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Sweet Creek MP2 Fire

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

Sweet Creek MP2 Fire Evening Update 9/2/2020

Sweet Creek MP2 Fire Wildfire
News – 9/2/2020

MAPLETON, Ore.—Firefighters continued mop up operations around the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire today, working as much as 75 to 100 feet into some portions of the fire. The fire was less active, despite warm temperatures and low relative humidity. Helicopters continued to make bucket drops on hot spots, as crews used hand tools and hose lays for mop up. Following careful planning, firefighters conducted a burnout operation in the northwest corner of the fire this evening. The operation helped secure that corner of the fire by removing unburned fuels between the fire perimeter and established fire line. Smoke from the burnout could be seen over the fire late into the evening. Tonight, a specially equipped aircraft will overfly the fire to better map the perimeter and identify hotspots. Containment has increased to 30%.
The Incident Management Team held a virtual community meeting at 7 pm tonight, which was livestreamed on the incident’s Facebook page @sweetcreekmp2fire. The meeting included an update on the fire’s status and an opportunity to ask questions of fire managers. For those who missed the meeting, a recording remains available on Facebook.
Lane County has now closed Sweet Creek Road to all traffic. Alternate routes have been identified. The closure comes in response to trees and other debris rolling onto the road from hillsides made unstable by the fire. The Siuslaw River is also closed to boat traffic from the Highway 126 Bridge to Tiernan Landing. The closure is intended to protect public safety while helicopters are dipping buckets to support fire operations. For more information about closures and alternate routes please visit:https://www.lanecounty.org/news/sweetcreekfires.
Fire managers and local officials would like to remind travelers driving through Mapleton on Highway 126 to allow extra time, drive slowly, and be cautious of fire traffic. As the Labor Day weekend approaches, traffic is anticipated to increase, creating additional hazards for drivers and fire personnel.
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.