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Orleans Complex

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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 Fire Update - August 14, 2017

Orleans Complex Wildfire
News – 8/14/2017

EUREKA, California, August 14, 2017 – The Six Rivers National Forest has fires in the Orleans Complex, which is at 5,686 acres with 20% containment; the Ruth Complex, with 4,602 acres and 35% containment; and the Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District in the Siskiyou Wilderness, which is currently around 500 acres and is being monitored and confined within the wilderness.

Orleans Complex: The complex is comprised of two zones, East and West. 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 0.1 acres (0% contained), Haypress at 131 acres (0% contained) and Zulu 1 through 8 that range from 0.1 acres to 24 acres. In the West Zone of the complex, 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. Contingency lines are being identified outside of the wilderness area for the Haypress Fire.

On the Lower Trinity Ranger District, there are five small fires that the public may see as they travel along Forest Route 1. Those fires are Potatoe, Bennett, Happy, Groves, and Hennesey. The crews have finished up most of the work on these fires. Those fires are located north and south of Highway 299 along Forest Route 1.

Ruth Complex: The Ruth Complex consists of three fires: Dutchman (1,545 acres), Willie (1,600 acres), and Secret (50 acres). The Secret Fire is 100% contained and will be patrolled for the next few days.

The Dutchman Fire is located south of Ruth Lake and north of Shannon Butte. Today firefighters will focus on constructing and strengthening containment lines. Crews are also protecting a structure on the north side of the fire.

The Willie Fire did not grow significantly yesterday. Helicopters helped keep the fire in check by dropping water on the east side where the fire is most active. The priority today will be to increase the number of firefighters on the northeast side of the fire within the Yolla-Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness and work toward the southwest.

Young Fire: The Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District is in the Siskiyou Wilderness. The fire has grown to around 500 acres as of yesterday. The most active part of the fire is on the west and northwest perimeter. The Klamath National Forest has the Prescott Fire just southeast of the Young Fire in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Visitors to these areas are being advised to be aware of those fires and avoid those areas.


Closures: The Ten Bear Trailhead leading to the Marble Mountain Wilderness is closed. Hikers wanting to access the wilderness should contact the Orleans Ranger District Office at 530-627-3291 or Orleans Complex Fire Information at 619-359-3415 for details on affected trails in that area.

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/


Driving Safety: Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are reminded that there will be large amounts of fire traffic. Please drive with caution. Motorists traveling on State Highway 36 and the Lower Mad River Road are reminded that they can expect to see large amounts of fire traffic. The Ruth Guard Station and the Van Duzen Elementary School are where we have fire camps so traffic is heavy in those locations.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Due to ongoing aerial operations, there are Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) that have been imposed over both the Orleans Complex and the Ruth Complex. This means all non-operations related planes and drones are not allowed within the TFR.

Fire Restrictions: The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, is prohibited except in designated areas, details about these restrictions can be found on the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/srnf.

For More Information: For more information, smoke forecasts, maps and photographs please visit the Orleans Complex Inciweb site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/5430/. For more information about the Ruth Complexor the Six Rivers National Forest, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/5492/, www.fs.usda.gov/srnf, www.facebook.com/ USFSSixRiversNF, www.twitter.com/SixRiversNF.

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 visithttp://preventwildfireca.org/ OneLessSpark/

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