Cedar Creek Fire managers planned Saturday morning to burn more unburnt areas on the fire’s perimeter, continuing a strategy begun after a dangerous east wind event ended last weekend and the weather began to get cooler and wetter.
The Cedar Creek Fire has been burning east of Oakridge since it was sparked by lightning at the beginning of August, but rapidly spread west between Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 when winds came in from the east. The greater Oakridge-Westfir area was threatened during that time, and residents were put under a Level 3 (Go Now) evacuation order Friday.
The threat decreased when winds died down, but High Prairie, Oakridge and Westfir areas remain at Level 1 (Be Ready).
The Cedar Creek Fire was 0% contained as of Saturday morning, but increased moisture over the coming days should allow firefighters to reach some level of containment on the northwest side of the fire to protect the Oakridge area, James Osborne with Pacific Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 3, said during a virtual meeting Saturday.
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