Six Rivers National Forest Fire Update – Thursday, August 17, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 17, 2017 – The Six Rivers National Forest currently has the Orleans Complex consisting of 19 fires for a total of 5,832 acres with 40% containment; the Ruth Complex consists of three (3) fires for a total of 4,602 acres with 75% containment; and the Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District in the Siskiyou Wilderness, which is 675 acres. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. The heavy smoke and ash yesterday afternoon was from the many fires on the Six Rivers and the Klamath National Forests.
Orleans Complex: The Orleans Complex is comprised of 19 fires and is currently 5,832 acres with 40% 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 545 acres (0% contained), Zulu 1 through 7 that ranged from 0.1 acres to 24 acres, and the Forks at 246 acres (0% contained). Crews continue to use a confinement strategy for these fires utilizing existing roads and fire lines to reduce the hazards to firefighters.
The Haypress Fire remains the most active fire in the complex. Spot fires continue to grow north of forest road 13N42. Measures including tactical firing operations will be conducted when appropriate.
Ruth Complex: The complex consists of three fires: Dutchman (1,545 acres and 100% contained), Willie (3,007 acres and 65% contained), and Secret (50 acres and 100% contained).
Hotshot crews made significant progress constructing and securing fireline around the Willie Fire Wednesday. The 3,007 acre fire is now 65 percent contained. Helicopter bucket drops are helping to douse any hotspots they find within the perimeter of this fire.
While the 1,545 acre Dutchman Fire is fully contained, firefighters will extinguish hotspots near the containment line that were detected during a recent infrared flight. Crews are repairing areas affected by fire suppression activities, for example, chipping vegetation along roads, constructing water bars with dozers to reduce erosion, and assessing fence repair needs.
Young Fire: The Young Fire which is at 675 acres with 0% containment is on the Gasquet Ranger District is in the Siskiyou Wilderness. The fire has burned into the 2015 Bear Fire scar and fire activity is very low due to the lack of available fuels.
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 visit http://preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/