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Cedar Creek Fire

Unit Information

Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Springfield, OR 97477

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Incident Contacts

Cedar Creek Fire Information Line
Email: 2022.cedarcreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-201-2335
Hours: 7 days 8 am to 8 pm

Media Line
Phone: 541-327-9925
Hours: 7 days 8 am to 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/30/2022 Cedar Creek Fire Update September 30, 2022
Cedar Creek FireSeptember 30, 2022 | Update 8:30 AM | Size: 120,546 acres | Contained: 27% | Start Date: August 1, 2022 | Origin: 15 miles east of Oakridge, OR | Cause:...
News - 09/30/2022
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The Cedar Creek Fire began August 1, 2022 when a lightning storm caused 20 to 30 new fires on the Willamette National Forest.  The incident is currently being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 9 on the West Zone (Willamette National Forest) and Northwest Team 7 on the East Zone (Deschutes National Forest).

After several days of Red Flag Warnings leading to extreme fire growth to both the east and west, firefighters focused on protecting homes and infrastructure in Oakridge, Westfir and the surrounding communities. Also, the cabins and forest infrastructure on the Deschutes National Forest in and around the Cascade Lakes Highway are being protected. Fire activity has since moderated since with cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity.

Because of the fire’s location, in very steep and difficult to access terrain, including wilderness and roadless areas, firefighters implemented an indirect strategy. This means they have been constructing firelines away from the active fire edge, along roads and trails, where they have a better chance of successfully stopping the fire.

Evacuation notices are in place in Lane County.  

An area closure is in effect for parts of the Willamette National Forest and the Deschutes National Forest. A closure is in effect for both the Waldo Lake Wilderness and Three Sisters Wilderness. Waldo Lake and Cultus Lake are both closed to the public.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginMonday August 01st, 2022 approx. 09:39 AM
LocationFire origin 15 miles east of Oakridge, OR and 3 miles west of Waldo Lake
Incident CommanderW: NW Team 9, Tyson Albrecht IC, Brian Ebert IC(t) E: Nate LeFevre IC, Chris Orr DPIC
Coordinates43.726 latitude, -122.167 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,022
Size120,591 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained27%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory) Timber (Litter and Understory) Closed Timber Litter

Timber Shrub with very high surface fuel load. Short needle conifer with brush and down log fuel loading in mature timber. Lichen draped timber and snags are abundant.

Timber Litter with compact short needle conifer litter primarily composed of Douglas Fir plantations and regeneration.

Significant Events

West Zone: The fire is currently burning with low intensity with active creeping and smoldering. East winds will test the western edge of the fire over the next couple shifts. Concentrations of heavy dead and down fuel continue to consume. Although limited, fire spread is supported in sheltered areas of timber litter with high fuel loading.

East Zone: Cool, dry conditions with smoldering fire behavior and flaming consumption of large woody fuels.

Outlook

Planned Actions

West Zone:

Div A: Clean up and conduct repair along the 19 road east to DP 549. Continue repair work at the end of the 1958 road.

Div Y: Patrol and secure as necessary along 2409 road. Mitigate hazards and snags as needed.

Div X: Secure previous burn operation along containment feature. Mop up. Mitigate hazards and snags.

Div W: Secure previous burn operation along containment feature. Mop up. Mitigate hazards and snags.

Div T: Secure fire perimeter along containment lines. Monitor fire behavior in the riparian areas of Eagle Creek as well as northeast of Mt Fuji. Use helicopter bucket drops to slow fire growth in those areas as needed.

10/01-02: Have a surge taskforce for east wind event. TFLD, T1 Crew, T2 Crew, 3 T6 ENG, 1 WT2, 1 Dozer.

East Zone:

Finish shaded fuel break operations and fire repair efforts on Cascade Lakes Highway, 4660 Road, 4290 Road, 4636 Road, and 640 Road. Remove and backhaul structure protection equipment from Cutlus Lake Resort area. Identify repair needs and communicate with READs.

Projected Incident Activity

24 hours:

West Zone:

East winds are expected to increase in speed today. Higher temperatures and critically low humidity combined with the east winds result in critical burning conditions, especially where east winds align with east-west topographic features. Fuels will be more receptive to fire spread and heavy fuels are receptive to lofted embers with an increased probability of ignition. Fire behavior is again expected to tick up with the potential for group torching and short-range spotting.

East Zone: Smoldering and continued consumption of logs and stumps. No fire spread.

48 hours:

West Zone: Critical burning conditions in the morning should moderate as winds decrease throughout the day. Warmer temperatures and critically low Rhs creates a burn environment for isolated torching and short-range spotting to the receptive fuel bed. Suppression actions and continued mop-up along control features should lessen the potential for spotting outside the fire perimeter.

East Zone: Fire behavior primarily smoldering, with limited creeping and flaming consumption of logs possible.

Remarks

The fire is zoned with Northwest Team 7 managing the East Zone and Northwest Team 9 managing the West Zone.

Transfer of command from Pacific Northwest Team 3 to Northwest Team 9 on the West Zone occurred on September 26, 2022 at 6:00 am.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

West Zone: Warm, dry, breezy weather rapidly returned to the fire on Friday as high pressure built in over the area. As of mid-afternoon, temperatures were running 10-20 degrees warmer and humidities 25-55% lower than 24 hours ago. East winds had developed over the ridges by morning and began gusting as high as 21 MPH during the afternoon.

Near-critical fire weather conditions from east winds and low humidity are expected to continue through Saturday night with warm, dry, breezy days, and poor to moderate humidity recoveries at night. The worst conditions will be on mid-slopes and ridge tops, especially at night. It will remain warm and dry Sunday, but winds are expected to ease and switch to west.

East Zone: The morning dawned frosty, foggy, and cold over much of the east zone. However, with moderate east winds aloft and enough September sun to heat the ground, the inversions burned off quickly and conditions rapidly warmed up and dried out. Sunny conditions prevailed except for the fog. Relative humidity did not drop quite as much as expected, but still reached the low-to-mid 40s in many areas.

Saturday will feature similar conditions with moderate east winds, sunny skies, and warm and dry conditions. There is no rain and no significant wind in the forecast for at least the next week. Unseasonably warm and dry conditions will be dominant under high pressure during that time.