CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - A wildfire burning near Estacada continues to grow as thousands of people have evacuated from their homes.
The Riverside Fire, which was first reported early Tuesday morning, has burned an estimated 130,052 acres based on an infrared flight on Friday. The fire is zero percent contained.
Fire Update: Life-safety remains priority on the #RiversideFire; Firefighters shifting from defense to offense with favorable weather. More at https://t.co/Mo4hjlTzE7 #ClackamasWildfires #OregonWildfires2020 pic.twitter.com/EGHubbrWWy— Mt. Hood National Forest (@MtHoodNF) September 12, 2020
The U.S. Forest Service said favorable weather conditions on Friday allowed firefighters to get direct, working containment lines around two fingers of the Riverside Fire that threatened Estacada on Thursday. Wind shifts, marine layer and smoke from the fire provided shading giving crews more opportunities to build fire lines. A drone was used on Friday to survey the area.
About 246 personnel including seven crews, eight engines and two dozer are working on the fire.
Fire Update: #RiversideFire approx. 1/2mi from Estacada, OR SE; 6mi from Molalla, OR. Resources are keeping up with new fire growth at this time. Infrared map at https://t.co/Mo4hjlTzE7 #ClackamasWildfires #OregonWildfires2020 pic.twitter.com/81rJ3CyBw6— Mt. Hood National Forest (@MtHoodNF) September 11, 2020
Numerous evacuation orders that have been issued due to the Riverside Fire remain in place.
Several cities are under Level 3 "GO NOW" evacuation orders, including Estacada, Molalla and Colton. Canby and Oregon City are under Level 2 "BE SET" evacuation orders.
All residents in Clackamas County are under some sort of evacuation levels. Those that are not under a Level 2 "Be Set" or Level 3 "Go Now" notice should consider themselves under a Level 1 "Be Ready" notice.
An interactive evacuation map for the county can be viewed here.
Multiple evacuation sites are available for people who have to leave their homes. A full list of sites can be found here.
Smoke conditions are expected to worsen resulting in 'hazardous' air quality for a number of communities. Information on air quality can be found at oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.
Mt. Hood National Forest is currently under full closure which includes campgrounds, roads, trails and other areas. Then public is asked not to drive or park within National Forest lands.
On Thursday evening, Clackamas County enacted a curfew for all areas of the county in response to the wildfire state of emergency. No one other than people performing life and property saving activities, or civilian employees at night-shift jobs, are allowed on streets or public places from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m., according to officials.
The U.S. Forest Service says the Riverside Fire was human-caused. No further information about the investigation has been released.
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