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Riverside Fire

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

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Riverside and Lionshead(MHF) Fires Update for October 17, 2020

Riverside Fire Wildfire
News – 10/17/2020

General Information:  Yesterday the Type 3 Fire Management Team managing the Riverside fire also took command of the Mount Hood portion of the Lionshead Fire. Personnel on both incidents will continue suppression repair efforts for the protection of watersheds and fisheries, as well as with hazard mitigation efforts so Forest roads can be opened as quickly and safely as possible.

Safety of the public and those working in the burn area continues to be the top priority. We ask that the public please respect road and forest closures until hazard mitigation efforts are complete.

Riverside Fire:Oregon Department of Transportation continues to work to remove fire weakened trees and loose rock that would threaten motorists traveling along Hwy 224. Portland General Electric is also working along the roads to mitigate hazard trees that pose a threat to the power infrastructure. Planning for hazard tree mitigation along roads maintained by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management is being finalized and should begin next week.

Lionshead Fire: Suppression repair efforts continue, with a focus on higher elevation rehabilitation first, in order to help prepare for impending winter weather events. 

Weather and Fire Behavior:  Today temperatures will range from 50-60 degrees in the fire area and will be slightly cooler above 4,000 feet. Winds will be light and flow to the west. There will be a slight chance of showers tonight and into tomorrow morning. Closures:Multiple forest and area closures remain in effect for the safety of firefighters and the public.  For the most up to date information, see the following websites:  Mt. Hood National Forest www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247 ·      Bureau of Land Management www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions. Road Closures on TripCheck: www.tripcheck.com/