The fire, located north of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, has closed approximately 12 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail closure on the south begins near Miller Mountain and ends near Cow Horn Mountain in the north. The Oregon Incident Management Team #2 (ORCA) has assumed command responsibilities for the Butte Fire.
The fire is burning in steep terrain with dead and down timber and is challenging firefighting efforts due to a lack of safety zones and lookouts.
Road and trail closures on the Butte Fire are:
· Pacific Crest Trail 2000 is closed at intersection of Trail 2000 and 3641 (Willamette National Forest) southeast to intersection of Trail 2000 and 1466 (Umpqua National Forest).
· Forest Service Road 60 from junction of Road 60 and 6000-700 (Umpqua National Forest) to junction of FS Road 60 and 6020 (Deschutes National Forest).
· Forest Service Trail 1412 is closed at intersection of Trail 1412 and Pacific Crest Trail southwest to junction of Trail 1412 and 1445 (Umpqua National Forest).
· Forest Service Trail 1455 is closed from FS Road 60 to junction of Trail 1494 (Umpqua National Forest).
· Forest Service Trail 2845 is closed from junction of Trail 3845 and 3846 southwest to junction of FS Road 60
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/.
The Deschutes National Forest has also placed an area closure near the fire to further protect the public. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua for a complete description and map of the area closure.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued this afternoon until Saturday evening for dry lightning.
Today, dozers will begin constructing fire line close to the fire front and should have considerable fire line established by late tonight.