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Horse Creek Complex

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477

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Horse Creek Complex Update - August 24

Horse Creek Complex Wildfire
News – 8/24/2017


The Whitewater Fire continues to burn in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and adjacent national forest lands located approximately 13 miles east of Detroit. Crews are taking advantage of favorable weather by firing off hazardous fuels between control lines and the main fire in order to protect public safety and private property values to the south and west of the fire.

The Little Devil Fire continues to burn to the southeast toward the Whitewater Fire, away from the Breitenbush area. Successfully held at two acres, the French Fire is showing no heat or fire activity and will continue to be patrolled and monitored by aircraft.


The Horse Creek Complex includes the Avenue fire and nearby wilderness fires. The Avenue Fire (81 acres), located three miles southeast of McKenzie Bridge, is burning in rugged terrain above Avenue Creek. Firefighters have taken advantage of minimal fire activity over the last week to hold and improve control lines.

The wilderness fires – Ollalie (155 acres), Separation (343 acres), Roney (323 acres) and Pete (19 acres) – continue to exhibit moderate fire spread but remain confined to the Three Sisters Wilderness. Keeping the fires to the south of the McKenzie Bridge area is a priority for firefighters. Structure defense is in place for Foley Hot Springs.

The Rebel Fire is burning in heavy timber and steep terrain along the South Fork of the McKenzie River. Firefighters continue to hold the fire at FSR 19 (Aufderheide Drive) and perform burnout operations as needed. As a contingency, firefighters are improving lines around structures well ahead of the fire in case of a change in fire activity and wind direction.

Weather and Fire Behavior

Relatively cool, moist conditions today with a shift toward hotter and drier conditions going into the weekend. Predicted moderate east winds and hotter, drier weather could result in increased fire activity beginning Friday and continuing through Monday and possibly longer.


Expect increased fire traffic on the road as several smaller fire camps are consolidated into two sizable base camps. The Rebel Base Camp will be located off of Aufderheide Drive three miles west of McKenzie Bridge and the McCoy Base Camp will be off of OR-22 one mile east of Idanha.

Air Quality

Westerly winds today should provide some relief to Detroit and Breitenbush but potentially smokier conditions for the Sisters area. Hotter, drier weather over the weekend, increased fire activity, and drift smoke from other SW Oregon fires may result in periods of unhealthy conditions.

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage

Whitewater: 8,891 acres
Horse Creek Complex: 902 acres
Rebel: 2,737 acres
Little Devil: 272 acres
French: 2 acres

Reported Date (Cause)

Whitewater: July 23 (lightning)
Avenue: August 11 (lightning)
Rebel: August 4 (unknown)
French: August 10 (lightning)

Incident Commander: Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest Team 2 Type 1 Incident Management Team

Resources on the Fires

Whitewater: 15 crews, 6 helicopters, 17 engines, 8 water tenders, 7 Dozers
Horse Creek Complex: 8 crews, 5 engines, 1 water tenders, 3 Dozers
Rebel: 2 crews, 4 engines
French: unstaffed

Total Personnel

Whitewater: 682
Horse Creek Complex: 231
Rebel: 68
French: 16

Jurisdiction: Willamette National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry



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