Riverside Fire – September 11, 2020 Evening Update

With the help of favorable weather conditions today, firefighters were able to go direct, working to create containment lines around two fingers of the Riverside Fire that threatened Estacada yesterday. Wind shifts, a marine layer and the fire’s own smoke providing shading, gave crews more opportunities to build firelines. Life safety remains the main priority of all fire managers and cooperators. Although aircraft were limited due to smoke, an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS or drone) was used today to help conduct aerial reconnaissance of the fire.  

Fire managers continue to focus on protecting firefighter and public life-safety, conducting reconnaissance, and point protection for structures where they can do so safely and effectively. With numerous wildland fires burning across Oregon and the West, resources continue to be stretched thin. An Area Command Team is now in place in the Clackamas County area. Area command provides more oversight over incidents and assists in prioritizing needs to all incidents. With the support of an area command team, Riverside Incident Commander Alan Sinclair continues to work with nearby Incident Management Teams and partner agencies to share resources where they are needed most. 

Numerous evacuations are in place in Clackamas CountyVisit https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires for current Level 1 : BE READY; Level 2: BE SET; Level 3: Go! evacuation and shelter information and map. Check with the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office at https://twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff for real-time evacuation notifications or visit https://www.clackamas.us/dm/publicalerts to sign up for ClackCo Public Alerts.  https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires also provides information on resources for pet and livestock boarding. 

Widespread dense wildfire smoke is expected to worsen, resulting in potentially ‘hazardous’ air quality ratings for numerous communities. More information oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.  

There are numerous road closures in the greater Clackamas County area. Please avoid the area and leave the roads for evacuation and response crews. Utilize TripCheck.com for updates. 

The Mt. Hood National Forest is currently under a full Forest closure including all campgrounds, roads, trails, and other areas. The public is asked not to drive or park within National Forest lands.  Various businesses have made parking available in their lots.  Visit the Clackamas County website at https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires for information on where parking might be available.  Also find more information at https://go.usa.gov/xGkQv

All Bureau of Land Management lands affected by this fire are closed to the public. More info:https://go.usa.gov/xGkdR 

Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7174/ 

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Riverside Fire Information Officer

Email: 2020.riverside@firenet.gov

Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7174/ 

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