Evacuation Lifted for N.E. Portland, Air Quality Gets “All Clear”

**UPDATE ** (5:00 p.m.)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Authorities have lifted all evacuation orders for N.E. Portland and have declared “all clear” for the air.

The decision was made shortly after Portland Fire and Rescue announced that the smoldering fire at the salvage yard on Killingsworth had been extinguished.

–Original Story–

Portland, Or. – Some people living near the big salvage yard fire are being allowed back home.  OregonLive says people west of NE 72nd between NE Alberta and NE Columbia Boulevard can return home. But the county health officer says hazardous conditions remain for people living between 72nd and 76th and NE Killingsworth and NE Alberta.

County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis says there may be long term health concerns. He says there were carcinogens in the air, which means cancer causing particles have been floating around. The EPA has been checking the area with hand held monitors to determine what’s in the air.

Officials say people in the affected area need to throw out any food that may have been left on the counter. They are also being advised to wash exposed clothes and dishes.

The Red Cross opened a shelter at  SE 122nd last night. More than 140 people slept there, including more than 70 children. More than a dozen pets also spent the night.

 

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