TUESDAY UPDATE: Bruler Fire containment at 53%; no growth reported
July 21, 2021
Crews have contained 53% of the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday morning.
No further growth was reported overnight in the \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 made progress with mop-up operations around the fire's perimeter, with crews working Tuesday to improve the west side's contingency line. Northwest Incident Management Team 13 was scheduled to transfer control of operations today to a Type 3 Incident Management team from the Willamette National Forest. 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, with conditions improving by the weekend.
According to data provided by the National Interagency Fire Center, 79 active fires in 12 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.
Visit InciWeb for more information about closures at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7663/. For other updates, please consult the Willamette National Forest's Bruler Fire Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/brulerfire2021) or the agency's Twitter account at @WillametteNF.