Horse Prairie Fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
Incident: Horse Prairie Wildfire
RIDDLE, Ore. – An overnight infrared survey of the burned zone of the Horse Prairie Fire highlighted remaining hot spots that will be worked on today by hand crews aided by water bucket drops from helicopters as needed. The fire size remains unchanged at 16,436 acres. Containment has increased to 60 percent.
A community meeting about the Horse Prairie Fire has been scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. The meeting will be in the Riddle Community Hall, 123 Parkside Street in Riddle.
The fire site is about 15 miles west of Canyonville in Douglas County. The fire was discovered August 26th on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Some 72 miles of fire hose was installed all around the fire’s edges. This week, where water is no longer needed, those hoses are being removed, cleaned and shipped out for use on other fires. Hot temperatures and lower humidity were present in the fire area yesterday. Fire lines passed the test that these conditions presented. These conditions will be similar in the fire area today. Yesterday winds from the northeast brought considerable smoke into Douglas County from fires burning in the Cascades. That is expected to continue today.
As a reminder to the public, sections of Cow Creek Road remain closed. Area closures are also still in effect on both Bureau of Land Management and privately managed forest property.
About 692 personnel remain engaged on the fire. This is the last full day of activity on the fire for some 150 Oregon National Guard volunteers, who will be demobilized Wednesday.
To stay current on activity at the fire site, follow us on social media at Facebook.com/horseprairiefire or on the national incident reporting site known as Inciweb.
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