In distant southwest Oregon, the Rum Creek Fire has burnt about 12,000 acres or nearly 19 square miles and is just about 1% contained. It has threatened thousands of houses. A task force of 15 firemen from six agencies in Central Oregon is among the more than 1,300 firefighters present.
The almost month-old, lightning-sparked Cedar Creek Fire, which has burnt over 7,800 acres west of Waldo Lake and east of Oakridge, was the source of a massive smoke plume that many Central Oregonians saw and inquired about on Tuesday. As of Tuesday morning, there were 821 workers on the scene, and the containment level was reported to be 12%.
Brenda Ahlberg, the public information officer for Cedar Creek, said the fire is burning more actively on the northern side but is still contained to its existing perimeter due to the hot, dry, and unstable conditions. It is advancing into “high fuel loads, hefty, massive timbers,” according to her.
Ahlberg added, “We’re seeking enormous smoke columns, and we’re going to keep seeing them until the late afternoon because of the temperatures and fire weather today.
According to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, 5,035 homes and more than 2,600 other structures were at risk from the Rum Creek Fire as of Tuesday morning, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. According to officials, the fire destroyed two buildings in addition to one dwelling.
In the next few days, experts predict that high temperatures and fluctuating winds will heighten the fire threat and make the blaze more active.
Numerous residences close to the towns of Rand and Galice must be evacuated. There are lower-level evacuation orders in place for certain nearby areas.
The bulletin stated that because of low temperatures and an increase in humidity, fire activity slowed down on Monday.
Air activities were also hampered by the smoke, and the fire expanded by roughly 3.1 square miles (8 square kilometers).
More than 1,300 firemen are battling the fire, and more are on the way.
On Monday afternoon, a task force from Central Oregon traveled to the Rum Creek fire. According to John Hendricks, the Office of State Fire Marshal’s public affairs expert, Bend, Redmond, Cloverdale, Jefferson County, Alfalfa, and Sisters deployed personnel. A command van, four engines, one water tender, and 15 firemen make up the task team.
Those regions east of the fire, where it is most active, are being protected from structures by Californian crews working with the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, according to officials.
According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, an advisory for the region’s air quality has been issued, with Grants Pass receiving the worst possible classification – hazardous.
A community meeting will be held at North Valley High School in Grants Pass on Tuesday at 6 o’clock by Josephine County and fire officials. Facebook Live will carry the broadcast.
In another location, the Crockets Knob Fire, which is 20 miles north of Prairie City, has burned 1,859 acres with no containment.
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