Gridlock Slows Wildfire Evacuations

Residents fleeing wildfires in Clackamas County, Oregon Thursday were slowed by ten miles of traffic backups. KGW's Kyle Iboshi reports.

(KWG/NBC News) — Evacuees forced to leave their homes because of wildfires in Clackamas County, Oregon found themselves stuck in traffic Thursday. Cars and trucks crawled along westbound Highway 213 in Oregon City after residents were told to pack up and go.

“This traffic is crazy,” said Eddie Allen of Beavercreek. “I’ve never seen so much traffic since I left L.A.”

The westbound gridlock stretched for nearly 10 miles. Sideroads were also jammed as thousands of residents scrambled to leave rural Clackamas County at the same time.

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