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FIRE UPDATE: Horse Prairie Fire at 95% containment

Oregon fire crews have relied on helicopters to attack wildfires from the air. Image courtesy of Marcus Kaufman, Oregon Department of Forestry.

RIDDLE, Ore. — A change in weather patterns over the past week have allowed firefighters to make good progress on the Horse Prairie Fire, which is now 95% contained.

The Horse Prairie Fire started on August 26, and went on to burn 16,436 acres. The cause remains under investigation.

Approximately 45 firefighters and three engines are still assigned to the blaze, but work now is primarily focused on fire suppression repair projects and patrolling fire lines.

Like much of the area, the Horse Prairie Fire received some rain over the past week, but despite the weather, there is still smoldering material within the interior of the fire. These smokes do not threaten containment lines, and will most likely continue until heavy and constant rain returns in the fall.

While growth has been tempered for many fires throughout Oregon, the burns still continue and are being managed tactically. Here is an update on different blazes in the state:

Chetco Bar Fire —191,067 Acres — Perimeter 97% Contained

Closures: All evacuations advisories in Curry County and Josephine County have been lifted.

Firefighters have made good progress in containing and strengthening lines around the Chetco Bar Fire.

Crews continue to monitor and patrol the fireline, adding waterbars and recovering equipment where containment objectives have been achieved.

The current weathen pattern is very favorable for firefighters, and the area forecast includes more than an inch of rain in addition to cooler temperatures and higher humidity over the next few days.

Eagle Creek Fire — 48,668 Acres — 46% Contained

Closures: All Eagle Creek Fire evacuations have been lifted in Multnomah County.

Rains are helping to cool the hot spots and check the fire's growth. Up to six inches of rain have fallen on the fire in areas at higher elevation.

Crews are backhauling equipment and doing suppression repair, and engines remain available for Initial Attack.

The Eagle Creek Fire remains under investigation by the Oregon State Police.

Milli Fire — 24,079 Acres — 60% Contained

Closures: OR 242 is closed east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15.

Fire activity remains minimal with the majority of activity coming from the interior pockets of heat that will continue to produce smoke until a season-ending event completely extinguishing the fire.

Firefighters will continue to rehabilitate fire lines along the northwest edge of the area. Work continues to identify and remove hazardous trees along Highway 242 and continue reparing and rehabilitating culverts, fire lines and burned areas along the highway.

Jones Fire — 10,017 Acres — 75% Contained

Closures: Forest Service Road 1800 and all associated spur roads. Numerous campgrounds, including Bedrock, Big Pool, Broken Bowl, Clark Creek, Dolly Varden and Puma.

Fire crews have transitioned from fire suppression to retrieval of equipment and preparing for suppression repair activities.

The rain continued to fall in the area over the past week, creating hazardous conditions for firefighters. Since Monday, some areas have received as much as 2-3 inches of precipitation. This has made for slippery, impassible roads, difficulty in hiking steep rocky terrain, and increased danger from fire-weakened trees.

During breaks in the heavy rainfall, crews have continued to remove material cut during the preparation of contingency firelines and began chipping along roadsides on the west flank.

Fire behavior is expected to be minimal, primarily "smoldering" of heavy forest fuels. These heavy fuels will continue to be consumed and hold heat until late into the fall and winter.


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