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Orleans Complex

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Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501

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This is the 64th day of the Orleans Complex fires. This will be the last published Fire Update. The Orleans Complex total acreage is unchanged at 27,276 acres. All fires in the complex are 100% complete. Fire suppression operations have been completed and fire crews are focusing on the remaining suppression repairs. Resources that are no longer needed are being demobilized from the incident. On Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 0700 hours, management of the incident will transition back to the Orleans District to a type III organization. Fire personnel would like to remind the public that hunting season has started. Contact your local ranger station for current hunting information. Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are cautioned that there will still be numerous firefighting vehicles and heavy equipment on the roadway. Please drive safely. Temperatures are expected to rise approximately 5 degrees per day and humidity will continue to drop into early next week. Winds are predicted to be terrain driven and light. No critical fire weather is expected in the fire area. Effective September 23, all forest closure orders around the Ukonom and Haypress Fires on the Orleans Complex of the Ukonom District are terminated. Firefighters and equipment are still working on mop up and repair operations in many areas.

As of September 25, 2017 fire restrictions on the Six Rivers National Forest are terminated. Remember to exercise campfire safety, “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” For more information about the Six Rivers National Forest, visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 25th, 2017 approx. 09:00 PM
Location20 miles north of Orleans, CA in Siskiyou County.
Incident CommanderDeron Mills, South Central Sierra IMT (Mills)
Incident DescriptionComplex Of Fires Ignited By Lightning
Coordinates41.566 latitude, -123.647 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel286
Size27,276 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Timber and mountain brush fuel types. Heavy precipitation from last winter has created increased dead and down fuel loads. The exceptionally wet winter also created an abundance of fine cured grasses which are receptive to ignition sources.

Significant Events

No observed fire behavior today as fireline suppression repair continues. The South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Mills) will transfer command of the Orleans Complex to the Six Rivers NF Type 3 organization (Markin) at 0700 9/27/17.


Planned Actions

Secure fire edge to minimize risk of escape. Continue fireline suppression repair according to established repair plan.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

No projected incident activity or significant spread.

24 hours:

No projected incident activity or significant spread.

48 hours:

No projected incident activity or significant spread.

72 hours:

No projected incident activity or significant spread.


The Haypress Fire is being managed under a combined containment/confinement strategy utilizing natural barriers for confinement on the north east corner in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Fireline suppression repair(stage 1) for the Orleans Complex is 75% complete.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The warming and drying peaked today. A cooling period will begin with possible light rain predicted for Friday.