Containment on Bruler Fire at 47%

Crews have contained 47% of the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday morning.

No further growth was reported overnight in the week-old blaze, 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.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

Firefighters mopped up portions of the fire that registered heat as detected in an infrared flight completed Sunday. Crews continued improving the southwest side’s contingency line. Approximately 217 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Air quality around Detroit and Sweet Home will decrease over the next few days due to smoke from fires to the south, the agency reported. Smoke will thicken through midweek. Conditions should improve by next weekend.

According to data provided by the National Interagency Fire Center, 85 active fires in 13 states have consumed roughly 1.5 million acres. The largest, the 400,000-acre Bootleg Fire (53% contained), burns 11 miles northeast of Sprague River in Oregon’s Klamath County.

Large closures remain in effect. These still includes large portions of U.S. Forest Service lands south of Detroit Lake, west of Highway 22 and north of Highway 20, plus the Middle Santiam Wilderness, Daly Lake, Tule Lake and the Old Cascade Crest trail system. A Bureau of Land Management closure area is also in place for areas along Quartzville Scenic Byway and Quartzville Road, including Yellowbottom Campground, Old Miner’s Meadow Group Site and nearby dispersed camping areas.

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