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Oregon forest fire
Multnomah County & USDA Forest Service
Published: 05 September 2017

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation order for the following communities and streets affected by the Eagle Creek fire.

 

All residents from the following communities are to begin evacuating immediately:
  • Dodson
  • Warrendale
  • Larch Mountain Road (all 14 miles)
  • Haines Road
  • Alex Barr Road
  • Thompson Mill Road
  • Brower Road
  • Toll Road
  • Palmer Mill Road

 

A shelter has been established at the Yoshida Event Center at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St. Gresham (17th St. entrance).

 

LEVELS OF EVACUATION

Level 1 = GET READY: pack your valuables including important documents (passports, birth certificates, insurance information, medications, medical equipment, and animals)

Level 2 = BE SET: Monitor the news reports.  Follow Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Multnomah County Emergency Management’s social media pages, or local tv and radio news outlets.

Level 3 = GO: Evacuate - information will be provided regarding where you can go to get information, resources, and support.

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN EVACUATING

  • Follow the directions of law enforcement personnel.
  • Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants and long- sleeved shirt (preferably 100 percent cotton), heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses.
  • Locate your pets and take them with you.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME TRAPPED

 While in your vehicle:
  • Stay calm.
  • Park your vehicle in an area clear of vegetation.
  • Close all vehicle windows and vents.
  • Cover yourself with wool blanket or jacket.
  • Lie on vehicle floor. 
  • Use your cell phone to advise officials—call 911.
 
While on foot:
  • Stay calm.
  • Go to an area clear of vegetation, a ditch or depression on level ground if possible.
  • Lie face down, cover up your body.
  • Use your cell phone to advise officials—call 911.

 

While in your home:
  • Stay calm, keep your family together.
  • Call 911 and inform authorities of your location.
  • Fill sinks and tubs with cold water.
  • Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked.
  • Stay inside your house.
  • Stay away from outside walls and windows.

 

BACKGROUND INFO

Hot, dry and gusty east winds fanned the flames of the Eagle Creek fire on Monday as the fire moved west.

At 1 a.m. this morning, line personnel reported that the temperature was 91 degrees, the relative humidity was 24 percent, and the winds were sustained from the east at 13–16 miles per hour with gusts to 25 mph.

Four Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office task forces of engines were awakened during the night, at fire camp in Odell and sent to assist with the firefighting efforts.

A total of 10 task forces worked through the night to provide structure protection. Additionally, more structural fire resources arrived overnight to be deployed to the line today. There have been no known residential structural losses.

By 2 a.m. the fire had spotted across the Columbia River into Washington. The Washington spot is located near Archer Mountain.

For current evacuation information, residents are encouraged to monitor information from local jurisdictions and media outlets.

I-84 remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to rocks and rolling debris entering the roadway. Washington State Route 14 is open to passenger vehicle traffic, but closed to commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles are being routed to Highway 26.

Check www.tripcheck.com for road conditions in Oregon and http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts for road conditions in Washington.

Brisk East winds are expected to continue through today. Wednesday is forecasted to bring partial cloudiness with winds switching to westerly 6-8 mph gusting to 15 mph after 1200 with increased relative humidity.

The U.S. Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 6 and the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office have formed an integrated team to manage the Eagle Creek fire and Indian Creek fire.

 

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