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Fire at Milo Mclver State Park burned 1 home, 1 outbuilding, fire officials say

All evacuations were lifted by Sunday afternoon, but Milo McIver State Park will remain closed for the time being.

ESTACADA, Ore. — A fire that started around 9 p.m. Friday at Milo Mclver State Park in Estacada, one of several wildfires burning across Oregon, prompted Level 3 "GO" evacuations overnight. Those evacuations were lifted by Sunday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Clackamas Fire said the fire burned about 25 acres. The Oregon Department of Forestry later confirmed that the fire destroyed two structures — one home and an outbuilding.

It's unknown at this time what caused the fire. Izak Hamilton with Clackamas Fire told KGW on Saturday morning they probably won't be able to determine the cause until the fire is completely out and they can get some investigators in to "walk the fire."

On Friday night and into Saturday morning, firefighters built a line around the fire and kept it to 25 acres, Hamilton said. At a news conference early Saturday afternoon, he said the fire wasn't moving much, but the ongoing wind and other weather conditions "could easily make it bigger and more dangerous."

"The battle today is really to keep that fire contained, and just to keep it in its place," he said.

The east winds, which created dangerous fire conditions this weekend, continued into Saturday but came to an end that night.

RELATED: Latest weather forecast from KGW

While some areas were placed on Level 3 evacuation orders Friday, all evacuations were lifted shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Milo McIver State Park remained closed Sunday.

"Once it is safe to do so, the Oregon State Police will be contacting campers to assist them with recovering any property that was left behind during evacuations," the sheriff's office said.

A temporary evacuation point was set up late Friday night at Clackamas County Red Soils Campus at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. 

On Saturday morning, the Red Cross opened a shelter for evacuees of the McIver Park Fire at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, but the Red Cross announced Saturday evening that the shelter had been closed.

Deputies started going door-to-door and evacuating residents Friday night. Emergency managers posted a map that shows the active evacuation zone.

At the news conference Saturday afternoon, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Wildhaber said about 550 homes had been given evacuation notices, and deputies remained on standby to go to more if necessary.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday evening that the Level 3 and Level 2 evacuation zones had been reduced, but county map showed that parts of each zone were still in place.

More crews joined Estacada and Clackamas firefighters to help contain the fire on Saturday. Hamilton told KGW that crews came in from Columbia and Clatsop counties, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Coffee Creek to help relieve the crews who worked overnight, and the department also ordered air assets.

Several fires are burning around the state. In South Salem, a dangerous brush fire prompted Level 3 evacuations on Friday evening. In Central Oregon, about 15 miles east of Oakridge, the Cedar Creek Fire exploded in size, prompting Level 3 evacuation orders for Oakridge and other areas. In Southwest Washington, the Kalama Fire, burning in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest southwest of Mount St. Helens, also sparked Level 3 evacuations.

RELATED: Level 3 evacuations in place for Cedar Creek Fire in Central Oregon near Oakridge

With hot temperatures, low humidity and strong east winds this weekend creating conditions for extreme fire danger, multiple utility companies around Oregon started public safety power shutoffs Friday morning for people living in high-risk areas. Shutoffs are scheduled through at least Saturday.  

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