Powerline Fire 50% contained, evacuations downgraded

Washington County

The Powerline Fire is 50% contained

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As fire crews continue to battle against the two wildfires raging in Washington County, officials have downgraded the Level 3 evacuation orders for the Powerline Fire.

Powerline Fire

As of 9 a.m. Friday, all Level 3 evacuations in place due to the Powerline Fire are downgraded to Level 2. Residents on Southwest Dundee Road, Southwest Herring Road, Southwest Lee Road and Southwest Cascara Drive can return to their homes.

Cherry Grove and Southwest Patton Valley Road, which were downgraded to Level 2 on Thursday, are now down to Level 1. SW Patton Valley Road remains as the only road open to traffic.

Officials said Friday evening the blaze hadn’t grown in size and remained steady at an estimated 126 acres. They said crews had started mopping up the fire and cooling hot spots to keep the fire within the established perimeter. No further fire growth is expected, according to Forest Grove Fire and Rescue.

Hagg Lake remains closed for air operations. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will remain in the area to provide extra patrols and traffic controls.

fSmoke from the Powerline Fire in Washington County, Sept. 9, 2020. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire

Meanwhile, we are still waiting on an official update to the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire. The most recent available information is below:

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire south of Midway was 50% contained as of Wednesday evening — but grew to 2,000 acres by Thursday morning. Up to 200 firefighters are out battling the blaze for the day after crews worked through the night to maintain containment lines.

Three barns had burned but no homes had been lost by Thursday afternoon. No residents or animals had been injured.

An aircraft was helping with water drops up until nightfall and no additional evacuation notices have been issued — but every previous evacuation notice remains in place.

The Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire forced hundreds to evacuate in Washington County. Firefighters told this man they probably would not be able to save his son’s house,, September 9, 2020 (KOIN)

Level 3 evacuations have been issued for the following:

  • SW Weaver Drive
  • SW Wildfire Drive
  • NE Brooks Lane
  • NE Jaquith Lane
  • NE Ellis Lane
  • NE Mountain Top Road
  • NE Bald Peak Road
  • NE McCormick Road
  • NE Bryan Creek
  • NE Quarter Mile Lane
  • NE Chehalem Drive
  • NE Hillside Drive
  • SW Buckhaven Road north to SW McCormick Hill Road up to Vanderschuere Road
  • East of SW Neugebauer Road to Hwy 219 between SW Jaquith Rd to SW Vanderschuere Rd
  • SW Herd Lane
  • SW Hideaway Lane
  • SW Forest Park Road
  • SW Strawberry Hill Drive
  • SW Fernhollow
  • SW Bryanna Court
  • SW Wildhaven Lane

At least 150 people have been evacuated in that area as the fire burns about 2,000 acres of private land, timber, pasture and fields. Other homeowners along Highway 219-Hillsboro Highway were waiting to see what happens with the nearby fire. TVF&R said no one has been injured and no homes had burned as of 5:15 p.m.

But Brian Inman, who was checking on his son’s home, said “They told me they won’t be able to save my son’s house. They are out of manpower and water.”

Some people are reportedly attempting to return to their homes — please stay away until further notice.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, power remains shut off for the safety of firefighters. There is no estimated time for power restoration at this time.

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