Terrain Satellite
16.2 mi
ESE of Colton, OR
Last Updated:
1 hour, 54 mins ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Monday, September 7, 2020 5:00 PM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 hour, 55 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Riverside Fire

Acres: 138,029

Percent Containment: 34%

Start Date: September 8, 2020

Cause: Human-caused

Location: 1/2 miles SE of Estacada, OR

Fuels: Timber, Grass, Rugged Terrain

Total Personnel: 632

Fire Will Continue to Smolder Under the Tree Canopy

Weather and Fire Behavior: Clouds will be increasing and up to an inch of rain is forecast today.  South, southwest winds are predicted, with wind gusts on the ridgetops reaching up to 30 miles per hour.  Visit weather.gov/portland for weather information. 

Current Situation: While the rain has moderated fire behavior, especially in open areas where grass and brush are the primary vegetation, it will not put the fire out. Fire will continue to smolder under the tree canopy in heavier fuels like logs and stumps.  Firefighters have been taking advantage of the weather to search out and extinguish hot spots close to the fire perimeter.   Today’s Activities: Smoke may continue to be visible within the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters are seeking out areas of heat to be extinguished along the fireline. Crews and heavy equipment continue to expand and strengthen containment lines along Abbott road and elsewhere in places that the work can occur safely and effectively. Trees weakened by fire that are around structures, along roads or adjacent to firelines are being felled to improve safety for crews and later, the public.  In areas where the fire is contained, fire suppression repair is occurring to address potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities.  Pacific Northwest Team 3 transitioned with the outgoing Southwest Incident Management Team 1 yesterday evening.  The two type-1 incident management teams have been working together since Wednesday afternoon to ensure a smooth transfer.

Evacuations: Current evacuation informationis available at www.clackamas.us/wildfires, twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff or by calling 503-655-8224.  Smoke info: Oregon Smoke Blog:oregonsmoke.blogspot.com Willamette Valley Smoke outlook: wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/nworegon Closures: The Mt. Hood National Forest, state forest lands in the fire area, and large portions of Bureau of Land Management lands are closed: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7174/  Flying a Drone Near a Wildfire is Breaking the Law A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect. If you fly, we can’t. All fire aircraft will all be grounded if a drone is spotted. knowbeforeyoufly.org/uasandwildfires/  

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Tuesday September 08th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
1/2 Mile SE of Estacada, Oregon
Incident Commander:
Noel Livingston, Pacific Northwest Team 3
45.049, -122.062

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Timber, Grass, Rugged Terrain
Significant Events:
There is minimal fire activity beyond smoldering.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
PNW Team 3 shadowed today and a transition process is taking place. Monitor spots within containment lines, continue to construct indirect fireline on east side of fire, mop-up any hot-spots near the edge of the fireline. Mop-up adjacent to values. Coordinate extensively with cooperators. Re-assess evacuation levels daily. Provide thorough and up-to-date information daily. Work with agencies to establish a suppression repair plan.
Projected Incident Activity:
Rain will continue to moderate fire behavior. In the next 24-48 hours, we anticipate the fire will remain static and smoldering along the fire lines.
Pacific Northwest Team 3 inbriefed today and will assume command on 9/25.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Breezy and showery weather occurred across the fire Thursday afternoon with rainfall amounts generally less than a tenth of an inch. Rain and windy conditions move back across the fire area Friday, with showers persisting possibly through Saturday. Rain amounts may reach up to an inch across the fire area Friday and winds may gust as high as 25 to 40 mph across higher elevations during the day Friday in association with the cold frontal passage.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Phone: 509-228-7805
Fire Unit Information
Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sandy, OR 97055