Orleans Complex Update 9/14/17
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
ORLEANS, California, September 14, 2017
A community meeting will be held at the Tully Creek Fire Hall in Weitchpec, today, September 14, 2017 at 3 p.m. for information on the Orleans Complex.
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 Haypress Fire is the largest of the Orleans Complex fires and has burned 20,605 acres. The Ukonom Fire at 4,236 acres, and the Burney Fire at 1,639 acres, continue to remain relatively inactive. The Orleans Complex estimated to be approximately 52% complete.
Handcrews continue to put direct and indirect fire lines in different locations on the Haypress. The predicted general cooling trend and increase in moisture is expected to assist the fire suppression efforts. Helicopters continue to do water drops in the south and southwest areas of the fire today.
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: Stronger west wind is expected to bring cleaner air especially to the Lower Klamath River drainage between Willow Creek and Orleans.
Weather: A general cooling trend with stable relative humidity will continue through Friday. A wetting rain event is possible late in the weekend.
Safety: Extremely steep and rugged terrain poses a threat to firefighters. Fire weakened green trees along with snags from previous fires present hazards to fire suppression personnel. Debris and slides from precipitation causes additional hazards.
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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