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Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire Update - September 22, 2017
Update for Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 9 a.m. Fire Information: (541) 719-8371 Online: inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3860 https//facebook.com/WillametteWildfires2017 ... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 5 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

44.094 latitude, -122.014 longitude

Incident Overview

This is a map showing the perimeters of the fires in the Horse Creek Complex and the Rebel Fire for Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

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Updated Friday Morning - September 22, 2017

Remote weather stations in the area of the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel fire measured precipitation from 4 to nearly 6 inches since Sunday night. Thursday brought fewer showers and diminished clouds with occasional sunshine. A warming and drying trend will continue through the weekend with each day gaining a few degrees until temperatures in the 70s return early next week. Fire spread is still not anticipated to occur even with a return of warmer and dryer weather.

Firefighter crews have transitioned from protecting the public from fire to removing equipment from the field and repairing fire lines and other disturbances left by suppression efforts. Fire managers use the term “suppression repair” to describe efforts taken after a fire to repair impacts to the land. Before leaving the fire, crews may construct berms and spread brush and rocks onto the cut lines and bare ground that were created during firefighting efforts. Water bars may be constructed on hand and dozer lines to divert water to reduce soil erosion and prevent gullies from forming. Also, crews will remove refuse, flagging, and other equipment as part of their efforts to restore the land to a more natural condition.

Overview:
Total all fires: 41,220 acres (The last infrared flight was conducted on 9/15. No change in acreage has been measured since 9/15.)

AVENUE FIRE (2,962 acres)

Location: McKenzie River Ranger District, three miles southeast of McKenzie Bridge

Report Date: August 11

Cause: Lightning

OLALLIE LOOKOUT FIRE (1,572 acres)

Location: McKenzie River Ranger District, within the Three Sisters Wilderness

Report Date: August 10

Cause: Lightning

RONEY FIRE (3,548 acres)

Location: McKenzie River Ranger District, within the Three Sisters Wilderness

Report Date: August 10

Cause: Lightning

SEPARATION FIRE (17,747 acres)

Location: McKenzie River Ranger District, within the Three Sisters Wilderness

Report Date: August 10

Cause: Lightning

NASH FIRE (6,738 acres)

Location: Willamette National Forest, McKenzie River Ranger District, within the Three Sisters Wilderness Area

Report Date: August 10

Cause: Lightning


The Nash Fire is part of the Horse Creek Complex. Additional information, maps and photos for the Nash Fire are available on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5580/.

Fire Information: 541-719-8371

All Willamette National Forest Fires: inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3860/


Forest Closure Information (Roads, Campgrounds, Trails)
www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices or call (541) 225-6350


Smoke and Air Quality

wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Whitewater#Area1


Travel Information

tripcheck.com or call 511












Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday August 10th, 2017 approx. 03:15 PM
LocationWillamette NF, South of Hwy 126 and East of Forest Service Road 19
Incident CommanderTom Kurth, Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel311
Size32,567 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber litter and understory, light logging slash.

Significant Events

There was minimal fire behavior on all fires on the complex, with creeping, smoldering and some smoke observed.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The current strategy is to continue suppression repair work and backhaul of suppression equipment on the Avenue, Separation and Nash fires. It is anticipated that an additional 5-8 operational periods will be needed to complete all the objectives necessary to turn the fire back over to the local unit. The Olallie and Roney fires will continue to be monitored.

Projected Incident Activity

Live and dead fuels will continue to rebound from the last five days of moisture. However, fire spread is not anticipated even with warmer and drier weather forecasted.

Remarks

The Alaska IMT will initial attack any new fires in cooperation with local resources and jurisdictional fire management officers within the Temporary Flight Restriction.

A warming and drying trend will begin today and continue through early next week, with temperatures climbing into the 70s by midweek.

Heavy equipment is being ordered to perform suppression repair. Six chippers arrived at the incident on Friday. Some areas are still too wet for heavy equipment to be used and will need to dry out to prevent further damage from occurring.

The last infrared flight was conducted on 9/15. No change in acreage has been measured since 9/15.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather on Friday was partly cloudy with some valley fog in the morning and isolated showers in the afternoon. The highest temperature recorded was 54 degrees with a minimum relative humidity of 53 percent at the Pebble Remote Automated Weather Station. Highs at other RAWS were also in the low 50s with minimum RHs in the 60s. Clouds will decrease through the weekend with warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity. High temperatures will progressively increase each day to reach the low 70s by Tuesday and Wednesday. Minimum relative humidity will fall to around 40 percent for the weekend and to the low 30s to mid 20s Tuesday through Thursday. Nighttime humidity recoveries will fall gradually as well, dropping to 50 to 60 percent by midweek.

Unit Information

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3106 Pierce Parkway
Suite D
Springfield, OR 97477
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Email: WillametteWildfires2017@gmail.com
Phone: 541-719-8371
Hours: 8AM-7PM
Lane County Joint Information Center
Phone: 541-682-3977
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