Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire
Update for Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 9 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 719-8371
Rebel Fire: 8,653 acres
Horse Creek Complex: Olallie Lookout Fire, 1,572 acres; Roney Fire, 3,548 acres; Avenue Fire, 2,962 acres; Separation Fire, 17,747 acres; Nash Fire, 6,738 acres.
Total all fires: 41,220 acres (The last IR flight was conducted on 9/15. No change in acreage has been measured since 9/15.)
Current Resources: Personnel, 412; Crews, 7; Helicopters, 2; Engines, 26; Dozers, 2; Water Tenders, 6; Skidgens, 1.
Weather: As of Tuesday afternoon, 2 ½ to 3 ½”of precipitation had fallen on the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire. Snow fell at and above the 4,500 foot elevation, with a very heavy and wet 1-2” of snow/slush at Hoodoo Incident Command Post and deeper snow at higher elevations. Another 1 ½-2” of precipitation is forecast to arrive, but soggy weather should diminish by Wednesday evening. Minimal fire activity is expected within the next 3-4 days. Rocks, logs and debris are rolling out of burned areas and at least one road has been blocked by a rockslide. Adverse weather makes transportation more dangerous, crews often need to look for different access routes to work areas. Firefighter health and safety is a priority.
What’s Next: Agency Administrators, Resource Advisors and fire managers are working together to produce a suppression repair plan. The plan will guide fire crews who will begin repair of dozer lines, fire lines and other fire breaks constructed near fires in the Horse Creek Complex.
Avenue Fire: Crews were approved to burn the slash piles that had been removed to create primary fire lines. Hazardous trees are being removed along roads and crews are working to keep roads open.
Separation Fire: Deep snow prevented crews from entering work areas. Oregon DOT was called for plowing assistance to open the road. Crews plan to chip material and backhaul equipment that is no longer needed.
Nash Fire: Roads near Mt. Bachelor received very deep snow, preventing crews from traveling to work areas in the morning. Hauling slash out of the area will continue, and excess equipment is being backhauled to Rebel Base Camp.
Rebel Fire: Rocks which had rolled onto the road made accessing work areas difficult. Crews are shoring up a fire line that protects the Green Mountain timber sale. They continue to remove hazard trees, roll out debris and slash along Forest Road 19.
Roney and Olallie Lookout Fires: Crews are monitoring both fires.
Evacuations: All evacuation orders in Lane County (Zones 1-10 and Camp Malakwa) and in Deschutes County have been lifted. All U.S. Forest Service closures remain in effect.
National Forest Closure Orders: Fire restrictions have been lifted in Willamette and Deschutes National Forests, and campfires are now allowed. Current information about closures on the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/willamette/fire/?cid=fseprd552029
Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fires to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations. It is not legal to operate any aircraft (including drones) within a TFR. More information on the TFR is available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html