Western Lane District - Oregon Department of Forestry
87950 Territorial Highway
Veneta, OR 97487
MAPLETON, Ore.—Low clouds hung over the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire this morning, signaling a weather change that will aid crews as they continue mopping up the fire. A more stable weather pattern is expected to maintain an onshore flow for the next few days, bringing cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity across the fire. Overnight, crews used handheld infrared thermal imaging cameras to check the fire perimeter for hot spots as they pushed mop up operations further into the interior. Day crews will continue the effort. The fire is now 45% contained.
Fire managers have adjusted their estimate of the fire’s total size to 307 acres. It is not uncommon for acreages to change as more accurate information becomes available, especially when fires burn in steep terrain and dense vegetation. As fire activity subsides, it becomes safer for field observers to collect more detailed information about the fire perimeter. Field
observations, as well as infrared aerial imaging, are used to estimate the extent of a fire.
With containment increasing and favorable weather conditions expected over the next few days, some hand crews have been released from the fire. Aircraft and heavy equipment remain on standby should they be needed.
Evacuation levels have been lowered for residents impacted by the fire. Hadsall Creek is now at Level 2 (Set), Sweet Creek Road is at Level 1 (Ready) and Bernhardt Creek Rd and Duncan Island Road are no longer under an evacuation order. Sweet Creek Road and Hadsall Creek Road are both closed to all public traffic. While the threat of fire has diminished, the potential for rolling debris and falling trees remains. The Siuslaw River also remains closed from the Highway 126 Bridge to Tiernan Landing to accommodate helicopter operations. For more information on evacuations and closures please visit: https://www.lanecounty.org/news/sweetcreekfires.
Fire managers and local officials are asking for the public’s help in maintaining the fire’s excellent safety record. With the Labor Day weekend approaching, traffic is anticipated to increase through Mapleton along Highway 126, creating additional hazards for drivers and fire personnel. Travelers should allow extra time, drive slowly and be cautious of fire traffic.
Parking on the highway shoulder is not permitted between mileposts 9 and 14.