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Orleans Complex Update - August 11, 2017

Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
Released: 8/11/2017

Orleans Complex Update – August 11, 2017

EUREKA, California, August 11, 2017 – A continued chance of showers, thunderstorms and lightning remains in the area today. Yesterday, thunderstorms did not impact the fire area. Several crews and engines from the complex supported neighboring Ranger Districts with new small fires. Terrain in the fire area is steep, rugged and remote. Smokejumpers and hotshot crews will continue to construct handline in order to reach confinement and suppression objectives. The incident will continue to support the Forest with any new fire activity.

Yesterday at 6 P.M. command of the incident transitioned from NorCal Team 2 to SoCal Team 3 led by incident commander Mike Wakoski.

The Orleans Complex remains an estimated at 5264 acres with total containment at 14%. The East Zone of the complex includes the Ukonom Fire at 3854 acres (52% contained), the Burney Fire at 1123 acres (0% contained), and the Frank Fire at 13 acres (0% contained), Zulu 1 at 1 acres (100% contained), Zulu 2 at 0.1 acres (100% contained), Zulu 3 at 4 acres (100% contained), Zulu 4 at 4 acres (100% contained), Zulu 5 at 0.5 acres (100% contained), Zulu 6 at 18 acres (0% contained), Zulu 7 at 4 acres (100% contained), Alpha 1 at 2 acres (100% contained), Hooligan at .1 acres (0% contained).

The West Zone had minimal growth while the Forks Fire remains the largest at 244 acres (0% contained). Crews continue to use a confinement strategy focused on existing roads and fire lines to reduce the hazards to firefighters, and keep fires in remote areas of the National Forest to protect heritage, cultural and natural resources.

Total Personnel 6: Crews: 17 Engines: 11 Dozers: 8 Water Tenders: 9 Helicopters: 8

The Ten Bear trailhead leading to the Marble Mountain Wilderness is now closed. Hikers wanting to access the wilderness should contact the Orleans District Office or Orleans Complex Fire Information for details on affected trails.

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. For more information, smoke forecasts, maps and photographs please visit the Orleans Complex Inciweb site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/.

Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are reminded that there will be large amounts of fire traffic. Please drive with caution. Forest visitors need to be extremely careful when camping, hunting, and when cutting fire wood. There is always the risk of starting a wildfire. For more information on how wildfires can be prevented, remember “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” and visit http://preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/

Cooperators on the incident include representatives from the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa Tribes, California Conservation Corps, Siskiyou County Sheriff Department, California Highway Patrol, and Caltrans.


For more information about the Six Rivers National Forest, visit us at www.fs.usda.gov/srnf, “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USFSSixRiversNF, or “follow” us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SixRiversNF.

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Eureka, CA 95501

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