Clackamas County wildfire partially contained, evacuation notices eased

Clackamas County wildfire partially contained, evacuation notices eased

Much of Clackamas County had evacuation notices lifted on Wednesday as firefighters began to contain the Riverside fire, and residents of Estacada are now allowed to return home. The fire has burned 136,000 acres since it ignited Sept. 8, and last week all of Clackamas County was under various stages of evacuation alerts. Firefighters said Wednesday they now have the fire 3% contained and are working 28 miles of fire line to press their advantage under favorable weather conditions. On Wednesday afternoon, Clackamas County removed all evacuation notices for Oregon City, Canby and Sandy and reduced Molalla from a Level 2 evacuation warning to a Level 1, “Be ready” notice. Estacada, which was within a half-mile of the fire line last week, was reduced from a Level 3 “Go now” evacuation order to Level 2. Some remote areas of the county, close to the fire, remained on a Level 3 notice and the Mt. Hood National Forest is still closed. Authorities haven’t reported deaths or serious injuries associated with the blaze, but many structures -- including an unspecified numbers of homes -- have burned. More than 500 people are fighting the fire, including those on hand crews, engines and bulldozers. “There’s a lot of fire on the landscape. This is going to be a long duration incident," said Alan Sinclair, an incident commander working the blaze. Authorities classify the Riverside fire as “human-caused,” which indicates that it started during a period when there was no lightning in the area. Investigators have not given any ...
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