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As Bull Complex Spreads, Fire Crews Work With Available Resources


Warming temperatures and increasing winds have caused the Bull Complex east of Salem to expand roughly 300 acres. 

Helicopter drops have been called in, on an incident that’s nearing 7-thousand acres but remains at 0 percent containment. 463 personnel are using controlled burns and what’s called indirect containment lines -such as roads, waterways, and ridges- to help limit its spread.

Nick Howell is a public information officer with the incident.  

”The Bull Complex is competing for resources, and we are still short on some crews and some other special needs for this incident specifically," he told KLCC.  "But there’s a lot of fire activity going on in the state and the region, so those resources are definitely assigned on a priority basis.” 

Increased humidity could help damper the flames in the coming day. The Bull Complex is roughly 60 miles east of Salem, near the Warm Springs Reservation in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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