Three months after it started, Cedar Creek Fire reaches significant turning point

By Chris M Lehman
Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 1, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

It’s been three months since the Cedar Creek Fire started burning in the Willamette National Forest east of Oakridge. Fire managers now say the blaze is mostly out.  Officially, the lightning-sparked fire is around 70% contained. But public information officer Bud Sexton said for the most part, the recent rainfall and cooler temperatures mean flames are no longer actively burning.  “People might see some occasional smoke here and there,” he said. “But that’s all part of the natural process of the fire as it continues to receive more rainfall.”  The fire burned more than 127,000 acres and caused the evacuation of Oakridge for a few days in September. Though the community was largely spared from any damage, smoke continued to plague the area through much of October.

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