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Media Advisory: Firefighter and county resident shares experience fighting, evacuating from Clackamas Wildfires - 09/13/20

Media Advisory: Firefighter and county resident shares experience fighting, evacuating from Clackamas Wildfires

9-13-2020

WHAT: 
Media interested in talking with a Clackamas firefighter who can share his experience fighting the Clackamas wildfires while being a resident under evacuation orders.

WHEN: 
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020
11:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Beavercreek Station #10
22310 S Beavercreek Road
Beavercreek, OR 97004

CORRECTION: Update on the Clackamas County Wildfires - 09/12/20

There are currently four fires burning in Clackamas County. The Riverside Fire is currently being managed by the Southwest Federal Incident Management Team #1, please follow them at the Mt. Hood National Forest's Twitter (@mthoodnf) for updates. The three additional fires, managed by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Oregon Department of Forestry, are identified as the Dowty Road, Unger Road, and Wilhoit Fires. These three fires have collectively burned an estimated 5,000 acres. 

Fire crews are actively protecting structures and patrolling the area, putting out hotspots.

Evacuation orders have not changed from yesterday. Please continue to check your evacuation level at: https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires.

Our challenges remain reduced visibility, limiting our aerial reconnaissance, and rapidly changing fire conditions. We hope for a break in the weather and better visibility later today.

Please use the resources we’ve provided to monitor the evacuation orders around your home.

Be prepared; know your evacuation level! Level 1: Be ready. Level 2: Be Set. Level 3: GO!

Sign up for public alerts at: https://www.clackamas.us/dm/publicalerts. 2-1-1 also provides the latest evacuation information.

Here is a video from Public Information Officer Captain Brandon Paxton, who provides an update on the status of the wildfires occurring throughout Clackamas County: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQJ97Ep35U and a video of firefighters departing from fire camp this morning: https://youtu.be/L7CO6mV2wUw.

Use or search for these social media hashtags: #ClackamasWildfires #Alerts

Current Fire Call Map
Current Fire Call Map
Wildfires cause state of emergency in Clackamas County (Photo) - 09/08/20

Clackamas county Firefighters along with several neighboring agencies are actively working to extinguish vegetation fires throughout the county. At the time of this press release 15 fire related incidents are underway. Some of the incidents are small and require only one apparatus and others have more than 20 apparatus on scene and hard at work.

Please see the attached declaration of emergency from the Clackamas County Commissioners. We are told that 1100 homes have been evacuated from the following areas: 

Oregon City - Redland and Potter Rd, 

Colton Area-Unger rd, 

Molalla area- Wilhoit and Bird Rd,

Beachie Creek Fire which resulted in the evacuation of the Job Corps at Ripplebrook in the Mt Hood National Forest area.  

Everyone in Clackamas County today 9-8-2020 should understand that they are at Evacuation Level 1: Be Ready...Some who are closer to these active incidents are at Level 2: Be Set. And those that have evacuated fall into category 3: GO!

Please see attached link to evacuation levels and areas affected

Evacuation Levels

Current Evacuations

Clackamas County State of Emercency

Declaration Doc

At this time we do not have specific details in regards to where evacuees are being directed to go, nor do we know the exact cause of these fires. We will not know for some time the extent of damage to land and personal property. Please be patient as we work through these incidents. At this time Clackamas Fire insists that residents stay safely away from these incidents and do not engage in any activity that can cause a fire. This would include mowing lawns, outdoor burning of any kind, and other sorts of spark or flame producing tasks. 

Know that we are working very hard with all of the Clackamas County Fire Departments and will continue to diligently protect Life and property.

 

Update Correction: The 1100 evacuees are from all Oregon Wildfires not just Clackamas County. We will update that number for our community once we have an accurate number.

Attached Media Files: Current Fire Call Map
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High winds fuel multiple fires over night and into today. (Photo) - 09/08/20

EXTREME FIRE DANGER: High winds make it difficult to battle multiple vegetation fires. Clackamas Fire with the aid of several surrounding agencies managed to contain several dangerous fires last night and into today. The first at 16300 SE Agnes ave. could be seen from I-205. The fire quickly spread through thick blackberry bushes, and was held back at several structures. The second fire off Bradly and Redland rd in Oregon City was contained to 10 acres over the course of 6 hours. Four residents had to be evacuated but were allowed to return by morning. The area is still experiencing high levels of smoke due to burn piles still on fire.  The fire was started when high winds brought down a power line igniting very dry fuels.

As we started Tuesday multiple fires have been reported in Estacada, off I-205, and in the Oregon City area. Decreased visibility and the presence of multiple fire apparatus moving through the area make this a spot to avoid.

Lastly Clackamas FIre and neighboring agencies request all residents eliminate any open flame. If possible create a defensible space around your home. Cut down grasses and vegetation up against the home and clear away any burning materials that may ignite.

Agnes fire video: https://youtu.be/pU1S21aaSHc

Attached Media Files: IMG_2362.JPG , Agnes fire