Containment increases slightly on Bull Complex Fire – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-09-12 23:31:30 –

Crew increased containment of Bull Complex fires by 5% from Friday to Saturday

The crew is clearing dangerous trees near the Bull Complex fire in Marion County.Photo courtesy of: Type 2 Northern Rocky Incident Management Team 4, September 12, 2021

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) —The incident command team that manages the Bull Complex Fire says the recent cool and moist weather has helped curb fire activity on Saturday.

The 19,349 acres of fire burning north of Detroit were 14% contained as of Saturday morning. This is a 5% increase in containment from the previous day.

According to officials, the fire brigade installed additional containment lines on the south and east sides of the fire after extensive mop-up work and hazard tree removal.

They say the fuel for wood and debris is still very dry. As a result, fire sneaked up and continued to smolder at Upper Dicky Creek, Mother Road Creek, and Battle Drain. The crew is using water droplets from a helicopter bucket to delay the spread of fire in the upper Dicky Creek drainage channel.

On the south side, officials say the fire retreated downhill in the drainage canals of Elkley Creek and Easthambag Creek.

The crew continued their mop-up efforts at Forest Road 4696, preparing the primary and contingency lines for the road system. Firefighters do this, forming hands north and northwest of the fire as part of a long-term fire extinguishing strategy. They also worked on the preparation of hand lines and road systems at the southwest and southeast corners of the fire.

On Sunday, authorities hoped that fire activity would be mitigated. They said most of the fire activity would continue in the drainage channels of Upper Dicky Creek, Mother Road Creek, Pansy Creek and Battle Creek.

Five helicopters are still assigned to fire, dropping water as much as visibility allows. Firefighters patrol and monitor the south and east sides of the fire.

Breitenbush Hot Springs has Level 1 “ready” evacuation advisories.

All national forest lands south and west of Forest Road 46 and east of the Riverside Fire boundary are closed. The entire length of forest road No. 46 is closed. The land around the 2020 Lions Head and Beach Creek fires has also been closed.

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