RIPPLEBROOK, Ore. – Smoke may be visible from the fire area as warmer temperatures dry out vegetation. “There are green islands within the established fire perimeter with abundant dry fuels” said Fire Behavior Analyst Dean Warner. As the island’s vegetation dries out and burns, smoke will continue to be seen from the local area. Crews continue to complete lines on the west flank of the fire. Mop up of hot spots will continue throughout the perimeter. Hot spots are pockets of smoldering logs and stumps that are identified by smoke. Fire managers also identify areas of heat signatures by flying over the fire and mapping hotspots with infrared cameras. Despite receiving 3 inches of rain within the fire area, the infrared mapping shows hotspots are continuing to consume dry fuels within the fire boundary.
Weather: Today will be cooler, with highs in the upper 60s, after a cold front moved through the area last night. Clouds will give way to sun this afternoon. Winds will be from the west from 15 to 20 mph, leading to the potential of low fire growth. Temperatures will gradually increase throughout the week and no precipitation is in the forecast in the next five days.
Evacuations: The Marion County Sheriff has issued a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation advisory for Breitenbush Hot Springs. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media, and make an action plan should the evacuation level rise. The advisory can be viewed at: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MarionSheriff?alert=1.
Closures: For the safety of wildland firefighters and the public, National Forests have enacted area closures that prevent the public from being upon National Forest System lands in the vicinity of the Bull Complex Fire. All Forest lands that are south and west of Forest Road 46, and east of the Riverside Fire perimeter are closed. The entire length of Forest Road 46 is closed. Lands within the 2020 Lionshead and Beachie Creek Fire areas are also closed. See the closure orders and maps at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7773/.
Air Quality: For information on air quality, visit https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.