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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 National Forest Fire Update Aug. 21, 2017

Orleans Complex Wildfire
News – 8/21/2017

EUREKA, California, August 21, 2017 – The Six Rivers National Forest currently has the Orleans Complex consisting of 19 fires; the Ruth Complex consists of three (3) fires; and the Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.

Orleans Complex: The Orleans Complex has 19 fires for a total of 8,096 acres, 51% contained. Thirteen fires have been 100% contained. Six fires remain active: the Ukonom at 3,880 acres (52% contained); the Haypress at 2,586 acres (0% contained); the Burney at 1,294 acres (0% contained); the Forks at 243 acres (0% contained); 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. To the north, the fire has crept out of the Marble Mountain Wilderness and has moved across the southern portion of Forest Road 13N42. The fire has crossed a segment of Haypress Creek, but is moving slowly. Crews are preparing to conduct tactical firing operations, within the next few days, to reduce fuels and limit the fire’s rate of spread if it comes out of Haypress drainage, to the west. In Wooley Creek, to the south, fire is backing downhill toward Fowler Cabin, which has been wrapped with protective material. Yesterday, a Wildland Fire Module crew hiked into the Wooley Creek area, in the Marble Mountain Wilderness, where the mule packers had established a temporary camp close to the fire perimeter.

The Ukonom became more active and moved slowly in a southerly direction toward the Ukonom Lookout tower. The Burney grew slightly, but growth is still slow and limited. Over the past several days, the Forks and Frank have had some interior burning, but no perimeter growth.

Ruth Complex: The complex consists of three fires for a total of 4,666 acres, 90% contained: Willie (3,071 acres, 86% contained), Dutchman (1,545 acres, 100% contained), and Secret (50 acres, 100%).

The Type 1 team, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (CIIMT5), will transition with a Type 4 organization from the Six Rivers National Forest today with a formal transfer of command on Tuesday at 6:00 am.

The Dutchman Fire is 100 percent contained. As repair work is completed, heavy equipment, such as dozers and chippers, will be relocated to work on the Willie Fire today. The Mendocino Hotshots, who have been camping near the fireline for several days, will be transported by helicopter back to the ICP at the end of shift today.

Young Fire: The Young Fire (1,200 acres) is being managed under a confinement strategy for firefighter safety due to remote location and difficult terrain. The south end around Twin Peaks and the north end by Rocky Knob are active. The fire is on the Gasquet Ranger District is in the Siskiyou Wilderness but has now spread onto the Klamath National Forest on the north and south perimeters of the fire. Trailhead and trails leading in the area have been closed due to fire activity; see Closures.

Hunting Season: Bow hunting season opened Saturday, August 19th. 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. Visit the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/srnf for more details.

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/.

Smoke: Heavy smoke impacts will continue due to several active fires on the Klamath, Rogue-Siskiyou, and the Six Rivers National Forests. 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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