Cherry Grove, Fire, Hagg Lake

Fire burning south of Hagg Lake prompts evacuations

Smoke from the Powerline Fire drifts into more smoke from other Oregon wildfires. Photo: Chas Hundley

The active fire burning south of Hagg Lake is largely uncontained, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue public information officer Matt Johnston said, speaking to members of the press of the parking lot of the Lake Stop Grocery on Old Highway 47. 

Behind him, a blanket of smoke obscured the horizon - a product not just of the Powerline Fire burning south of the lake, but of fires raging elsewhere in Oregon. 

The fire has been referred to as the Stimson Mainline Fire, but Johnston said that the ‘official’ name has been settled on as the Powerline Fire. 

It was hard to pinpoint the exact size of the fire. Johnston said that his best guess would put it at 25 to 50 . . .

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