Orleans Complex Fire Update - Aug. 18, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 18, 2017 The Orleans Complex is comprised of 19 fires and is currently 6943 acres with 46% contained. The complex includes the Ukonom Fire at 3854 acres (52% contained); the Burney at 1273 acres (0% contained); Frank at 27 acres (0% contained); Hooligan at 0.1 acres (0% contained); Haypress at 1480 acres (0% contained); Zulu 1 through 7 that ranged from 1 acres to 26 acres, and the Forks at 243 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 majority of fire activity is from the Haypress Fire. Spot fires continue to grow north of Forest Road 13N42. The fire has moved in a westerly direction and is holding at Haypress and Wooley Creeks, which are providing a natural barrier. A specialized fire use module comprised of 14 firefighters will be inserted into the area to assess conditions and tactical options.
Heavy smoke impacts will continue in the region due to several active fires in the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. Smoke has settled into communities along the Klamath River drainage, from Seiad Valley downstream to Weitchpec, and around Sawyers Bar. Additionally, light northeasterly winds are carrying smoke further south to Willow Creek. Information on the health effects of smoke and what you can do to reduce your smoke exposure can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html.
For up-to-date Air Quality Advisory Information, the public can call toll-free 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the NCUAQMD website www.ncuaqmd.org . For additional information regarding this PSA, please contact: North Coast Air Quality Management District 707 L Street, Eureka, CA 95501, (707) 443-3093.
Bow hunting season opens August 19th. Be aware that firefighting personnel may be conducting suppression activities in hunting areas. Know your target and what lies beyond. Parts of the Forest are closed. Please review Klamath National Forest, Emergency Closure order number 17-05-797 for complete details at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5433/37176/.
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 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/.
Every year in California thousands of wildfires start throughout the state. In most cases, the dispatch center sending the initial resources to a wildland fire will designate a name for the fire, but the first on scene engine or fire official can also name the incident. Fires are usually named for the area in which they start – a geographical location, local landmark, street, lake, mountain, peak, etc. Quickly naming the fire provides responding fire resources with an additional locator, and allows fire officials to track and prioritize incidents by name. The Haypress Fire on the Orleans Complex is named after Haypress Creek in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.
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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