Horse Creek Complex & Rebel Fire Update

Release Date: Sep 8, 2017

Contact(s): Willamette Fire Information: 541-719-8371, InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3860/


Temporary Reprieve in Fire Behavior after Rain

There is a slight chance of showers today. The cooler temperatures and higher humidities will dampen fire behavior. With the lower burning potential, if there are any fire starts from recent lightning, it may be a few days before they are large enough to be detected.

Smoke from the Horse Creek Complex will continue to impact the area. The communities of Oakridge, McKenzie Bridge, Cascade Lakes, La Pine, and Bend will see improved conditions. Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, and Redmond will see moderated smoke.

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This morning, the management of the WHITEWATER, LITTLE DEVIL, SCORPION, and POTATO HILL fires was assumed by Northwest Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team #8. The management of the fires below will remain with the Southwest Interagency Type 1 Incident Management Team #1.

Approximately 313 personnel are assigned to the fires listed below. Resources include hand crews, helicopters, engines, dozers, water tenders, masticators, feller-bunchers, and chippers under the management of a Type 1 Incident Management Team.

MCKENZIE RIVER RANGER DISTRICT – see Horse Creek Complex, Nash and Rebel on InciWeb for the following fires

The HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (29,157 combined acres) includes the Avenue Fire, located southeast of McKenzie Bridge, and the nearby Separation, Nash, Olallie Lookout, and Roney Fires. Highway 242 is closed between McKenzie Bridge and Sisters.

Over the last few days, there has not been much fire activity on either the OLALLIE LOOKOUT FIRE (1,174 ac) or RONEY FIRE (3,135ac). These fires will continue to be monitored by air and MODIS Thermal Satellite.

The AVENUE FIRE (2,038 ac) is now south of Foley Hot Springs. With the moderation in fire behavior, firefighters will be looking for opportunities to go direct on the fire in that area where it is safe to do so. Firefighters will continue the work they have been doing over the last couple of days - thinning brush, trimming trees, along Horse Creek and King Roads as well as using dozers, where appropriate, to strengthen protection for the communities around McKenzie Bridge. Firefighters will continue patrolling in and around the communities of Rainbow, McKenzie Bridge, and Belknap Springs.

On the SEPARATION FIRE (16,451 ac), with the moderation in fire behavior, firefighters will be looking for opportunities to get around the northern tip of the spot that crossed north of Hwy 242, near the Melakwa Boy Scout Camp. Crews will continue to protect structures in the camp area. The Separation Fire, south of Hwy 242, is expected to move slowly to the northwest. Highway 126 is open.

Evacuation levels are dynamic, based on current conditions. The best source for current Lane County Evacuation Information is http://lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/sheriff_s_office/mc_kenzie_river_area_fire_awareness/. Sign up for Lane County Emergency Alerts at lanecounty.org/prepare or call the Joint Information Center for more information at 541-682-3977

The NASH FIRE (6,359 ac) has burned almost to the edge of Nash Lake, and is approximately four miles from Elk Lake. The northwest side of the fire continues to fill in the gaps toward the Separation Fire. Crews and heavy equipment are concentrating their work along the Cascade Lake Highway, removing dense fuels to create a fuel break to help protect the Elk Lake area. The fire has closed trails in the Deschutes National Forest. These include: Wickiup Plains, South Sister/Devil’s Lake, Green Lakes, Sisters Mirror Lake, Elk Lake, and the Pacific Crest Trail north to Olallie Lake.

Due to the Nash Fire, the areas surrounding Elk Lake and Hosmer Lake in Deschutes County remain at Level 2 (Set) evacuation and the areas surrounding Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake are in in Level 1 (Ready) evacuation status. Sign up for Deschutes County emergency alerts at http://bit.ly/2f3NWMA. Contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 693-6911 or visit https://sheriff.deschutes.org for more information.

The northern extent of the REBEL FIRE (7,777 ac) has reached French Pete Creek. Firefighters were temporarily pulled off the fire yesterday afternoon because of a thunderstorm and the threat of falling trees and snags. Firefighters continue to be successful in holding the fire to the east of FSR 19 (Aufderheide Drive). The BOX CANYON FIRE (27 ac) and PETE FIRE (51 ac) are being monitored.

Given complexity of the current wildfire situation, availability of firefighting resources, limited ability to utilize aircraft when smoke impacts visibility, and safety concerns for working in steep and remote terrain, firefighters are focused on protecting values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. Conditions can change rapidly. Be ready. Be alert. Act early!

Quick Facts

Approximate Acreage:

  • Whitewater: 10,916 acres
  • Little Devil: 1,475 acres
  • Scorpion: 546 acres
  • Potato Hill: 199 acres
  • Horse Creek Complex
    • Avenue: 1,893
    • Separation: 15,772
    • Roney: 3,055
    • Olallie Lookout: 1,156
    • Nash: 6,159
  • Rebel: 7,706 acres
  • Box Canyon: 27 acres
  • Pete: 51 acres

Incident Commander

  • Bea Day, Southwest Team 1 Type 1 Incident Management Team

Resources on the Fire

  • Whitewater: 15 Crews, 2 Helicopters, 17 Engines, 5 Dozers, 11 Water Tenders, 2 Masticators, 1 Skid
  • Horse Creek Complex: 5 Crews, 13 Engines, 2 Dozers, 2 Water Tenders, 1 Masticator, 1 Skid
  • Nash: 1 Crew, 1 Helicopter, 4 Dozers, 1 Masticator, 1 Skid
  • Rebel: 2 Engines, 2 Water Tender, 1 Masticator, 1 Skid
  • Potato Hill: 2 Crews, 2 Engines, 1 Dozer, 2 Water Tenders

Total Personnel

  • Whitewater/Little Devil/Scorpion: 551
  • Horse Creek Complex: 180
  • Rebel: 40
  • Potato Hill: 56

Jurisdiction

  • Willamette National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry

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