Flight restriction in effect as crews work on Riverside Fire
As of Saturday, Sept. 13, the Riverside Fire spans 133,799 acres, but firefighters have been able to create dozer lines around sections of the west side of the flames to help secure areas nearby Estacada and Molalla.
A total of 315 personnel are working on the fire, which is 0% contained.
Today, firefighters plan to continue suppressing hotspots on the northwest flank of the Riverside Fire near Estacada and the southwest side near Molalla. Additionally, crews are working on the north end of the fire above the North Fork Reservoir.
A temporary flight restriction is in effect as firefighters use helicopters to assess fire conditions from above. This will occur as soon as visibility allows.
"Do not fly drones near wildfires. If you fly, we can't. All firefighting aircraft will all be grounded if a drone is spotted in the area," a press release stated.
In addition to the Riverside Fire, the Dowty Road Fire is also burning in the Estacada area. During a press conference on Sunday, Sept. 13, incident commander Alan Sinclair said the Dowty Road fire is at 1,500 acres and is 20% contained.
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 and not return until the Level 3 order has been lifted.
Capt. Brandon Paxton of the Clackamas Fire District 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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