As containment over the Riverside fire increases, officials are reminding community members that there is a temporary flight restriction in effect.
"Yesterday a drone was spotted within restricted airspace over the fire," a press release stated on Monday, Sept. 21. "Suppression operations were not affected at the time, but fire managers have grave concerns, as drones are not able to communicate with firefighting aircraft and a mid-air collision could be deadly."
As of Monday, the Riverside fire is 25% contained. More than 700 personnel are working on the fire, which has burned 137,880 acres.
Fire lines are in place along the entire western perimeter of the fire, including the area near Estacada. On Sunday, Sept. 20, crews were able to fly to see where heat remains within the fire's perimeter, in order to guide their firefighting efforts.
"We've got crews really putting in hard work to get the lines secured around your communities," said Incident Commander Alan Sinclair. "We're over 700 (personnel) strong, so we've got what we need, and I'm really pleased with the amount of work that's been done."
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