RIPPLEBROOK, Ore. – Over the past two weeks, efforts focused on building, strengthening, and mopping up primary line around the Bull Complex. In addition to these gains, firefighters on the ground and in the air worked together to protect high priority values at risk including Gold Butte Lookout and the Hawk Mountain Cabin.
Firefighters on the ground experienced cool, wet weather that required adjustments to their operations. Despite this, crews were able to continue suppression repair work on all divisions. “I appreciate the mindful operational tempo shift with the inclement weather to ensure firefighter safety,” said Brian Gales, Incident Commander for Northwest Team 13.
Northwest Team 13 will be transitioning to a local unit Type 3 team tomorrow morning, led by Scott Jones. Incoming operations and support staff will be shadowing Northwest Team 13 today to ensure the continuity of suppression and repair operations.
Weather: Rain fell overnight, with many locations around the fire area receiving over 2 inches of precipitation. Frost was observed in higher elevations this morning as low temperatures hovered around freezing. Fog over the fire area is expected to lift around 10:00 am, giving way to partly cloudy skies. There is a 20% chance of rain Thursday night with highs in the 60s. Seasonal fall weather is expected over the next five days.
Evacuations: 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 evacuation levels 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/.