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Riverside Fire Update, September 28

Weather and Fire Behavior:  Sunny, clear, dry and breezy conditions are expected today with sustained winds across the fire to continue over the next 24 hours.  Potential for 40-45 mile per hour gusts along east-west orientated drainages and Goat Mountain are forecast.  Creeping and smoldering fire activity is expected.  A creeping fire exhibits slow rates of spread and low flames.  Significant growth of the fire is not anticipated due to lingering effects of the moisture we received over the past week. 

Open areas of fine fuels, such as grass and leaves, will dry faster and carry fire more readily.  Elevations above 2000’ will dry more quickly due to lower humidity levels.  East winds will bring more smoke to the area and isolated smokes from vegetation burning within the fire perimeter will be visible.  

Yesterday:  Firefighters continued to patrol the fire perimeter, improved fire lines and responded to smoldering fire activity that produced visible smoke near fire lines.  Crews on the east side of the fire worked to complete line preparation.  On the south and west sides of the fire crews strengthened fire lines and removed vegetation working with chippers and masticators.  No fire growth occurred. 

Today’s Activities: Firefighters are focused on monitoring firelines, patrolling for heat pockets held in heavy fuels and suppression repair.  Heavy equipment work continues along roads with chippers and masticators to improve existing containment and contingency firelines on the south and west side of the fire.  Work along the 224 road continues.  In addition to monitoring, patrol efforts and suppression repair, firefighters are identifying and felling trees that were weakened by the fire to improve safety along roads and around structures.  With the sustained winds and potential for gusty conditions, falling trees are anticipated.  

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:  Mt. Hood National Forest www.fs.usda.gov/news/mthood/news-events 

                   Bureau of Land Management www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/orwa-fpo-nwo-092220.pdf 

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 

Riverside Fire Information Officer

Email: [email protected]

Riverside Fire Info: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7174/

Phone: 509-228-7805 (public)

Facebook: facebook.com/RiversideFireInfo

Twitter: twitter.com/fire_riverside Tags: #RiversideFire #ClackamasWildfires 

Real-time evacuation updates athttps://twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff and https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires

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