Live updates: Multiple fires burning in Oregon, SW Washington
KGW is tracking multiple fires in Oregon and SW Washington Tuesday. Evacuation notices have been issued, and roads and schools have been closed.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Multiple wildfires are burning throughout the Portland metro area and surrounding areas on Tuesday.
Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to three major wildfires, which allows the state fire marshal to mobilize resources to assist local firefighters.
Evacuation notices have been issued or several wildfires, and roads and schools have been closed.
Here’s the latest information:
High winds and dry air have caused several wildfires in Clackamas County Monday night and Tuesday, and Portland General Electric preemptively shut down power lines along the U.S. 26 Mount Hood corridor.
County officials declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon as four active wildfires in the county led to evacuations:
Oregon City – at Redland and Potter RoadColton Area – at Unger RoadMolalla Area – at Wilhoit and Bird RoadAnd the Job Corps at Ripplebrook, in the Mount Hood National Forest, evacuated due to the Beachie Creek Fire
Another new fire started Tuesday in Eagle Creek, off Highway 211 between Damascus and Estacada. That fire is burning near Wildcat Mountain Road.
Fire officials have not yet released information on the size of the fire and are unsure of its status. To this point, there haven’t been any evacuation notices, but there are homes and farmland in the area and crews are cutting down brush around the homes to keep it from catching fire and spreading to homes.
A Clackamas County fire official said they have too many fires to even count because the wind keeps picking up embers from existing fires and carrying them to nearby areas, where they start new spot fires.
A fire that broke out Monday night at RSG Forest Products, a lumber mill in Mol