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Cedar Creek Fire September 7, 2022

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Cedar Creek Fire Quick Facts

Size: 18,143* acres

Contained: 12% 

Start Date: August 1, 2022

Location: 15 miles E of Oakridge, OR

Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 861

Resources: 19 engines

16 crews

32 heavy equipment

7 helicopters

*Infrared flight did not occur on Sept. 6; new acreage will be updated on Inciweb when a flight can be made.

NEW EVACUATION LEVELS: Deschutes and Lane County Sheriff’s offices have increased their evacuation levels for the areas of Cultus Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir, in addition to McFarland lakes & Elk Creek Trail areas. Click for map.

Red Flag Warning: Today, a Red Flag Warning continues due to hot, dry and unstable conditions over the fire area. This combination of weather is expected to increase fire activity.

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

Current Situation: Starting yesterday afternoon, the fire made a push north and northeast through the Charlton Fire burn scar and it is estimated to be one mile west of the Cultus Lake area. Spotting distances between 0.5-1 mile were reported. Firefighters were able to hold lines on the southern edge along Forest Road (FR) 2417 and the northwestern edge along the Winchester trail system. No growth was reported in the western interior. An infrared flight did not occur last night; new acreage will be updated on Inciweb when a flight can be made. Predicted weather patterns are expected to increase fire behavior. Ladder fuels in heavy timber, such as lichen, are extremely dry and will have a probability of ignition of 90%.  

Today’s Activities: Alaska Incident Command Team 1, a Type 1 team, will be mobilizing to manage the eastern portion of the Cedar Creek Fire, in unison with Northwest Team 6. Public and firefighter safety will continue to be the number one priority. Firefighters on the northeastern edge will scout the overnight growth of the fire and begin to build point protection in the Cultus Lake area. Crews on the northern portion of the fire will work to secure line around the Winchester trail system and secondary lines up to FR 19 and beyond. On the southern edge, crews will continue to hold and improve FR 2421. Firefighters near the southwestern edge of Waldo Lake will continue to add sprinkler systems to strengthen line around Black Creek. 

Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect. High temperatures are predicted to reach 90°F in lower elevations and 86°F in higher elevations. Wind speeds will reach 6-8 mph with gusts of up to 16 mph. Southeast winds will shift to southwest winds by the afternoon. Poor humidity levels overnight will allow for an extended burn window.

Closures: The Deschutes National Forest and Willamette National Forest have implemented closures for the Cedar Creek Fire. Please visit Williamette 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 pcta.org for current information.

RestrictionsFire restrictions are in place on the Willamette National Forest and Deschutes National Forest with the exception of the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Waldo Lake, and Diamond Peak Wilderness areas.

Smoke: Smoke Forecast Outlooks are available at https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook

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

Onlinehttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8307/ | https://www.facebook.com/CedarCreekFire2022/ | https://www.facebook.com/willamettenf | https://twitter.com/willametteNF | <continued on next page>

YouTubehttps://www.tinyurl.com/cedarcreekfireyoutube 

Evacuations: Evacuation levels increased last night. Sign-up for emergency mobile alerts by going to oralert.gov 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 https://bit.ly/3ewJlUL to view a map.

CEDAR CREEK FIRE EVACUATION LEVELS INCREASE 

Increased fire activity has prompted an increase in evacuation levels for areas around the Cedar Creek Fire. In addition to all previously issued evacuation notices remaining in effect, the Deschutes and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices have issued the following evacuation level increases:

LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS 

  • Previous Level 2 evacuation areas including Johnny Lake, Clover Meadow, Lemish Lake, Many Lakes area, north to the line between Township 19 and 20 (approximately milepost 40.5 on Cascade Lakes Hwy).
  • All areas west of the Cascade Lakes Hwy north of FS 4290 (Charlton Lake Road) north to Deschutes Bridge Area. This includes Cultus Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Corral Swamp, and the areas around Lemish and Ketchketch Buttes.
  • McFarland lakes & Elk Creek Trail areas

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) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Areas west of Cascade Lakes Hwy and south of FS 4290 (Charlton Lake Road) south to the line between Township 21 and 22 (approximately milepost 54 on Cascade Lakes Hwy).
  • Areas between the Metolius – Windigo Trail / Six Lakes Trail and the County Line including Winopee Lake, Snowshoe Lakes and Leech lake.
  • Mink Lake Basin

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 (READY) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS: 

  • Areas around the west side of Crane Prairie from Deschutes Bridge south to FS 42 (South Century Drive including Browns Mountain, Cow Meadow, Quinn Meadow, and Rock Creek Campgrounds.

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
(541)201-2335

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