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Bruler Fire

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477

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Bruler Fire Information
Phone: 541-367-5168
Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm

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08/02/2021 Bruler Daily Update
 Sweet Home, Oregon – This will be the last regular update. As there are any updates to fire progression or significant events, we will be releasing information on our Facebook and Inciweb page. .
News - 08/02/2021
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The Bruler Fire was detected on July 12, 2021 and is located near the boundary between the Detroit and Sweet Home Ranger Districts.  The fire is burning near the junction of Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and Forest Road 1133 approximately 8 miles south of Detroit Lake. Local firefighters and aircraft rapidly responded to aggressively attack the fire.

South Cascade Interagency Type 3 has taken command of this fire. 

Smoke will continue to be visible from the town of Detroit and Santiam Pass. There may be increased fire traffic on Highway 22. The fire is not currently threatening any communities or structures. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday July 12th, 2021 approx. 12:55 PM
LocationThe fire is located near the junction of Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and Forest Road 1133 - approximately 9 miles south of Detroit Lake.
Incident CommanderSouth Cascade Interagency Type 3
Incident DescriptionA Type 2 Wildfire In Dense Timber Litter And Timber Understory.
Coordinates44.591 latitude, -122.156 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel139
Size195 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained65%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed timber litter, timber (litter and understory).

The fire area is dominated by heavy timber litter and varying degrees of live understory with some pockets of lighter fuels. There are small inclusions of lighter fuels in regeneration true fir stands. Adjacent fuels are similar to that of the fire area where steep slopes average 60% or more. Roll out of material along steep underslung lines continue to be a threat to containment. Lichen drape in trees is reported to be the primary ladder fuel to get fire into canopy and establish some isolated tree torching. Indirect lines are being prepared utilizing a combination of existing road systems and dozer lines in the off chance that primary lines are compromised.

Significant Events

Moderate, Backing, Creeping


Planned Actions

Continue with mop-up with hose lays and pumps. Complete alternate strategy for area north of the 1133 Road. Minimize acres burned and impacts to cultural resources and natural resources. Confine the fire to the existing footprint between the dozer, hand line and existing road systems. Identify and establish alternate and contingency lines.

Coordinate with Santiam staging to mobile/demobilize heavy equipment to the fire area. Continue implementation of contingency strategy on the 1155 and 1152 Roads. Provide viable control options in the event the fire grows beyond the existing footprint.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Slight increase in interior activity expected as a warming and drying trend begins going towards the weekend. The majority of fire activity is expected to continue to be from heavy dead fuels consuming within interior portions of the incident.

24 hours: Warming and drying trend expected to facilitate a gradual increase of interior fire behavior observed on the incident. Continued burning of the heavy fuels interior expected. Occasional tree torching from lichen draped trees is possible.

48 hours: Continued warming and drying. Slow interior consumption expected to continue in the duff and heavy fuel components. Isolated torching of trees with lichen drape possible.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Slight chance of thunderstorms Monday afternoon and into Monday evening. Moisture influx wanes Tuesday, ending the thunderstorm threat. Temperatures are expected to be around 10 degrees above normal over the next couple of days with lower overnight moisture recovery. Chance of showers and thunderstorms returns Thursday with a wetter system and increase chance of showers into the weekend.

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