Two Bulls Fire Evening Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Twitter: @twobullsfire, @CentralORFire#twobullsfire
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Information Phone: 541-389-6421
GPS: 44 6' 48", 121 28' 2"
Day shift crews on the Two Bulls Fire were "whole-hog into mop-up" today, said Joe Hessel, the fire's operations section chief. Mop-up – the tedious process of extinguishing the fire completely – extended 300 feet and farther from the fireline on the east flank, 150-300 feet on the west and south flanks, and 100-200 feet inside the north flank fireline.
Hoses now encircle the 6,908-acre fire, which the night shift crews will fully utilize as they continue the mission of mopping up every flaming log or smoking stump they encounter.
The Two Bulls Fire is now 55 percent contained.
More than 160 firefighters are deployed for tonight's night shift. They will have nine engines and four water tenders to assist them.
Total Number of Resources Assigned to the Two Bulls Fire
• 925 personnel
• 6 helicopters
• 39 crews
• 46 engines
• 11 dozers
• 15 water tenders
More than 230 firefighters were released from the Two Bulls Fire today. To date, the suppression cost is estimated at $4.3 million.
Evacuation Levels: The evacuation level remains at Level II in the Skyliners Rd area and is at Level I for all other residential areas that had been threatened by the Two Bulls Fire.
Closures: Tumalo Falls Road is closed to westbound traffic at Rock Springs Road, and Bull Springs Road is closed to westbound traffic at Johnson Road. Skyliners Road is closed to westbound traffic at FS 4604 (Phil's Trailhead) except to residents of that area.
The Deschutes National Forest has instituted an area closure as a result of the Two Bulls Fire. The area encompasses Forest Roads 4601 West of Tumalo Creek, Skyline Forest, 4603, 4606, 1612, 590, 480, 113, 110, 377, 900, 1620, 1628, and 370. This area closure is bordered on the south by Cascade Lakes Highway, which remains open.
The Two Bulls Fire incident has been asked by Bend residents and surrounding communities what donations can be offered to the firefighters to demonstrate their appreciation. On behalf of the firefighters, the Incident Management Team and all the cooperators want to thank the public for their generosity. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to consider the local Red Cross Chapter www.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation helps the firefighter community.
The fire is being managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline). Cooperators include the Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, City of Bend, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.
News reporters should report to the Incident Command Post located in the field across from 63685 Johnson Road. Public Information Officers will be available for interviews; media is required to check in with Information immediately upon arrival. Media personnel that would like a guided tour of the fire need to arrive with full nomex, hard hat, leather boots and a fire shelter; the fire camp does not have enough equipment to accommodate those that do not have protective clothing.