Cool weekend slows Deception Complex, hot weather on the horizon

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- The cooler weather and light rain that moved through the valley this weekend allowed fire crews to hold the growth of the Deception Creek Complex to nearly 2,200 acres.

The quarter-inch of rain in the foothills Saturday night provided some relief to crews fighting the Deception Creek Complex near Oakridge, but officials said the hot and dry conditions are expected to return later this week.

"It was very light rain that didn't penetrate very much. (It's) still pretty dry up there, but it did wet down the fine fuels," said Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Tom Berglund, "The fire isn't spreading easily right now, but the big hot spots are still big hot spots."

Forecasters predict the weather will get gradually warmer, with temperatures rising back into the mid-to-upper 80's by Thursday. | Current Forecast

Last Wednesday's level 2 evacuation order for residents of the Deception Creek Mobile Home Park and along La Duke Road was dropped to level 1 on Saturday, Berglund said. People living in the area should keep some items ready to go, as the fires could spread east towards the Westfir area again.

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency predicts smoke from the fires will keep Oakridge's air quality index in the moderate to unhealthy (or yellow to orange) ranges for the rest of Labor Day weekend.

LRAPA said the Eugene-Springfield area will be in the good to moderate range for smoke particulates in the air. | Lane Regional Air's current readings