CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as wildfires grow across the region.
By Tuesday evening, people living anywhere in the county were under some sort of evacuation level. Those that were not under a Level 2 or 3 notice should consider themselves under a Level 1 notice.
#Wildfire #alert: If you live in a part of @clackamascounty not *already* at Level 2 or Level 3, you are evacuation Level 1: "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Check-in sites: Sandy High School. Learn more: https://t.co/b7r3aDCJGE. pic.twitter.com/HYny5EqX7D— Clackamas Fire (@clackamasfire) September 9, 2020
In a press conference late Tuesday night, Director of Disaster Management for Clackamas County Nancy Bush said, "Everyone needs to be ready for evacuation even if you're in an urban area."
Bush said she estimated about 2,000 homes have been evacuated. An interactive evacuation map can be viewed here.
A Red Cross has set up multiple temporary evacuation points where residents can receive help:
#ClackamasWildfires info from @RedCrossCascade...The Red Cross currently has multiple temporary evacuation points open. If you have been impacted by one of the #wildfires, you can go directly to the closest evacuation point & Red Cross volunteers are ready to help. pic.twitter.com/63iE4PbHfh— Clackamas Fire (@clackamasfire) September 9, 2020
Clackamas Fire reported a fire near Highway 213 and South Spangler Road around 10:30 p.m. ODOT had blocked the highway at Carus Road and Union Hall Road by 11:30 p.m. Residents were then notified to leave.
According to officials, high winds and dry air mass have caused several wildfires in the Clackamas County, as well as a safety shut-off by Portland General Electric along the U.S. 26 Mount Hood corridor. The state of emergency is effective immediately. Currently, there are four active wildfires in Clackamas County that have resulted in evacuations, according to officials:
- Oregon City - Redland and Potter Road
- Colton Area - Unger Road
- Molalla Area - Wilhoit and Bird Road
- Beachie Creek Fire which resulted in an evacuation of the Job Corps at Ripplebrook in the Mount Hood National Forest