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Oregon wildfire update: Officials report minimal growth and greater containment

Cedar Creek Waldo Lookout
Willamette National Forest
A view of the Cedar Creek Fire from the Waldo Mountain Lookout on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. The lookout tower was wrapped in a fire-resistant heat shield to protect it from the Cedar Creek Fire.

Several wildfires continue to burn in the region today. While some fires have little containment, crews have made significant progress on other blazes in the state.

On Sunday, officials reported that the Cedar Creek Fire burning on the Willamette National Forest east of Oakridge had grown to 1,822 hundred acres with zero containment. The fire has led to the closure of the entire Waldo Lake Wilderness. This includes all trailheads and dispersed camping west and north of Waldo Lake. The lake itself remains open as well as campgrounds on the east side.

Fire growth has been minimal for the Windigo and Potter Fires burning on the Umpqua National Forest. As of the latest update the Windigo Fire had burned 1,052 acres and was 15% contained. The Potter Fire was estimated at 167 acres with zero containment. Sections of the Pacific Crest Trail have been closed in the area of those fires.

The Forest Service has instituted closure orders for several FS roads in areas overlapping the Umpqua, Deschutes, Willamette, and Fremont-Winema National Forests. Details about the Windigo Fire and Potter Fire closures can be found here.

The largest fire in Oregon this year is the Miller Road Fire in Wasco County near Maupin. Crews were able to gain significant ground on the fire in recent days. On Sunday, officials adjusted the total acreage burned to 10,847, down from earlier estimates putting it at over 11,000 acres. With 95% of the fire's perimeter contained, crews are demobilizing and switching to mop-up operations.

The McKinney Fire burning on the Klamath National Forest south of the Oregon/ California border has scorched 60,271 acres and is estimated to be 40% contained. Officials say 87 homes and 45 other structures have been burned by the McKinney Fire. Four people have died in the fire, which has destroyed much of the town of Klamath River.

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 Public Speaking.