Orleans Complex Fire Update for Aug. 24, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 24, 2017. Nineteen fires comprise the Orleans Complex, thirteen of which have been contained. Six remain active: Ukonom (4,017 acres, 52 percent contained); Haypress (3,225 acres, 0 percent contained); Burney (1,314 acres, 0 percent contained); Forks (243 acres, 0 percent contained); Frank at (27 acres, 0 percent contained); and Hooligan (0.1 acres, 0 percent contained). They are being managed using a combination of containment and confinement strategies. NorCal Team 2 Incident Management Team is managing the Orleans Complex as of 6:00 am today.
Current Fire Situation: The Haypress and Ukonom fires grew slightly over the past 24 hours. The south side of the Haypress Fire was active yesterday. Last night, firefighters successfully conducted a tactical firing operation to remove unburned vegetation along Forest Road 15N17. The goal of the firing operation is to protect private property and natural and cultural resources. Firefighters in the Wooley Creek area of the Marble Mountain Wilderness have held the fire north of the creek. Mule packers have established a temporary camp for the crew and are making deliveries of supplies to support the crew’s logistical needs. For additional information on mule teams, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5430/38429/.
The Ukonom Fire is moving slowly toward the Ukonom Creek and Lick Creek drainages.
Weather: High pressure is building as a cold front moves east. Warmer and drier conditions are expected through the weekend, with some valleys reaching triple digits. Winds will shift to the southwest as the high pressure deepens.
Air Quality: Smoke from active fires on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests continues to affect the region. Air quality will be worst to the east and north of the active fires. Residents in Happy Camp will continue to experience smoke, especially along State Route 96 as the Oak Fire continues to back down to the road. Other areas affected by smoke are Seiad Valley, Scott Valley, Yreka, the Klamath River south of Orleans, and the Hoopa Valley. Information on the health effects of smoke and what you can do to reduce your smoke exposure can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html.
For up-to-date air quality information, call 1-866-BURN-DAY (866-287-6329) or visit www.ncuaqmd.org.
Safety: Bow hunting season is open. Firefighters may be conducting suppression activities in hunting areas. Areas of the Six Rivers National Forest are closed. Contact your local ranger station for current closure information. Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are reminded that there will be numerous firefighting vehicles on the roadway. Please drive with caution.
Closures: The Ten Bear Trailhead, leading to the Marble Mountain Wilderness, is closed. Hikers wanting to access the wilderness should contact Orleans Complex Fire Information 619-359-3415 or Orleans District Office 530-627-3291 information on affected trails.
A portion of the Happy Camp Ranger District near the Ukonom Fire is closed for the duration of the fire due to the risks associated with active wildfire. The closure extends 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/.
Temporary Flight Restriction Area (TFR): A TFR is in effect over the fire area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aviation operations (TFR for the Orleans Complex).
Burning Restrictions: 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.
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