Orleans Complex Update - August 4
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 4, 2017 – In spite of the extremely hot temperatures, firefighters continue to make good progress on the Orleans Complex. The total acreage burned on the entire complex to date is approximately 2338 acres, with the Ukonom Fire in the East Zone being 1600 acres. The Burney Fire is 513 with the Frank Fire at 13 acres. The containment on the complex is 3%.
Actions taken on the Ukonom Fire consider first and foremost the safety of firefighters and the public. All potential suppression tactics were evaluated against values at risk and the probability of success. A combination of appropriate tactics were selected. The fire is burning in extremely steep terrain, with multiple hazardous snags and very dense brush caused by the 2008 Panther Fire. Geographic features such as rivers, roads and ridges are being used as points of confinement.
The Forks Fire, in the West Zone of the complex, has been burning more actively and is approximately 208 acres. The remaining fires are the Dillon at 0.10 acres, Elk at 0.10 acres, Chimney at 0.5 acres and Little at 3 acres.
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 for surrounding communities. Smoke from other large fires in northern California and southern Oregon are also affecting air quality in Siskiyou and Humboldt Counties.
There are a total of 793 personnel assigned to the incident, including 19 crews, 17 engines, 10 helicopters, 16 dozers and 19 water tenders.
Cooperators on the incident include the Karuk and Yurok Tribes, Klamath NF and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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.