Orleans Complex Update - August 13, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 13, 2017 The Haypress fire, located in the Marble Mountain Wilderness near Wooley Creek, was the most active fire in the complex. Haypress grew to almost 131 acres. Several cabins in the wilderness are currently threatened, crews will be working on structure protection to save the historic buildings.
The Orleans Complex is comprised of two zones, an East and West. The East Zone is being managed by a type 2 Incident Management Team, SoCal Team 3 led by Incident Commander Mike Wakoski. The West Zone is under a type 3 team led by Incident Commander Dave Markin. The Complex has a total of 19 fires and is 5423 acres, 14% contained.
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), Hooligan at .1 acres (0% contained), Haypress at 131 acres (0% contained) and Zulu 1 through 8 that range from .1 acres to 24 acres. In the West Zone, the Forks Fire remains the largest at 243 acres (0% contained). Terrain in the fire area is steep, rugged and remote. 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.
Increased smoke production from several fires in the northwest California region are impacting communities in the northern Klamath River drainage and Scott Valley. The communities surrounding Happy Camp, Yreka, Fort Jones, Etna and Callahan will continue to see heavy smoke impacts as westerly winds drift smoke eastward. Winds shifting to northwesterly this afternoon will transport smoke toward Mt. Shasta, increasing smoke impacts in this region. On the southern portion of the Klamath River drainage, including Hoopa and Willow Creek, hazy skies and moderate smoke conditions are expected to remain.
The Ten Bear Trailhead leading to the Marble Mountain Wilderness is closed. Hikers wanting to access the wilderness should contact the Orleans District Office at 530-627-3291 or Orleans Complex Fire Information for details on affected trails.
A Temporary Flight Restriction Area (TFR) has been set over the fire area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aviation operations.
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/.
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.
The Six Rivers National Forest is named for the six major rivers that run within its boundaries: the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen, and Eel. The Smith, Klamath, Trinity, and Eel Rivers comprise over 365 miles of designated Wild and Scenic River. The Smith River is the only major undammed, naturally flowing river remaining in California. The Salmon River in the Ukonom Ranger District is also a Wild and Scenic River.
The forest and the many communities located within and near its boundaries are mutually dependent on one another. This is particularly true in wildfire prevention and suppression, which is a critical function of the Six Rivers National Forest fire and aviation management program. Partnerships with tribes and local community organizations, such as fire safe councils, are crucial for preventing wildfires as well as protecting local communities through treatment of hazardous forest fuels.
The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety. 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/.
Cooperators on the incident include representatives from the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa Tribes, California Conservation Corps, Siskiyou County Sheriff Department, and Caltrans.
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