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Evacuation warning lifted; fire 55 percent contained

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - About 600 firefighters battled the Scoggins Creek Fire near Hagg Lake Sunday afternoon, digging a fire line around its perimeter.Evacuations issued for residents in the area of the Scoggins Creek Fire were lowered to Level 1 Sunday, meaning people can return to their homes.

Officials made the decision at 4 p.m. Sunday. But they cautioned residents to be aware of the large number of fire personnel and equipment that remains in the area.

Additionally, the Gaston Rural Fire Protection District will resume managing the protection of the structures, and the state fire marshal’s Green Team will demobilize.

However, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s IMT 2 will keep working on the fire, and Hagg Lake County Park remains closed.

Sunday night, officials said the Scoggins Creek Fire is about 55 percent contained, with more than 600 firefighters battling the wildfire near Hagg Lake. The estimated cost by Sunday night was $1.37 million.

The fire, which torched 400 acres, was at 211 acres Sunday night. That was less than the 300 acres the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team estimated Saturday night.

The cause has not yet been determined.

About 120,000 gallons of water from Hagg Lake were scooped and dropped onto the fire, officials said. No homes or structures have been damaged, and they said “significant progress” was made.

Their goal is to continue to build and improve the fire line, officials said.

“We’re looking forward to declaring the fire contained,” Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander Chris Cline said in a released statement. “In the meantime, we’re doing all we can to keep our firefighters and the public safe.”

Gov. John Kitzhaber declared the Scoggins Creek Fire a conflagration Friday night, a designation that allows the state fire marshal to mobilize fire crews and resources.

In addition, Washington County and the cities of Cornelius, Forest Grove and Gaston have all activated their Emergency Operations Centers in order to support response and shelter operations and to help coordinate public information.

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