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Bull Complex

Unit Information

Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sandy, OR 97055

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Incident Contact

Clackamas River Ranger District
Phone: 971-333-4100
Hours: 8am- 4pm; Mon-Fri

Highlighted Activity

10/14/2021 Bull Complex Final Update: Oct. 14, 2021
The past two days brought moderate rain and snow showers over the fire area. Fire behavior is now observed only in isolated and well sheltered stump holes. Our IMT3 team continues management of the..
News - 10/14/2021
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Following a round of lightning in the afternoon on August 2, four new fires were identified on the south end of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Three of the fires the Janus, Kola, and Ridge Fires were located in the southeast corner of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness in the Janus Butte area. The fourth fire, Round Lake Fire, was located in the east of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness.  And a fifth fire, Ogre Creek Fire, was located on August 3 in the Round Lake area.

By August 18, the fires had expanded towards one another and joined to make up the Bull Complex (briefly called the Janus Complex). The fire is currently being managed Northwest Incident Management Team (NWIMT) 13.  A fire camp is located at the Timber Lake Job Corps Center at Ripplebrook to support the firefighters with food, water, supplies, and basic care items.  The Willamette National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry are both actively engaged with fire managers.  NWIMT 13 is coordinating with all local jurisdictions and maintaining communications with impacted communities. 

Area closures are in place on both the Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests, along with the existing area closures from the 2020 Lionshead, Beachie, and Riverside Fires. Closure maps and detail information can be found in the closures tab section in InciWeb and by visiting the USFS Pacific Northwest Region: Emergency Closures webpage,  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 02nd, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Location12 miles NE of Detroit, OR
Incident CommanderScott Jones, IMT Type 3
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates44.879 latitude, -122.009 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel55
Size24,894 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The two primary fuel models are timber litter and timber under story. Recent precipitation has increased dead fuel moisture across the landscape. Smaller fuels (one hour, 10 hour, and 100 hour fuels) have gained enough fuel moisture to limit fire spread. Moisture of heavy dead fuels (1000 hour) are rising, however, these fuels can still contribute to combustion, especially in sheltered sites. Live fuels and heavy duff in sheltered locations may also be available for consumption. Steep slopes and areas with heavy dead fuels are leading to roll-out.

Significant Events

Continued rain across the incident has saturated the majority of the fuel bed. With the significant rain received, all fuel size classes except large dead wood (1000 hour) have been effectively raised beyond the point they can support fire spread. Correspondingly, observed fire behavior can be characterized as creeping and smoldering in sheltered locations.


Planned Actions

All divisions are conducting suppression repair activities.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

THURSDAY... A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy. Lows 35-40. Highs 48-53. West winds up to 5 mph. Minimum humidity 68-78%.