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Eclipse Complex

Unit Information

Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097

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On Monday October 9th, at 0700, the incident will be transitioning from a Type 3 to a Type 4 incident. We will no longer be updating Inciweb on a regular basis or putting out news releases after Friday, October 6th. If after Friday anyone wants or needs additional information about the incident, please do not hesitate to contact the Klamath National Forest Headquarters Front Desk at (530) 842-6131

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 15th, 2017 approx. 07:57 AM
Location5 miles W of Happy Camp, CA and 11 miles southeast of Gasquet, CA
Incident CommanderEd Willy IC Type 3 Team /Andy Branson (T)
Incident DescriptionMultiple Lightning Fires
Coordinates41.792 latitude, -123.493 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel98
Size78,698 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained51%
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber, including old growth, with pockets of brush. Fires are generally burning in areas with no recent fire history.

Significant Events

Closure Order No. 17-05-803 has been terminated as of September 29,2017. Residents and public are reminded that even though the area closure has been terminated, fire suppression and suppression repair activities continue.Pay attention as hand crews,heavy equipment and aerial assets continue to work in the area. Hot spots continue to be detected by infrared flights, so the area should be entered with extreme caution.


Planned Actions

Miller Complex (Abney Fire):

Patrol the eastern portion of the Abney Fire burning on the Klamath NF south to Pacific Crest Trail to protect the communities of Seiad Valley, Horse Creek and private timberlands. Crews continue to strengthen established containment lines.

Little Buck (113 acres):

Firefighters continue to monitor this fire.

Oak Fire (90,828 acres)

Oak Fire - West Side:

Patrol,hold and mop up near Bear Basin Butte toward the intersection with Rd 16N18. Aircraft will be utilized to keep isolated heat in check.

Oak Fire - South/East Side:

Continue suppression repair on the southern end, adhering to the Clear Fire Suppression Repair Plan.

Cedar Fire (9,122 acres):

Due to limited, to no fire activity, the Cedar Fire will continue to be in monitor status.

Projected Incident Activity

Much of the work on the Eclipse Complex is now on suppression repair.Firefighters are constructing water bars across fire lines to prevent soil erosion and scattering cut materials to stabilize disturbed soil on hand and dozer lines. This work is being conducted with the assistance of Cultural and Resource Advisors.


Some portions of the complex will remain in monitor status due to accessibility issues. Portions of the complex will utilize a confine strategy, while threats to the areas and values at risk remain and will be under a full suppression strategy. Helicopters will be used as needed to keep the Little Buck Fire from spreading to the north.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire area will experience sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 70's and humidity at 15-20%, with winds out of the west.