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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 Evening Update 9/3/2020

Sweet Creek MP2 Fire Wildfire
News – 9/4/2020

MAPLETON, Ore.—Day crews on the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire pushed mop up 150 to 200 feet into the
fire’s interior today. Aided by handheld infrared thermal imaging cameras, night crews plan to re-check
containment lines and extend mop up another 25 to 50 feet into the interior. Their work should be aided by
overnight humidity levels predicted to reach 90% on some parts of the fire. Last night’s burn out operation
on the northwest corner of the fire was successful. Helicopters dropped water on that portion of the fire
today, cooling remaining hot spots. Crews found no spots outside the line. Containment has reached 45%.
At this evening’s briefing, the incident fire behavior specialist described very favorable conditions for
overnight suppression work on the fire. Low temperatures and high relative humidity, combined with
predicted low wind speeds, will significantly decrease fire activity. Crews were again commended on the
incident’s excellent safety record, though fire managers cautioned daytime winds have brought down snags
within the fire perimeter. Rolling debris loosened by the fire, including rocks, trees, and vegetation, continue
to challenge safe travel along Sweet Creek Road.
Sweet Creek Road remains closed to all public traffic, as does the Siuslaw River from the Highway 126 Bridge
to Tiernan Landing. 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 and closures 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 Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has teamed up with a local community volunteer to place
a particulate matter air sensor in the Mapleton Area. The sensor will contribute data to help LRAPA track air
quality throughout Lane County. To learn more about the PurpleAir Monitor and see real-time data from
Mapleton, visit http://www.lrapa.org/301/Particulate-Matter-Air-Sensors.
As the Labor Day weekend approaches, traffic is anticipated to increase, creating additional hazards for
drivers and fire personnel. 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.

Beginning tomorrow the incident management team will issue one fire update each day. Daily updates can
be expected by 11 am.