Horse Prairie Fire update for Sept. 11, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.
Incident: Horse Prairie Wildfire
RIDDLE, Ore. – Mop up continues on the Horse Prairie Fire about 15 miles west of Canyonville in Douglas County. The fire is now reported as 50 percent contained and remains at 16,436 acres. The fire started on August 26th, on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
A community meeting about the Horse Prairie Fire has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be in the Riddle Community Hall, 123 Parkside Street in Riddle.
Today, hand crews continue to put out hot spots in the areas that burned last on the fire’s southern and southeast perimeter. Hoselays were installed around 100 percent of the Horse Prairie Fire. Where water is no longer needed, those hoses are being removed, cleaned and shipped out for use on other fires.
On the areas of the fire where perimeter hot spots have been put out, crews are already working to erase the impacts of fire control. They are taking measures to control erosion on fire lines, making shallow channels called water bars to restore drainage, and knocking down berms. That will continue into other areas as hot spots are extinguished.
A warming trend will bring higher temperatures and lower humidity today. If winds allow, pockets of unburned fuel within the fire perimeter may be cleaned up.
To prevent injuries to firefighters and the public, fallers are cutting down fire-weakened trees within 300 feet of all control lines and travel corridors. Because of the danger from falling trees, fire officials are asking the public to stay away from burned lands until mop up is completed. For the public’s safety, the Bureau of Land Management continues to enforce road closures on its lands. Area closures are also still in effect on both Bureau of Land Management and privately managed forest property.
The Central Oregon Railroad line is once again open and running trains.
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