Orleans Complex Update September 11, 2017
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
ORLEANS, California, September 11, 2017- Current Event: Today, 9/11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance. NorCal Interagency Management Team 1 pays tribute to those victims. A moment of silence was held at the morning briefing in remembrance for all who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Evacuations: As of noon yesterday all mandatory evacuations have been lifted. An evacuation warning remains in effect for residents east of Highway 96 from Burns Creek 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 going to: http://www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/.
Background: Lightning ignited numerous fires in the Marble Mountain range on the Six Rivers National Forest. These nineteen fires were combined into the Orleans Complex. The three largest fires are: the Haypress Fire at 20,435 acres, the Ukonom Fire at 4,236 acres, and the Burney Fire at 1,639 acres. The complex is being managed with full suppression, containment, and confinement strategies; this work is estimated to be approximately 53% complete.
Air quality: Northern California and southwestern Oregon have multiple fires impacting a total of approximately 430,000 acres. These fires have produced large amounts of smoke, which has affected air quality in the region this summer. To view more on current air qualities in the surrounding areas please visit: https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/
Current Fire Situation: With the higher humidity and lower temperatures, crews are making significant progress going direct on the Haypress fire. Movement on the northeast section of the fire continues into the Marble Mountain Wilderness at a slow rate of spread. The southwest portion of the fire continues to back slowly down Merrill Mountain and into the Merrill Creek drainage. Helicopters were able to perform water drops yesterday in Deer Lick Creek area of the fire. With the warmer and dryer expected weather today, fuels will begin to dry out and become more available to burn. Yuknom and Burney fires remain relatively inactive.
Weather: Warmer and drier conditions are expected through today, across the Orleans Complex. An extended period of northeast to east winds is expected to impact the area. The strongest winds are expected to occur this morning across the ridge tops and upper slopes. On Tuesday continuing through Thursday, there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms affecting the area.
Safety: Hunting season is currently 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
Fire Restrictions: The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety (http://bit.ly/2wfQ7Ed).
For more information about the Six Rivers National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/srnf, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SixRiversNF.
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