Yesterday, firefighters completed the installation of fire hoses 7,000 feet from the water source to the fire area, and laid out approximately 20,000 feet of fire hose around the perimeter of the fire to provide water for mopping up and cooling down any hot spot near the line. Today, handheld infra-red detectors will be used to identify hot spots near the line and crews will be directed towards those areas to put them out.
Today, twelve 20-person hand crews will continue with mop-up duties and fire suppression related repair tasks. Rehabilitation of the Pacific Crest Trail is nearing completion. 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 being released, as the fire suppression effort reaches its objectives.
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/.