Crews fighting 90-acre Bruler Fire near Detroit aided by mild temperatures

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The Bruler Fire, located seven miles south of Detroit, is now roughly 90 acres in size as firefighters work to keep it contained.

Up to 47 fire personnel were able to use a helicopter and two dozers Tuesday to cool the area and create firelines.

Mild temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday have helped slow the fire’s progress, and similar weather is expected through the rest of the week.

The fire is burning on Willamette National Forest land and is not threatening any homes or other structures, with no evacuation orders in place.

“We’re grateful for everyone who answered the call for the Bruler Fire,” said Sweet Home District Ranger and Agency Administrator Nikki Swanson. “I want to especially thank our partners and cooperators who have provided resources and support.

“You’re helping to keep our communities safe and to keep this fire as small as possible.”

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Road closures are being finalized on Forest Service lands south of Detroit Lake, west of Hwy 22, and north of Hwy 20.

Closures include Middle Santiam Wilderness, Daly Lake, Tule Lake, and the Old Cascade Crest trail system.

People passing through are asked to stay away from BLM lands along the Quartzville Scenic Byway and Quartzville Rd., which includes Yellowbottom Campground and Old Miner’s Meadow Group Site.

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