Beachie Creek & Riverside Fires UPDATE for 10-03-2020

Riverside Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 138,085 ac.
Containment: 54%
Total Personnel: 440
Start Date: Sept. 8, 2020
Cause: Unknown

Beachie Creek Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 192,882 ac.
Containment: 59%
Total Personnel: 395
Start Date: August 16, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation

Weather and Fire Behavior: Stable weather conditions will start to weaken and onshore flows are increasing. There will be some low cloud cover with areas of fog, but it should burn off by the afternoon. Temperatures will be about 2-4 degrees cooler and will be in the mid to high 70’s. Winds will stay light but could pick up around the ridgelines. Fire behavior is stable and expected to remain the same. 

Riverside Fire: Chipping operations are finishing up in the northeast. Secondary containment lines that are ready for repair are being identified. Firefighters continue cold trailing and mopping up as needed. Cold trailing is physically walking and feeling by hand at the edge of the fire area where active fire stopped and checking that smoldering embers and debris are entirely cold and out. Not a lot of actively burning fire is being reported. 

Beachie Creek Fire: Handheld infrared work is ongoing from Lyons towards Gates. Firefighters expect to complete that effort soon. 9-1-1 calls continue to decrease, and suppression repair is being done around homes. Firefighters are working with residents and are mopping up as needed around structures. Suppression repair along highway 22 is continuing with the use of heavy equipment.   

Evacuations: Currently there are no evacuations in Clackamas County. 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: www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Closures: The Willamette National Forest lifted restrictions on campfires. The Sept. 25 closure order is still in effect, a list of recreation areas within the fire zone that remain closed can be found at  https://go.usa.gov/xGpeV

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 https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions

Road Closures on TripCheck: www.tripcheck.com

Santiam State Forest is closed

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