PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A brush fire started burning Wednesday afternoon between Canby and Oregon City, prompting evacuations which were lifted a few hours later.
Highway 99E was closed in both directions between mileposts 13 and 18 while crews worked to contain the blaze. Level 3 evacuations — which were issued for a quarter-mile area around South End Road — were lifted by 8:30 p.m. Level 2 evacuations were lifted earlier in the evening.
Highway 99E will remain closed in both directions between 2nd Street and New Era Road while firefighters and other crews continue to mop up the area.
The cause of the fire is unclear at this time.
Wildfires are burning across the state, including the Bootleg Fire — the largest wildfire in the United States at this time — as Oregon continues to grapple with uncharacteristically hot, dry and windy conditions.