Orleans Complex Fire Update for Aug. 16, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 16, 2017 The Orleans Complex is comprised of 19 fires and is currently 5819 acres with 35% contained. The complex includes the Ukonom at 3854 acres (52% contained), the Burney at 1123 acres (0% contained), Frank at 13 acres (0% contained), Hooligan at 0.1 acres (0% contained), Haypress at 532 acres (0% contained), Zulu 1 through 7 that ranged from 0.1 acres to 24 acres, and the Forks 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.
The Haypress Fire remains the most active fire in the complex with growth of over 100 acres yesterday. The primary goal is to keep it confined within the wilderness boundary. Firefighters will continue to conduct suppression action by constructing indirect fireline. Firefighters continue to construct indirect line and improve existing roads to strengthen containment lines for the Ukonom Fire with consistent patrols around the confinement lines. Structure protection has been completed for the cabins, including the Fowler Cabin, at the junction of the Bridge Creek Trail and the Haypress Trail.
Smoke impacts continue to affect communities in the Klamath River drainage and Scott Valley due to several active fires in the region. Heavy smoke has drained into valleys overnight and is expected to remain through the day. Communities such as Etna, Seiad Valley, Happy Camp and Sawyers Bar will be the most affected due to proximity to fires. Areas down wind, such as Somes Bar and south along the Klamath River drainage to Hoopa and further, are expected to see moderate to heavy smoke impacts today.
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, “If you fly, we can’t”.
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 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.
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/.
The Six Rivers National Forest, established in 1947, and named for the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Eel, and Van Duzen rivers, managing more than 1,500 miles of these rivers and their tributaries, comprising nine percent of California’s total freshwater runoff. These rivers provide salmon and steelhead access to over 400 miles of their traditional spawning grounds.
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.
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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