Riverside fire reaches 3% containment
The Riverside fire near Estacada is 3% contained as of Wednesday, Sept. 16.
This is the first time that officials have reported containment of the 135,956 acre fire that began on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Firefighters are focused on a 28-mile stretch between the North Fork Reservoir and the Dickie Prairie area along the southwest edge of the incident. Their efforts include a process called "cold-trailing" where firelines have been in place for several days. Firefighters feel the ground with their bare hands to check for heat, and if they do feel heat, they continue to break up the source until it is extinguished and cold to the touch.
"We currently have over 500 personnel assigned to the Riverside Fire including handcrews, engines and bulldozers," said Deputy Incident Commander Dave Bales.
Yesterday, Sept. 15, part of the fire crossed a control line near Engstrom Road in Colton. Today, crews plan to conduct a burn-out operation to help limit the fire's spread west.
"This burn-out is a strategy to continue to starve the fire of fuel, burning out vegetation between the slopover and the main body of fire to help reduce the threat of fire spread in this area. An increase in smoke or fire may be visible from the areas of Elwood and Old Colton during this operation," a press release stated.
Though rain is forecasted in other parts of the state, the fire area is expected to remain dry with no measurable precipitation anticipated for several days. The weather, along with record dry forest conditions, will continue to allow the fire to slowly creep in remote areas such as the Roaring Fork Wilderness.
For additional information about the Riverside fire, visit Facebook.com/RiversideFireInfo.
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