Western Lane District - Oregon Department of Forestry
87950 Territorial Highway
Veneta, OR 97487
MAPLETON, Ore.—Continued cool, overcast weather across the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 fire has helped crews push containment to 63%. Mop up operations have reached as much as 250 feet into the interior of the burn. Crews continue using infrared thermal imaging cameras to identify hot spots as they work along the fire’s perimeter. Even with higher humidity and cooler temperatures, heavy fuels will produce smoke within the burn for some time. Rolling debris on the fire’s steep slopes continues to challenge mop up operations and create hazardous driving and working conditions for firefighters. To date, no injuries have been reported on the fire.
Today crews will continue mop up and begin to backhaul equipment from the line that is no longer needed. They will also begin rehabilitating some contingency line that is not needed to control the fire. Rehabilitation means taking corrective actions, such as installing water bars, to help reduce the likelihood of erosion and other impacts. Slowing and diverting water that may flow along fire lines is particularly important in an area that can receive as much as 100 inches of rain annually. Favorable weather conditions are expected to continue for the next day or two, supporting continued progress across the burn. As containment increases more resources may be released from the fire, but aircraft and heavy equipment remain on standby should they be needed. Labor Day weekend traffic along Highway 126 through the burn area has been moderate, but officials are still reminding travelers to allow extra time, drive slowly and be cautious of fire traffic. Parking on the highway shoulder is not permitted between mileposts 9 and 14. Evacuation levels were lowered yesterday for residents impacted by the fire. Hadsall Creek Road is now at Level 2 (Set), Sweet Creek Road is at Level 1 (Ready) and Bernhardt Creek Road and Duncan Island Road are no longer under an evacuation order. Sweet Creek Road and Hadsall Creek Road remain closed to all public traffic due to the potential for rolling debris and falling trees. The Siuslaw River also remains closed from the Highway 126 Bridge to Tiernan Landing. For more information on evacuations and closures please visit: