River Complex Morning Update August 19, 2015
Incident: River Complex Wildfire
Last night crews continued to patrol the Denny area and western flank of the fire. Resources also worked to keep the fire north of Ironside Mountain Road. The fire burned more actively in terrain above 3500’ due to much lower relative humidity.
This weather trend will continue producing a strong inversion over most of the fire area resulting in thick smoke and light terrain driven winds. The Incident Meteorologist is forecasting a slight change in the weather Thursday which should help lift the inversion. The inversion has resulted in the grounding of all aerial assets for the fire with the exception of an air attack plane equipped with an infrared camera that is able to see through the smoke and provide information on hot spots which are currently not visible to observers on the ground.
The main efforts of the firefighters will be on the south flank, as crews work to keep the fire north of Ironside Mountain Road with direct fireline. Crews will also be building indirect dozer line to the southeast to protect the Highway 299 corridor and surrounding properties. As the fire continues to back down towards Denny engines and crews are in place ready to take the next step in protecting homes and properties.
Control objectives are to protect the communities of Denny, Bell Ranch, Hoboken, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar, Dailey, and the Highway 299 corridor from the impacts of unwanted wildfire. These objectives also include protecting life, property, and cultural values on and near the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.
Area Closures and Evacuations
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department mandatory evacuation is still in effect for Denny, Quinby, Dailey, Hoboken and Bell Flat areas due to fire activity. A hard road closure is in effect on Denny Road at the junction of Forest Road 7N26 at Onion Saddle.
Forest area trail and road closures are in effect on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. For more information on these closures, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4431/26432/.
Fire Information: (530) 628-0039. For specific inquiries, contact the River Complex fire information center at 530-276-8559. A community meeting is tentatively being planned for Thursday evening, Aug. 20th at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Umqua Bank. Information is available online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3/ http://www.facebook.com/USFSShastaTrinityNF, https://www.facebook.com/USFSSixRiversNF
River Complex Wildfire Status
Acres Burned: 45,477
Date Started: 7/30/2015
Percent Contained: 20 percent
Expected Containment: October 1, 2015
Total Resources Assigned: 750