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Mad River Complex

Unit Information

Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
118 Fortuna Blvd. Fortuna California 95540
Eureka, CA 95501

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There will be no additional updates posted to Inciweb for the Mad River or Route complexes, unless fire conditions change significantly. For additional information, please visit

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 30th, 2015 approx. 04:00 PM
LocationRuth Lake and Mad River communities.
Incident CommanderShannon Prather - Type 3 Incident Management Team
Incident DescriptionLightning Fires
Coordinates40.335 latitude, -123.383 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel62
Size37,462 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday September 03rd, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory),tall grass (2.5 ft), chaparral (6 ft).

Significant Events

There was minimal fire behavior observed with small pockets of heat well interior of the control lines. Firefighters are working to rehab and patrol existing firelines.


Planned Actions

All Stage 1 fire-suppression repair should be complete by next week. Firefighters are working on Stage 2 fire-suppression repair on the south side of the Lassic Fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Firefighters will continue to patrol the fires and mop up were there are interior pockets of heat. Crews will continue suppression repair in priority areas.


Management of Mad River and Route complexes merged in late August. This is a combined report for both complexes.

All fires on the two complexes are 100 percent contained and in patrol status: Johnson (34,005 acres), Gobbler (8,279 acres), Pickett (10,985 acres), Buck (1,669 acres) and Lassic (18,198 acres). Although all these fires are fully contained, there are still areas within the containment lines that are still burning. These areas will continue to burn and put up smoke until a season-ending rain/snow event.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team, or BAER Team, has been assigned to the complex and will be assessing the fire area for damage to the ecosystem and forest infrastructure. For more information, please click on the BAER Team link on the right side of the page.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warming and drying trend predicted for the coming week.