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Riverside Fire

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

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Riverside Fire Update for 10/21/2020

Riverside Fire Wildfire
News – 10/21/2020

General Information:  On October 16, 2020 the Type 3 Incident Management Team for the Riverside fire also took command of the Mount Hood National Forest 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 areas roads can be opened safely.

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.

Weather and Fire Behavior:  Evening & overnight temperatures are forecasted to drop into the 30s this week, even colder temperatures are forecasted for the weekend. In addition to the colder temperatures, expect rain and mountain snow to affect the region late Friday into Saturday with snow levels falling to 1400 ft. Falling temperatures, frost and forecasted snow in the higher elevations will assist in suppression efforts on the fire. Winds may become gusty this weekend over the western gorge and along the Cascade peaks, increasing hazard tree dangers in the closure area.

Closures:Multiple forest and area closures remain in effect for the safety of firefighters and the public.  It is illegal to violate Forest closures or bypass road closure barricades. For the most up to date information, see the following websites: