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SOUTH COMPLEX September 9, 2015, 8 AM Update

Incident: South Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/9/2015

SOUTH COMPLEX STATISTICS
Total Acres: 29,405 Percent Contained: 89%
Castle: 15,390 Pattison: 13,667 York: 316 Cause: Lightning
Date Started: August 1, 2015
Structures Destroyed: 3

Resources

Crews: 4 Dozers: 7
Engines: 17 Water Tenders: 6
Helicopters: 2 Total Resources: 292
Firefighters Injuries to Date: 3

Public meetings are scheduled for the Fork and South Complex on Thursday September 10th. Fork is being held at the Trinity County Fairgrounds Dining Hall (yellow building) Hayfork, at 7:00 p.m. South Complex will be at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department at 4:00. Both will be updates on fire status, suppression repair and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER).
Current fire situation:
Today, crews will continue to patrol existing control lines and Stage 1 suppression repair on the Castle Fire. On the Pattison Fire Stage 1 suppression repair continues. Yesterday crews made significant progress on the fire and remained overnight. Work will continue today on the northeastern corner of the fire building direct handline around fire burning in Gates Creek and West Fork of Minors Creek. York, Hidden and Springer fires are being monitored. There are approximately 129.0 miles of fire line with 9.5 miles remaining for repair, 9.0 miles of line in progress, 12.6 miles pending approval and 97.8 miles approved and completed. Yesterday on the FORK COMPLEX a ½ acre fire caused by dry pine needles, well within the burn was extinguished by crews on scene. There are 262 miles of line built with 10 miles left to repair. The Shell and Baker fires crews continue with repair work. The Fork COMPLEX still has approx.120 personnel working on the incident.

Weather and Safety: Hot and dry conditions will persist for the remainder of the week. Valleys highs of 95 to 100 are likely through Friday with humidity’s 10 to 15 %. Not quite as hot over the weekend. With the current above normal heating trend the public needs to be aware that interior smokes will continue to appear on all fires and will be visible from Hayfork to Hyampon and along various roads. Firefighters remain patrolling these areas and are taking action on any potential threats to the line. The public is still encouraged to use extreme caution driving, as heavy firefighting traffic and large equipment will remain in the area. For a high quality map showing the Fork, South, River, Route and Mad River complexes, visit: 1.usa.gov/1TrKXxc.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team; For information on the BAER Team and their assessment of post-fire conditions on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest go to their InciWeb Page at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4601/http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4601/

A Forest Closure (Order No. 14-15-05) is currently in effect. The closure prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands or Forest Service roads within the Fork, South, Route and Mad River Complex Fire Closure Areas. Inquiries about the forest closure can be directed to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest at (530) 226-2500 or online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stnf/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5392380&width=full.

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