|Above: Decreased fire activity on the Horse Prairie Fire|
is letting firefighters focus on finishing burnout operations
even as mop up and rehab efforts get underway.
The rain that fell across the valley yesterday and last night dropped only about 15-hundredths of an inch on the fire. The light rain is not expected to hinder the burnout operations of unburned areas within the established fireline and smoke may be visible from Cow Creek Road. It is essential to finish burning out these “islands” of unburned fuels to prevent future flare ups and new fires crossing established containment lines.
Other work on the fire today includes the establishment of sediment controlling “water bars” on the fire trails. These water bars are berms of earth constructed at an angle and spacing to prevent rain falling on the fire trial from creating a gully and erosion. Additional work today will be falling fire-weakened trees along the railroad tracks to prevent their unexpected fall onto the tracks.