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Officials: Be aware of firefighters over Labor Day weekend

View from night shift operations on 9/1 near Ennis Riffle
Oregon Department of Forestry
View from night shift operations on 9/1 near Ennis Riffle

The Cedar Creek fire east of Oakridge has burned about 9,200 acres and is 12% contained. Officials ask drivers to be aware of fire traffic over the Labor Day weekend, and not to impede firefighters.

Thursday the Lane County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 1, "be ready" evacuation notice for North Waldo Campground, Islet Campground and Charlton Lake Trailhead. Level 1 means to be alert for a wildfire, become familiar with exit routes from your area, and stay informed of the situation.

It's a Red Flag warning day on the Rum Creek fire and in Southern Oregon until 11 pm. Forecasters say a cold front could bring increased winds to the area. Fire personnel will monitor the situation closely and watch for wind-driven flare-ups. The Rum Creek fire has scorched nearly 17,000 acres and is 12 percent contained.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.