High winds put Oregon wildfire watchers on alert

Wildfire watchers in Oregon are on high alert because of the high winds, especially in the Oakridge area.

Strong east winds are expected to blow through Oregon on Friday and Saturday. This has made people all over the state more worried about wildfires,

but in Lane County, the big, active fire near Oakridge is the biggest worry for emergency managers.

The Cedar Creek Fire, which was started by lightning, burned about 31,486 acres on Thursday, about 15 miles west of Oakridge.

It was moving northeast toward Waldo Lake. The fire is only 18% contained, but firefighters are having trouble putting

it out because of the steep terrain and dangerous conditions. People are now paying more attention to the fire's western edge because high winds are coming.

From 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Red Flag Warning for western Oregon because of dangerous fire weather.