Orleans Complex Update - August 7
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 7, 2017 – There is a Red Flag Warning in effect this afternoon for the fire area and most of northern California for abundant lightning, scattered thunderstorms, and gusty winds.
Sunday afternoon, fire brands from the Ukonom Fire ignited a 15-acre spot fire on the west side of the Klamath River and State Highway 96, just north of Dillon Creek Campground in the Three Creeks drainage. Firefighters worked through the evening to construct a line around the spot. State Highway 96 was closed through the night and traffic controls remain in place. Motorists should expect intermittent delays and remain vigilant for fire equipment and firefighters on the road.
The Orleans Complex is now estimated at 4418 acres with total containment at 7%. The East Zone of the complex includes the Ukonom Fire at 3200 acres (19% contained), the Burney Fire at 970 acres (0% contained), and the Frank Fire at 13 acres (0% contained).
The five fires in the West Zone of the complex have burned a total of about 235 acres, with the largest, the Forks at 231 acres (0% contained). It is located in a recently burned area that left numerous snags and heavy fuels, creating hazardous situations for firefighters. Crews are using a confinement strategy focused on existing roads and fire lines to reduce the hazards to firefighters and avoid culturally sensitive areas.
There are a total of 699 personnel assigned to the Complex, including 14 crews, 19 engines, 10 helicopters, 14 dozers and masticators and 13 water tenders. Cooperators on the incident include representatives from the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa Tribes and California Department of Transportation.
A portion of the Happy Camp Ranger District in the vicinity of the Ukonom Fire is closed to public entry for the duration of the fire due to the risks associated with an active wildfire. The closure stretches from the east bank of the Klamath River east to the Independence Creek Road and includes Ukonom Creek. Please review Klamath National Forest, Emergency Closure order number 17-05-797 for complete details at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5433/37176/.
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/srnf.