WILEY CREEK FIRE Update: August 15, 2023, 11:00 a.m.
Size: 245 Acres
Location: 9 miles SE of Sweet Home
GREEN PETER REOPENS AT 4:00 P.M. – EVACUATION LEVELS UNCHANGED
Fire crews worked tirelessly yesterday, and overnight, to expand containment lines around the Wiley Creek Fire. Containment along the west and northwest of the fire, important for protecting area residences and properties, has been holding strong and crews continue to reinforce the containment line.
A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service will end tonight at 11:00 p.m., and an Excessive Heat Warning is in place until Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. In consultation with Wiley Creek Fire Incident Command, and out of an abundance of caution, all Wiley Creek Fire LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 Evacuation Preparedness Warnings remain unchanged. For more information on evacuations, visit https://www.linnsheriff.org/ and https://tinyurl.com/LinnWileyFire. All road systems within the LEVEL 2 evacuation area are closed to everyone except residents living within the LEVEL 2 area, and emergency response vehicles.
Smoke in the Sweet Home area, and throughout the valley, continues to be in the air. The large majority of the smoke is not from the Wiley Creek Fire. Rather, winds are pushing the smoke from the Lookout Fire into the valley (see attached image). The Lookout Fire is burning in Lane County, near the unincorporated community of McKenzie Bridge.
Wiley Creek Fire Maps: https://tinyurl.com/LinnWileyFire
Air & Smoke Map: https://fire.airnow.gov/
Lookout Fire Map: https://tinyurl.com/LookoutFire
Effective 4:00 p.m. today, Green Peter Reservoir will officially reopen to public boating use. The Oregon State Marine Board will be rescinding their temporary order, which closed the reservoir to boating. Scooper planes previously assigned to the Wiley Creek Fire have been reassigned to other wildfires in the area.