Riverside Firefighters Shift From Defense To Offense


Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

With the help of favorable weather conditions, firefighters were able to go direct, working to create containment lines around two fingers of the Riverside Fire that threatened Estacada.

Wind shifts, a marine layer and the fire’s own smoke provided shading and gave crews more opportunities to build firelines. Life safety remains the main priority of all fire managers. Although aircraft were limited due to smoke, an Unmanned Aerial System was used Friday to help conduct aerial reconnaissance of the fire.

Fire managers continue to focus on protecting firefighter and public life-safety, conducting reconnaissance, and point protection for structures where they can do so safely and effectively.

With numerous wildland fires burning across Oregon and the West, resources continue to be stretched thin.

An Area Command Team is now in place in the Clackamas County area. Area command provides more oversight over incidents and assists in prioritizing needs to all incidents. 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.

Level 3 and Level 2 evacuation warnings remain in effect.

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