Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire Update for Monday, Oct. 9
Incident: Horse Creek Complex Wildfire
Update for Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, 9 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 719-8371
Current Situation: Residents and visitors to the area are going to see occasional areas of smoke. These are most likely downed trees or stumps that continue to smolder. The finer fuels around them have high enough moisture content from the recent rains and snow that there is no chance for fire to spread. These solitary smokes are scattered across the complex and can last well into winter. The last of the suppression repair work for the Separation, Avenue, and Rebel fires is nearly complete. Crews are on Highway 242 removing hazardous trees. Grading work continues on Forest Roads. Firefighters are making a final sweep across the complex to remove flagging, pick up trash and insure repairs are complete.
Attention: 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. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious on all Forest Roads because of ongoing operations.
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 northern portion of the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (FSR 19) is open allowing access to Tewilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs. FSR 19 will remain closed from Cougar Crossing to Frissell Crossing as crews complete their work in that area of the Rebel Fire. Recreation sites and trailheads along the closed portion of FSR 19 will remain inaccessible.
Highway 242, Old McKenzie Highway, is closed to all traffic including hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders for the safety of the public and the crews working. Trailheads and recreation sites on 242 will remain closed. Heavy equipment is operating along the highway removing hazardous trees. The wood product is hauled over the road to be sorted for firewood, fish habitat restoration, and merchantable materials.
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 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.