RIPPLEBROOK, Ore. – Fire crews continue to strengthen primary containment lines around the fire. In addition, crews continue chipping brush removed during fire line preparation, and repairing hand and dozer lines. To date, 107,000 feet of hose has been used in suppression efforts. This amounts to approximately 20 miles of hose laid to support fire resources in bringing water to the fire line where needed.
Yesterday, fire activity remained minimal. Creeping and smoldering activity was noted on the southern edge with light smoke being visible. Moderate fire activity was also observed on the northern and interior drainages. With rain forecasted to arrive tomorrow evening, resource demobilization is beginning to occur, particularly among aviation assets, making them available to assist with other active fires, locally and nationally. Two aircraft remain assigned to the Complex to support suppression efforts.
Weather: Weather will be cooler today, with high temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. Winds will shift to an onshore flow, coming from the west at 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal, as relative humidity will remain over 30%. Tonight’s weather will be cloudy and cool. Rain is forecast to arrive tomorrow evening and continue thru Monday. Over 1.5 inches of rain is expected over the fire area before Tuesday morning.
Evacuations: The Marion County Sheriff’s Office 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. 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://fire.airnow.gov/ or https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.