Cedar Creek Fire (Wildfire)

By Buzz Dean on 08/10/2022

The Cedar Creek Fire began August 1, 2022 when a lightning storm caused 20 to 30 new fires on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. The fire is located in incredibly steep, inaccessible terrain about 3 miles west of Waldo Lake, north of Highway 58 and 15 miles east of the community of Oakridge. A Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Cedar Creek Fire on August 5, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. Fire managers will be scouting for opportunities to safely engage and contain the fire while also providing for firefighter safety. Heavy equipment is improving access around the fire area and aircraft are available to support suppression efforts by moderating fire

Deschutes ARES/Auxcomm has been asked to provide Communications Support again this year, for the Cascades 12/24 and High Cascades 100 off-road mountain bike events (https://www.mudslingerevents.com/oregon-24) (https://www.mudslingerevents.com/high/cascades-100) in the Deschutes National Forest.

The 12/24-Hour Event is scheduled for July 10-11, 2021, and the 100-Mile Event is scheduled for July 17, 2021.

The folks at Mudslinger Events have been DC-ARES supporters for years, and we hope that we can once again have a good number of ARES Members and other Ham Radio Operators sign-up to help us!

For more information, or to sign-up please contact Dave Parker at [email protected]

Saturday (July 18th) Deschutes ARES/Auxcomm provided Communications Support for the Cascades 100 off-road bicycle race (https://www.mudslingerevents.com/high-cascades-100) in the Deschutes National Forest. This year a smaller group of 160 riders participated in the difficult off-road event. The organizers of the race followed strict Covid-19 guidelines, and these extended to all riders and volunteers. DC-ARES provided communications support to assist with keeping track of riders and their progress, and to assist with coordinating medical response.

There were four ham radio locations along the route. Net Control was located at the finish line, and operated from 6AM till 7PM, in a remote part of the forest. Because of the remote location, we were unable to operate from our Communications Trailer, so a pair of canopy tents were transported in to use as operating positions. Two portable antenna masts provided reliable communications for the event.

Since there were so few riders net control radio traffic was very manageable. There were no injuries. The organizers hired Adventure Medics out of Bend to deal with injuries.  Adventure Medics (https://www.advmedics.com/) provided medical support at different points along the route,

Deschutes County ACS
63055 N Highway 97
Bend, Oregon 97701