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Reporter's notebook: Wildfires in Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties

KGW has reporters in Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties covering the multiple wildfires. These are their live updates from the field.

PORTLAND, Oregon — Multiple wildfires are burning in parts of Oregon and southwest Washington on Tuesday. KGW has multiple reporters out in the field covering the fires.

This notebook will share their live updates from the field.

Washington County: Katherine Cook

KGW's Katherine Cook is in Washington County, where multiple fires broke out on Tuesday.

6:15 p.m. Neighbors have evacuated 40 horses from a stable near the Powerline Fire burning near Hagg Lake.

5:55 p.m. Gaston residents pause for a moment to smile and blow bubbles as smoke blows by their house.

Marion County: Christine Pitawanich and Mike Benner

7:20 p.m. KGW's Christine Pitawanich wraps up her coverage for the night, with dark skies and ash in the air in Stayton.

6 p.m. KGW's Mike Benner spots flames and very dark skies while driving east of Salem, near Lyons.

3:50 p.m. A lot of smoke can be seen in the air on I-5 heading towards Woodburn.

4:18 p.m. Livestock have been dropped off at the fairgrounds in Salem.

KGW's Christine Pitawanich was in Stayton, Oregon earlier Tuesday, where smoke from the Lionshead Fire was in the air.

4 p.m. As evening approaches, the sky is turning back to dark red.

2:45 p.m. The smoke in the air is still thick in Stayton, where a Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation order has been issued.

KGW reporter Christine Pitawanich/KGW has been in Marion County all day covering the fire, evacuations, and smoke. Here’s what she’s seeing in Stayton right now.

Posted by KGW-TV on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

1:15 p.m. Highway 22 eastbound is closed from Stayton to Santiam Junction. From right by the road closure sign, the sky looks much more yellow at this point.

12:22 p.m. It's the beginning of the afternoon in Stayton, but the skies are dark red with pieces of ash floating in the air.

KGW's Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino drove up I-5 Tuesday morning, through thick smoke.

Clackamas County: Morgan Romero

KGW's Morgan Romero is in Molalla, where a fire broke out early Tuesday morning near RSG Forest Products.

7 p.m. Flames are still burning at the lumber mill, as Morgan wraps up her coverage of this fire for the night.

3:30 p.m. Here's a live look at the fire burning at the lumber mill. Crews are working to prevent buildings on the property from catching on fire, as the wood continues to burn.

1:25 p.m. Another fire is burning in Eagle Creek between Damascus and Estacada and some residents have been told to evacuate.

12:05 p.m. A lot of smoke is in the air, and flames are visible in the distance. Fire crews are having a difficult time containing the fire because of dry conditions and changing wind directions.

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