The 16,436-acre Horse Prairie Fire near Riddle was 60-percent contained as of Monday night as the 692 personnel assigned to the fire continue to mop up in all divisions of the fire.
Jamie Knight, spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 in command of the Horse Prairie Fire, said the fire line is looking good.
“A lot of work in the southern portion of the fire is finding hot spots, so early in the day they’re able to use infrared cameras to find hot spots, then some of our hand crews are able to go back into those areas and dig them out and extinguish them,” Knight said. “That’s going to enable us to leave a cool perimeter inside the fire line and reduce the amount of work the local district will have to do, and reduce the amount of exposure of the fire being able to move outside the perimeter.”
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and Knight said there haven’t been any new developments in the investigation. A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Riddle Community Hall, 123 Parkside St., Riddle.
The lightning-caused Umpqua North Complex fires were burning 39,529 acres and were 37 percent contained as of Monday night. The fires, in the northern part of the Umpqua National Forest, will be in an elevated risk burn environment over the next two days due to high temperatures, low relative humidities and east winds, according to California Interagency Incident Management Team 4.
Fire activity increased in the Eagle Rock campground near the Happy Dog Fire Monday, so crews plan to continue patrolling containment lines on the east side of the fire. Mop-up operations will continue for the Devil Fire and crews are monitoring the progression of fires in the Boulder Creek area.
Rob Laeng, operations section chief of the incident management team, said the Fall Creek Fire is 100-percent contained and the crews will continue working on suppression repair throughout the complex. He said the team has constructed fire lines, alternate lines, contingency lines and emergency lines in strategic areas around the complex to contain and suppress the fires.
948 personnel are working on the Umpqua North Complex fires, including three U.S. Army Task Force Spearhead strike teams.
About 25 miles east of Tiller, the 2,935-acre Falcon Complex fires were 70 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon, when 225 people worked to secure and hold containment lines in the Upper Ash Flat and Double Buck fires. The four other fires in the complex were 100 percent contained on Sunday.
Over the weekend, the Douglas Forest Protective Association used fire detection cameras and aviation resources to search for new fires caused by recent lighting storms and located two new fires.
They responded to the Shively Creek fire Saturday afternoon, about 7 miles east of Canyonville. DFPA’s helicopter was used to slow the spread while ground crews hiked into the fire. A commercial timber faller was used to fall the lightning-struck tree so crews could contain and extinguish the fire at one-quarter acre of brush and trees. Firefighters returned Sunday to mop up hot spots and improve control lines.
A DFPA fire detection flight located the Copperhead Creek fire 9 miles south of Glide on Sunday afternoon. Two engines and a helicopter responded to the fire, which was stopped at one-quarter acre of brush and timber.
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