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Riverside Fire

Unit Information

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

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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 and quickly spread to over 138,000 acres.  Fire recovery information & updates can be found on the Mt. Hood National Forest website:

Basic Information

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

Current Situation

Total Personnel29
Size138,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
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



Planned Actions


Projected Incident Activity

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


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.