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Horse Prairie Fire near Riddle now 70% contained, fire camp to be dismantled

The Horse Prairie Fire bid their Oregon National Guard - Oregon Military Department partners farewell, Sept. 13, 2017. The Guardsmen and women headed back to their home units. (via Horse Prairie Fire Information)

RIDDLE, Ore. – Containment on the Horse Prairie Fire has increased to 70 percent, officials said Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, a 150-acre area of unburned fuels was successfully cleaned up in a burnout operation, reducing risk of an unplanned ignition in that area.

Wednesday, crews are continuing to put out hot spots from the fire perimeter to 200 feet into completely burned areas, and up to 500 feet in partially burned areas.

Near the end of this week, ODF’s Incident Management Team 1 will be dismantling the Fire Camp outside Riddle and transferring command back to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. DFPA will continue to staff the fire with a Type 3 fire management organization.

As a reminder to the public, sections of Cow Creek Road remain closed. Area closures are also still in effect on both Bureau of Land Management and privately managed forest property.

About 596 personnel remain engaged in mop-up work and rehabilitation of firelines. About 150 Oregon National Guard volunteers are demobilizing Wednesday after a week working at the fire.

The fire’s size is unchanged at 16,436 acres. Some 7,626 acres of that are Bureau of Land Management lands and 8,810 acres are privately managed forestlands. The fire site is about 8 miles west of Riddle in Douglas County.

Updates on activity at the fire site will continue to be posted on social media at Facebook.com/horseprairiefire and InciWeb.

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