Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire Update for Tuesday, Sept. 19
Incident: Rebel Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: (541) 719-8371
Rebel Fire: 8,653 acres
Horse Creek Complex: Olallie Lookout Fire, 1,572 acres; Roney Fire, 3,548 acres; Avenue Fire, 2,962 acres; Separation Fire, 17,747 acres; Nash Fire, 6,738 acres.
Total all fires: 41,220 acres (An IR flight could not be conducted last night so no change in acreage could be measured.)
Weather: Nearly 1” of rain fell Monday and forecast calls for moderate to heavy rain all night bringing another 1-1 ½” by tonight. Another system forecast for today could bring the 3-day total to 3-4”. Snow fell at Hoodoo Incident Command Post on Monday evening. Minimal fire behavior with creeping in sheltered areas was observed. A flash flood watch is in place on fire scars for possible debris flows. Rain should taper off midweek followed by a return to temperatures in the 60s. Rain is helping firefighting efforts by reducing fire behavior, but is also making it very difficult for crews to work in the field.
What’s Next: Agency Administrators and Resource Advisors are working with fire managers to recommend actions with the least impact to natural resources including fish and wildlife, cultural sites and timber. Crews will begin rehabilitating dozer lines and fire lines as weather permits.
Avenue Fire: Fire has slowly backed down to Forest Road 300, which has provided a secure line. Crews will be pulling hose and equipment where no longer needed.
Separation Fire: As weather permits, crews plan to chip material and backhaul equipment that is no longer needed.
Nash Fire: Crews removed wildfire shelter wrap from the Forest Service guard station along Cascade Lakes Highway. Crews also pulled sprinklers, hoses, and pumps that were protecting cabins at Elk Lake. Crews are removing and cleaning up slash along the Cascade Lakes Highway. Drivers are cautioned to drive safely in areas where firefighters and heavy equipment are working.
Rebel Fire: Crews are cutting and removing hazard trees which continue to fall along Forest Road 19. Pumps still in use are being moved to higher ground in case stream levels rise.
Roney and Olallie Lookout Fires: Crews are monitoring both fires.
Evacuations: All evacuation orders in Lane County (Zones 1-10 and around Camp Malakwa) and in Deschutes County have been lifted, but U.S. Forest Service closures remain in effect.National Forest Closure Orders: Current information about closures on the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/willamette/fire/?cid=fseprd552029
Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fires to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations. It is not legal to operate any aircraft (including drones) within a TFR. More information on the TFR is available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html