The Cedar Creek Fire above the north Waldo area at Waldo Lake outside Oakridge.

The Cedar Creek Fire didn’t burn as hot or destructively as the recent Labor Day fires and the majority of recreation sites escaped intact or with minor damage, according to a post-fire analysis of the 127,311-acre megafire that burned around Waldo Lake this summer outside Oakridge.

The report found that while there would likely be erosion and landslides during winter in burned areas, it’s unlikely to bring water quality concerns for nearby municipal and domestic drinking water.

The report comes from a U.S. Forest Service’s Burned Area Emergency Response team that came in post-fire to measure elements such as soil burn severity and vegetation loss while projecting the impact on water, wildlife, forest health, recreation and other factors.

“The fire burned a mosaic pattern through most of the area, and the majority burned with low and moderate severity, although areas of high severity are present north and northwest of Waldo Lake and on high elevation ridges and spurs in the southern and western portions of the burned area,” the report said.



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