Skip to main content

Horse Creek Complex

Unit Information

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

USFS Shield

Horse Creek Complex Update - August 25

Horse Creek Complex Wildfire
News – 8/25/2017

Weather, Fire Behavior and Air Quality

A change to a much warmer and drier weather pattern begins today and is expected to continue through Tuesday, possibly longer. Firefighters are preparing for an accompanying increase in fire behavior and movement. Escalated fire activity and drift smoke from other southwest Oregon fires may result in areas of unhealthy smoke conditions beginning tomorrow.


The Horse Creek Complex includes the Avenue Fire, burning three miles southeast of McKenzie Bridge, and the nearby wilderness fires Ollalie, Separation and Roney. Firefighters have taken advantage of minimal fire activity on the Avenue Fire over the last week to hold and improve control lines. Moderate fire spread continues on the wilderness fires and all three remain confined to the Three Sisters Wilderness and well south and east of the McKenzie Bridge area.

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 east of FSR 19 (Aufderheide Drive), perform burnout operations as needed and improve lines around structures well ahead of the fire.


The Whitewater Fire continues to burn in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and Willamette NF lands located approximately 13 miles east of Detroit. In advance of the predicted weather shift, crews will continue to burn off hazardous fuels between control lines and the main fire to protect private property and other values to the north, south and west of the fire.

Located 2½ miles southeast of Breitenbush Hot Springs, the Little Devil Fire continues to burn toward the Whitewater Fire and away from areas of concern. Firefighters are scouting for opportunities to construct control lines between the fire and the Breitenbush area and assessing options for using firing operations to contain northward spread.

Transfer of Command

The Pacific Northwest Team 2 Incident Management Team will transfer command of the suite of fires to the incoming Southwest Area Team 1 Incident Management Team on Sunday at 6:00 a.m. The fires will continue to be managed at the Type 1 level, the highest level of incident management.


Expect increased fire traffic around fire camps. Rebel Base Camp will be located off of Aufderheide Drive three miles west of McKenzie Bridge; McCoy Base Camp will be off of OR-22 one mile east of Idanha; and the Incident Command Post will remain in place at the HooDoo Ski Area.

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage

Whitewater: 10,103 acres
Horse Creek Complex: 1,033 acres
Rebel: 2,802 acres
Little Devil: 282 acres

Reported Date (Cause)

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

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

Resources on the Fires

Whitewater: 21 crews, 6 helicopters, 20 engines, 8 water tenders, 7 Dozers
Horse Creek Complex: 8 crews, 5 engines, 1 water tenders, 3 Dozers
Rebel: 2 crews, 3 engines

Total Personnel

Whitewater: 751
Horse Creek Complex: 231
Rebel: 65

Jurisdiction: Willamette National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry



Forest Closures:

Highway Closures:


Interactive Map:

Oregon Smoke Information:

Jones Fire:

Related Information