Jones also said 20-25 miles per hour winds blowing from the east all day have made it more challenging to fight the fire.
A massive fire that started in a vehicle yard in northeast Portland destroyed nearby homes and killed more than a dozen pet cats.
American Red Cross set up a reception center in the C3 NE PDX building, 5740 N.E. Portland Highway, for people affected by an industrial fire on Northeast 75th Avenue.
Multiple locations have been forced to evacuate because of the 5-alarm fire, including more than 100 students at the Sacajawea Head Start school.More news: BidaskClub Upgrades Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) to "Strong-Buy"
A nearby duplex and apartment building burned, the report said, and 16 cats died in the fire. The smoke can be seen for several blocks. "It seemed like maybe an aircraft had gone down and was just billowing out, it was incredible", one man living nearby told FOX 12.
Crews continue to battle hot spots and expect to be on site until at least Tuesday morning.
Portland police and Portland Fire & Rescue are also evacuating homes in the area.
It's unclear how the fire started, but officials said it could be days before the cause is determined.More news: Drunk woman driver rams vehicle into pole, 2 DU students dead
A water bureau spokeswoman said what people were seeing was harmless sediment that was stirred up by the firefighting efforts. Environmental Protection Agency crews responded to the scene, and called for assistance from workers in Seattle. The EPA advised people within a one mile radius to keep their windows closed.
A bureau spokesman said the fire spread to residences in the area and destroyed them.
Portland Fire & Rescue says piles of scrap cars caught fire, and the blaze has been hard to fight because of the wind, flammable materials and an inadequate water supply.
Oregon Humane Society said those evacuating pets and needing a place to house them, should call the shelter at 503,285.7722.More news: 5 things to know from Richard Sherman about joining 49ers