The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office has advised residents of a Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation in Milo Mclver State Park in Estacada due to a brush fire. The evacuation orders are for Feldheimer to Hayden Rd east side to roadway and Springwater to the Clackamas River.
A temporary evacuation point has been set up at Clackamas County Red Soils Campus at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. Deputies are evacuating residents on Friday night. Emergency managers have posted a map that shows the active evacuation zone. This is one of several fires burning around the state.
In South Salem also, a dangerous brush fire has prompted evacuations on Friday evening. In Central Oregon, about 15 miles east of Oakridge, the Cedar Creek Fire has burned 51 square miles.
This weekend’s weather conditions are creating extreme fire danger across Oregon, leading multiple utility companies to begin public safety power shutoffs Friday morning. Shutoffs are scheduled through at least Saturday for people living in high-risk areas.
With hot temperatures, low humidity and strong east winds, the National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for much of the state. These warnings indicate that “critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now…or will shortly,” according to the NWS website.
High winds can quickly spread any fires that do start, while low humidity makes it more difficult for firefighters to control the blaze. Utilities like PGE and Pacific Power are turning off power in areas where there is an increased risk of downed power lines causing fires.
While this may be an inconvenience for some, it is a necessary safety measure to protect both people and property. Those affected by the shutoffs are advised to have an emergency kit ready in case of extended outages.
This is a developing story and will be updating this information with further updates soon.