Combined update for Beachie Creek and Riverside Fire 10/05/20

Riverside Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 138,085 ac.
Containment: 57%
Total Personnel: 252
Start Date: Sept. 8, 2020
Cause: Human

Beachie Creek Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 193,253 ac.
Containment: 59%
Total Personnel: 174
Start Date: August 16, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation

Weather and Fire Behavior: An upper level ridge will rebuild offshore bringing warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity. Local winds in the fire area should be terrain driven but could gust up to 15 miles per hour on western portions of the fire. With the warmer and drier weather there could be a slight increase in fire behavior.

Riverside Fire: Firefighters responded to two 911 reports of smoke yesterday on the north end of the fire. Handheld infrared work showed minimal heat sources along the fireline yesterday, but crews will continue working along the northern portion of the fire to identify and extinguish heat sources. Good progress is being made with suppression repair work and will continue along contingency lines. Repair efforts include pulling back berms, installing water bars and clearing roadside ditches and culverts.

Beachie Creek Fire: Firefighters responded to three reports of smoke by 911 dispatchers along Highway 22 yesterday. Fire behavior picked up slightly in the Dead Horse Mountain area emitting smoke that was visible from Detroit. Most portions of the fire are reporting minimal smoke and hot spots. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire by patrolling fireline and mopping up any heat found along the edge and responding as needed with aerial support as weather and visibility permit. Suppression repair work will continue utilizing heavy equipment and handcrews.

Evacuations: There are no evacuations in Clackamas County. Current evacuation information for Marion County is available at www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts?AlertId=83 or by calling 503-588-5032. Evacuation information for Linn County is available at www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/ or by calling 541-812-2260.

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

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

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

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

Oregon Department of Forestry https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx

Road Closures on TripCheck: https://www.tripcheck.com/

Santiam State Forest is closed

Riverside Fire Public Information:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RiversideFireInfo
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 509-228-7805, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Beachie Creek Fire Public Information:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BeachieCreekFire2020
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 541-583-0526, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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