Fire personnel from 27 states are helping fight the Riverside Fire burning in Clackamas County.
The fire has burned 138,020 acres and is 26% contained.
Officials said firefighters are working with partner agencies to mitigate hazards near local communities so that residents can return home safely.
According to firefighters, fire continues to smolder and creep, burning in logs, stump holes, standing dead trees, and deep layers of needles on the forest floor, producing smoke visible within the fire’s perimeter.
On Monday, officials said the fire grew slightly on the east side, in an area where there’s a 45% slope, which is extremely difficult terrain for a crew to work in.
Officials add the safest, most efficient strategy is to monitor the fire where it is burning in rugged area.
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Cal Fire investigators have released a photo of a vehicle seen in the area around the same time that the 33,000+ acre Apple Fire first sparked on July 31.
Officials said the fire was started by a faulty diesel truck's exhaust pipe.
The fire quickly spread due to dry vegetation and winds, burning 33,424 acres, causing an estimated 2,600 residences and 7,800 people to evacuate, and damaging/destroying multiple structures.
Investigators are asking drivers who were traveling on Oak Glen Road, between Apple Tree Lane and Wildwood Canyon, on July 31, 2020, around 4:50 p.m. and 4:55 p.m. to call the anonymous tip line at (800) 633-2836.
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Various birds zip and dive around the Benchmark Lookout fire tower as Rick Freimuth scans the horizon with binoculars for any sign of wildfire smoke.
His panoramic view encompasses the surrounding foothills and peaks of the San Juan Mountains and stretches to Mesa Verde, the Dolores River Canyon rim and the Abajo and La Sal mountain ranges in Utah.
Farther in the distance, Monument Valley and the Carrizo Mountains on the Navajo Reservation can be seen.
“I look for smoke, anything different or out of place,” Rick said. “It’s a fantastic view of it all.”
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Benchmark Lookout Tower, located in the San Juan National Forest north of Dolores. The 42-foot-high tower sits at 9,262 feet elevation on a high ridge next to Glade Mountain.
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Marines and sailors deployed over the weekend to the frontlines of multi-agency firefighting efforts on the Creek fire, which has consumed more than 122 square miles in central California.
The Marines and sailors assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion – about 250 personnel in all, including about a dozen Navy hospital corpsmen – will form as hand crews with strike teams, each led by a wildland firefighter, for a deployment of unknown length. They will join more than 3,100 personnel fighting the Creek fire, which sparked Sept. 4 and has scorched 278,368 acres of mostly forested land. The fire was only 27-percent contained as of Monday morning, according to fire officials.
The deployment is the latest assignment of West Coast-based I Marine Expeditionary Force units to assist federal and state firefighters battling dozens of blazes that were burning across California and the West.
Recent wildfires ravaging the West Coast highlight the importance of preparation and understanding the threat everywhere, including Hawaii. A team at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will work to improve assessment and communication of unique wildland fire risk the state faces.
The UH Manoa Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), the Wildland Fire Extension Program (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources), and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (College of Engineering) secured nearly $1 million in funding for the project. The grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through partnership and cooperation with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) and UH Manoa.
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