Riverside Fire Update, September 29

Weather and Fire Behavior: Warm and dry conditions with less breezy winds are expected today as a high pressure system remains over the fire area. Smoldering, some creeping and isolated smoking fire activity is expected within the fire perimeter. Vegetation is drying out with warmer and drier conditions. Growth of the fire is not anticipated due to effects of the moisture we received last week. Low humidity levels are being observed at elevations above 2500’.

Yesterday: Firefighters continued to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter and directly engage where heat is encountered near the fireline. In addition, mop-up and improvement of fire lines continued with debris removal. Mop-up is when fire crews work by hand checking for any sources of heat, using hand tools to spread out debris and water to extinguish any smoldering fire activity, ensuring the areas along the fire perimeter are out and cold. On the north side of the fire, equipment operators finished line improvement. East winds continue to dry out fuels, no fire perimeter growth occurred.

Today’s Activities: Firefighters are focused on patrolling, monitoring and mop-up along firelines. The focus of firefighter patrol is to ensure hazard trees and vegetative debris smoldering near structures and firelines are addressed. 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.

Despite recent rains and cooler temperatures fire season and regulated-use closure are still in effect for lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Clackamas, Marion, and Linn counties. Backyard burning is prohibited during fire season; other restrictions for outdoor activities can be found at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html.

Evacuations: Current evacuation information is 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 https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247
Bureau of Land Management www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/orwa-fpo-nwo-092220.pdf

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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