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Cedar Creek Fire Daily Update September 8, 2022

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Cedar Creek Fire Quick Facts

Size: 31,486 acres

Contained: 18%

Start Date: August 1, 2022

Location: 15 miles E of Oakridge, OR

Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 849

Resources: 19 engines

15 crews

37 heavy equipment

7 helicopters

NEW EVACUATION LEVELS: Yesterday, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has increased their evacuation levels for Cultus Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir. Visit Deschutes and Lane County websites for up-to-date information.  

RED FLAG WARNING: A Red Flag Warning will be in effect starting at midnight, Friday morning, due to low humidities and strong east winds. Winds speeds are expected to be 15-25 mph with gusts of up to 35 mph—Friday morning and afternoon. Winds are expected to increase throughout Friday evening with speeds 15-25 mph and gust up to 50 mph. 

Virtual Community Meeting: Today Thursday, September 8th, 7:00PM, focused on Deschutes County and Central Oregon, virtually on the Cedar Creek Fire Facebook Page.

Current Situation: Yesterday, the fire continued to push northeast of Waldo Lake. It reached Lower Quinn Lake and Irish Lake in the north. In the east, it touched the base of Lemish Butte and crossed Charlton Butte. The fire is four miles from Crane Prairie Reservoir. Crews worked on point protection in the Cultus Lake Area securing aluminum structure wrap around the lodge and surrounding cabins, in addition to setting up sprinkler systems. Strategic burning operations were successfully completed on the northwestern edge of the fire along Forest Road (FR) 2417 and southwest edge along FR 2421 to secure lines at those points.  

Today’s Activities: Today, firefighters will establish an anchor point on the northeastern edge of Waldo Lake and work towards Little Cultus Lake as a primary line of defense. Crews will continue point protection in the Cultus Lake area. On the western portion of the fire area, holding and improving lines is the primary objective. In anticipation of the Red Flag Warning, firefighters will be strategically placed around the fire overnight. Crews and equipment are prepared for initial attack on any new starts or spot fires and will relay current conditions throughout the evening.  Alaska Team 1 that was prepositioned in Redmond, Oregon, is joining NW Team 6 to begin managing the eastern zone of the Cedar Creek Fire; effective tomorrow.  Multiple teams managing a large fire allows on-the-ground resources to be supported closer to their firefighting activities. 

Weather: High temperatures are predicted to reach 85°F in lower elevations and 77°F in higher elevations. Winds from the NW will reach speeds of 6-8 mph with gusts of up to 15 mph. Poor humidity levels overnight will allow for an extended burn window. A RED FLAG WARNING will be in effect starting at midnight, Friday morning.

Closures: The Deschutes National Forest and Willamette National Forest have implemented closures for the Cedar Creek Fire. Please visit Willamette National Forest and Deschutes National Forest for detailed closure orders and a joint map. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place. Pacific Crest Trail hikers should visit for current information.

RestrictionsFire restrictions are in place on the Willamette National Forest and Deschutes National Forest.

Smoke: Smoke Forecast Outlooks are available at

Fire Information: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Phone: 541-201-2335 | Email[email protected]

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Evacuations: Deschutes County evacuation levels increased yesterday evening. Sign-up for emergency mobile alerts by going to Please check with Lane County Sheriff’s Office 541-682-4150 and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office 541-693-6911 for updates and changes. Go to to view a map.


September 7, 2022

Level 3 – GO NOW 

  • Areas east of the Lane County/Deschutes County Line, North of the Klamath County/Deschutes County line, northwest side of Wickiup Reservoir, the area surrounding Crane Prairie Reservoir and south of 6 Lakes Trail and Lava and Little Lava Lakes to include:
  • Cultus Lake Lodge and Campground
  • Little & Big Cove Boat-In Campground
  • West Cultus Boat-In Campground
  • Little Cultus
  • Cultus Mountain
  • Crane Prairie Reservoir
  • Brown’s Mountain
  • Lemish Butte
  • Ketchketch Butte
  • Johnny Lake

Level 3 means leave immediately! Do NOT take time to gather things. GO NOW! There is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately.

Level 2 – BE SET 

  • North of the line delineating Township 20S from Township 19S, east of the Lane County/Deschutes County line, south of 6 Lakes Trail, and west of Cascade Lakes Highway to include
  • Lucky Butte
  • Williamson Mountain
  • Winopee, Snowshoe, Senoj, Big Finger, Upper Snowshoe, Long, Puppy, Leech, Goldeneye, and Lucky Lakes
  • The northwest side of Davis Lake
  • The area around South and North Twin Lakes west of Forest Road 4262 including Twin Lakes Lodge, Gull Point Campground, North Wickiup Campground and Sheep Bridge Campground

Level 2 means: You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice, and this may be the only notice that you receive.

Level 1 – BE READY 

  • The area surrounding Lava and Little Lava Lakes
  • Deschutes County 911 will be using wireless emergency alerts (WEA) to reach visitors in the evacuation areas that may not be signed up for Deschutes Alerts.

Level 1 means: This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, pets and livestock. People should make the best possible decisions for their safety.

Cedar Creek Fire
Public Information Officer

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