The Butte Fire, located north of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, is estimated to be 85 acres and is spotting over the Pacific Crest Trail onto the Crescent Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. Firefighters are working to build handline, but are challenged by limited safety zones due to fuels and steep terrain. Water drops from helicopters are being used to check the fire’s growth. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently assigned to the fire and the ORCA (Oregon/California) Type 2 Incident Management Team will take over management of the fire tomorrow morning.
Rappel firefighters were also lowered by helicopter to the Cow Horn Fire and surrounded the fire with handline. The Cow Horn Fire is estimated at ¼ acre.
The active fire behavior and proximity to several popular hiking trails has prompted Forest officials to close the following roads and trails:
· 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
Current resources assigned to the fire include 8 smoke jumpers, 1-15 person handcrew, 1 Type 2 and 1 Type 3 Helicopter, and air attack.
For more information also visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3161/ .