Orleans Complex Update 09-17-17
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
ORLEANS, California, September 17, 2017: Hunting season is currently open. Firefighters are 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.
Current Fire Situation: The most active fire on the Orleans Complex, continues to be the Haypress Fire at 20,993 acres. The Orleans Complex is currently at 27,142 acres and 53% complete and has been burning since mid-July due to multiple lightning strikes in the area.
The potential for rain and a low-pressure passage on the way, will help inhibit fire growth on the Orleans Complex. The fire is hung up in the Wooley Creek area on the east flank, but continued spread further east is unlikely. The southern portion of the fire could burn in Deer Lick Creek with movement south down Wooley Creek and the Salmon River.
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: Expect westerly winds to bring cleaner air to the Lower Klamath River drainage between Willow Creek to Orleans. Seiad Valley and Happy Camp are forecast to be "Unhealthy" due to proximity to the fires. To view more on current air quality conditions and what they mean please visit https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/moniotoring/
Weather: An anticipated low pressure front could produce westerly winds in the next couple of days.
Temperatures will be cooler and wetter pattern is expected tomorrow as a large low-pressure system approaches the west coast. Very light rain is possible Monday and Tuesday. Some gusty west winds are possible along the ridge tops, otherwise winds will be light and from the west through much of next week.
Safety: Extremely steep and rugged terrain poses a threat to firefighters. Fire weakened green trees along with snags from previous fires, continue to fall, and present aerial hazards to fire suppression personnel. Debris and slides from precipitation causes additional hazards.
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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