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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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Willamette Fire Update - September 5

Horse Creek Complex Wildfire
News – 9/5/2017

Increasing Winds Lead Separation Fire to Cross Highway 242
A Red Flag Warning for significant instability remains in place through today. High clouds this morning, that help to dampen fireactivity, are expected to scatter in the afternoon increasing the possibility of active to very active fire behavior later today.
The Whitewater Fire continues to produce smoke and haze impacting Breitenbush and Detroit. Smoke from the Jones, Rebel andHorse Creek Complex fires continues to impact the communities of Oakridge and Mckenzie Bridge.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas remain in effect.
Hot temperatures and dry vegetation – it only takes one spark. Do your part. Don’t let a wildfire start.
Approximately 965 personnel are assigned to the fires listed below. Resources include hand crews, helicopters, engines, dozers,water tenders, masticators, feller‐bunchers, and chippers under the management of a Type 1 Incident Management Team.
DETROIT RANGER DISTRICT – see Whitewater Fire on InciWeb for updates on the following firesThe SCORPION FIRE (360 ac) is burning in steep, inaccessible forest lands and heavy fuels. Crews have been holding the line alongForest Service Road (FSR) 46 (Breitenbush Road) and continue to protect the Breitenbush Hot Springs area. Structure protectionefforts around summer homes continues. FSR 46, campgrounds and trailheads along the road are now closed beginning at theintersection with Forest Road 4696 and continuing slightly beyond the intersection with Forest Road 6350.
The WHITEWATER FIRE (10,624 ac) and LITTLE DEVIL FIRE (1,068 ac) are growing toward one another. On the west side of LittleDevil firefighters had success using some burnout operations to bring the fire down to an existing road. The Whitewater Fire wasquiet on the southern portion, but was intermittently active on the north. Firefighters are shoring up the line on the west flank ofthe Whitewater Fire using hand tools and masticators. The FRENCH FIRE (2 ac) remains inactive.
Due to the Scorpion and Little Devil Fires, the Breitenbush Hot Springs Area including Humbug and BreitenbushCampgrounds, the Fox Creek and Cleator Bend Group Sites, and the Short Mountain and Bald Butte Trailheads is in a Level 2 (Set)evacuation status. Sign up for Marion County Emergency Alerts at or call (503) 588‐5108 for more info.
MCKENZIE RIVER RANGER DISTRICT – see Potato Hill, Rebel, & Horse Creek Complex on InciWeb for updates on the following firesThe HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (10,786 combined acres) includes the Avenue Fire, located southeast of McKenzie Bridge, and nearbywilderness fires Olallie Lookout, Separation, and Roney Fires. Highway 242 is closed between McKenzie Bridge and Sisters. Visit or call 511 for more information.
The SEPARATION FIRE (8,958 ac) burning on the western slopes of South Sister mountain, was very active yesterday. Strong windspushed the fire north and across Highway 242 in the vicinity of Camp Melakwa. A significant smoke column on the radar late lastnight indicated the fire continued to grow overnight. Flames from the Separation Fire and the bordering Nash Fire were visible onthe Mt. Bachelor webcam into the early morning hours. Firefighters will continue to work preparing lines to protect the values alongHighway 242 and the McKenzie Bridge area. Visit for Firewise tips to help protect your home from wildfire.
The AVENUE FIRE (1,196 ac) burned actively Monday morning putting up a short‐lived column that spread ash into the communityof McKenzie Bridge. Additional structure protection crews will be committed to the McKenzie Bridge area today. Firefightersworking with the local fire district will prepare structure protection plans for the area. Firefighters will also be prepping the HorseCreek and East King roads.
Firefighters are monitoring the OLALLIE LOOKOUT FIRE (832 ac) and RONEY FIRE (2,483 ac) by air and MODIS Thermal Satellite.

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