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Dec. 6, 2023

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Washougal schools to reopen after Nakia Creek Fire scare

Neighboring districts following official updates as evacuation zone shrinks

By , Columbian staff writer

The Washougal School District will operate school with regular bell times on Tuesday, the district announced Monday afternoon. The district had closed schools Monday due to the Nakia Creek Fire.

As of the updated evacuation map shared on Monday morning, no schools within district boundaries remained within evacuation zones.

Two of the Washougal district’s schools, Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School and Canyon Creek Middle School, had been previously located in the Level 3 evacuation area and were closed by the fire chief Sunday. Gause Elementary School was open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide on-site meals, support and recreational activities.

Schools in the Camas School District will again be open on Tuesday. The district has modified several of its bus routes in accordance to fire evacuation zones, according to a district spokesperson.
Bus #6 will be canceled. Bus #3, #7 , #15, #66 and #68 will all be running with limited service due to road closures. The district said it will continue to monitor evacuation zones and make further adjustments accordingly.

Evergreen Public Schools sent out a message to families Sunday evening to let them know they were monitoring the situation via the Clark Regional Emergency Service Agency’s website. As of the updated evacuation map shared Monday morning, just a handful of areas in the Evergreen district remain within the Level 1 boundary: Union High School, Frontier Middle School and Pioneer Elementary School.

Mount Pleasant schools will be open Tuesday. The district was closed Monday.

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