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Ruth Complex Daily Update: August 16, 2017
Fire Situation: The Willie Fire is 40 percent contained. Yesterday, handcrews made significant progress on the Willie Fire. They constructed fireline around the entire eastern portion of the fire... more


Approximate Location

40.209 latitude, -123.351 longitude

Incident Overview

Ukonom Hotshots heading to the fireline on the Willie Fire, Aug 16, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Fire Situation: Hotshot crews made significant progress constructing and securing fireline around the Willie Fire Wednesday. The 3,007-acre fire is now 65 percent contained. If weather conditions are favorable, firefighters may conduct a defensive firing operation, using aerial ignition, on the northwest corner of the fire to reduce the amount of unburned vegetation between the fireline and the main fire. That would reduce the likelihood of the fire spreading across Rock Creek and the North Fork of the Eel River. Crews continue to look for smoldering pockets within the perimeter of the fire, and helicopter bucket drops are helping to douse any hotspots they find.

While the 1,545-acre Dutchman Fire is fully contained, firefighters will extinguish hotspots near the containment line that were detected during a recent infrared flight. Crews are removing excess equipment—such as fire hose and pumps—from the fireline. They are also repairing areas affected by fire suppression activities, for example, chipping vegetation along roads to reduce the future fire hazard, constructing water bars with dozers to reduce erosion during future rain events, and assessing fence repair needs.

Air Quality Report (August 17, 2017, most recent)

Six Rivers National Forest Fire Updates: August 16, 2017

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday August 09th, 2017 approx. 09:45 AM
Locationsouth of Ruth Lake
Incident CommanderMike Minton

Current Situation

Total Personnel778
Size4,602 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 25th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Tall Grass, Brush, Timber

Significant Events

Willie Fire: The previous warm day promoted active surface fire into the evening. Fire behavior was mostly smoldering and low intensity surface fire where larger dead and downed fuels were prevalent.

Dutchman Fire: Isolated pockets of deep-seated, smoldering fire.


Planned Actions

Day: Aggressively implement fire suppression on all fires, incuding use of aerial resources to check fire growth and constructing direct containment lines (hand and dozer lines) on the Willie fire. If conditions are favorable, aerial ignition is planned for the northwestern slope of the Willie Fire to achievecontainment along Rock Creek and the North Fork of the eel River. Strengthening and patrolling containment lines on the Dutchman and other contained lightning fires will continue.

Projected Incident Activity

Willie Fire: Lack of significant precipitation will assist steady movement of fire in areas of limited access.

Dutchman Fire: Isolated pockets of low intensity, smoldering fire.


Trails are impacted in the North Fork wilderness and Yolla Bolly Middle Eel River Wilderness Areas.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

One final night of offshore flow brought another round of drier and milder nighttime conditions. The warmest and driest locations were upper slopes and ridge tops. Lower elevations were cooler with moderate to excellent relative humidity recoveries. Winds will be northerly over the Ruth Complex on Thursday. It's likely to be hotter and drier than Wednesday. Northeasterly winds in the morning will give way to westerly winds in the afternoon. Additional warming is expected through at least Friday.

Unit Information

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

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