Deschutes Natl. Forest reduces Cedar Creek Fire closure; Lava lake, resort reopening, campgrounds still closed

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Fire containment increases to 17%

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Deschutes National Forest on Friday reduced the forest closure for the Cedar Creek Fire, allowing recreation to resume at Lava Lake and Lava Lake Resort, which were in the northern part of the closure.

Although the closure has been reduced, the Little Lava Lake and Lava Lake campgrounds remain closed. Access to the station is open, officials said.

If the public has any questions, they can contact the Bend-Ft Rock Ranger District at 541-383-5300.

Here is Friday morning’s fire update:

Cedar Creek Fire
September 23, 2022
Daily update at 8:30 a.m.

Quick facts about the Cedar Creek fire
Cut: 113,809 acres

Contents: 17%

Start date: August 1, 2022

Origin: 15 miles east of Oakridge, Oregon

Cause: Flash

Total workforce: 1990

Resources: 50 engines, 34 crews, 68 heavy equipment, 8 helicopters

West Zone Operations: Smoke and fog lifted in the morning bringing warmer and drier weather. Firefighters were successful in cleanup operations, including extinguishing hot spots, separating smoldering debris and cutting down snags and fire-weakened trees along the western edge of the blaze. This secured the line of fire along Forest Service Roads 2409 and 1928 which are northeast of the community of High Prairie. Crews will continue to patrol this section of the line to check for hot spots. Along the northern edge of the fire area, mechanized equipment and crews continue to prepare Forest Service Road 19 for use as a line of control. Because they can safely reach them, resource advisors work to assess the condition of recreation sites and other valuable sites. Yesterday, staff visited recreation sites along Forest Service Route 19, including campgrounds and trailheads. They have confirmed that these sites are in good condition and that the wooden structures are covered with fire resistant material in case fire affects the sites.

East Area Operations: Crews working on the spillway that crossed Forest Service Road 4290 are finishing their work. They will clean the 50 foot line in the burnt area looking for and eliminating hot spots. Bulldozer line repair is underway from Waldo Lake to Forest Service Read 5897. Area East of Cedar Creek Fire assisted in transporting equipment through the fire area. Equipment will be transported to the cache in Redmond, OR where it will be inventoried, cleaned and stored; ready to deploy on another fire.

A response gear team will continue to patrol and monitor conditions in the Lake Odell area. Along the Cascade Lakes Highway, construction of shaded firebreaks continues in close coordination with a team of Resource Advisors (READ). READs are resource specialists who know the ecology of the Deschutes National Forest and have a solid understanding of the potential effects of wildfires on important natural and cultural resources. When a shaded fuel cut construction section is completed, READs are brought in to assess the work and sign the line complete.

Forest closures are in place in the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests for firefighters and public safety. A map of the current closure is available on the incident’s InciWeb page, the Cedar Creek Fire Facebook page, and on the National Forest webpages. Tracking these closures allows firefighters to focus on doing their job safely.

Time: Yesterday’s scattered showers total nearly 0.4 inches in the western area of ​​the fire. The precipitation ceased quickly yesterday morning with clear skies. Warmer and drier conditions are expected from Friday to early next week with daytime temperatures reaching 70 degrees. Fuel moisture remains high with minimal expected fire behavior.

Closures: Deschutes National Forest and Willamette National Forest both have closures and fire restrictions in effect. Please visit Willamette National Forest and Deschutes National Forest for the most recent closure orders and maps. Elijah Bristow State Park is used by firefighters and closed to the public. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place. The use of drones is prohibited in the fire area, please secure the use of aircraft by our firefighters on the fire. Pacific Crest Trail hikers should visit pcta.org for up-to-date information. See a map of the fire area with the two forest closures here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/8307/0/137083

Smoke: For current conditions, see Fire.airnow.gov, oakridgeair.org and LRAPA – Today’s Current Air Quality. Smoke forecasts are available at https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook.
Evacuations:
An updated evacuation zone map is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek. Sign up for emergency mobile alerts by going to oralert.gov. Please check with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911 for updates and changes.
On line
: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8307/ | https://www.facebook.com/CedarCreekFire2022/ |
Youtube: https://www.tinyurl.com/cedarcreekfireyoutube
Fire Information
Line: 541-201-2335, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. |

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