Western Lane District - Oregon Department of Forestry
87950 Territorial Highway
Veneta, OR 97487
MAPLETON, Ore.—Management of the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire will transition tomorrow at 7 a.m. from Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 1 to a smaller type 4 organization. As containment of the fire moves past 80% and mop up operations extend nearly 300 feet into the interior of the burn, ODF’s Western Lane District will resume responsibility for the fire. After the transition, crews will continue to monitor control lines and repair impacts from fire suppression activities.
Crews today and tonight will continue mop up and backhaul unneeded equipment. Most resources will be released from the fire over the next two days, though a small transition team will remain. Containment will be near 100% when the team departs. Heavy fuels and smoldering stumps well inside the fire perimeter may continue to produce some smoke until the
season’s first rains.
Reflecting on the team’s deployment to the fire, Incident Commander Joe Hessel remarked, “The Mapleton community has been extremely generous and supportive of our crews. We’d also like to thank the landowners, Lane County, and local fire departments for their support of the team. The great work accomplished before our arrival set the team up for a successful assignment.”
A change in weather over the next 24 hours is expected to bring hotter and drier conditions across the state. Strong east winds are also predicted to develop, creating extreme fire weather through Wednesday. As of September 3, the Western Lane District is in extreme fire danger for general public use.
For details visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx. For the latest information on evacuations and closures please visit: https://www.lanecounty.org/news/sweetcreekfires.
This will be the final update from the Incident Management Team. Further information will be provided by the Western Lane District.