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Buses will not run in level 3 evacuation zones, schools have plan if Gorge fire poses a danger

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Corbett School District will reopen on Monday, Sept. 11, after being closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire still burning in the Columbia River Gorge. Corbett schools will be open on Monday, Sept. 11 after being closed for several days because of the Eagle Creek Fire.

In making the announcement, Superintendent Randy Trani said that the Multnomah County Sheriff and fire fighting agencies gave the green light for Corbett schools to reopen.

"Both the sheriff's office and fire agencies will be in coninuous communication with the District should any unanticipated changes occur," Trani said.

"MCSO officials and fire officials would never allow us to have school if they anticipated an evacuation event was possible; however as a precaution the District does have an evacuation plan in place.  Throughout the day bus drivers will be "on-call" should the school need to evacuate" he said.

If an evacuation became necessary, a reunification center would be set up at Mt. Hood Community College.

Bus service will not be offered in the mandatory evacuation zone. "This means that Road Runner, Casper, and Mickey Mouse bus routes will be restricted to level one and two evacuation areas," Trani said. The evacuation classifications are: 1 or ready, 2 set or be packed and ready to leave immediately and 3 or go.

Not everyone will be able to come to school. Many families have evacuated their homes and Trani said "if for any reason you are not able to or are uncomfortable sending your child to school feel free to keep them with you."

The Eagle Creek Fire, which covers about 34,000 acres, is burning in the scenic Columbia River Gorge near the towns of Cascade Locks and Bridal Veil. As of Sunday, Sept. 10, the fire was only 7 percent contained.

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