All evacuation notices for 36 Pit Fire lifted

Existing road closures remain in effect

Crews work to clear debris that has fallen on roadways due to the 36 Pit Fire, Sept. 18, 2014. (Facebook/The Forest Service - Mt. Hood National Forest)
Crews work to clear debris that has fallen on roadways due to the 36 Pit Fire, Sept. 18, 2014. (Facebook/The Forest Service - Mt. Hood National Forest)

ESTACADA, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday afternoon that all evacuation notices have been lifted for the 36 Pit Fire. However, existing road closures remain in effect.

Those road closures include the following:

  • Hunter Road at forest boundary
  • Hillockburn at Hablet
  • Tamala at 4614 (forest boundary)
  • 4610 closed at Hwy 224
  • 45 road closed at Hwy 224
  • 45/4550 road

Only residents are workers are currently permitted to drive on Highway 224 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Lazy Bend Camp and Work Center, Promontory Park and the La Dee OHV area also remain closed.

In a 11 a.m. press release on Wednesday, firefighters said they intended to complete containment lines at the northwest corner of the fire located south of the main stem of the Clackamas River and west of the South Fork of the Clackamas River.

During another public meeting Wednesday evening at Estacada First Baptist Church  Fire officials said the 5,500 acre 36 Pit Fire is now in mop up stages.

However, they added that while the rain has helped with fighting the fire, it is also causing news concerns about rock and landslides.

“I’m probably not going on the slippery road – not getting caught in a landslide,” said resident Joanne Winthrop.

Fire officials told residents that the half inch of rain received in the last 24 hours has saturated the already unstable hillsides.

“It’s still dangerous. ODOT is trying to make it as safe but no driving after dark,” said Fire Information Officer Nick Mickel.

Rain is expected to continue slowing the fire spread and lower its intensity, allowing crews to directly attack the flames and put out hot spots adjacent to the fire line.

The 36 Pit Fire, which erupted on Sept. 13, officially remains 55% contained.

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