County buildings open on schedule Friday, Sept. 18Release date: 09/18/2020
County buildings to remain closed Thursday, September 17Release date: 09/16/2020
09/16/2020 Daily Wildfire UpdateRelease date: 09/16/2020
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.