County declares fire emergency, schools change hours
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury issued a declaration of emergency Tuesday morning in response to the rapidly spreading Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge.
The fire, which began near Cascade Locks on Saturday, Sept. 2, has spread west , causing evacuations of a number of rural communities.
The emergency declaration applies to unincorporated area of Multnomah County in the gorge from Gresham and Troutdale east. The declaration allows the county to seek resources from other jurisdictions, including the state, and to pursue emergency measures to help fight the fire.
The fire and ongoing heat wave have prompted schools in the region to change their schedules.
Portland Public Schools cancelled all pre-K and kindergarten activities for Tuesday and release all other students two hours early on Tuesday.
Those are just some of the changes area schools and other institutions are making because of the heat wave and poor air conditions caused by the fires in the Columbia River Gorge.
PPS has a coordination line open at 503-916-6600 if anyone has questions about the changes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Other changes include:
Albina Head Start & Early Head Start Due to the extreme heat and poor air conditions expected for Tuesday, all Albina Head Start and Early Head Starts are closing at 1 p.m. All children must be picked up prior to 1 p.m.
Camp Fire Columbia: PPS Before amd After School PM child care will be closed due to PPS district early closure decision. BCS Hollyrood Camp Fire closed AM and PM on Tuesday.
Clackamas ESD: ECSE canceled for students due to heat advisory and air quality. All scheduled CESD staff report. Option for ECSSE staff to work at Sunnybrook in afternoon.
Corbett Sch. Dist.: Closed
Franciscan Montessori/St Francis Acad.: Early release, all aft/eve activities canceled. Closing at 1:30pm Tuesday, September 5 due to heat. No after school care available.
Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: Cascade Locks Elementary will be closed on Tuesday, September 5th.
Lake Oswego Sch. Dist.: Recess at Lake Oswego schools will be moved indoors as district officials react to expected warm temperatures and a smoky haze from wildfires in the Gorge and elsewhere. Christine Moses, the LOSD's communications director, says parents have been notified of the change. All athletics activities will follow the air quality and heat index guidelines provided by the Oregon School Activities Association, she said; if the air quality gets bad enough (an index above 150), coaches could limit outdoor practices to a maximum of two hours. A determination will be made at 2 p.m. if outdoor contests will be held at all.
Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Carson Head Start is closed;
Multnomah Learning Acad.: Closed. Both Campuses
Northwest Gymnastics Training Center: Closed. Due to high heat and poor air quality.
Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist.: Closed
Woodland Sch. Dist.: Two hours early dismissal for all schools to protect student health and safety due to extreme heat. Kindergarten release is 12:20 p.m..
West Linn-Wilsonville Sch. Dist.: The West Linn-Wilsonville School District said Tuesday that it is "adjusting outdoor activities."
For a complete list, go to koin.com/weather/school-closings-and-delays.
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