Oregon Wildfires Approaching 900K Acres Thursday September 10, 2020

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Many places in Clackamas County are under Level 3 “Go Now” including the cities of Estacada and Molalla.

The average acreage per year affected by fires during the past decade has been 500,000. In 2020 Oregon wildfires are approaching 900,000 acres. Visibility and air quality is poor, and people are evacuating, even from some shelters. Some evacuations are activated because of air quality. Ash reminded one resident of the Mount St. Helen’s volcano eruption.

Smoke is so thick it is obscuring water drops, and some flight patterns are canceled.

Everyone is ordered to evacuate the city of Molalla (pop. 8108). Molalla is about 25 miles south of downtown Portland. Livestock and other animals are also being evacuated.

Estacada is about 20 miles southeast of downtown Portland. Molalla and Estacada are about 16 miles apart.

Portland Fire Fighters’ Association President Isaac McLennan talks about the Oregon wildfires and what it means for firefighters to “disengage.”

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