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Riverside Fire

Unit Information

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

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Fire Information
Phone: 509-228-7805

Media Line
Phone: 509-202-4184

Highlighted Activity

10/01/2020 Riverside Fire Update – Thursday October 1, 2020
Riverside Fire Quick FactsApprox. Size: 138,029 ac. (Map Unchanged)Containment: 37%                Start Date:  Sept 8, 2020Cause: HumanTotal Personnel: 459Weather and Fire Behavior:.
News - 10/01/2020
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The Riverside Fire started September 8, 2020.  The northern perimeter of the fire is about a half mile from Estacada, Oregon.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday September 08th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location1/2 Mile SE of Estacada, Oregon
Incident CommanderNoel Livingston, Pacific Northwest Team 3
Coordinates45.049 latitude, -122.062 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel469
Size138,029 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained37%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter

Medium Logging Slash

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fuels consist of mixed conifer, grass and shrub fields with numerous snags standing and down. Private lands have various aged conifer plantation, USFS lands and upper elevations transition to mature Douglas fir - a significant snag component. Live fuels are dormant and grasses are cured, and may contribute to fire intensity and spread. Previous management and multiple ownerships contribute to many fuel type changes, including slash.

Significant Events





Planned Actions

Continue progress on indirect line, patrol and mop-up near private land and other values at risk. Identify and begin suppression repair plans along direct line and private lands.

Projected Incident Activity

Smoldering and some creeping will continue, leading to increased isolated interior smokes.

The fire will continue smoldering and creeping, some spread is possible but unlikely, smoke volume will continue to increase.


One reportable accident occurred on 9/26/2020.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A strong ridge of high pressure residing over Western Oregon delivered warm and dry conditions. For a second straight day overnight recoveries were very poor on the mid and upper slopes with morning humidity levels near 20 percent. A thin layer of high smoke from California wildfires moved into the area creating some haze, otherwise skies were sunny. Winds were light and temperatures warmed into the 80s. Warm and dry weather will continue on Thursday as a heat dome remains over Oregon. Humidity levels will be a bit drier on Thursday with afternoon temperatures warming back into the 80s. Smoke concentrations could increase in the valleys as additional smoke drifts in from the south. Winds will remain light with speeds around 5 mph.