7/23/2014 9:43:00 AM Cool, wet day to help firefighters
Due to decreased fire activity, evacuation levels have been reduced and area closures have been changed on the Bridge 99 Complex Fire.
Firefighters completed burnout operations and direct line on the northwest fire perimeter and continued to secure containment lines on the Bridge 99 Fire. The southern, eastern and much of the northern fire perimeter has been further secured by crews completing mop-up, extinguishing burning materials with water and hand tools.
Varying amounts of rain fell over the fire, but vegetation and burnable debris under the tree canopies still remain dry. Expected fire behavior will be limited to smoldering and burning of heavy fuels, stumps and large diameter logs. Some of the fire crews and other resources will be available to help staff new fires resulting from last night's thunderstorms.
Helicopters will continue to drop water on hotspots to slow the spread of the Bear Butte 2 Fire in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Fire officials responsible for managing the wildfire will begin reducing the number of resources on the fire today. Total complex acreage increased only slightly yesterday, to 5,917 acres.
Weather will be unseasonably cool today with high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s and relative humidity in the 50 to 60 percent range. Crews will continue mop-up activities and patrol.