RIVERSIDE FIRE | SE of Estacada (Clackamas Co), Oregon
The RIVERSIDE FIRE started on September 8, 2020 which was human caused. The ignition source has not been released and appears this is an on-going investigation.
Fire fuels include timber, brush and short grass on top of steep terrain.
The fire has destroyed 133,799 acres and remains at a zero containment status. Fire behavior is moderate with creeping, single tree and isolated torching.
The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE and this wildfire merging are of great concern as both are only one-mile apart from one another.
Fire Officials say the RIVERSIDE FIRE is their number one priority for resources. Currently, the State has depleted all of their fire personnel and equipment resources due to so many incidents burning in the State of Oregon.
A County-wide Community Meeting was held on Sunday at 1400 hours discussing the Fire, Public Health and other important information.
53 structures have been reportedly lost with a total in fire suppression and containment expenses up to $850,000 cost-to-date.
Those whom are partnering or working to support this wildfire incident include: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside Fire, IMT SWA Team 1, OR FMO, USFS, BLM (Bureau of Land Mgmt) and the OR DOT.
There are currently 315 total personnel assigned to this wildfire, along with 8 crews, 11 engines, 3 helicopters.
– ALERTS, NOTIFICATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS –
Level 1 evacuations were lifted fro Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Lin, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Milwaukie and Tualatin.
A curfew is in effect for Clackamas County from 2200 (10pm) – 0600 (6am) for Level 2 and 3 evacuated areas.
The Clackamas County Officials are asking its residents to conserve on water due to low pressure and save water for firefighting efforts.
LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE
The Clackamas County Sheriff made it explicitly clear that they have many Deputies visiting the evacuated areas providing security and other patrol duties.
A HUGE SHOUTOUT to their County Dispatchers for taking hundreds of calls this week, which surmounts to a 400% increase in 9-1-1 calls. Most were non-substantiated but some led to arrests. He wanted to let residents know they are out to protect their property and to remove those who have been reported to be armed security guards for homeowners. A strong message was given to those to stop what they are doing, as this is illegal and can get some hurt or killed. He urged people to still call 9-1-1 so they can handle it and not anyone else. They want to protect their communities from any danger or keep everyone safe.
Oregon Department of Forestry or more commonly called “ODF” has closed all lands to public entry and use including the Santiam, Tillamook, Clatsop, Gilchrist and Sun Pass Forests. It is necessary due to the current extreme fire conditions that are endangering life, forest resources and property. This was announced on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
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