The Level 3 evacuation order remains in place for Estacada and other areas in and around the Riverside Fire.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. — Officials are set to give an update on the Riverside Fire at 3 p.m. Monday. You can watch in the livestream player above.
County officials removed the Level 1 evacuation order for several areas in Clackamas County on Sunday.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office announced that the Level 1 evacuation orders for Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Tualatin, Milwaukie and some areas near Boring and Damascus had been removed.
Also Sunday, the evacuation order for the town of Molalla was dropped to Level 2. A Level 3 evacuation order remains in place for Estacada and other areas in and around the fire. On Monday, officials said there are still 16,776 structures at Level 3 evacuation levels and another 18,528 structures at Level 2 evacuation levels.
The Riverside Fire has burned more than 133,000 acres and is 0% contained as of Monday morning. The fire is expected to continue to move northwest along both sides of the Clackamas River corridor towards Estacada, Inciweb reported on Saturday.
Improving weather patterns and newly arrived backup from state and federal agencies allowed firefighters in Clackamas County to pivot from defense mode to offense against the Riverside Fire over the weekend.
The Beachie Creek Fire in Marion County and Riverside Fire remain about one mile apart, officials said Monday. The Beachie Creek Fire has burned more than 188,000 acres as of Monday morning, according to InciWeb.
On Sunday, officials said a merger of the two fires is not imminent.
“The current combination of winds, record dry forests, and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding areas mean it is still possible the fires could burn together in the coming days. Based on current weather, it is anticipated that a future merger would not result in dynamic fire behavior as seen in the last week,” officials said.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office also made adjustments Sunday to the curfew put in place on Thursday. Effective immediately, the curfew will only be in effect in the Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation zones. The curfew is lifted in all other areas of the county not at Level 2 or Level 3.
Sarah Present, Public Health Officer of Clackamas County, said the region currently has the worst air quality in the world.
“The air is not just unhealthy, it’s in the hazardous range,” Present said. “Everyone can have health effects from this smoke and it’s especially dangerous for our most vulnerable populations.”
Those most at risk include those with underlying lung and heart disease. The more vulnerable populations also include the elderly, pregnant women and children.
“The bottom line right now is please stay inside,” Present said.
Nancy Bush, Clackamas County Disaster Management Director, asked residents to limit water use because of some issues with pressure in some of the systems. Bush said they have been working with water providers and firefighters.
She also said due to the poor visibility and driving conditions, residents should consider if travel is necessary. Those who must travel should allow for extra time.
Interactive map: Evacuation orders in Clackamas County
County officials updated the list of evacuation check-in sites and provided a link that shows which sites are open, which are closed and which are full.
Interactive map: Wildfires burning throughout Oregon
The city of West Linn declared a State of Emergency on Friday due to the fires. In a release, it said that though the wind had died down, which had been causing fires to spread rapidly, it was still under drought conditions. It listed ways in which neighbors could help:
- Curtail any unnecessary use of water to ensure adequate supply for firefighting activities.
- Suspend any outdoor activities that could potentially spark or flame, including but not limited to backyard fires, barbeques, candles, and gas or electric yard/construction equipment that creates sparks.
- Not visit any City parks, natural areas and/or trails during this time of extreme fire danger and hazardous air quality.