Orleans Complex Update - August 3
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 3, 2017 – In spite of extremely hot temperatures, firefighters continue to make good progress on the Orleans Complex. The total acreage burned on the entire complex to date is about 1627 acres. The Ukonom Fire has burned about 1300 acres, and it continues to back down to Ukonom Creek and the Klamath River on the west, north and east. Containment on the complex remains at 0 percent due to the steep terrain and the risk it poses to firefighters, as well as the heavy fuels the fire is burning in.
Crews are using existing roads, ridges and strategic firing to establish control lines on the southern perimeter of the fire. The Burney Fire has been burning more actively recently, and is about 110 acres. The Franks Fire is about 13 acres. These three fires make up the east zone of the complex, which is being managed by NorCal Team 1 under Incident Commander Curtis Coots.
The west zone of the complex consists of the Dillon and Elk Fires which are each about 0.1 acres and 100% contained; the Chimney, which is about 0.5 acres; the Little which is about 3 acres; and the Forks, which burned more actively yesterday and is about 200 acres in size. These fires are 0% contained. Duane Franklin is managing these fires under a Type 3 organization.
An air resource advisor is assigned to the complex to assist with monitoring, modeling and reporting smoke conditions. Monitors have been placed in strategic locations to provide continuous data that can be used to prepare a daily smoke forecast outlook for surrounding communities. Smoke from other large fires in northern California and southern Oregon is also affecting air quality in Siskiyou and Humboldt Counties.
Drivers are asked to use caution and slow down when travelling between Somes Bar and Happy Camp on Highway 96 due to heavy fire traffic. There may be traffic controls at times.
The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions. Details about these restrictions can be found on the Forest Website at www.fs.usda.gov/smf.