There has been significant progress in the suppression of the Horse Fire. With 49% containment, the western perimeter is now secure, according to a South West Area Incident Management Team 2 news release Friday morning, Oct. 23.
Crews successfully extinguished all heat sources on the southern tip and southeastern area. Heavy equipment is being used to improve FSR 58 and FSR 52, making it accessible to emergency vehicles. There is no new growth or movement of the fire.
The only remaining heat and smoke are well within the interior of the northeast corner of the fire, which is inaccessible. Aircraft is being used to monitor the interior pockets of heat which will smolder until a rain/snow-ending event.
With containment up and threats reduced, resources are slowly being released Friday and Saturday. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire's edge looking for any remaining heat and hazards; and begin to start working on suppression repair such as chipping trees that were cut for firebreaks.