Cedar Creek Fire now at 1,200 acres


Story updated at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 with size of Cedar Creek Fire updated.

The Cedar Creek Fire grew to 900 acres on Thursday and has brought a closure and evacuations to the Waldo Lake Wilderness outside of Oakridge.

The fire is 3.5 miles west of Waldo Lake and 12 miles from Oakridge in the Cascade Mountains of the Willamette National Forest. It was sparked after thousands of lightning strikes raked Oregon during the past week.

The U.S. Forest Service has closed the entire Waldo Lake Wilderness area, in addition to all the west side trails and campgrounds. The area is being patrolled and people are being told to leave, officials said.

The decision about Waldo Lake’s east side, including whether to keep the overall lake open and campgrounds such as North Waldo, Islet and Shadow Bay, will be made in the next couple of days, officials said. For now, they are still open.