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Orleans COmplex Update - Aug. 17, 2017
EUREKA, California, August 17, 2017 The Orleans Complex is comprised of 19 fires and is currently 5832 acres with 40% contained. The complex includes the Ukonom at 3854 acres (52% contained), the... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 46 MIN. AGO

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41.605 latitude, -123.489 longitude

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Orleans Complex Information Map for Aug. 17, 2017

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EUREKA, California, August 17, 2017 The Orleans Complex is comprised of 19 fires and is currently 5832 acres with 40% contained. The complex includes the Ukonom at 3854 acres (52% contained), the Burney at 1123 acres (0% contained), Frank at 13 acres (0% contained), Hooligan at 0.1 acres (0% contained), Haypress at 545 acres (0% contained), Zulu 1 through 7 that ranged from 0.1 acres to 18 acres, and the Forks at 246 acres (0% contained). Terrain in the fire area is steep, rugged and remote. Crews continue to use a confinement strategy focused on existing roads and fire lines to reduce the hazards to firefighters, and keep fires in remote areas of the National Forest to protect heritage, cultural and natural resources.

Fuel types include brush and timber. Heavy precipitation from last winter has weakened trees and created increased dead and down fuel loads. Most fires are burning in burn scars that occurred within the last 10-20 years. Fuel moistures remain high, how­­­­ever fire behavior remains active.

Representatives from the Six Rivers National Forest and Karuk Tribal Members along with the Orleans Complex Incident Management Team will be hosting a community meeting. Representative will be discussing the status of the Orleans Complex on Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. at the Karuk Department of National Resource Center, 39051 Highway 96 Orleans, CA 95556

Personnel:717. Crews:20. Engines:27. Helicopters:8. Dozers:15. Water tenders:9

Fuel types include brush and timber. Heavy precipitation from last winter has weakened trees and created increased dead and down fuel loads. Most fires are burning in burn scars that occurred within the last 10-20 years. Fuel moistures remain high, how­­­­ever fire behavior remains active.

The Haypress fire continues to be the most active in the complex. Spot fires continue to grow north of Forest Road 13N42. Measures including tactical firing operations will be conducted when appropriate.

Smoke from the Haypress Fires from Hwy 96

Smoke impacts will continue to be heavy in the region due to several active fires in the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. Smoke has settled into communities along the Klamath River drainage, from Seiad Valley downstream to Weitchpec. Additionally, northeasterly winds are carrying smoke further south to Willow Creek and into communities along the coast from Crescent City to Eureka.

For up-to-date Air Quality Advisory Information, the public can call toll-free 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the NCUAQMD website www.ncuaqmd.org. For additional information regarding this PSA, please contact: North Coast Air Quality Management District, 707 L. Street, Eureka, CA 95501 (707)443-3093

Helicopter over the Ukonom FireHelicopter over the Ukonom Fire
The Ten Bear Trailhead leading to the Marble Mountain Wilderness is closed. Hikers wanting to access the wilderness should contact the Orleans District Office (530) 627-3291 or Orleans Complex Fire Information (619) 359-3415 for details on affected trails.

A Temporary Flight Restriction Area (TFR) has been set over the fire area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aviation operations.

A portion of the Happy Camp Ranger District, in the vicinity of the Ukonom Fire, is closed to public entry for the duration of the fire due to the risks associated with an active wildfire. The closure stretches from the east bank of the Klamath River east to the Independence Creek Road and includes Ukonom Creek. Please review Klamath National Forest, Emergency Closure order number 17-05-797 for complete details at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5433/37176/.

Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are reminded that there will be large amounts of fire traffic. Please drive with caution. Forest visitors need to be extremely careful when camping, hunting, and when cutting fire wood. There is always the risk of starting a wildfire. For more information on how wildfires can be prevented, remember “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” and visit http://preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/

President Harry S. Truman established the Six Rivers National Forest by Presidential proclamation on June 3, 1947. The new Forest’s initial 900,000 acres were carved from the western portions of the Klamath and Trinity National Forests and the southern portion of the Siskiyou National Forest.

The Six Rivers is managed to provide access to high-quality recreation opportunities for the public, sustain and protect natural resources for their ecological and commercial value, and serve as an economic development resource to the region. The Forest staff and local communities are meeting the challenge of balancing these multiple objectives through creative partnerships and cooperative stewardship of the land.

Cooperators on the incident include representatives from the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa Tribes, California Conservation Corps, Siskiyou County Sheriff Department, and Caltrans.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday July 25th, 2017 approx. 09:00 PM
Location20 miles north of Orleans, CA in Siskiyou County.
Incident CommanderMike Wakoski, SoCal Team 3
Incident DescriptionComplex Of Fires Ignited By Lightning

Current Situation

Total Personnel672
Size5,831 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained35%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber and mountain brush

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Six Rivers National Forest
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1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501
Eureka, CA 95501
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