Orleans Complex Morning Update 09-12-17
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
ORLEANS, California, September 12, 2017
Current Fire Situation: 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 largest is the Haypress Fire at 20,435 acres. The Ukonom Fire at 4,236 acres, and the Burney Fire at 1,639 acres, both have remained relatively inactive. The complex is being managed with full suppression, containment, and confinement strategies; this work is estimated to be approximately 53% complete.
Fire activity is steadily increasing as fuels continue to dry and become more available to burn. Resources continue to go direct on the Haypress with numerous water drops being made in various locations. Northeast to east winds could produce rapid rates of spread to the west. Movement on the northeast section of the fire continues to the north and northeast into the Marble Mountain Wilderness at a slow rate of spread.
Evacuations: 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/.
Air quality: Orleans is currently forecasted to be in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range. For more information on current air qualities in the surrounding areas please visit https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/
Weather: A general cooling and an increase in moisture trend will begin today, that will last through the remainder of the week. A 20% chance of light showers is possible for the fire area today as well but little to no precipitation is expected thereafter.
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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