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Crews making progress on Terwilliger Fire

At last check, the fire is about 11,000 acres and 75 percent contained.

Posted: Sep 17, 2018 10:29 AM
Updated: Sep 17, 2018 4:59 PM

BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- Fire crews continue to make progress on the Terwilliger Fire burning near Cougar Reservoir east of Springfield.

At last check the fire was about 11,000 acres and 75 percent contained.

Firefighters recently captured photos showing burned spots around the kiosk at Terwilliger Hot Springs.

The hot springs continue to be closed off to the public and the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) is closed as well.

Fire officials said the potential for trees to fall onto the road is very high.

Over the weekend a special team from the McKenzie River Ranger District worked to mitigate hazards posed by fire-weakened and damaged trees around the hot springs.

About five burned trees were cut down, as they were in danger of falling and causing further damage. Officials said additional trees will likely need to come down in the coming months.

Currently, 367 people are working the fire with the aid of two helicopters, 13 engines and five water tenders.

The fire is expected to be fully contained by the end of October.

Fire rages near Terwilliger Hot Springs

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A highly-trained crew joined the efforts to contain the wildfire. "Four days of asking for shot crews, we finally got our first one in,” said Nick Michael, Public Information Officer with the Terwilliger Fire. “We have had an outstanding order for six of them ... we got one," said Michael. A campfire ban was also put in place. MORE: click here.

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"Last week I bought the right kind of mask,” one Eugene resident said. “And I started walking with it, and I couldn't get enough oxygen in to get a really get good walk in." MORE: click here.

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Weather expected to decrease Terwilliger Fire activity

Fire officials aid higher humidity and lower temperatures were helping firefighting efforts. MORE: click here.

Forest closures from wildfire impacts tourists and firefighters

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