Fires Burn In Cascades And Coast Range

Sep 2, 2014

The Deception Complex fire near Oakridge and a small fire in the Coast Range are keeping almost a thousand firefighters busy.

A helicopter fills its bucket near the Deception Complex.
Credit www.inciweb.nwcg.gov

A fire in the Cape Perpetua scenic area was reported Monday evening. As of Tuesday a 20-person crew was working to contain the half-acre blaze, which is in a drainage of Cummins Creek. According to officials, there are no closures. The cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.

The Deception Complex fire near Oakridge was stalled by recent cooler, wetter weather, and remains 55% contained as of Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters hope to get a lot of work done before hotter and drier weather returns. Sarah Saarloos is with the Deception Complex:

Sarloos: “In the next day or two you could see an increase in smoke, and that’s part of our operation to be able to strengthen our containment lines.”

Saarloos says firefighters will be burning fuel at the edge of the fire in an attempt to prevent it from spreading.

Tag: A community meeting takes place at Greenwaters Park in Oakridge at 7 pm tonight (Tuesday). The incident management team will update residents on the status of the fires. 

Updates on the Deception Complex fire at Inciweb here.