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Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
118 Fortuna Blvd. Fortuna California 95540
Eureka, CA 95501

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Six Rivers National Forest Lightning Fire Update – August 11, 2017

Orleans Complex Wildfire
News – 8/11/2017

EUREKA, California, August 11, 2017 Lightning activity over the past week ignited a number of
wildfires in the Six Rivers National Forest, from the Gasquet Ranger District to the north and the Mad
River Ranger District to the south.

The Young Fire is on the Gasquet Ranger District. It is approximately 200 acres (0% contained) located
east of Gasquet in a remote area within the Siskiyou Wilderness. Local district staff are actively
monitoring this fire to ensure a confinement strategy is being met. There is no current threat to
structures or communities from this fire.

The Ruth Complex, located on the Mad River Ranger District, is 1870 acres and 10% contained. The
largest fire in complex is the Dutchman Fire, approximately 815 acres (0% contained). The Secret Fire
is at 55 acres (10% contained) with structures potentially threatened. The Willie Fire, also within the
Ruth Complex, is at and 1000 acres (10% contained). The Ruth Complex is currently being managed
by a Type 3 Incident Management Organization under Incident Commander Duane Franklin. Northern
California Incident Management Team 1 (Type 1) under Incident Commander Mike Minton will take
command of the complex over the weekend.

Other fires on the Lower Trinity and Orleans Ranger Districts have been detected and are being
monitored by local district staff. More information will be provided as circumstances develop.
The forest’s first priority is to provide for firefighter and public safety, along with protecting property.
The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions. Details about these restrictions can be
found on the forest website at

Forest visitors need to be extremely careful when camping, hunting, driving in the backcountry and
when cutting fire wood to not accidentally start a wildfire. For more information on how wildfires can be
prevented, remember “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” and visit


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