Crews create containment lines around parts of Estacada area fire
Favorable weather conditions Friday, Sept. 11, allowed crews working on the Riverside fire to create containment lines around two sections of the flames.
"Wind shifts, a marine layer and the fire's own smoke providing shading, gave crews more opportunities to build fire lines," a press release sent out at 9:50 p.m. Friday read.
A total of 246 personnel are working on the Riverside fire near Estacada, which spans 130,052 acres and is 0% contained.
As of Saturday morning, Clackamas firefighters are working on the Dowty Road, Unger and Wilhoit fires, which are being managed by Oregon State Fire Marshal's office. The estimated total acres for all three fires combined, as of late morning on Saturday, is thought to be about 5,000 acres.
Fire officials say they don't have a sense that the Dowty Road fire has grown or stayed the same because of very poor visibility.
Clackamas County totals 1.2 million acres, meaning the Riverside Fire has burned across more than 10% of the county's land area. According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, 33 residences had been lost to the fire as of Friday morning.
Aircraft remain limited because of smoke, but an unmanned aerial system, or drone, was used yesterday to help conduct aerial reconnaissance of the fire.
An area command team is now in Clackamas County, which provides additional oversight and helps in prioritizing needs.
"With the support of an area command team, Riverside Incident Commander Alan Sinclair continues to work with nearby Incident Management Teams and partner agencies to share resources where they are needed most," a press release read.
Smoke from the Riverside Fire and other wildfires burning across the state is causing unhealthy and potentially hazardous air quality in many areas. For additional information about the effects of smoke on health, visit oregonsmoke.blogspot.com, a website coordinated by multiple organizations to share information about wildfire smoke affecting Oregon communities.
Because of the Riverside Fire and the Dowty Road Fire, Estacada, Eagle Creek, Barton, George, Dover, Dodge and Springwater are under Level 3 evacuation orders, meaning residents should leave immediately.
Capt. Brandon Paxton of Clackamas Fire District No. 1 also urged people not to water their property because of a "very real possibility" of a water shortage.
For more information about the fires near Estacada, including evacuation shelters, click here.
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