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Estacada residents crowd church Tuesday night

36 Pit Fire containment now at 7 percent


Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Estacada First Baptist Church, being used as a shelter for residents evacuated due to the fire, was crowded with concerned citizens eager to be updated.The Estacada citizens crowded into Estacada First Baptist Church Tuesday night cheered as a spokesman from Washington Incident Management Team Two announced that the 36 Pit Fire is now 7 percent contained.

Donny Strand, of Washington Incident Management, spoke at the community meeting held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, saying he hopes the containment percentage will jump up significantly with continued efforts on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The Fire, which started Saturday afternoon and spread to more than 3,588 acres over three days has attracted multiple agencies from around the county, state and northwest region.

“This is a truly interagency effort,” he said.

According to Washington Incident Management, approximately 500 personnel facilitated today’s efforts. That number is expected to increase to 800 on Wednesday.

Scott Magers, of the State Fire Marshal Incident Management Blue Team, reported that the majority of the hard work done was led by local firefighters.

So far, no structures have been lost in the fire. “We didn’t do that, your Estacada Fire Department did that,” Magers said to more cheers from the crowd.

Throughout the meeting, citizens were also notified of tactics used by teams battling the fire and efforts by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to notify citizens of evacuation procedures.

Following the presentation, attendees were given the chance to speak with representatives of the Washington Incident Management Team and other responding agencies and have questions answered.

Residents are being urged to sign up for the Clackamas County Emergency Notification System, which will send emergency messages by phone, Voice Over Internet Protocol or email.

To register for the system, visit clackamas.us/emergency/ccens.html.

For updates and information on smoke and air quality, go to oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

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