Orleans Complex Fire Update Aug. 25, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 25, 2017 – Nineteen fires comprise the Orleans Complex, thirteen of which have been contained. Six remain active: Ukonom (4,111 acres, 52 percent contained); Haypress (4,013 acres, 0 percent contained); Burney (1,334 acres, 0 percent contained); Forks (243 acres, 0 percent contained); Frank (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.
Current Fire Situation: The Haypress Fire gained acreage due to yesterday’s successful tactical firing operations along Forest Road 15N17. Firing operations reduce unburned vegetation near the fire to protect private property and natural and cultural resources. Firefighters will continue to look for opportunities to conduct defensive firing operations as weather conditions permit. Firefighters in the Wooley Creek area of the Marble Mountain Wilderness have held the fire north of the creek.
The Ukonom Fire is moving slowly toward the Ukonom Creek and Lick Creek drainages. Lower temperatures and smoke kept the fire in check yesterday. Today, firefighters will patrol the fire’s edge to ensure containment lines remain effective.
Weather: Hot and dry conditions are expected through the weekend, with some valleys reaching triple digits. As a front passes over the area, strong and erratic winds may develop. Low humidity may lead to increased fire activity.
Air Quality: Smoke continues to affect parts of the region due to several active fires on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. The worst air quality will be in the vicinity of and to the east and north of the active fires. The most affected communities are Happy Camp, which will continue to see smoke impacts, especially along State Highway 96 as the Oak Fire continues to back down to the road, Seiad Valley, Scott Valley, and Yreka. Moderate smoke is expected along the Klamath River south of Orleans and in 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. Portions 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 Orleans Complex Fire area is closed to use by the public. This order is effective from August 23, 2017, until the fire is declared out. The following are links to the Forest Order and the map of the closure. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd556251.pdf and https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd556253.pdf.
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 (http://bit.ly/2ws6uQq).
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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