Portland fire evacuees allowed to return home

Giant fire burning at NE Portland scrap yard

Federal air quality monitors showed unhealthy levels of fine particulate in the area because of the March 12 fire. Residents in an area bordered from Northeast 60th Avenue to East 76th and Columbia Boulevard to Alberta Street were ordered to immediately leave their homes.

Fire officials said Tuesday they are still investigating possible causes of the fire.

The fire started in a vehicle yard near Northeast 75th Avenue and Killingsworth Street on Monday morning.

Air quality has returned to normal and all evacuation orders have been lifted in the area of a huge Northeast Portland fire. Clothing should be laundered and the home given a good cleaning.

Snedeker hasn't been back to look at what remains of their home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. "Smoke from burning tires include toxic chemicals of synthetic rubber compounds".

An emergency shelter, operated by Multnomah County and the Red Cross, opened at 1415 SE 122nd Ave. Officials had no reports of injured people but said 16 cats and other pets died. It was upgraded to a four-alarm fire about 9:45 a.m.

A duplex and two single-family homes were destroyed in the fire.

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KOIN, Portland, Oregon's CBS affiliate reported the fire starting at about 9 a.m. Portland Fire and Rescue officials said the wind-driven fire will likely burn for hours, according to KOIN.

KOIN reported that the water supply is hard in the area, so fire and rescue officials are working with the water bureau to get more water to the fire.

The power has been turned off in the area for the safety of the firefighters.

About 11:30 a.m., the Fire Bureau started evacuating people from homes along Northeast 75th Avenue and said people within a mile of the fire should shutter doors and windows and turn off HVAC systems.

Portland Public Schools evacuated about 115 students from its Sacajawea Head Start to Scott School where they can be picked up. All students there will be kept indoors for the rest of the day. On Monday, students were moved to another school due to health concerns.

Several buildings are near the large fire that is pouring a column of black smoke into the air.

Firefighters said Northeast Killingsworth Street will be closed until further notice.

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