EVACUATION CHANGES as of noon Sept 13 from Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
In consultation with fire officials, today it was determined that current fire conditions allow for changes in evacuation status in East Multnomah County. Below is a list of the new evacuation orders which will reduce evacuation levels in some neighborhoods. These will be in effect as of 12:00pm today:
Level 3 (Go!) evacuation orders are in effect in the areas of:
East Historic Columbia River Highway: East of Alex Barr Road, addresses in the 43800 block and higher
Larch Mountain Road: East of Brower Road, addresses in the 45800 block and higher
All of Brower Road, including Toll Road
E Haines Road: addresses in the 43800 block and higher
Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation orders are in effect in the areas of:
Larch Mountain Road: West of Brower Road, addresses in the 45700 block and lower, including Salzman Road and Alder Meadows Road
E Haines Road: addresses in the 43700 block and lower (towards Larch Mountain Road)
Troutdale: addresses East of the Sandy River
Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation notices have been lifted for all areas of Troutdale West of the Sandy River. There are no communities currently in a Level 1 evacuation.
** Residents downgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 2 evacuation order are asked to report to a Re-Entry Center located at Corbett Community Church, 34309 NE Mershon Road, Corbett OR 97019 with identification to receive credentials for re-entry. Because residents moving from a Level 3 to a Level 2 are still asked to Be Set, we are requesting that only household pets return with their owners, and that large livestock and horses remain out of these areas until evacuation orders are lifted.
The Sheriff’s Office understands the importance of getting our residents back into their homes and neighborhoods as quickly as possible. Over the coming days, we will continue to work with fire officials to examine possible re-entry into additional portions of the remaining Level 3 communities. For those residents still under a Level 3 evacuation notice, thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Questions regarding evacuations in Multnomah County can be directed to 211. If you are a resident of Hood River County, please continue to monitor updates from the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.
HOOD RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
The Cascade Locks area level 3 notices are being rolled back to level 2. This means that all of the Cascade Locks area is now at level 2. The Sheriff’s Office would like to caution those returning to their homes that they should still be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Evacuation zone A4a has been upgraded to level 3, meaning residents should evacuate immediately. This zone runs along the I-84 corridor, from exit 47 and exit 56. This evacuation generally covers the Wyeth/Herman Creek Road area, including the tribal fishing in-lieu site.
Evacuation zone A4b has been upgraded to level 2, meaning residents should be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This zone includes all residences west of Country Club Road from Frankton Road to York Hill Road, and all residences on the north and west side of York Hill Road. All residences on I-84 from mile post 57 to mile post 61, including Morton Road and Mitchell Point Road, are also included in the level 2 A4b zone.
The most up-to-date interactive evacuation map can be found at: www.arcg.is/2eO59cm
Weather (via National Weather Service Portland as of 9/13 at 8:52 a.m.):
A weak mid level low pressure will develop across the area late tonight and Thursday morning. This could result in a few light showers across our southeastern half of the county late tonight and Thursday morning, but confidence in this occurring is low at this point. Otherwise, additional weak upper level troughs will slide across the area through Saturday, keeping temperatures generally near seasonal averages with little in the way of precipitation. A change to cooler and wetter weather still looks on track for the extended forecast, which should help firefighters continue to make gains.
Highway & Road Closures (via Oregon Department of Transportation as of 9/13):
ODOT is working closely with fire officials to determine when westbound lanes of I-84 can reopen. Eastbound I-84 will remain closed at least another week– the minimum time required to complete rock removal. The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed with no schedule to reopen.
(via Port of Hood River at 9/12) The Hood River Interstate Bridge is open and operating as normal. Fire and emergency response vehicles, school buses, and residents of Cascade Locks will have tolls waived until further notice. The Port urges bridge users to expect significant delays while I-84 remains closed and SR-14 remains restricted. Bridge users are reminded that the speed limit on the bridge is 25 MPH and only 5 MPH through the toll plaza.
