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Cedar Creek Fire September 9, 2022 Daily Update – 10:00 AM

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Cedar Creek Fire Quick Facts 

Size: 33,099 acres

Contained: 12%

Start Date: August 1, 2022

Location: 15 miles E of Oakridge, OR

Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 862

Resources: 27 engines

15 crews

31 heavy equipment

7 helicopters

2 scoopers

Lane Electric Cooperative will implement a public power safety shutoff starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 9 through the evening of Sunday, September 11. This outage will impact nearly all members, with the city centers of Oakridge, Lowell, and Veneta remaining powered to provide key services. Call or visit 541-484-1151 Lane Electric for updates or changes. 

Current Situation: East winds, low humidities, and high temperatures will cause the fire to be active today. The highest activity will occur where lichen is present in trees and there is a high concentration of down wood. Where winds align with slopes, tree canopy fire and fire spotting are anticipated. Last night scouting occurred at high points to assess fire growth but smoke limited visibility. The fire spotted over the Winchester Trail to the north. Alaska Team 1 has joined Northwest Team 6 to manage the eastern side of the fire. This has brought key middle management personnel to the fire and allows firefighters to have shorter driving times to the east side of the fire. 

Today’s Activities: With critical fire weather expected today, operations leaders will be continuously assessing fire growth and focusing on strategic placement of firefighters in anticipation of changing conditions throughout the day. Firefighters are working on fireline from north Waldo Lake to Charlton Lake connecting to Forest Service Road 4290 to hold the fire from continuing to move south. On Forest Service Road 2421 firefighters will be watching for any spot fires and holding the fire at the road. Crews will be engaging the spot fires north of the Winchester Trail trying to extinguish them if safe to do so. Firefighters are also coordinating with the Middle Fork Ranger District and Lane County Oregon State Fire Marshal representative in order to provide initial attack support to any new fire starts that could occur.  

WeatherA RED FLAG Warning is in effect today through at least Saturday due to hot, dry, and windy conditions. East Winds speeds are expected to be 15-25 with gusts of up to 50 mph on ridges. Toward the afternoon the valley will become windy. 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 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 pcta.org for current information.

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

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/ |

YouTubehttps://www.tinyurl.com/cedarcreekfireyoutube 

Evacuations: 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/3D51kvC to view a map

Cedar Creek Fire
Public Information Officer
(541)201-2335

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