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Level 3 evacuation (‘go now) issued for Oakridge, Westfir

UPDATE at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 9

A level 3 evacuation order, meaning “go now,” has been issued for the Oakridge, Westfir and High Prairie areas, both within city limits and in the surrounding unincorporated areas, due to extreme growth from the Cedar Creek Fire.

A map of evacuation areas is available here. Residents are advised to travel west, as Highway 58 is closed to the east.

Residents are encouraged to evacuate to the temporary evacuation Point at Lane Community College (4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene). The Temporary Evacuation Point is located in Building 16.

Lane Transit District is providing buses to help people who do not have transportation to evacuate. The buses will be staged at:

  • Oakridge High School (47997 W 1st St.)
  • First Baptist Church (47606 School St.)

In a statement, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said: “There is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately. DO NOT delay leaving your property to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Drive carefully, turn on your headlights, and follow any directions from public safety personnel.”

Satellite images show Cedar Creek Fire throwing off a tremendous amount of smoke.



In some ways the dice already has been rolled on the Cedar Creek Fire, and at this point, all firefighters can do is see where it lands.

The east winds have arrived on a fire that was at 33,100 acres overnight but is growing fast on Friday, bringing new evacuation levels outside Oakridge and closing Oregon Highway 58 over Willamette Pass. The fire is going to grow all day Friday, through the night and into Saturday, but how far it spreads remains the key question.

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