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Cedar Creek Fire October 13, 2022 Daily Fire Update

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Cedar Creek Fire Quick Facts
Size: 122,794 acres

Origin: 15 miles E of Oakridge, OR

Start Date: August 1, 2022

Cause: Lightning

Resources: 21 engines;13 crews; 7 helicopters; 9 heavy equipment

Total personnel: 677

Containment: 40%

Weather: High pressure remains in place over the fire area the rest of this week, continuing a warming and drying trend with temperatures at least 5-10 degrees above seasonal averages. These conditions combined with increased winds will lead to critical fire weather conditions today. Today will be a warmer day, with temperatures ranging from 75-85 degrees across the fire area.

Operations: Firefighters completed a network of fire hoses around the fire lines on both pockets of “slopover” fire on the southern fire perimeter near Lucas Lake yesterday. Fire crews are now delivering water around the perimeter of these slopover fires and are securing and adding depth to these containment lines. Fire crews are also working to prepare the 500 Road as a secondary line in this area. Firefighters will again be watchful with today’s second day of critical fire weather conditions as they patrol around the fire, searching for and extinguishing remaining heat sources near containment lines.

On the northern portion of the fire, fire crews are repairing the 305, 310 and 750 Roads and are assessing necessary repairs to reopen the 1944 Road. On the western fire perimeter, firefighters are continuing to chip woody debris left over from fire suppression and are completing road repairs. On the eastern fire edge, debris chipping operations continue near Cultus Lake and firefighters will be grading the 4668 Road to return it to a pre-fire condition.

Numerous interior pockets of unburned fuel continue to burn with increased temperatures and lower humidity, leading to ongoing smoky conditions. Suppression repairs on the Big Swamp and Potter Fires are beginning to wind down as firefighters are completing remaining road repairs, grading, and woody debris removal.

Closures: There are closures in effect on the Deschutes National Forest and Willamette National Forest. These closures will remain in place until areas impacted by the fire are surveyed for safety risks and fire crews are able to mitigate these hazards. Please respect Forest closures for firefighter and public safety.

Please visit Willamette National Forest and Deschutes National Forest for the most recent closure orders and maps. Pacific Crest Trail hikers should visit pcta.org for current information. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction over the Cedar Creek Fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone – if you fly, we can’t.

Smoke: Air quality conditions due to smoke are expected to be Good to Hazardous within the forecast area. Continued Unhealthy to Hazardous conditions persist in Oakridge. Eugene will see Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality this morning with decreasing smoke this afternoon but increasing overnight.

Crescent Lake will have Good air quality this morning with increasing smoky conditions this afternoon and decreasing overnight. For current conditions, see Fire.airnFow.gov, oakridgeair.org, and LRAPA – Today’s Current Air Quality. Smoke Forecast Outlooks are available at

https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook.

Evacuations: A map of the evacuation area is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek. Sign up for emergency mobile alerts by going to oralert.gov. Please check with Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911 for updates and changes.

Online: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8307/ | www.facebook.com/CedarCreekFire2022/ www.tinyurl.com/cedarcreekfireyoutube| Fire Information Line: 541-201-2335, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM | For Media Inquiries: 541-327-9925 |Email: [email protected]o

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