Six Rivers National Forest Fire Update - Aug. 16, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 16, 2017 – The Six Rivers National Forest currently has the Orleans Complex consisting of 19 fires for a total of 5,819 acres with 35% containment; the Ruth Complex consists of three (3) fires for a total of 4,602 acres with 60% containment; and the Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District in the Siskiyou Wilderness, which is 659 acres. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.
Orleans Complex: 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). Crews continue to use a confinement strategy for these fires.
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. Structure protection has been completed for the cabins, including the Fowler Cabin, at the junction of the Bridge Creek Trail and the Haypress Trail. Crews continue to construct indirect line and improve existing roads to strengthen containment lines for the Ukonom Fire..
Ruth Complex: The complex consists of three fires: Dutchman (1,545 acres and 100% contained), Willie (3,007 acres and 40% contained), and Secret (50 acres and 100% contained).
The Willie Fire is 40 percent contained. Yesterday, handcrews made significant progress on the Willie Fire. They constructed fireline around the entire eastern portion of the fire that is in the Yolla-Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness. They secured and started to mop up fireline on the north and south sides of the fire between the two wilderness areas. On the west side, within the North Fork Wilderness, the Willie Fire continues to hold heat. .
On the Dutchman Fire, which is 100% contained, crews continued to reinforce the containment line and mop up. Today, dozers and hand crews will construct water bars on roads and trails affected by the fire-suppression efforts.
Young Fire: The Young Fire which is at 659 acres with 0% containment is on the Gasquet Ranger District is in the Siskiyou Wilderness. The fire is being managed to be confined to the wilderness. Visitors to these areas are being advised to be aware of this fire and avoid that area.
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 due to the active wildfire. The Klamath National Forest, Emergency Closure order number 17-05-797 is at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5433/37176/.
Driving Safety: Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 near Orleans are reminded that there will be large amounts of fire traffic. Please drive with caution.
Vehicular traffic along Mad River Road (County 501) and State Route Highway 36 in Mad River and Ruth has increased significantly due to the fire traffic. Please drive with extreme caution in these areas.
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. Remember “If you fly, we can’t.”
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 Complex or 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/