Cedar Creek Fire in Oregon triples in size

2021 National Wildfire Mitigation

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The Cedar Creek Fire, which started on 1 August in west-central Oregon has more than tripled in size from 27,512 acres on the morning of Thursday September 8 to 85,900 acres by Saturday night.

The majority of growth was to the west driven by strong easterly winds and dry fuels. The incident management team says 2,230 homes and 443 commercial structures remain threatened, but there have been no reports that any structures have been destroyed. 

The most recent statement from Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal said that due to strong east winds and triple-digit temperatures, work has primarily focused on the west side of the fire and that As conditions change and winds shift, firefighters with the OSFM will continue to evaluate threat to lives and properties.

Fire crews continue working day and night shifts to access structures and patrol critical areas where the fire is nearing. The fire remained north of Highway 58, south of Forest Road 19, and east of Eagle Butte.

In the east zone, direct checking actions continued on the southeast edge in the Waldo Lake area and efforts were being focused on creating fire breaks along existing roads and other barriers and burn-out operations to reduce fuels. 

Crews are reportedly working in the Brown Mountain area to reinforce a barrier east of the highway between the Crane Prairie and Wickiup reservoirs. The State Fire Marshal statement said these fire breaks are a high priority and will likely take most of a week to complete.

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