Weekend rain could be the beginning of the end for the Cedar Creek fire

Firefighters battling the Cedar Creek fire are praying for rain this weekend, and hopefully the right amount.

The approaching rainy weather is expected to mark the beginning of the end of the Cedar Creek Fire, which has been burning west of Oakridge since being struck by lightning on August 1. Rain may cool the interior of the fire, reducing the smoke conditions affecting parts of Oregon and firefighting resources will begin to demobilize.

Fire managers are “cautiously optimistic,” according to Eric Hendrickson, public information officer for the 12th Northwest Command. But Hendrickson said firefighters aren’t speculating about the weather, so they’re still working.

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