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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. 22, 2017

Orleans Complex Wildfire
News – 8/22/2017

Six Rivers NF Fire Update – Tuesday, August 22, 2017


EUREKA, California, August 22, 2017 – The Six Rivers National Forest currently has the Orleans Complex consisting of 19 fires; the Ruth Complex consisting of three 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 8,242 acres. Thirteen fires have been contained. Six fires remain active: the Ukonom at 3,948 acres (52% contained); the Haypress at 2,661 (0% contained); the Burney at 1,297 (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 predominant fire activity in the complex is coming from the Haypress. To the north, the fire has extended beyond the Marble Mountain Wilderness and has moved along the southern portion of Forest Road 13N42. 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. Near Wooley Creek, fire is backing downhill south toward Fowler Cabin, which has been wrapped with protective material.

A Wildland Fire Module crew in the Wooley Creek area of the Marble Mountain Wilderness continues to work to hold the fire north of the creek.

Yesterday, the Ukonom Fire slightly increased in size. The Burney, Forks and Frank Fires have had some interior burning, but little or no perimeter growth.

NorCal Team 2, under Incident Commander Rick Young will begin to shadow SoCal Team 3 on Wednesday, August 23and will take over management of the complex Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 am.

Ruth Complex: The complex consists of three fires for a total of 4,736 acres, 97% contained: Willie (3,141 acres, 95% contained), Dutchman (1,545 acres, 100% contained), and Secret (50 acres, 100%).

A local Type 4 organization from the Mad River Ranger District of the Six Rivers NF took over management of this complex as of today. Crews will continue to secure and strengthen containment lines, perform suppression repair work, as well as patrol and monitor the contained fires.

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. East winds are expected today. Helicopter bucket work along the northern perimeter will take place today, if conditions permit, to keep the fire in check. A 20 person crew will begin to work the Doe Creek Trail to keep the Young Fire from extending south beyond that trail. Trailhead and trails leading in the area have been closed due to fire activity; see Closures.

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 ComplexInciweb siteat https://inciweb.nwcg. gov/incident/5492/.

Smoke: Heavy smoke impacts will continue due to several active fires on the Klamath, Rogue River-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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