Weather change brings threat of lightning to Horse Prairie Fire

Horse Prairie Fire, September 5, 2017. (via Horse Prairie Fire Information)

RIDDLE, Ore. -- A gradual change in the weather over the next 24 hours will bring in the threat of lightning from thunderstorms to the area, Incident Command officials for the Horse Prairie Fire said Tuesday morning.

Some much needed rain is forecast, but it will be isolated. With the change of the weather, the fire's activity will change.

The fire is expected to become more active as the smoke is scoured from the area and winds pick up.

Firefighters made the most of the smoke blanket while they could, knowing that the fire will come to life with the weather change predicted for Tuesday.

Overnight, firefighters from the cooler parts of the fire were brought to assist the burnout operations on the more active areas of the fire. Firefighters continued to strengthen lines and build contingency lines in the southern and southeastern fire lines. Containment remains at 20%.

The Horse Prairie Fire is now mapped at an estimated 14,028 acres and staffed with 969 personnel.

Structure protection remains in place at residences currently within the area designated as Level 3 evacuation. The Level 3 evacuation notice and road and area closures remain in effect. The public is asked to stay clear of the area for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. People that trespass into these closed areas may be cited and fined.

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