Gusty winds lead to an evacuation order near Estacada’s Milo McIver State Park

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A new fire near Estacada’s Milo McIver State Park broke out Friday evening, prompting an evacuation order for nearby residents, as gusty winds fanned the flames across the state.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office announced Level 3, or “Go Now” evacuations late Friday night, and the Red Cross set up a shelter at Clackamas Community College. Two other shelters have also been created, one for people with livestock at Molalla Buckeroo in 815 Shirley Street in Molalla and another to Bohlander Park in Molalla for people with RV. Officials warn that the park does not have RV hookups.

Another evacuation order, a Level 2 – “Be Set” – came early Saturday for residents south of Fischers Mill, north of Upper Highland, east of Redland and Ridge Road, west from Mattoon and Fellows Road to Estacada.

Public safety officials warn that all area residents should be prepared for potential power outages to prevent winds from knocking down power lines and creating new fires.

Be aware of forest fire closures

Wildfires and firefighting efforts have closed roads and parks in many parts of Oregon and southwestern Washington.

Among the road closures, Oregon 58 is closed from Mile 13.2, at Lowell Bridge, to Mile 70, at Crescent Lake.

For an up-to-date map of closures and delays, see TripCheck.com or call 511. Drivers should also be prepared for red lights that have been turned off as part of preventative power outages. In Oregon, traffic lights without power should be treated as four-way stops.

PacificCorp has closed all access to its Yale and Swift area properties in the Lewis River Basin of southwest Washington, including the Yale Day-Use Area and Swift Campground, due to the fire hazard. Beaver Bay Campground, Cougar Campground and Saddle Dam Day Recreation Sites were closed for the season on September 5.

Anyone planning on hiking or camping over the weekend should check the conditions before leaving home.

More power outages as dangerous conditions persist

As of Saturday morning, Portland General Electric had cut power to 37,000 homes and businesses.

This includes new outages to reduce fire risk at Southwest Scotts Mills, South Molalla, George, Colton and Sandy.

Public safety power outages began early Friday morning for Pacific Power and Portland General Electric customers in high fire risk areas. Rural areas prone to high winds saw the first power cuts. The full list of PGE stops is available here.

So far, Pacific Power has cut service to about 12,000 customers. His full list is available here.

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