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Riverside Fire Update, September 25

Weather and Fire Behavior: Clouds will be increasing and up to an inch of rain is forecast today.  South, southwest winds are predicted, with wind gusts on the ridgetops reaching up to 30 miles per hour.  Visit weather.gov/portland for weather information. 

Current Situation: While the rain has moderated fire behavior, especially in open areas where grass and brush are the primary vegetation, it will not put the fire out.  Fire will continue to smolder under the tree canopy in heavier fuels like logs and stumps.  Firefighters have been taking advantage of the weather to search out and extinguish hot spots close to the fire perimeter.   

Today’s Activities: Smoke may continue to be visible within the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters are seeking out areas of heat to be extinguished along the fireline. Crews and heavy equipment continue to expand and strengthen containment lines along Abbott road and elsewhere in places that the work can occur safely and effectively. Trees weakened by fire that are around structures, along roads or adjacent to firelines are being felled to improve safety for crews and later, the public.  In areas where the fire is contained, fire suppression repair is occurring to address potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities.  

Pacific Northwest Team 3 transitioned with the outgoing Southwest Incident Management Team 1 yesterday evening.  The two type-1 incident management teams have been working together since Wednesday afternoon to ensure a smooth transfer.

Evacuations: Current evacuation informationis available at www.clackamas.us/wildfires, twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff or by calling 503-655-8224.  

Smoke info: Oregon Smoke Blog:oregonsmoke.blogspot.com 

Willamette Valley Smoke outlook: wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/nworegon 

Closures: The Mt. Hood National Forest, state forest lands in the fire area, and large portions of Bureau of Land Management lands are closed: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7174/  

Flying a Drone Near a Wildfire is Breaking the Law A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect. If you fly, we can’t. All fire aircraft will all be grounded if a drone is spotted. knowbeforeyoufly.org/uasandwildfires/ 

ADDITIONAL FIRE INFORMATION: 

Fire Information: 509-228-7805 

Road Closures on TripCheck: www.tripcheck.com/ 

 Inciweb:  inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7174/ 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RiversideFireInfo 

Twitter: twitter.com/fire_riverside 

Youtube: tinyurl.com/RiversideFireInfoVideos 

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