Wildfire Incident Information
Terrain
Satellite
OSM
This fire is no longer active
90% contained
Fire Status
OUT
Last Updated
9 months ago
Fire Start
Thursday, August 24, 2023 3:47 PM PDT
Incident #
2023-NWCG-315183
Dispatch Notes
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Primary Fire Agency

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 9 months ago

The Horse Creek Fire was started by lightning the 25th of August about one mile south of McKenzie Bridge, OR. It was burning in timber, timber litter, and brush. The objective is full suppression of the fire.

Great Basin Incident Management Team 2 took command of the Horse Creek Fire September 2, 2023.

Basic Incident Details

Last Updated
Wed, Sep 13, 2023 11:11 AM UTC
Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Fire Discovered
Thu, Aug 24, 2023 10:47 PM UTC
Location
1 mile southeast McKenzie Bridge
Incident Commander
Tony DeMasters - Incident Commander Great BasinTeam 2
Sam Hicks - Deputy Incident Commander
Kim Martin - Deputy Incident Commander
Coordinates
44.161666666667, -122.14305555556

Current Situation

Total Personnel
66
Size
763 Acres
Containment
90%
Estimated Containment
Thursday, September 14, 2023 11:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Closed Timber Litter, Brush (2 feet)

Mixed stands of varying age classes exist throughout the fire area. Old growth stands contain heavy surface fuel loading with an abundance of moss and lichen in the canopy. Younger managed stands have an understory of brush/shrub component.  Youngest stands of forest regeneration have a heavy slash component from prior harvest. Primary carrier in old growth stands is 100 -1000 hour fuels with spread accelerated by short range spotting from lichen. Primary carrier in managed stands is timber litter and slash.

Significant Events

Minimal Creeping, Smoldering

Continued creeping and smoldering fire behavior today. Heavy fuels continued to burn.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Hold and secure containment lines on the West, North, and South side of the fire. Mop up and secure along Horse Creek Road and monitor fire behavior along North side of Horse Creek due to potential snags falling. Maintain structure protection in fire area. Continue chipping and indirect line repair.
Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: As the cloud cover burns off in the afternoon humidity will decrease to around 50

24 hours: As the marine influence gradually recedes, resulting in clearing skies with daytime temperatures increasing slightly as the humidity drops allowing for continued fire activity. Overnight there is a potential for a thermal belt to develop and allow some fire activity to continue in the affected areas. The heavier fuels and burning stump holes will continue to produce smoke until consumed or extinguished resulting in areas of smoldering and creeping. During the peak burn period there may be some active backing and flanking in interior green islands or dirty burn areas, particularly those areas exposed to the sun.

48 hours: Developing moderate high pressure increasing warmer temperatures and lower humidity. This will allow for hot dry conditions increasing the availability of fuels and fire activity. The heavier fuels and burning stump holes will continue to produce smoke until consumed or extinguished. There could be areas of smoldering and creeping. During the peak burn period there may be some active backing and flanking in interior green islands or dirty burn areas.

72 hours: The high pressure will provide warmer temperatures and lower humidity.

12 hours: Fire behavior is expected to be minimal. Creeping and smoldering in duff with isolated jackpots of concentrated heavy dead and downed fuels. No perimeter growth is anticipated.

24 hours: Seasonable warm and dry weather will continue and allow for interior fuels to continue to consume. Fire behavior will be creeping and smoldering in surface fuels while consuming jackpots of concentrated heavy dead and downed fuels. No perimeter growth anticipated.

48 hours: Continued warm and dry weather, fire behavior potential will be limited to areas of available fuels interior to established control features. No perimeter growth anticipated.

72 hours: Continued warm and dry weather, fire behavior potential will be limited to areas of available fuels interior to established control features. No perimeter growth is anticipated.

72 hours: ERC values for the area are forecast to rise near the 90th percentile by Friday. No perimeter growth growth is anticipated.

48 hours: Return to a more normal weather pattern for the extended forecast will favor fuels drying to a level where slow growth can be anticipated.