Wildfire Updates

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There are fires burning near many 96.3 WayFM listeners. Here is information, by county, on evacuation levels and other emergency information. Join us in praying for all those effected and those working tirelessly to contain these fires.


Clackamas County
Updated 9/12/2020 9:15 p.m.

Sweeping Level 3 “GO NOW” evacuations were in place as the four main fires currently burn in the county: the Dowty Road Fire and the Riverside Fire are both burning near Estacada, the Unger Fire in the Colton area, and the Wilhoit Fire south of Molalla.

A state of emergency was declared by county leaders Tuesday morning. Mt Hood National Forest has been closed to all public recreation access.

Clackamas County Level 3 evacuations:

  • City of Molalla
  • West to Highway 213 in the Molalla area and north to Henrici Road
  • All of Eaden Road and west to S Harding Road
  • Small area west of Beavercreek Road, including all of S Gard Road and Unger Road to the first part of Windy City
  • West of Colton up to Beavercreek Road, north to Ridge Road
  • City of Estacada
  • Colton Area – Unger Road
  • Molalla Area – Wilhoit and Bird Road
  • Beachie Creek Fire resulted in an evacuation of the Job Corps at Ripplebrook in the Mount Hood National Forest evacuated
  • Evacuation area includes the entire area south of Hwy 211 between Estacada and Woodburn.

Clackamas County Level 2 Get Set evacuations:

  • Areas between Canby and Molalla
  • Redland
  • Areas south of Oregon City
  • Area north of Hwy 211 to Boring and west to 232 Drive
  • An area between the Carver Bridge to the west, stopping just short of Barton on the east. Bordered by Bakers Ferry Road to the south and Hwy 224 to the north.

Clackamas County Level 1 Be Ready evacuations:

  • City of Canby
  • City of Oregon City
  • City of Sandy, surrounding areas

Evacuation check-in site is at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Other check-in sites are listed here. Clackamette Park (1955 Clackamette Drive) is also open to evacuees in need of a spot to park vehicles and RVs, though people are asked to first check in at Clackamas Community College before arriving.

A wildfire information line is open for Oregon City residents: 971.204.0426.

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Cowlitz County
Updated 9/10/2020 4:30 a.m.

The Big Hollow Fire burning southeast of Yale Lake and south of Swift Reservoir in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was estimated at 6,000 acres on Tuesday — as of Wednesday evening, it had grown to 22,000 acres. Officials said the fire started Monday and strong winds pushed it quickly west, causing it to advance about 10 miles over the span of 30 hours. The area is closed to public access.

Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management announced the following for Level 2 Get Set evacuation notices:

  • The area from Speelyai Park east to county line.
  • Merrill Lake south to county line.

The Lewisville Middle School parking lot in Battle Ground is available as a check-in site for evacuees who need a place to park. Check here for more information.

Due to the conditions, the U.S. Forest Service has closed the national forest to public access. This includes all forms of camping and day use. All roads in the area are closed down as well.

Officials say they will reevaluate the closures as conditions change.

Cowlitz County updates

Marion County
Updated 9/15/2020 1 p.m.

As of 1 pm, on September 15, 2020, evacuation levels are being updated for portions of the Mehama and Lyons communities, being downgraded to a Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation status. Existing closures on Highway 22 will remain in effect due to continuing extreme hazards from falling trees. As residents prepare to return to fire impacted areas, we want to remind them to be prepared for

Current evacuation information for Marion County:

LEVEL 3 “GO”: Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, Mill City, Gates, North Fork Rd recreation area, Highway 22 east of Highway 226

LEVEL 2 “BE SET”: Lyons, Mehama west of Highway 226, Fernridge Road west of Shellburg Creek Road to Basil Hill, Scotts Mills, Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane

LEVEL 1 “GET READY”: Areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County line

Also, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office identified 2 Lyons residents who died in the fires: Cathy Cook, 71, and 41-year-old Justin Cook. They were found near their property in the 32000 block of North Fork Lane in Lyons, officials said.

To see detailed current Marion County Evacuation Zones please visit: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones


An evacuation staging area has been established at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Volcano Stadium. Additional information is available at (503) 391-7294.

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Multnomah County
Updated 9/10/2020 7:30 p.m.

No evacuation orders have been issued for the city of Portland; however, in neighboring Clackamas County, the cities of Estacada and Molalla are under Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation orders, while Oregon City and Canby are under Level 2 “Get Set” orders.

The Oregon Convention Center in Portland is being opened as an evacuee shelter for those displaced by the fires, according to Metro officials.

Also, the City of Portland and the Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services opened additional shelter capacity for those experiencing homelessness. This additional shelter capacity will be available throughout the duration of this air event, and it will be open 24 hours, instead of overnight only. For details, call 211

Multnomah County emergency shelter information

Washington County

Two separate fires were burning in Washington County: one near Hagg Lake dubbed the Powerline Fire and another south of the community of Midway named the Chehalem Mountain Fire.

On Saturday afternoon, TVFR said: “The fire is now estimated at 75% contained. Firefighters working with crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry will be focusing their efforts on hot spots located within a reduced Level 3 evacuation zone. Incident commanders have evaluated the progress of firefighters and have determined that most the Level 3 zones can be significantly decreased to a Level 2 (safe to return). Power still has not been restored to the area. By reducing the Level 3 zones, PGE will be able to access the area to begin the process of restoring power in a controlled manner.

“Due to the change in the evacuation Levels, most residents will be allowed to return home. Residents should be aware that firefighters will be working on hot spots throughout the area, and anyone living inside of the Level 2 area needs to remain “set” to go at a moment’s notice. Fire conditions can change quickly, and incident commanders will continue to evaluate progress and may adjust evacuation zones as necessary.

Residents can enter the address into this interactive map to determine what zone they are in.”

The staging area for evacuated residents is located at Mountain Side High School at 12500 SW 175th Ave. in Beaverton. The Washington County Fairgrounds/Fair Complex/Westside Commons in Hillsboro is accepting animals from those forced to evacuate.

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Yamhill County

According to County Commissioner Casey Kulla, an emergency declaration has been issued for Yamhill County as both the Powerline Fire and the Chehalem Mountain Fire move closer to the region.

Kulla said there will be room for Level 3 evacuees in Newberg and for livestock at the Yamhill fairgrounds.

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The Red Cross has set up temporary evacuation shelters at the following locations:

  • Springfield High School – 875 7th St, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Deschutes County Fairgrounds – 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR
  • Oregon State Fairgrounds – 2330 17th Street NE, Salem, OR
  • Glide Middle School – 18990 N. Umpqua Hwy., Glide, OR
  • Kla-Mo-Ya Casino – 34333 US-97, Chiloquin, OR
  • Clackamas County Community College – 196600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR
  • Sandy High School – 37400 Bell Street, Sandy, OR
  • Neil Armstrong Middle School – 1777 Mountain View Ln., Forest Grove, OR

LIST: Temporary shelters as wildfires rip through Oregon

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