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Washington County Wildfire Update
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Washington County Wildfire Update
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Washington County Wildfire Complex Joint Information Center Daily Wildfire Update is intended to provide a summary of public agency response addressing wildfires currently affecting Washington County residents. Due to the dynamic nature of the wildfire situation, the information in this report may become quickly outdated. For more immediate updates as changes unfold, please visit any of the social media sites listed above or follow local news outlets in your area.

County buildings to remain closed Tuesday, Sept. 15

Release date: 09/14/2020
All county facilities will be closed to the public Tuesday, September 15, due to poor air quality throughout the region. Public safety, many Support Services functions and emergency response operations will continue.

09/14/2020 Daily Wildfire Update

Release date: 09/14/2020
Sept. 14, 2020 Update on the Chehalem/Mountain/Bald Peak and Powerline (Hagg Lake area) wildfires. Updates will be provided daily by the Washington County Wildfire Complex Joint Information Center.

County buildings to remain closed Monday, Sept. 14

Release date: 09/13/2020
All county facilities will be closed to the public Monday, September 14, due to poor air quality throughout the region. Law enforcement, many Support Services functions and emergency response operations will continue.

About the Washington County wildfires

The Powerline Fire (Hagg Lake area) and Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak wildfires ignited following historic late-summer east winds which extended from the Columbia Gorge to the Coast that hit the state on Sept. 7-8. 

The high winds brought down trees and powerlines, igniting several wildfires throughout the area. Starting Tuesday, evacuations of residents and businesses began in areas near the Powerline Fire and Chehalem Mountain area. Avoid all unnecessary travel in these areas until further notice.  See map 

Firefighters throughout the County continue fight these and other, smaller fires that have cropped up. Fire danger remains high; use caution.