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.
Today, the South Cascade Interagency Type 3 Team continues to mop-up and strengthen contingency lines. Containment is at 65%. Crews will remain vigilant as weather conditions change. A south and southwest wind will be over the Willamette National Forest today, which may result in thunderstorms near the fire starting in the afternoon and lasting through this evening. There is a possibility of gusty winds more than 40 mph. The combination of this with low humidity will result in critical fire weather conditions for the area today. The threat of thunderstorms will end Tuesday when afternoon temperatures will warm to around ten degrees above normal. Overnight relative humidity will likely be lower over the next couple of days. There will be a higher chance of showers and thunderstorms starting again on Thursday. Precipitation could occur Friday and Saturday but may end up north of the incident. The Willamette National Forest will maintain its large closure area to prioritize safety of the public and firefighters. The BLM closure order for the Quartzville Backcountry Byway has been lifted. The Byway is now open to mile post 25, where the Forest Service closure begins. The BLM closure may be reactivated at any time as needs warrant. Campfires are currently prohibited on Willamette National Forest land, as well as on BLM lands east of the I-5, including Quartzville Creek corridor. This includes dispersed sites and established campgrounds with fire pits. For the complete list of restrictions for WNF land, including the Bruler Fire closure map, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices. For information on restrictions for BLM land, visit https://www.blm.gov/orwafire.