Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098)

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Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098)

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Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update, September 21, 2017
Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 21, 2017 Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests Seiad Valley Evacuation Warning Lifted Today Eclipse Complex Acres: 100,065 acres Containment:... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 1:31 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

41.792 latitude, -123.493 longitude

Incident Overview

Ops section chief Sal Reyes provides an operational briefing on the morning of September 21

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The Eclipse Complex was mapped at 100,065 acres on 9-21-17 and is 48% contained.

The evacuation warning for the community of Seiad has been lifted as of 9-20-17.

Firefighters are prioritizing actions in key areas:
The eastern perimeter of the Abney Fire to prevent spread into timber lands, and the southwestern corner to protect Seiad Valley.
The southwest perimeter of the Oak Fire to prevent movement across the Smith River drainage to protect the Big Flat Community.
Minimizing fire spread on the Little Buck Fire using a confine and contain strategy.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginTuesday August 15th, 2017 approx. 07:55 AM
Location5 miles W of Happy Camp, CA and 11 miles southeast of Gasquet, CA
Incident CommanderChris Fogle, SoCal IIMT1
Incident DescriptionMultiple Lightning Fires

Current Situation

Total Personnel501
Size100,065 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained48%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 10th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

Scattered rain fall and higher relative humidity have decreased fire activity. Continued threat of falling snags crossing containment lines on the eastern boundary of the Abney Fire. Minimal smoldering and creeping fire activity, with very isolated surface fire spread.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Miller Complex (Abney Fire):

Contain the southern and eastern portions of the Abney Fire burning on the Klamath National Forest to protect the communities of Seiad and Horse Creek, and private timberlands. Crews will be identifying possible new contingency lines, should the fire continue to spread south toward the Pacific Crest Trail.

Little Buck (113 acres):

Aircraft will continue to assist with bucket work. Monitor and contain any northerly spread.

Oak Fire (90,828 acres)

Oak Fire - West Side:

Patrol, hold, and mop up near Bear Basin Butte toward the intersection with Rd 16N18. Firing has ceased but may be resumed if fire activity increases in SF Smith River drainage.

Oak Fire - South/East Side:

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

Cedar Fire (9,122 acres):

Continue to monitor Thompson Creek from DP4 north to the Red Buttes Wilderness.

Monitor the spread of the eastern perimeter into the Red Buttes Wilderness.

Projected Incident Activity

Starting a drying, warming trend with a return to a northeast airflow over the fires. This will quickly dry fine fuels, allowing for slightly more active fire behavior on the NE part of the complex.

Remarks

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 or airtankers will be used as needed to keep the Little Buck Fire from spreading to the north.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Scattered showers expected across the fire area on Thursday without significant accumulation. Temperatures will begin to increase on Thursday and continue into Friday and the weekend. No further rain expected after Friday.

Unit Information

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