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Riverside Fire

Unit Information

Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Sandy, OR 97055

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 971-333-4100
Hours: M-F 8:00am to 4:00pm

Highlighted Activity

10/29/2020 Revised - Clackamas River Ranger District Fire Closure
Due to ongoing Riverside Fire hazards the Clackamas River Ranger District Fire Closure has been revised. The new closure order can be found...
Closure - 10/29/2020
A road guard halts traffic as an excavtor removes debris that fell from rock faces above Highway 224.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Riverside Fire started September 8, 2020.  The northern perimeter of the fire is about a half mile from Estacada, Oregon.
 
No significant fire growth on the Riverside fire is anticipated. Efforts remain focused on checking for heat, connecting dozer lines with handlines, mop-up and suppression repair.  Good progress is being made with suppression repair work and will continue along contingency lines.  Future repair needs are being assessed.
 
As evacuation levels are lifted and re-entry continues, expect to encounter firefighter traffic, dusty roads and areas of smoke.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginTuesday September 08th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location1/2 Mile SE of Estacada, Oregon
Incident CommanderScott Jones
Coordinates45.049 latitude, -122.062 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel29
Size138,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained72%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter

Medium Logging Slash

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fuel types consist of mixed conifer, grass and shrub fields with numerous snags and heavy dead and down. Private lands have various aged conifer plantations, NFS lands and upper elevations transition to mature Douglas fir with significant snag component. Live fuels are dormant, grasses are cured, and both may contribute to fire intensity and spread. Previous management and multiple ownerships contribute to many fuel type changes, including residual activity fuels (slash).

Significant Events

Minimal

Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Suppression repair activities will continue.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Areas of uncontained fire line to the west and interior pockets of unburned fuels may experience minimal smoldering and creeping in logs or stump holes producing limited smoke.

Wind on exposed fuels may increase drying and increase smoke in interior/sheltered locations. No fire behavior that would exceed local capabilities to manage.

24 hours: Areas of uncontained fire line to the west and interior pockets of unburned fuels may experience minimal smoldering and creeping in logs or stump holes producing

limited smoke.

Wind on exposed fuels may increase drying and increase smoke in interior/sheltered locations. No fire behavior that would exceed local capabilities to manage.

48 hours: Areas of uncontained fire line to the west and interior pockets of unburned fuels may experience minimal smoldering and creeping in logs or stump holes producing

limited smoke.

Wind on exposed fuels may increase drying and increase smoke in interior/sheltered locations. No fire behavior that would exceed local capabilities to manage.

Remarks

The area behind the fire closure is experiencing landslides and hazardous trees falling onto roadways. Public safety is the top priority - please adhere to the Forest closure while work to these roads is ongoing.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Low pressure off the Washington coast will drop

southeastward this afternoon and evening, pushing east of the Cascades later tonight. Will see bulk of the rain this evening, with wetting rain expected the coast and coastal mtns, as well as the west slopes of the Cascades.

Generally, 0.40 to 0.75 inch

seems reasonable for total rainfall for those areas, and 0.10 to 0.25 inch for interior lowlands.

Cold air will filter into the region later tonight, with snow levels lowering to 2500 to 3500 feet. But, moisture is decreasing, so snow accumulations likely to

be in the 1 to 5 inches range.