[UPDATE 7:25 p.m.] Horse Fire Today
UPDATED Below: The
Horse Fire is now 50 acres and only 5% contained. The blaze which is burning about six miles northeast of Shelter Cove (see map above–two red dots next to the ocean) was reported yesterday morning.
The fire burns in heavy timber and thick brush in a remote area. Engines could not get near the fire yesterday. Dozers have been working on roads and fireline. Large aircraft has been dropping retardant, Helicopters have been dipping into the Mattole River to drop water on the flames. And, handcrews have been laboriously working to contain the flames.
Crews are on a 24 hour rotation so yesterday’s crews are expected to have left the site with fresh crews replacing them today.
UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: The photo below shows the Horse Fire yesterday but it’s now grown to about 250 acres as of 4 p.m.
UPDATE 8:07 p.m.: Photo from a reader of a double rotor helicopter getting water for the Horse Fire.