there is no consideration of expanding any areas into level 3. The focus areas currently are the Estacada and Molalla fronts. They are seeing the east winds reduce and coastal winds increase. This is good weather news, increasing humidity levels (yesterday was 10-15 percent, today is 30-40 percent, and tonight probably 70-80 percent). Because the winds are low, the finer fuels (grasses, etc) become less of a threat, but the heavier fuels (timbers, etc) still burn but at slower rates. I'll send the map they presented as well.

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