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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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Orleans Complex Fire Update for Aug. 20, 2017

Orleans Complex Wildfire
News – 8/20/2017

EUREKA, California, August 20, 2017 The Orleans Complex has 19 fires for a total of 7,663 acres. Thirteen fires have been contained. Six fires remain active: the Ukonom at 3,854 acres (52% contained); the Haypress at 2,200 (0% contained); the Burney at 1,273 (0% contained); the Forks at 243 acres (0% containment); the Frank at 27 acres (0% contained); and the Hooligan at 0.1 acres (0% contained. Active fires are being fought using a combination of containment and confinement strategies.

The Haypress is the most active in the complex. Although smoke limited visibility, a reconnaissance flight identified fire activity just north of the Marble Mountain Wilderness boundary along Forest Road 13N42; crews are working to keep it close to the road. The fire has crossed Haypress Creek in a small section. In Wooley Creek, to the south, fire is backing downhill toward Fowler Cabin.

A mule team packed into the Wooley Creek area, where they remained overnight. Today, a Wildland Fire Module will hike 5 miles into the camp to evaluate their fireline access and tactical options. They will stay in the wilderness for several days while they work to develop and implement a strategy to keep the fire from crossing Wooley Creek. If fire conditions allow, they will make their way into the Fowler Cabin area. The mule team will support their logistical needs with loads that include items such as water, MREs (meal, ready to eat) drip-torches, medical supplies, and other firefighting and site preparation equipment. For additional information on mule teams, please visit the Inciweb incident site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5430/38429/.

Over the past several days, the Ukonom, Forks, and Frank have had some interior burning, but no perimeter growth. The Burney has slightly increased in size, but growth has been slow and limited.

Heavy smoke impacts will continue in the region due to several active fires in the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests. Most of the smoke has been produced by fires on the Eclipse Complex and Salmon August Complex. Smoke is densest near the fires and south of the fires. The most affected communities are along the Klamath River, the Hoopa Valley, Sawyers Bar, the Scott Valley. Smoke is also affecting the Eureka and Weaverville areas. 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.

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/.

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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