September 12, 2017 9:30 a.m.
The Horse Prairie Fire burning west of Riddle is now 60% contained.
Jamie Knight from the Oregon Department of Forestry says an overnight infrared survey of the burned zone of the fire highlighted the remaining hot spots that need to be worked on.
Some 72 miles of fire hose was installed around the fire’s edges. This week, some of those hoses are being readied to be shipped out to newer fires where they are needed. Hot temperatures and lower humidity were present in the fire area on Monday. Conditions should be similar on Tuesday. Winds from the northeast brought considerable smoke into Douglas County from the fires burning in the cascades. That is expected to continue on Tuesday.
Nearly 700 people remain engaged on the fire. Some 150 volunteers from the Oregon National Guard will demobilize on Wednesday.
The Horse Prairie Fire remains at 16,436 acres.
Jamie Knight from the Oregon Department of Forestry talked about the Horse Prairie Fire on the Morning Conversation Tuesday on News Radio 1240 KQEN. That interview is a KQEN podcast at www.541radio.com.