Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and light winds to complete all of the remaining fire lines and began mopping up (extinguishing all burning materials) 150’ from all containment lines.
Today, twelve 20-person hand crews will continue with mop-up duties and fire suppression related repair tasks. Special emphasis will be placed on rehabilitating the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and to remove aerial hazards such as dead trees that could fall across the trail. Approximately 12 miles of the PCT remains closed to protect public safety. As soon as forest officials determine it is safe for hikers to re-enter the area, the trail will be opened. The PCT closure begins at the south near Miller Mountain and ends near Cowhorn Mountain in the north.
Resources assigned to the fire are beginning to be released today and will continue to downsize over the next several days.
A firefighter was airlifted to a Bend hospital yesterday afternoon after being injured by a small falling tree. The individual was treated and later released after a medical evaluation.
The Deschutes and Umpqua national forests have enacted area, road and/or trail closure near the fire for public safety. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon or www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua for a complete description and map of the closures. For more information about the Pacific Crest Trail closure, visit http://www.pcta.org. For up to date information on the Butte Fire visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3161/.