Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire
Update for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 9 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 719-8371
Rebel Fire: 8,410 acres
Horse Creek Complex: Olallie Lookout Fire, 1,500 acres; Roney Fire, 3,349 acres; Avenue Fire, 2,570 acres; Separation Fire, 17,636 acres; Nash Fire, 6,680 acres.
Current Resources: Personnel, 424; Crews, 10; Helicopters, 2; Engines, 21; Dozers, 5; Water Tenders, 7; Masticators, 5; Skidgens, 7.
A Community Meeting will be held tonight, 7 p.m., at the McKenzie High School Gym, 51187 Blue River Dr., in Finn Rock. Members of the Alaska Team and agency administrators will present the current situation about the fires and answer questions from the public.
Avenue Fire: A helicopter and an amphibious “Scooper Plane” making water drops supported firefighters on the ground Wednesday as they controlled the fire’s movement towards established firebreaks. The fire continues progressing slowly to the west on the ridge top south of Horse Creek and down to King Creek. Large, downed trees and pockets of unburned vegetation within the perimeter of the fire continue to burn and will put up a good amount of smoke.
Separation Fire: Conditions were good for firefighters to conduct a burnout operation around the Melakwa Boy Scout Camp on Thursday to prevent the fire from approaching the camp. Crews are also preparing the area around Frog Camp for the possibility of a burnout operation there. The fire was very active as it moved to the east following the 242 Road.
Nash Fire: Areas of heat were observed on the southwest side of the fire in the area of Nash Lake. Field observers hiked into the fire’s edge and surveyed the possibility of using existing trails as control lines to limit the fire’s movement. A pilot car will begin operating Friday morning along the Cascade Lakes Highway guiding traffic past crews and heavy equipment in the area. A fuel break is being constructed to protect the Elk and Lava lakes areas in the event the fire moves over the Cascade Crest. This work is taking place between Quinn Meadows Horse Camp and the South Beach access turnoff from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public should expect sporadic travel delays, limited visibility due to smoke, and increased heavy equipment traffic.
Rebel Fire: Fire activity along the southeast edge was moderate yesterday and crews continue to improve their control lines. The Roney Fire was obscured by smoke and reconnaissance aircraft reported minimal activity on the Olallie Lookout Fire. These fires have shown minimal growth over the last few days and firefighters will continue to monitor them.
Evacuations: No changes in evacuations. Go to http://bit.ly/2gPHzAn for details and map for information in Lane County. In Deschutes County, contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for more information, (541) 693-6911 or www.deschutes.org/emergency.
National Forest Closure Orders: Hunters and recreationists need to be aware of closures on the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests. For current closure information please go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/willamette/fire/?cid=fseprd552029