Riverside & Beachie Creek Fires Update – Wednesday October 7, 2020

Riverside Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 138,004 ac. Containment: 57%
Total Personnel: 326
Start Date: Sept. 8, 2020
Cause: Human

Beachie Creek Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 193,453 ac.
Containment: 62%
Total Personnel: 194 Start Date: August 16, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation

Northwest Type 2 Team 8 is shadowing with Pacific Northwest Type 1 Team 3 today, sharing information to ensure a smooth transfer of command this evening for the Riverside and Beachie Creek Fires.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Today temperatures will decrease about five degrees and relative humidity will increase around 10 percent. The change in weather will also bring a slight decrease in fire behavior throughout the week.

Riverside Fire: Firefighters responded to two 911 calls for smoke yesterday on the north end of the fire. Crews with handheld infrared will continue working south along the western flank of the fire looking for heat sources near the fireline. Reconnaissance flights continue to report limited smokes near the fire perimeter. Heavy equipment and crews continue clearing debris from roadside ditches and culverts and repairing damage to roads.
Beachie Creek Fire: Helicopters are delivering water drops and completing reconnaissance missions. Most of the fire activity is reported on the eastern perimeter around Dead Horse Mountain near Bull of the Woods Wilderness. Firefighters will continue to work with private landowners to extinguish heat detected along Highway 22. 911 dispatchers received four reports of smokes around structures that firefighters were able to extinguish quickly. Suppression repair work is ongoing around most of the fire edge with heavy equipment repairing dozer line and hand crews continuing on handline.

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.

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 www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247

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

Bureau of Land Management 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: www.tripcheck.com/

Santiam State Forest is closed

Burned Area Emergency Response: The BAER program is designed to address emergency stabilization issues related to wildland fire. The program is utilized by all federal land management agencies. BAER teams are in place for both the Riverside and Beachie Creek fires.

More information can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7222/

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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