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Sweet Creek MP2 Fire

Unit Information

Western Lane District - Oregon Department of Forestry
87950 Territorial Highway
Veneta, OR 97487

Sweet Creek MP2 Fire AM Update 91/1/2020

Sweet Creek MP2 Fire Wildfire
News – 9/1/2020

MAPLETON, Ore.—Overnight, firefighters on the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire completed hand line around the perimeter of all burned areas.  The fire is now fully lined.  They also continued putting in hose lays to bring water to the fire.  Fire behavior was moderate, though the fire did grow outside the lines in two small areas.  These were quickly controlled and new line has been established around them.  The fire, estimated at 513 acres, is burning on private forestland near Mapleton in Lane County, Oregon.  It remains 0% contained.  ODF Team 1 took command of the fire yesterday at 6 pm.

Speaking at this morning’s briefing, Operations Section Chief Mike Carlson instructed crews, “today’s goals are to hold and continue to secure lines.” Today crews will continue to secure lines by putting in hose lays to cool hot spots along the perimeter.  They will also remain alert to any spots across the lines.  Heavy equipment will be used to strengthen lines and open roads for access.  Aircraft will make water drops to cool hot spots and be available to quickly address spot fires. Today marks a change in the weather pattern across Oregon, with building high pressure expected to bring higher temperatures, lower relative humidity, and the potential for gusty winds.  These conditions, combined with extremely dry fuels, will test fire lines over the next few days.  Steep terrain also increases the likelihood of quick runs should spot fires emerge. While containment remains 0%, it is expected to increase as crews strengthen existing lines and begin to mop up hot spots inside the fire perimeter. Evacuations remain in place on Hadsall Creek (Level 3: GO!), Sweet Creek Rd (Level 2: Be Set!) and Bernhardt Creek Rd and Duncan Island Road (Level 1: Be Ready!). For more information on evacuations please visit: https://www.lanecounty.org/news/sweetcreekfires. The Red Cross is providing accommodations for those affected by the fire.  To make emergency arrangements call 888-680-1455. The health and safety of local residents, visitors and fire crews is a critically important to our mission.  Best management practices include proper distancing and minimizing our physical interactions within the community.  To maintain these standards, the fire can no longer accept donations of food or other supplies from the community.  We appreciate your generosity and understanding.