Smoke Lingers In Willamette Valley, Corvallis Fire Extinguished

Sep 7, 2014

Areal view of fire near Corvallis
Credit Corvallis Gazette-Times

The Yellow Point Fire, which broke out Friday afternoon, is roughly 220 acres. It's located about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. No homes or structures are threatened and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The blaze is burning in timber and logging slash in a remote area near the historic 1966 Oxbow Fire. Due to excessive traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. A late-night wildfire that tore through brush near Corvallis was extinguished Saturday morning after it forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes.

No one was injured. Patton says one home suffered minimal exterior damage.

Firefighters conducted successful burnout operations on the eastern perimeter of the Deception Complex Fire near Oakridge, Saturday. There were no hot spots outside of the established fire lines, and the intensity of the burn was kept to a low or moderate level. The fire has burned more than 2,500 acres and is now 55% contained.

Smoke may pool in the Oakridge and Westfir areas in the morning, but is expected to be scoured out by late morning winds. Transport winds will likely drive smoke to the southwest, but there may be some drift down the Willamette Valley and into Eugene.

Smoke monitors have been placed to keep the public apprised of the current situation.

Information from smoke monitors in the Oakridge area is incorporated in the daily Deception Complex smoke forecast which is posted on the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency website at

http://www.lrapa.org or http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

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