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Cedar Creek Fire in Oregon Force Evacuation of more than 2000 homes : NPR

Cedar Creek fire Pictured is Friday, the day officials issued the evacuation order of cities of Oak Ridge and Westfire.

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Cedar Creek Fire in Oregon Force Evacuation of more    than 2000 homes : NPR

Cedar Creek fire Pictured is Friday, the day officials issued the evacuation order of cities of Oak Ridge and Westfire.

Justin Wood/US Forest Service

forest fire in Oregon has quadrupled in late size last week, threatening thousands of homes and drapery of the Interstate 5 corridor, including metropolitan Portland area, in heavy smoke.

Cedar Creek fire started during a thunderstorm on August 1. As of It rose to almost 86,000 acres on Sunday, officials said, and fire “existing lines broken”, which means that the level of containment has dropped to 0%.

fire threatens more than 2200 homes and hundreds of commercial buildings, according to officials, mostly in nearby cities of Oak Ridge and Westfire, which have a combined population of about 3500 inhabitants. Officials ordered evacuation on Friday.

Gusty winds, high temperatures and dry weather late last week and Saturday exacerbated the fire by fueling it growth with approximately 18,000 acres on from Wednesday to more than four times this number by sunday.

On Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the state fire state of emergency allowing the state fire marshal k support local fire departments.

“The Cedar Creek fire quickly spread to Oregon communities this morning, and the fires growth potential in the coming days is alarming, requiring additional resources for battle in fire as well as support government response,” she said.

According to officials, by Sunday weather conditions eased. “This gives us ability to defend with where our main lines of command are,” said Adam Veal, trainee commander of the emergency services. in video update Saturday.

Firefighters said Sunday they have completed strategic burning operations along the road. fire of the northwestern outskirts and worked on set up protective measures along scenic 66-mile Cascade Lakes lane stretch of highway east of in fire dotted with campsites and resorts, including the ski resort on Mount Bachelor area, which hosts fire command center. “These fire breaks have a high priority and are likely to take up most of week before complete“, the officials said.

Rural and mountain area hit by Cedar Creek fire is located primarily in the Willamette National Forest, a popular recreation area. with lakes and trails. Much currently closed to public.

The Red Cross Shelter was set up at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, about 50 miles to the northwest.

Oregon fire Agencies are fighting several other fires across the state, including the Double Creek fire. in northeastern part of state. The utilities have shut down power up to tens of thousands of customers on Friday as a preventive measure in windy conditions.

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