BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Cedar Creek Fire near Waldo Lake, which poured smoke into central Oregon on Wednesday, has more than doubled to about 1,200 acres, officials said Thursday, although a wind shift reduced the impact on the high desert’s air quality .
Here’s the Willamette National Forest Thursday morning update posted to Facebook, along with updates on other fires in the area:
The Cedar Creek Fire, discovered Monday about 3.5 miles west of Waldo Lake in the Willamette National Forest after a thunderstorm, made a significant move north and east last night. The fire is now around 1,200 acres and is burning in heavy wood. The forest is closing the entire Waldo Lake Wilderness Area as a precaution as the fire heads in that direction, away from the community of Oakridge.
While there is no need to panic, local locomotives patrolled the area last night picking up campers and other recreation seekers from the area and are continuing that effort this morning. Additionally, the public can expect a reverse distress call at some point.
Anyone with friends or family who are having a rest in this area or are traveling in this direction are asked to try to contact them and inform them of the closure and the need to leave the area. If family or friends are known to be in the area but cannot be reached, please call the Lane County Non-Emergency Hotline at 541-682-4150 and the message will be escalated to patrols.
The two fires in the Three Sisters Wilderness reported last night are being manned by smoke jumpers this morning. One is 5 acres and one is 1/10 of an acre.
As long as the fire continues its movement north and east, smoke will be a problem in north and east communities like Bend and Sisters and make recovery uncomfortable. Smoke often settles overnight in low-lying areas and river corridors. The public is advised to ensure all windows and doors are securely closed during the evening and early morning hours to limit smoke exposure. For more information and tips to protect your family this summer, visit the Oregon or Washington smoking information blogs at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ and http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/. Also check out the Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires | to the US EPA website and https://fire.airnow.gov/ for additional resources and up-to-date air quality readings in your area.
Green Butte Fire Update – Aug 4, 2022 9am
Central Oregon – Firefighters responded to Incident #537, the Green Butte fire, on the evening of August 2. The fire is located in the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District in Deschutes National Forest, about 13 miles southeast of La Pine and about two miles northeast of Spring Butte. The fire is currently mapped at 22.9 acres and 0% contained.
Firefighters halted tunneling yesterday and completed the installation of a hose line around the fire. Due to the increasing complexity, a local Type 3 Incident Management team led by Incident Commander Andrew Myhra will assume command of the fire today. The incoming incident management team will receive a briefing at 10:30am
Resources allocated to the Green Butte Fire include the Prineville Hotshots, two hand crews, four engines, three water tenders and a dozer. Air resources are available when needed.
For updated wildfire information, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org or follow fire updates on Twitter @CentralORFire.
Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Update – Aug 4, 9 a.m
Central Oregon – No new fires were reported last night. For existing fires, overnight fire activity was minimal and there were no significant changes.
The 274-acre Fly Creek Fire remained unchanged overnight and remains 80% contained. This fire is located near Balancing Rock on the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook in Deschutes National Forest. Resources will be back on site today to clean up and work to improve containment. Air support is available if necessary. Portions of Lake Billy Chinook may be closed for public safety reasons if air resources from the lake are required to dip. The Stage 1 evacuation notice for the Three Rivers area and the Stage 3 evacuation notice for the Perry South and Monty campgrounds remain in effect. For evacuation information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyORSheriff.
Firefighters have 50% contained the 4 acre Juniper Creek Fire. This fire is approximately 10 air miles south of the Fly Creek fire and resources will be on site again today to clear hot spots and strengthen lines of control. Incident 535, located about 20 miles southeast of Bend and north of Highway 20, was contained to 0.5 acres yesterday.
Weather conditions are expected to be slightly cooler today with no lightning in the forecast. Despite slightly cooler temperatures, conditions across the region are generally warm and dry with low relative humidity. Partly strong winds are forecast. Firefighters anticipate more remnants of fires may be discovered and are prepared to respond.
As we move into the weekend, fire officials would like to remind the public to exercise caution as the potential for fires to spread remains high. Check fire restrictions before making campfire plans. For information on restrictions, visit: https://www.centraloregonfire.org/. If you decide to enjoy a campfire in an approved fire ring at a designated campground, remember to drown, stir, and feel before you head away. It should be cool enough to touch with your hand. Check your pendant chains to make sure they aren’t dragging; this can cause sparks. Avoid driving over or parking on dry vegetation. Fewer man-made wildfires mean firefighters can focus on the naturally-caused wildfires we can’t prevent.
Central Oregon may experience renewed smoke impact today from a few different active fires in neighboring forests and further south in California. Smoke often settles overnight in low-lying areas and river corridors. The public is advised to ensure all windows and doors are securely closed during the evening and early morning hours to limit smoke exposure. For air quality information, visit: https://fire.airnow.gov/ or https://www.airnow.gov/. For more information on how to limit your smoke exposure, visit: https://www.centraloregonfire.org/wildfire-smoke-your-health/.
For updated information on wildfires, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org or follow fire updates on Twitter @CentralORfire.
Miller Road Fire Update
TThursday, August 4, 2022 9:00 a.m
OSFM Blue Team Scott Magers, IC
Miller Road Fire Information: (503) 383-9278 (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Estimated size: 10,500 acres
Start date/time: 8/2/22
Location: Juniper Flat, Wasco County
Case: Under investigation
Water tender: 12
Air Assets: As required
9 STRUCTURE TAsk Forces
Structures under threat: 881
Damaged Structures: Scoring
Structures destroyed: 1
Wasco County, OR — OSFM task forces and ODF crews have completed theirs
first 24-hour work cycle. The crews worked to create lines of fire protection
and were supported by air operations. Leveling lines and hand lines were
established in the southeast corner of the fire near Ditch Road and Natural
pasture road. Additional lines were also completed to the north near Old
Firefighters called planes for assistance and water drops
firefighting and containment.
In the late afternoon, the fire was spotted above the line east of Batty Road
and west of Old Wapinitia Road in a wheat field. Crews and landowners could extinguish it and burn it back to create some black.
It is with great sadness that we report that a main residence has been lost
the fire. The fire brigade was on duty at the time to protect the building.
Strong winds and glowing showers were present.
Four task forces and one bulldozer were assigned to the evening shift. There was
no new beginnings, and the fire died down. The fire brigade will start working today
Wiping on the heel of the fire along West Miller Road. you will be
Look for hot spots and raise the control line.
Cooler conditions are expected today with temperatures reaching 82-85
Degree. West winds are forecast at 5-10 mph. Minimal Relative
Moisture recovery overnight. The weekend forecast forecast
Temperatures rise to 100 degrees.
A guided tour by the media management is planned for 1:00 p.m. Journalists must bring all lines with them
Safety Personal protective equipment. The fire department cannot provide PPE.
Please call to confirm attendance: 541-979-4096.
We are grateful for Wasco County’s cooperation and support
Community, ODF partners, BLM employees and dedicated firefighters
to this incident.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at Dufur High School, 802
NE 5th Street.
For details on the evacuation of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, see Visit