Orleans Complex Update 9/13/17
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
ORLEANS, California, September 13, 2017
Current Fire Situation: The fires within the Orleans Complex were ignited by lightning and involve numerous fires in the Marble Mountain range on the Six Rivers National Forest. The largest is the Haypress Fire at 20,605 acres. The Ukonom Fire at 4,236 acres, and the Burney Fire at 1,639 acres, both have remained relatively inactive. The strategic objectives include implementing confinement and containment suppression strategy within the Orleans Complex and are estimated to be approximately 53% complete.
Fire crews have been making steady productive progress. The recent weather change leading to wet fuels, could slow fire spread. Smoldering of existing fires is expected. Containment lines will continue to be constructed on the northwest perimeter.
There will be a community meeting at the Tully Creek Fire Hall in Weitchpec, on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3 p.m. for information on the Orleans Complex.
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 “Moderate” 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. The cooling trend will accompany dry air.
Safety: Extremely steep and rugged terrain poses a threat to firefighters. Fire weakened trees and snags from previous fires present hazards to fire suppression personnel.
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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