September 11, 2017 9:30 a.m.
The Horse Prairie Fire burning west of Riddle is now 50% contained.
Incident Commander Joe Hessel says the fire remains at 16,436 acres. It started on August 26th on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
A community meeting about the fire will be held on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Riddle Community Center on Parkside Street.
Monday hand crews continue to put out hot spots in the areas of the fire’s southern and southeast perimeter. Hoselays have been installed around 100% of the Horse Prairie Fire. Joe Hessel says where water is no longer needed, those hoses are being removed, cleaned and shipped out for use on other fires.
On the areas of the fire where perimeter hot spots have been put out, crews are already working to erase impacts of fire control. Hessel says they are taking measures to control erosion on fire lines, making shallow channels called water bars to restore drainage and knocking down berms. That will continue in other areas as hot spots are extinguished.
A warming trend is expected to bring higher temperatures and lower humidity. If winds allow, pockets of unburned fuel within the fire perimeter may be cleaned up.
Joe Hessel says to prevent injuries to firefighters and the public fallers are cutting down fire-weakened trees within 300 feet of all control lines and travel corridors. Due to the danger of falling trees, the public is asked to stay away from burned land until mop up is completed.