Quadrupling in Size, Oregon Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 2000+ Homes

The Cedar Creek Fire that is raging south of Portland, Oregon, grew to nearly 86,000 acres on Sunday after it burned for over a month across Lane and Deschutes counties, prompting the evacuation of 2,230 homes and hundreds of commercial structures, officials said.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal had committed an incident management team and seven task forces to protect homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure in the area where the fire beached existing lines and is 15% contained.

In an effort to give additional resources to crews battling the fire and support the state’s response, Oregon Governor Kate Brown invoked on Friday the Emergency Conflagration Act.

Brown said in a statement that it is important for all Oregonians to be prepared due to forecasted weather conditions this week and numerous fires in the wilderness areas near communities, stressing that conditions can change quickly, and that fire knows no bounds.

As the challenge of dry and windy conditions continue in the region, at least 18 other large fires that are burning across Oregon and Washington led to evacuations and targeted power outages.

Further south, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s firefighters made progress against the huge Mosquito Fire in the foothills east of Sacramento, Northern California, that spread to nearly 65 square miles with 10% containment,

Cal Fire’s incident report Sunday says that the wildfire that was still growing and threatening thousands of mountain homes as higher winds allowed the flames to push to the north and northeast, placing under evacuation orders some 11,000 residents of communities including Foresthill and Georgetown and another 5,800 structures in Placer and El Dorado counties under threat.

The massive 44-square-mile Fairview Fire about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles was 45% contained Sunday after it had killed two people last Monday and destroyed at least 30 homes and other structures in Riverside County.

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