Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire Update for Saturday, Oct. 7
Incident: Horse Creek Complex Wildfire
Update for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, 9 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 719-8371
Attention: The removal of hazardous trees on Forest Service Road 19 is complete and there is no longer a need to keep the northern portion of the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (FSR 19) closed. This will allow access to Tewilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs. FSR 19 will remain closed from Cougar Crossing to Frissell Crossing as crews complete repair work in that area of the Rebel Fire. Recreation sites and trailheads along the closed portion of FSR 19 will remain inaccessible.
Areas, roads and trails in the McKenzie River Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest are open. The trails in the southern portion of the Mount Washington Wilderness have reopened. Horse Creek Road, FSR 2638 is open along with East Fork and Wapiti, FSR 1993.
The Three Sisters Wilderness area in the Ranger District will remain closed because of the recent wildfires. The exception is the following trails and areas to their south that will are open: Frissell Crossing #3320; Olallie #3529; Wildcat #3331; the portion of Water Holes #3538 that connects to Park #3530; Horse Lake #3516 and east to the forest boundary.
Drivers are encouraged to be cautious on all Forest Roads because of ongoing operations. Visitors to reopened lands may encounter areas burned by recent and past wildfires and need to be aware of their surroundings as trees can fall without warning.
Heavy equipment is operating on Highway 242, Old McKenzie Highway, removing hazardous trees. This operation is underway for the Separation Fire on the west side of the Cascade Crest and the Milli Fire to the east of the crest. The wood product is hauled over the road from each site to be sorted for firewood, fish habitat restoration, and merchantable materials. For the safety of the public and the crews working, the road is closed to all traffic including hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. Trailheads and recreation sites on Highway 242 will remain closed.
Current Situation: Saturday morning at 8:00 the McKenzie River Type 3 Team is transitioning management of the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire to a smaller organization overseen by the McKenzie River Ranger District. Suppression repair is nearly complete on the Separation, Avenue, and Rebel fires. Seeding is being done on repaired dozer and hand lines on Separation and Avenue fires. Grading work continues on Forest Roads around Avenue Fire. Repair work is being completed on control lines in the Foley Springs area. Crews continue repair work on the Rebel Fire.