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Orleans Complex Update - Aug. 14, 2017

Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
Released: 8/14/2017

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The Orleans Complex is comprised of two zones, an East and West. The complex has a total of 19 fires and is 5686 acres, 20% 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 .01 acres (0% contained), Haypress at 400 acres (0% contained) and Zulu 1 through 7 that range from .01 acres to 24 acres. The West Zone is being managed by type 3 Incident Commander David Markin. The Forks Fire remains the largest at 244 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.

Yesterday's heavy smoke impacts have improved considerably overnight due to NW winds scouring out valleys. During the course of the day, fire activity and associated smoke production will again increase smoke conditions in the Northern Klamath River drainage and Scott Valley. Communities such as Happy Camp, Seiad Valley, Fort Jones, Etna, Callahan and Sawyer's Bar will see heavy smoke settle in by the afternoon. Hazy skies and moderate conditions should remain in communities on the Southern end of Klamath River drainage, including Hoopa and Willow Creek.

The Ten Bear Trailhead leading to the Marble Mountain Wilderness is closed. Hikers wanting to access the wilderness should contact the Orleans District Office (530) 627-3291 or Orleans Complex Fire Information (619) 359-3415 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 a prime location for world-class fishing, as well as home to one of the most barrier-free fishing locations in the nation.

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’ 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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