Bull Complex Fire UpdateFriday, 3 September 2021Contact Fire Information: 971.277.5075 or 2021.Bull@firenet.govhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7773/#BullComplexhttps://www.facebook.com/mthoodnf or https://twitter.com/mthoodnf
Temperatures warmed into the 70s yesterday afternoon and relative humidity dropped to the high teens. The Bull Complex became very active, increasing 1,864 acres, the largest single growth day for the fire. Additional containment has been achieved on the northern edge, at the confluence of the Collawash River and Elk Lake Creek, and on the southern edge, along the ridgeline at the top of Humbug Creek. Fire activity is likely to increase even more today, as conditions will remain warm and dry. The amount of heavy vegetation burned in the fire produces large volumes of smoke which is likely to linger in the surrounding valleys in the morning.
Yesterday, light easterly winds allowed firefighters to complete tactical burnouts on the eastern side of the fire, along Rhododendron Ridge. The fire then moved slowly, under desirable conditions, towards the main fire at a reduced intensity. This will achieve containment of the eastern edge more effectively and safely for firefighters. Helicopters supported that work and also dropped water to slow fire progress in key areas, such as near lookouts in the area. There has been no reported damage to either Hawk Mountain and Bull of the Woods Lookouts.