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Terwilliger Fire: 8,736 Acres Of Scorched, Rugged Terrain

United States Forest Service

UPDATE: As of 7:10 pm Monday (9/3), the Terwilliger Fire 60 miles east of Eugene-Springfield continues to burn in rugged terrain.

720 personnel are working on the fire which is 27 percent contained. Crews are working on steep slopes and dealing with rolling debris, which is setting other fires.

The fire is burning on the east and west sides of Cougar Reservoir off Highway 126. 

At a community meeting at McKenzie High School on Saturday night, fire managers presented updates on the fire and answered questions from local residents. Topics included fire activity, emergency preparedness, and air quality.

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A public meeting held September 1st allowed locals and fire officials to discuss the latest developments.

Residents were told that the eastern front of the fire, burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness, crossed over Sawtooth Ridge, and and slowly progressed northeast towards the east fork of the south fork of the McKenzie River.

Officials said various plans of attack have been implemented, including aerial water drops and continued strengthening of fire lines through back burning and removing snag trees.

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A night burn operation conducted September 1st.

Closures and campfire bans will remain in place. With fire activity being high and fire danger at very high for the Willamette National Forest, campfires are banned forest-wide, including at developed sites and in all wilderness areas.

Smoking is banned, unless inside enclosed buildings or vehicles.  A temporary flight restriction is in place, which applies to all non-authorized aircraft, including Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones.  Last week a drone grounded aerial operations. 

A complete list of road, trail, and campground closures can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices

The fire was reported on August 19th. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.
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