Wildfire prompts evacuations near Estacada
The 36 Pit fire is currently within 10 miles of the town and Highway 224 is closed to traffic
A wildfire near Estacada, called the 36 Pit Fire, is currently spreading and has swept through more than 1000 acres of forest lands. Highway 224 is now closed from North Fork Reservoir, east to Ripplebrook, due to the fire and very hazardous conditions, said Deputy Mark Nikolai, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office.
The Red Cross currently has 14 evacuees at a shelter opened in conjunction with The First Baptist Church in Estacada. Residents of the Silver Fox RV Park are the primary clients at the shelter. More evacuees may be arriving at the shelter later this evening, said Dennis Kelly, an American Red Cross spokesman.
The fire is also within several miles of Colton, where residents report that the air is thick with smoke.
Colton Fire District's brush rig manned by Aaron Myers and Courtney Reed has been on scene since about 11 a.m. Sunday. Several Colton rigs were called to assist and were leaving the Colton fire station at 5 p.m. to patrol the area, said Colton correspondent Cindy Fama.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Estacada Fire Department and the U.S. Forestry Service Law Enforcement division, is dealing with the 36 Pit fire, which is still burning about 10 miles east of Estacada, Oregon.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is asking that the public avoid the area so that fire crews can have clear roads for travel to fight the fire. The public is asked not to call 911 if smoke is visible in the air. If you do see a fire or any other emergency, however, you are asked to call 911.