Double Creek Fire. The behavior of fire today is unstable. Red flag warnings are in place, as are road and area closures. Source – Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
There were 18 major fires across Oregon and Washington Saturday night, with nearly 406 square miles of active, uncontrolled fires and nearly 5,000 people on the ground fighting them across the two states.
In western Oregon, two wildfires forced authorities to issue an evacuation order for thousands of residents. In Lane County, where the Cedar Creek fire has destroyed more than 50,000 acres and is only 12 percent contained, officials issued Level 3 alert, (Go Now), the most urgent, according to The newspaper “New York Times.
On Saturday, more than 7,000 people in the county were under evacuation orders, including those who lived near the cities of Oak Ridge and Westfir, which are about 90 miles southeast of Eugene. According to the Oregon Wildfire Agency, 12 people were injured in the blaze.
The Double Creek Fire in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, which burned 149,944 acres and was 15 percent contained, is still the largest fire in the state, according to the agency. InsiWeb.
To prevent new fires due to gusts of wind destroying power lines, Portland General Electric on Saturday morning cut off power to five more areas. Oregon Live.
The fires are among more than 90 active fires nationwide, including in Montana, California and Idaho. National Interdepartmental Fire Center said.
Six new major fires were reported: one each in California, Colorado, Washington, and Wyoming; and two in Montana. Wildland firefighters continue to carry out their task of extinguishing seven large fires yesterday.
In Washington state, CBS News, The Goat Rocks fire south of Mount Rainier National Park was caused by lightning and led to the closure of U.S. Highway 12 and the evacuation of residents in areas east of the city of Packwood.
Evacuations have also been issued for several communities in Cowlitz County due to the Calama Fire in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest southwest of Mount St. Helens.
Another mountain pass on U.S. Highway 2 was closed on Saturday due to a fire in Bolt Creek that forced the evacuation of 300 to 400 homes, threw ash into Everett and blew smoke into the Seattle suburbs.
BUT red flag warning in Washington DC remains in effect until Sunday evening, meaning high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds will make fire conditions more difficult.