Bruler Fire containment at 65%

The South Cascade Interagency Type Team 3 continued mopping up and strengthening contingency lines Monday on the 195-acre Bruler Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home.

Containment is at 65%.

According to a U.S. Forest Service release, crews remain vigilant as weather conditions change, with south and southwest winds Monday over the Willamette National Forest, with a high chance of showers and thunderstorms expected Thursday.

The blaze was first spotted Monday, July 12, near the jurisdiction of Forest Roads 11 (Straight Creek and Quartzville roads) and 1133 approximately 9 miles south of Detroit in the Sweet Home Ranger District.

Its cause remains under investigation.

The Willamette National Forest will maintain its large closure area to prioritize safety. The BLM closure order for the Quartzville Backcountry Byway has been lifted. The Byway is now open to milepost 25, where the Forest Service closure begins. The BLM closure may be reactivated at any time as needs warrant.

Campfires are currently prohibited on Willamette National Forest land, as well as on BLM lands east of the I-5, including Quartzville Creek corridor. This includes dispersed sites and established campgrounds with fire pits.

For a complete list of restrictions for WNF land, including the Bruler Fire closure map, please visit For information on restrictions for BLM land, visit 

– The New Era