Molalla, Oregon Residents Flee from Path of Approaching Riverside Wildland Fire

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Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations are in place for Molalla residents Thursday night.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management reported Thursday night, September 10, 2020 that more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires, which is over 11.8% of the state’s 4.2 million population.

The Riverside fire, threatening Molalla, was first reported in the early morning hours on Tuesday September 8th, 2020. Firefighters responded immediately to size-up the fire and began efforts to put it out. By 5:30 a.m. USDA Forest Service personnel were assisting campers to safely leave the area.

The 125,000 acre Riverside Fire Thursday morning was burning two air miles southeast of the community of Estacada, Oregon on the Mt. Hood National Forest. Extreme fire weather conditions and winds are pushing rapid growth on this fire. Crews on the ground are reporting intense fire behavior including crowning, long-range spotting, and wind-driven ‘runs’ or rapid growth.

Inciweb reported the Riverside fire was human-caused, but was not specific.

Patrick Duling, president of the organization that runs the nonprofit Molalla Train Park, stays behind in an evacuation area to spray water on the park, threatened by wildfires in Clackamas County.

The Molalla Train Park at Shady Dell is operated by the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers Association. The organization offers free rides on the 7.5″ gauge railroad running through 4 acres of beautiful park with a picnic area, snack bar, and garden G-gauge railroad. Entrance to the park is free.



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