With fall weather returning and shorter days, the Bull Complex is winding down. Firefighters are continuing to focus on mop-up along the fire edge and suppression repair work. Fire suppression repair includes a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points created and/or used while fighting the fire. This week on the Bull Complex, firefighters have been repairing dozer lines, grading roads used for fire access, using a curtain burner to create biochar from cut slash, and chipping slash from cut brush and limbs. Fire personnel work with local natural resource advisers to repair and reduce the impact of firefighting equipment and activities as much as possible.
Firefighters and cultural resource advisors have removed structure protection wrap on Hawk Mountain Cabin, Gold Butte Lookout, and Bagby Hot Springs.
The Bull Complex’s total acreage is unchanged at 24,894. As much of the fire perimeter is above 4,000 feet elevation, fire activity is very low with isolated spots of heat. These pockets of smoldering and small areas of heat may remain until winter’s sustained cold and wet weather arrives.