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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 NF Fire Update - 18, 2017

Orleans Complex Wildfire
News – 8/18/2017

EUREKA, California, August 18, 2017 – The Six Rivers National Forest currently has the Orleans Complex consisting of 19 fires for a total of 6,943 acres with 46% containment; the Ruth Complex consists of three (3) fires for a total of 4,617acres with 75% containment; and the Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District in the Siskiyou Wilderness, which is 700 acres. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.

Orleans Complex: The Orleans Complex has 19 fires for a total of 6,943 acres. Eleven fires are managed for full suppression and eight (8) fires are managed with a confinement strategy. Crews 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 forest to protect heritage, cultural and natural resources.

All 11 full suppression fires are 100% contained. Two (2) of the eight fires managed with a confinement strategy, the Little Fire and the Chimney Fire, are 100% completed. The Ukonom Fire is managed with both full suppression and confinement strategy and is currently at 3,854 acres and (52% contained). The remaining confinement fires are: the Burney Fire at 1273 acres (0% completed), the Frank Fire at 27 acres (0% completed), the Hooligan Fire at 0.1 acres (0% completed), the Haypress Fire at 1480 acres (0% completed), and the Forks Fire at 243 acres (0% completed). Terrain in the fire area is steep, rugged and remote.

The majority of fire activity is from the Haypress Fire. The fire has reached Forest Road 13N42 and crews are working to hold it there. The fire has also 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.

Ruth Complex: The complex consists of three fires: Dutchman (1,545 acres and 100% contained), Willie (3,022 acres and 65% contained), and Secret (50 acres and 100% contained).

Thursday’s very hot, dry conditions caused a flare-up on the west side of the Willie Fire near Rock Creek and North Fork Eel River. What had been a smoldering fire became a surface fire of moderate intensity with single-tree torching. Variable winds helped fan the flames, causing two 5 acre spot fires, to get established outside containment lines west of Rock Creek on the northwest corner of the fire.

Crews are wrapping up work on the 1,545 acre Dutchman Fire, which is fully contained. They continue to remove hoses and pumps from the fireline and repair areas affected by fire suppression efforts. Those repairs will help reduce the likelihood of erosion in the burned area.

Young Fire: The Young Fire (700 acres) is being managed under a confinement strategy for firefighter safety due to remote location and difficult terrain. The fire is on the Gasquet Ranger District is in the Siskiyou Wilderness. The fire activity is very low due to the lack of available fuels in old Bear Fire scar.

Hunting Season: Bow hunting season opens Saturday, 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 to public access for safety of our firefighters and the public.


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/.


The Doe Flat and Young’s Valley Trailheads are closed along with Doe Flat Trail 4E04 and Young’s Valley trail 5E02 to the Six River Forest boundary are closed due to the Young Fire. The Six River National Forest Emergency Closure Order No. 10-17-07 is at www.fs.usda.gov/srnf.


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 as rocks are continuing to fall on the roadway along fire areas. 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.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): 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 Inciweb site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/5492/.

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 .

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/

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