Riverside fire grows by 100,000 acres
The Riverside fire near Estacada has burned 120,000 acres as of 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the fire that originated on the Mt. Hood National Forest near Three Linx grew more than 100,000 acres.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Riverside fire, as well as the South Obenchain Fire in Jackson County and the Archie Creek Fire in Douglas County.
"FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O'Hare determined that the fires threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster, and on Wednesday he approved the state of Oregon's requests for Fire Management Assistance Grants," FEMA leaders wrote in a news release.
On Thursday morning, the U.S. Forest Service said the Riverside fire was 0% contained and human caused, but did not specify further details on the latter.
The fire is currently two air miles southeast of Estacada city limits, and crews worked overnight to continue to protect homes and other structures along Highway 211.
Forest Service leaders said that today, firefighters will take advantage of forecasted lighter winds during to conduct critical air operations, though changing wind directions throughout the day may spur additional fire growth in multiple directions.
"We're working hard with our partners at the county, state, and federal levels to protect folks lives, homes, and businesses," said Richard Periman, Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor. "While I'm hopeful for a bit of a break today from the weather, we need to be prepared for this fire to continue to burn in record-dry forest and grassland areas."
A video taken by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office last night near Highway 224 and Faraday Road showed the fire burning in that area.
Because of the Riverside fire and the Dowty Road fire, the city of Estacada and many nearby communities are under level three evacuation, meaning that residents should leave immediately.
Short video of what our deputies were seeing out there last night. Very scary and very real. ðŸ™ for all those effected. This vid was taken HWY 224/Faraday pic.twitter.com/ZFnC7UxxhD— Lt. Brian Jensen (@LtBJensen) September 10, 2020
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