Shelters (via Red Cross Cascades Region as of 9/12):
As of Tuesday, approximately 148 people have sought refuge at the Red Cross Shelter at the Skamania County Fairgrounds. Twenty-four people slept inside the shelter and another 124 stayed in RVs in the parking lot and ate meals, used shower facilities, etc. Red Cross has served 245 meals. Other shelters are also available in the area. Individuals seeking shelter for themselves or their animals due to evacuations in Hood River County should call 541-387-6911 (English) or 541-387-7080 (Spanish).”
Public Health & Hospitals (via Hood River County Public Health as of 9/13):
Smoke and air quality conditions in the Hood River area depend on weather and wildfire activity. The best protection is to avoid smoke altogether by staying inside, with windows and doors closed. Residents can view current air quality conditions at www.deq.state.or.us/aqi. The index also offers guidance on what precautions various groups should take depending on air quality.
Food stored in refrigerators, coolers, and freezers may have gone bad, even if it smells and looks good (like meat, dairy cooked foods/leftovers). Discard any food that has spoiled or that was prepared seven days or more prior, even if the temperature remained at 41°F. Be safe: “If in Doubt, Throw it Out!”
Schools (via Hood River County School District as of 9/13 at 3:00 p.m.):
All Hood River County School District schools are operating on their normal schedule. Cascade Locks Elementary students continue to attend school at Westside Elementary, with transportation being provided from Skamania Fairgrounds. Refer to the school or district webpage for bus times. The district will make decisions about repopulating Cascade Locks Elementary School on a week-by-week basis. The school district sent notification to families that reside in the A4a and A4b evacuation zones. The schools operated on a regular schedule for the rest of the school day while also working to ensure that students living in the affected areas were safely reunified with their families. As the air conditions fluctuate across the valley, decisions regarding outdoor activities like recess and athletics will be made in consultation with the Health Department and visual inspection. Upgrades to air filtration systems are being made.
Recreation (via U.S. Forest Service as of 9/13 at 3:00 pm):
Due to fire fighting efforts and fire danger, all Mount Hood National Forest lands west of Highway 35 and north of Mount Hood remain closed.
(via Hood River County): Due to fire fighting operations, all Hood River County forest land is closed to the public.
Volunteer & Donation Information (via Oregon Office of Emergency Management):
The urge to help at this critical time is strong. While the generous outpouring of support from the public is appreciated, please do not send physical goods before confirming the need with a relief agency. Financial support to voluntary agencies responding to disasters is the most effective way to help people impacted by Oregon’s wildfires. For donation and volunteer information, call 541-387-6911 (English) or 541-387-7080 (Spanish).”
Winds, which pushed the fire beyond Nick Eaton Ridge in the northeast corner yesterday, calmed overnight and are anticipated to remain light today. The fire still is expected to continue growing, mainly to the south and to a lesser extent the east, but at a slower rate. Air resources may also be used to help slow the fire’s spread. Line is in place along the I-84 corridor from Herman Creek east to Mitchell Point and if conditions permit, firefighters will conduct burn out operations to strengthen that line.
Mop-up is almost complete along the I-84 corridor from Bridal Veil to Warrendale. Crews will now begin focusing their mop-up efforts east toward Cascade Locks. On the southwest and southeast perimeters, contingency line, which primarily follows powerline corridors and roads, is nearly complete. The fire is expected to continue its low intensity burn in Tanner and Big Cedar Springs.
Powerlines serving Cascade Locks from the west have been re-energized following operations to remove snags and complete repairs.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal continues to maintain four structural protection task forces (two working during the day and two at night). These crews are working along with our wildland partners to improve containment lines by supporting burnout operations and patrolling residential areas. As conditions change, these firefighters will be positioned to provide the best protection for homes and other buildings.
Weather is predicted to remain cooler with higher relative humidity and light winds through this evening. Friday and Saturday may present some challenges, with a potential for light east winds and lower relative humidity. A significant rain event is still predicted for Sunday evening and Monday.
Location: Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon; originated 1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon
Start Date: September 2, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Size: Approximately 37,567 acres
Cause: Under Investigation Percent Contained: 17
Resources Assigned: 26 crews (5-Type 1, 14-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 46 Engines; 12 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 15 Water Tenders; 934 Personnel