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Riverside & Beachie Creek Fires Update, October 1

Weather and Fire Behavior: Unseasonably warm and dry weather is expected to continue throughout the day. Temperatures could be 2-4 degrees higher than yesterday with light winds coming from the southwest. Stable weather conditions have trapped some of the smoke from California in the valleys and it is likely for smoke to become more visible throughout the day.  Fire behavior will continue to be minimal with smoldering. 

Riverside Fire: Firefighters continued to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter and directly engage where heat is encountered near the fireline. There were no 9-1-1 calls reported for the north and eastern sides of the fire yesterday. Helicopters responded to smoke reports in the Ripplebrook area.  Suppression repair work continues with assessment of future suppression repair needs. 

Efforts will continue along the perimeter of the fire checking for heat and mopping-up around residential areas. On the western perimeter, firefighters are connecting dozer line with handline.  Fire intensity along the southern edge has been significantly reduced.  

Beachie Creek Fire: Mop up operations have yielded success in securing the area around structures in the Highway 22 corridor and in the North Fork/Elkhorn area.  Contingency lines were strengthened and patrolled along the entire southern edge of the fire.  In the Abiqua basin, heavy equipment continued to operate along fire impacted roads clearing vegetation and removing hazards. Firefighters responded to 9-1-1 calls reporting smoke within the fire perimeter.  Engines and hand crews worked together to seek out and eliminate remaining ground heat within the fire perimeter.   

Patrol, monitor, and mop-up operations will continue today. Suppression repair in the Mollala area is ongoing and firefighters are coordinating with Resource Advisors on future suppression repair needs. 

Evacuations: Current evacuation information for Clackamas County is available at www.clackamas.us/wildfires, twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff or by calling 503-655-8224. Current evacuation information for Marion County is available at https://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts?AlertId=83 or by calling 503-588-5032. Current evacuation information for Linn County is available at https://www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/ or by calling 541-812-2260. 

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

Closures: Mt. Hood National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247 

    Willamette National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices/?aid=61574 

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

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

    Road Closures on TripCheck: www.tripcheck.com/ 

    Santiam State Forest is closed 

Hunting Season: Various fall hunting seasons are beginning across western Oregon. Most notably, general rifle season for Black-tailed deer begins Saturday October 3rd.  Hunters are reminded to “know before you go” and to check Forest Service websites for closure information and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) webpages for hunting specific regulations. 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. 

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