Slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity continued Sunday which enabled firefighters to make good progress on building and holding containment lines. All firelines are now completed west of the Pacific Crest Trail (Umpqua N.F.). Crews started mop-up and rehabilitation of fire suppression activities on the west end. Dozers and hand crews continued to work together to construct firelines east of the Pacific Crest Trail (Deschutes N.F.). Only about ¼ mile of handline remains to be constructed on the entire fire, along the north flank east of the fire.
Two helicopters assigned to the fire, along with 4 rappelers (transported and released by a helicopter), responded Sunday to a newly discovered fire on the Umpqua N.F. located about 2 miles south of the Butte Fire, northeast of Tenas Peak. This fire was quickly lined and was limited to ¼ acre in size.
Today, thirteen 20-person hand crews will work to complete the remaining fireline on the Butte Fire. Mop-up and rehabilitation of fire suppression activities will begin around the entire fire perimeter where conditions allow.
While approximately 12 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail remains closed due to the fire, Forest officials are working to re-open the trail to public use as soon as safety conditions allow. The trail closure begins on the south near Miller Mountain and ends near Cow Horn Mountain in the north.
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/.