Cedar Creek fire in western Oregon triples in size
The Cedar Creek Fire that started Aug. 1 in west-central Oregon was already very large at 27,512 acres on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 8. But due to dry and windy weather the following two days, when a mapping plane was on fire at 10 p.m. Saturday, its size had more than tripled to 85,900 acres. That night the fire was about 5 miles northeast of Oakridge.
Most of the growth occurred in the west, driven by strong easterly winds and dry fuels. On Saturday evening, as winds blew in from the west, west flank firefighters completed strategic burning operations near Eagle Butte, 5 miles northeast of Oakridge. The fire remained north of Highway 58, south of Logging Road 19 and east of Eagle Butte.
The incident management team says 2,230 homes and 443 commercial structures remain at risk, but none have been reported as destroyed. The Oregon State Office of the Fire Marshal hired seven task forces and an incident management team for the incident.
Saturday night resources committed to the fire included 17 manual crews, 53 engines and 8 helicopters for a total of 994 personnel. Estimated suppression costs to date are $47 million.
In the satellite photo below, the Cedar Fire is producing the smoke seen in the lower part of the image.