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Horse Prairie Fire in Douglas County, with more expected.
Firefighters hope to take advantage of calmer weather conditions today. Close to 400 personnel are currently assigned to the fire with more crews expected to arrive. Additionally, crews are being supported with eight helicopters, nine engines, 14 water tenders and seven bull dozers.
Level 2 evacuation notice
In coordination with the fire team, the Douglas County Sheriff's office issued a Level 2 or "Set" evacuation notice for residents living on Lower Cow Creek Road from the end of County Maintenance to Union Creek. This includes residents living on Doe Creek Road. A Level 2, or "Set" evacuation notification means residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
There is significant wildfire danger in the area as a result of the Horse Prairie Fire. Residents are encouraged to voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. If choosing to remain, residents should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
Residents should closely monitor official outlets for additional information. Lastly, residents with a landline telephone number may be contacted via an automated emergency notification system from the Sheriff's Office. That same system can be dialed directly at 1-855-419-2349. Those who do not have a landline telephone and rely on a cell phone are asked to register their cell phone number to receive potential emergency messages from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. You may register at www.dcso.com/alerts
To stay current on any changes in fire activity, follow us on social media at Facebook.com/horseprairiefire or on the national incident reporting site known as Inciweb.