43.5 mi
ESE of Salem, OR
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
10 mins, 31 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Monday, July 12, 2021 2:55 PM PDT
+t, -t, R
Dispatch Notes:
Contain: 09/09/21 1700 | Control: 10/09/21 1000
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Willamette National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 months ago

Incident Photo for the Bruler Fire

The Bruler Fire was detected on July 12, 2021 and is located near the boundary between the Detroit and Sweet Home Ranger Districts.  The fire is burning near the junction of Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and Forest Road 1133 approximately 8 miles south of Detroit Lake. Local firefighters and aircraft rapidly responded to aggressively attack the fire.

On August 11, the South Cascade Interagency Type 3 transitioned the fire to a Type 4 team from the local Santiam River Zone. The closure area has been greatly reduced but the public is asked to remain vigilant and be aware of continued fire traffic in the area. 

Smoke will continue to be visible from the town of Detroit and Santiam Pass. There may be increased fire traffic on Highway 22. The fire is not currently threatening any communities or structures. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Monday, July 12, 2021 12:55 PM PDT
The fire is located near the junction of Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and Forest Road 1133 - approximately 9 miles south of Detroit Lake.
Incident Commander:
South Cascade Interagency Type 3
Incident Description:
A Type 2 wildfire in dense timber litter and timber understory.
44.591, -122.156

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Closed timber litter, timber (litter and understory).

The fire area is dominated by heavy timber litter and varying degrees of live understory with some pockets of lighter fuels. There are small inclusions of lighter fuels in regeneration true fir stands. Adjacent fuels are similar to that of the fire area where steep slopes average 60% or more. Roll out of material along steep underslung lines continue to be a threat to containment. Lichen drape in trees is reported to be the primary ladder fuel to get fire into canopy and establish some isolated tree torching. Indirect lines are being prepared
utilizing a combination of existing road systems and dozer lines in the off chance that primary lines are compromised.
Significant Events:
Moderate, Creeping.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Continue with mop-up with hose lays and pumps.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: The majority of fire activity is expected to continue to be from heavy dead fuels consuming within interior portions of the incident.

24 hours: Continued burning of the heavy fuels interior expected. Occasional tree torching from lichen draped trees is possible.

48 hours: Slow interior consumption expected to continue in the duff and heavy fuel components. Isolated torching of tees with lichen drape possible.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A warming and drying trend moving into the area over the next week. Lower humidities and above average temperatures are expected into the weekend. At this time there is a low chance of thunderstorms but conditions are expected to be unstable.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Bruler Fire Information
Email: 2021.Bruler@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-367-5168
Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Fire Unit Information
Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477

Dispatch Contact

Eugene Interagency Communication Center | Eugene, OR