Orleans Complex Fire Update, September 6, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
In late July, a series of thunderstorms passed through northern California igniting 19 fires, three of which remain active. The Ukonom Fire is 4,234 acres; Haypress Fire is 13,782 acres; Burney Fire is 1,451 acres. The complex is being managed using a combination of containment and confinement strategies.
Evacuations: A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for residents east of Highway 96 between Rogers Creek Road (FR 12N52) and Ti Creek. An advisory evacuation warning remains in effect for residents east of Highway 96 from Burns Creek south to Ti Creek, from Rogers Creek Road south to Somes Bar, and along the Salmon River Road to Wooley Creek. Residents can stay informed of changing conditions by calling the fire information number (530-572-1129) or by watching for updates at http://www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/
Current Fire Situation: Around 10 pm, clouds covered the area and winds settled down decreasing the fire’s activity. The fire showed moderate activity overnight. As of this morning, no structures have been reported damaged or destroyed.
In the area north of Merrill Mountain, the fire backed and flanked across the slope. Burning material rolled off the hill side igniting vegetation, though little progression was observed into the Merrill Creek drainage.
The fire continued to back down slowly in the Stanshaw Creek drainage, with the most activity on the southern side of the creek. As of this morning, the fire is approximately ½ mile from the closest structures, which is very little change since yesterday.
No significant activity was reported on the Ukonom Fire. No observation of the Burney Fire has been possible since the infrared plane has been unavailable.
Weather: Increased atmospheric instability brings mostly cloudy skies and a chance of thunderstorms into the fire area today. Any thunderstorms that develop will be capable of producing brief, moderate rain, numerous lightning strikes, and gusty, erratic outflow winds. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity can be expected.
Air quality: Better smoke dispersion is expected for today compared to the previous few days. This will bring some relief especially to the Orleans, Weitchpec, Hoopa and Willow Creek area. However, Happy Camp, Seiad Valley, Sawyers Bar and Etna is forecast to be in Hazardous category today. Yreka, Fort Jones and Etna reached Hazardous level yesterday due to smoke coming from the west. With better dispersion, Fort Jones and Yreka is forecast to be in the Unhealthy category for today.
Safety: Bow hunting season is open. Firefighters may be conducting suppression activities in hunting areas. Portions of the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests 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. Should the fire reach the road, drivers can expect periods of limited visibility and possible traffic controls, including controlled traffic and potential intermittent hard closures.
Closures: The Klamath National Forest has issued Closure Order No. 17-05-801 to close trails, roads, and lands on the Ukonom Ranger District as a result of Orleans Complex fires:
Closure Order No. 17-05-797 closes a portion of the Ukonom and Happy Camp Ranger Districts northeast of the Ukonom Fire
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).Fire Restrictions: The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety (http://bit.ly/2wfQ7Ed).