Combined Update for the Riverside and Beachie Creek Fires for 10/08/2020

Riverside Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 138,054 ac.
Containment: 57%
Total Personnel: 320
Start Date: Sept. 8, 2020
Cause: Human

Beachie Creek Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 193,613 ac.
Containment: 62%
Total Personnel: 217
Start Date: August 16, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation

Northwest Team 8 has taken command of the Riverside and Beachie Creek incidents as of 6 pm yesterday. 

Weather and Fire Behavior: Cloudy and cooler temperatures are expected today through Friday, providing increased overnight humidity levels over the fire area. 

Riverside Fire: Yesterday there were no 911 calls for smoke from the community. Crews operating handheld infrared cameras continue scanning the fire perimeter and extinguishing areas of heat. Firefighters and heavy equipment continued securing edges and engaging in suppression repair efforts. Additionally, firefighters were able to assist a member of the public yesterday with a non-emergency medical incident within the fire closure area.The entire south half of the Mt. Hood National Forest remains closed to public access. Find a description and map of the closure at: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247

Beachie Creek Fire: Aircraft reconnaissance missions of the fire area will continue, as visibility and weather permits. Fire growth around Dead Horse Mountain and the Bull of the Woods Wilderness was low yesterday, and incoming moisture is expected to keep fire activity minimal. Firefighters continue to extinguish areas of heat along Highway 22, receiving four 911 reports for smoke yesterday from the community. Suppression repair work is ongoing around the fire edge with heavy equipment repairing dozer line and hand crews focusing on handlines. 

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 

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 athttps://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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