Horse Prairie Fire Grows Overnight To 2500 Acres

Aug 29, 2017

Southwest of Roseburg, crews continue to fight the Horse Prairie Fire, which has burned more than 2,500 acres.  This afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff issued a Level 3 "GO" evacuation notice for residents in the Riddle community near Lower Cow Creek. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

Horse Prairie Fire, posted by inciweb on August 27th.
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Roughly 400 personnel, nine engines, and eight helicopters are on the scene. The cause remains unknown.

Tom Fields is public information officer for the Horse Prairie Fire.  He says between Monday night and Tuesday morning, the fire grew by 400 acres.   

Horse Prairie Fire, posted by inciweb on August 27th.
Credit inciweb.nwcg.gov

“Some active burning on the fire even though we had lower temperatures for the most part and higher humidity," says Fields.  "But realistically, the temperatures didn’t drop down that much up on the ridges, it was still very hot and dry.  And so we saw some active burning up there.” 

Fields says resources are limited due to many other fires happening across the Pacific Northwest.  He’s asking locals to observe common sense safety precautions so crews don’t have more fires to tackle.

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