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The fire, which began on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is estimated to have burned 130,049 acres and is 0% contained

COURTESY PHOTO: CAROL JUNE SMITH - A structure on Hillockburn Road near Highway 211 is pictured.

As of late morning Thursday, the Riverside fire is approximately a half mile from Estacada and six miles from Molalla, but officials say resources are keeping up with new fire growth.

An incident management team with 178 personnel is working to control the fire.

As of 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #1, along with the Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office, is in command of the Riverside fire. The fire is estimated to have burned 130,049 acres and is 0% contained.

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 have been lost to the fire as of Friday morning.

"Firefighters will implement a value-driven strategy that utilizes a mix of tactics (direct, indirect and point-protection) when and where the probability of success is high, and the risk is commensurate with the identified values," said incident commander Alan Sinclair.

Along with more than 100 firefighters, resources on the Riverside Fire include eight engines and one dozer.

The fire saw a significant amount of growth Thursday, Sept. 10.

"Yesterday, erratic winds pushed new growth on virtually all sides of the fire with crews reporting the largest growth to the east and southeast throughout the day," a news release sent out Friday stated. "Lighter winds are expected today. Heavy smoke is expected to continue to prevent pilots from conducting air operations, however firefighters plan to utilize a Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to help conduct aerial reconnaissance."

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.

For more information about the fires near Estacada, including evacuation shelters, click here.

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST - Smoke darkens the sky above the Riverside fire on Thursday, Sept. 10


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