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Cedar Creek Fire Update, September 29


Cedar Creek Fire Quick Facts
Size: 115,428 acres
Contained: 25%
Start Date: August 1, 2022
Origin: 15 miles east of Oakridge, OR
Cause: Lightning

West Zone Operations: Fire activity slowed yesterday as cooler temperatures and light precipitation
influenced the fire area. Mop-up, chipping, and patrol were the tasks of the day on the northern and western ends of the fire and will continue today. Ignitions from an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS or drone) completed firing operations that began Monday on the southwest part of the fire. Firefighters will look for opportunities in the coming days to utilize the UAS and solidify control features. The southeast area near Fuji Mountain and Waldo Lake saw very minimal fire growth and will be monitored by aircraft. Highway 58 is expected to have reduced visibility due to smoke again this morning. Low visibility, wet roadways, and road maintenance combined pose an increased hazard to the public and firefighters. A community meeting will be held tonight, September 29 in Greenwaters Park, Oakridge at 6:00 PM, and live streamed on the Cedar Creek Fire Facebook page.


East Zone Operations: The fire on the East Side continues to smolder, with the potential for rain likely to
further limit fire behavior today. No new perimeter growth is expected. Firefighters are continuing work on the shaded fuel breaks along Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway/Route 46, focusing on the roadway northwest ofWickiup Reservoir and just south of Lava Lake. They are also using masticators to add more depth to the fuel break along the 700 Road near Cultus Mountain. Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway/Route 46 remains closed from Lava Lake in the north to Crescent Cutoff Road in the South. Highway 58 is open; however, Oregon Department of Transportation paving operations may cause delays.


Weather: An east wind event will begin today and is expected to continue through Sunday resulting in lower relative humidity and increased temperatures. Winds on ridges could increase to 20-25 mph, but concerns remain low for increased fire behavior.


Closures: The Deschutes National Forest and Willamette National Forest both have closures and fire
restrictions in effect. Some of these closures will remain in effect until areas that have been heavily impacted by the fire are surveyed for safety hazards. Please visit Willamette National Forest and Deschutes National Forest for the most recent closure orders and maps. The Incident Command Post has been established at the industrial park in Oakridge along with a camping area for firefighters near the Hills Creek Dam. This area is in use by firefighters and closed to the public. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place. The use of drones is prohibited in the fire area, please make it safe for our firefighters to use aircraft on the fire. Pacific Crest Trail hikers should visit pcta.org for current information.


Smoke: For current conditions, see Fire.airnow.gov, oakridgeair.org, and LRAPA – Today’s Current Air Quality.

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